5/6/15 Panel

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  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post, and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be ready to approve financial assistance for the wildfire in Sullivan and Ulster Counties that has been burning since Sunday.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, calls for NYS Senator Skelos to step down from majority leader, and Hillary Clinton private emails.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette about what's next for NYS Senate Leader Dean Skelos.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Morning clouds, then increasing sun today. Highs in the mid 70's.

Clear tonight.  Low in the mid to upper 40's.

Sunny and warm tomorrow.  Highs near 80.


In the NHL playoffs, Chicago blanked Minnesota 1-0 to give the Hawks a 3-0 series lead and it was Calgary over Anaheim in overtime 4-3, putting the series at 2-1 with the Ducks in the lead.


In the NBA playoffs, Atlanta beat Washington 106-90 tying the series at 1 game apiece and it was Memphis over Golden State 97-90 evening the series at 1 game a piece.


In the American League, the Yankees doubled up Toronto 6-3, Boston shut out Tampa Bay 2-0, Kansas City beat Cleveland 5-3, the White Sox bested Detroit 5-2, Oakland topped Minnesota 2-1, Texas bested Houston 7-1, and it was the Angels over Seattle 5-4.

In interleague play, the Mets beat Baltimore 3-2.

New York's highest court has ruled that the state's regulation of municipal stormwater discharges does not violate the federal Clean Water Act, as environmental groups claimed in a lawsuit.

The Court of Appeals split 4-to-3 in the decision Tuesday that upholds the Department of Environmental Conservation's general permit for municipal separate storm sewer systems.

The Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups contend the state's rules are too lax, allowing polluted runoff to pour unabated into rivers, lakes and coastal waters from hundreds of municipalities.


As the Vermont Legislature enters what are expected to be its final two weeks of the session, the House and Senate have yet to resolve several issues including taxes, water quality, education and vaccine exemptions.
Vermont Division of Fire Safety

It is spring, but green-up is not complete and until it is, leaf litter and duff scattered across lawns and forests are volatile kindling for fires.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the fire danger across the region, which has already seen massive burns in Sullivan and Berkshire Counties.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is urging state legislators not to delay the start of  a new law requiring paid sick time for most workers.

Business leaders have called for at least a 90-day delay to the July 1st   implementation of the earned sick time law voters overwhelmingly approved last fall.  Final regulations that are being written by the attorney general’s office won’t be out until June.

Jeff Ciuffreda, president of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce said there is concern about how the regulations will impact small businesses.