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As representatives in Washington continue to deliberate the next Farm Bill, officials in New York are keeping a close eye on the negotiations.

Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the regional midday weather summary for Sunday: March 18, 2018.

The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended adding 20 properties, resources and districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. As WAMC’s Allison Dunne tells us, three are in the Hudson Valley.

With forecasters saying another snow storm is “possible” at midweek, municipal budgets in Massachusetts are feeling a bit strained. 

Strange Universe: 03/18/18

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This week, Bob Berman discusses the moon, the planet Venus, and the strange planet Mercury will all be in alignment tonight.

The man accused of driving the wrong way and causing an interstate crash in Vermont that killed five teenagers in 2016 is planning an insanity defense.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Yoga 101

Mar 17, 2018
Instructor Alec Butterfield at Supersoul Yoga in Chatham, NY
Ralph Gardner, Jr.

I didn’t choose yoga. Yoga chose me. Or rather my body told me there was no excuse at so youthful an age – I’ll keep my age to myself, thank you – to have legs so stiff that you have to descend the stairs a half step at a time.

Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the regional midday weather summary for Saturday: March 17, 2018.

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A former Upstate New York congressman is part of a bi-partisan effort to take the money out of politics in Washington. Richard Hanna, a Republican who served three terms in the House from Central New York, is a member of The ReFormers Caucus, made up of almost 200 former elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, who launched the “Fix Politics Now” campaign this week in Philadelphia. 

Interior of the CRRC rail car factory in Springfield

Production is expected to start soon at the largest factory built in western Massachusetts in generations – the CRRC rail car manufacturing complex in Springfield. 

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New York’s U.S. Senators are asking Amtrak to rename a Rochester train station after Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, who died this week at 88.

A shooting threat was discovered in a bathroom at a Saratoga County high school.


Vermont will receive $28 million to settle a long-running dispute with tobacco companies and will spend half that money to combat opioid addiction.

A New York state Senate hearing on storm response and preparedness is set for next week. Two state Senators from the Hudson Valley had called for the hearing following winter storms in early March that left large portions of their districts in the dark.

(Airs 3/16/18) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Cuomo’s former top aide Joe Percoco is found guilty of bribery and conspiracy, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the verdict and its impact on the Governor, and we’ll take you the Columbia High School where students organized an assembly as part of nat’l school walkout day.

Vermont Inspection Station sign
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Car inspection rules in Vermont could get a little laxer as the state considers making some repairs that are recommended but not required.

#1495: Women Riders And Boy Scouts Welcome Girls

Mar 16, 2018
Courtesy of Scotte and Toni Burns

On this week’s 51%, a woman’s experience at a motorcycle repair shop prompts her partner to weigh in on women riders; we hear from the first black female police officer in a certain Northeastern city; and Boy Scouts start letting in girls. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Councilor Mike Kelly (in striped vest) leads meeting of the Plattsburgh Common Council Finance and Budget Committee on 3/15/18
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Plattsburgh Common Council’s Finance and Budget Committee provided an overview of the city’s finances and an update on its five-year budget plan during its monthly meeting Thursday night.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan

In the days since actor and progressive activist Cynthia Nixon indicated she might want to run against Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for New York governor, Cuomo has made a number of public appearances and taken several steps to shore up his political base.

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An official tree-tapping ceremony was held in Schenectady County today to mark the 2018 maple sugaring season and New York’s Maple Weekend.

Massachusetts State Police

       A bridge that passes over the Massachusetts Turnpike in Charlton was dedicated Friday in memory of a fallen State Trooper. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 16, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, March 16, 2018.

#1494: She Wants Voices Of Women Of Color To Be Heard

Mar 16, 2018

On this week’s 51%, we meet an author and activist whose anthology aims to draw readers closer to inclusion and understanding  hear from a military spouse about how frequent moves takes their toll, and writer Dr. Jeri Burns shares story about appropriate public displays. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

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Albany's St. Patrick’s Day Parade is tomorrow. The 68th annual march, touted as a "family-friendly event" will carry on a number of traditions.

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Liam Slattery and chef Drew Philipchik of O'Slattery's Irish Restaurant & Pub in Delmar, NY join Food Friday with some St. Patrick's Day favorites. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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What's on our listeners' minds? Let's find out!  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.  

HV State Lawmakers To DOT: Submit Rail Crossings Study

Mar 16, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley are wondering why New York’s transportation department hasn’t finished a rail crossings study, as mandated by legislation.

Facebook: Spectrum

Representatives from cable giant Spectrum are scheduled to be in Pittsfield Monday for a public meeting on a recent programming change.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 16, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, March 16, 2018.

Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New leadership came to the Albany County Legislature in January when Andrew Joyce was elected chairman, a seat his father held a quarter of a century earlier.