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The student bodies of two Catholic high schools in western Massachusetts will merge at a temporary location while a new regional high school is under construction in Springfield.  Enrollment concerns continue to cloud the future of  Catholic secondary education in the  Springfield region.          

The current Holyoke Catholic High School building in Chicopee will become Pope Francis High School and take in students from Cathedral High School next August, while construction of a new $50 million, 500-student school takes place in Springfield. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

Governor Charlie Baker is calling on lawmakers to expand charter schools in Massachusetts, saying they can help close the achievement gap for children in the state's underperforming school districts.

  Stephen King calls Abigail Thomas "the Emily Dickinson of memoirists."

Her latest book, What Comes Next and How to Like It, is an extraordinarily moving memoir about many things, but at the center is a steadfast friendship between Abigail Thomas and a man she met thirty-five years ago.

The first democratic presidential debate is happening tonight on CNN, and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will finally have the chance to go head-to-head. Meanwhile the unexpected resignation of republican House Speaker John Boehner leaves the question of whether the more conservative wing of the party will take the helm. What do you think?

Thank You from WAMC

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October 13, 2015


(ALBANY, NY October 2015) — WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Fall Fund Drive mobilized more than 5,800 listeners to feed the hungry throughout the Capital Region, provide light to Syrian refugees, and keep the radio station on the air. During its third and final Fund Drive of 2015, WAMC raised over one million dollars in nine days and generated awareness about the local hunger issue and the mounting global humanitarian crisis.

“I can’t tell you how much it means to see everyone coming together to support OUR station,” said Dr. Alan Chartock, WAMC’s President and CEO. “WAMC is a great example of what an extended community can do if they set their minds to it. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who helped bring in one million dollars, starting with donors to The Locked Box, all the challengers and the listeners who pledged during the drive.”

WAMC partnered with The Food Pantries for the Capital District to provide food to hungry families throughout the Region. Initially sponsored by MVP, WAMC listeners pledged support that provided more than 62,000 pounds of food for the hungry in just four hours. One of those listeners, the President of The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, was moved enough by this project to request that WAMC extend the program with the foundation’s support. Over the next two days, WAMC listeners pledged another 62,000 pounds of food, making a significant difference to the local community.

Because half of all Syrians have been forced to flee their homes, spurring a humanitarian crisis with global implications, WAMC also partnered with the WakaWaka Foundation for the third time in the past two years to provide a solar-powered light/charging unit to uprooted Syrians. WakaWaka ('Shine Bright' in Swahili) develops, manufactures and markets high-tech, low-cost solar powered lamps and chargers that are essential both in the developing world and in the West. WAMC’s listeners were able to pledge to WAMC and send a solar light to Syrian refugee family. This partnership resulted in the distribution of about 1520 lights to Syrian families, allowing listeners to make a difference in the global community.

“We have been overwhelmed by the WAMC community’s desire to sustain not only WAMC, but also to help individuals in need. Our listeners helped fill the shelves of 53 local food pantries, and we sent over 1520 lights to Syrian refugees. That support, love and compassion only reflects how strong the WAMC community is when it comes together,” said Joe Donahue, WAMC’s VP of News & Programming and Host of The Roundtable.

WAMC’s three annual Fund Drives are successful because of the combined efforts of listeners, donors, volunteers, sponsors and supporters. “WAMC is grateful to the volunteers who gave us their time and the businesses who donated items, services, and food in support of the Fall Fund Drive,” added Chartock. “This enormous effort is not possible without their support.” A complete list of supporters is available at Anyone interested in learning more about the Fund Drive or to get involved should contact Colleen O’Connell, Fund Drive Manager at 465-5233x189.

WAMC Northeast Public Radio is a non-commercial, public radio station and nonprofit organization that presents award-winning news and cultural programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. WAMC's listening area reaches parts of seven states, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire; as well as parts of Canada. With over 400,000 monthly listeners, WAMC ranks among the most-listened-to public radio stations in the United States. WAMC is a member of National Public Radio and an affiliate of Public Radio International. For more information on WAMC, please visit or call 518.465.5233.

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When Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election, it created a flurry of interest from potential candidates.   Among those seeking the state’s top job is the current Lieutenant Governor. Interested candidates are now coming forward to announce their campaigns for  the state’s second in command.  Republican Randy Brock, a former state senator who served as state auditor from 2005 to 2007 and unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2012, has announced that he will seek the Lieutenant Governor’s position.  He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley there are a few reasons he opted to run for Lieutenant Governor in 2016.

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Over the Columbus Day holiday some local schoolgirls opted not to take a day off. They came away from a workshop having learned the most important lesson of their lives.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

The owners of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth have announced that they will close the plant by June 2019.

Entergy Corp. said Tuesday it is closing the only nuclear power plant in Massachusetts because of "poor market conditions, reduced revenues and increased operational costs."

The decision comes about a month after federal inspectors said they would increase oversight of the plant in the wake of a shutdown during a winter storm. The plant needs millions of dollars in safety improvements.

The plant was relicensed in 2012 for 20 years.