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A Pittsfield company wants to develop a Berkshire Business Confidence Index to better show the trends of the county’s economy. 

Renowned political scientist and activist Dr. Ben Barber, who had ties to the Berkshires, has died. His last book, “Cool Cities: Urban Sovereignty and the Fix for Global Warming,” was published less than a week before his death from pancreatic cancer. 

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An Albany County court jury Wednesday afternoon found two former University at Albany students guilty of filing a false statement, but acquitted the pair of assault, attempted assault and harassment. 

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A report issued this month assesses the changing salinity of freshwater lakes.  It finds increased sodium chloride in the North American lakes studied, most likely caused by using salt to de-ice roadways.

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Several New York state lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that they say would force President Donald Trump to make public some of his tax returns.

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As Berkshire County public schools finalize their budgets for next year, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees is explaining why some schools are struggling due to a lack of state aid. The Pittsfield School Committee is scheduled to adopt its budget tonight.

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New York would release the state tax returns for Donald Trump and other New Yorkers holding high office under state legislation crafted by Democratic lawmakers. 

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    Activists called today for workers to strike and businesses to shut down in western Massachusetts on May 1st, as part of what is expected to be a nationwide protest.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

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On this week’s 51%, we check in on the progress of women in the military, hear from a woman behind an initiative called BlackStoriesMatter and meet a Tony winner come cartoon laureate. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Proposal In Albany Could Start "Textalyzer" Era

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Ben Lieberman, whose son died in a distracted driving accident, joins Senator Terrence Murphy, R- Jefferson Valley, and Newcastle police to announce legislation and new technology for determining if a driver was distracted at the timeof ahn accident.
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Car accidents have been on the decline for 16 years, but now trends are beginning to reverse. Legislators and advocates blame distracted driving, which often goes uninvestigated without driver admission or a witness. The Legislative Gazette’s Katie Carroll reports on a proposed bill in New York that could change that.

Activists are hoping to build grassroots support for the Massachusetts legislature to approve some form of a carbon tax to combat global warming. 

Nine western Massachusetts municipalities this spring are scheduled to vote on non-binding carbon pricing resolutions.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Richard Pree , who is a local leader of the national Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

With most schools nearing the end of their spring semesters, counselor Lynell Engelmyer is in the studio this afternoon to talk about financially preparing for college, financial aid and the admissions process. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

A delegation of forest supervisors from India is in New York this week to learn about the Catskills watershed. It’s part of a U.S.-India exchange program to help develop solutions for sustainable forest land use in India.

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The Oscar-winning film director Jonathan Demme has died at age 73. Known for films like The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married and several music documentaries and videos, Demme was honored at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2012. Meira Blaustein is executive director of the festival.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

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This will be the 60th year that a museum in Blue Mountain Lake opens its doors to showcase Adirondack history.  Now, as it begins its sixth decade, the Adirondack Museum is being rebranded with a new name, logo and a new 19,000-square foot interactive exhibition.  Executive Director David Kahn explains why the museum’s new name is the “Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake.”

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NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks will deliver the 21st annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture tonight at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Brooks says he wants to encourage millennials to transform their activism into scholarship, like Du Bois did 150 years ago. 

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If you’ve been to Manhattan recently, you’ve probably noticed the blue Citi Bikes traveling along city streets. Now, CDTA is teaming up with CDPHP and a Brooklyn-based company to bring bike-sharing to the Capital Region. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard explains that customers will be able to choose where they’d like to see the bikes.

Over the course of his distinguished career, Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough has spoken before Congress, the White House, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions -- including Union College in Schenectady.

Now, at a time of self-reflection in America following a bitter election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume designed to identify important principles and characteristics that are particularly American.

The book is entitled The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For

John Cariani is an actor and a playwright. He has appeared on and Off Broadway, at regional theaters across the country, and in several films and television shows.

He’s been nominated for a Tony Award. He’s done movies with Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Ed Asner. Most people seem to know him from Law & Order, where he played Forensics Tech Beck from 2002-2007.

He started writing plays when he moved to New York City in the late nineties. They include Almost Maine, Love/Sick and Last Gas. His second play, Cul-De-Sac is being produced by the Half Moon Theatre in Poughkeepsie beginning this Saturday through May 14th.                        

It is National Poetry Month and to celebrate, we welcome one of our favorites to the program this morning. Djelloul Marbrook will tell us about his latest collection: Riding Thermals to Winter Grounds.

Djelloul Marbrook was born in Algiers and grew up in New York. He served in the U.S. Navy and for many years was a newspaper reporter and editor. His awards include the Wick Poetry Prize and the International Book Award in Poetry. He hails from New York's mid-Hudson Valley. 

       A delegation of business people from western Massachusetts is at the Statehouse today for a series of meetings with key state legislators and members of the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker.

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4/26/17 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, Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao, and corporate attorney, Rich Honen.

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Vermont's attorney general has joined 13 other attorneys general in urging the country to reaffirm a commitment to an international agreement to reduce climate-warming carbon emissions.

The letter signed by Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says climate change poses multiple threats including to national security, the economy, and the health and well-being of citizens.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette about two trials that have gripped the Capital Region. 

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Construction has begun on the final phase of a riverfront park in Beacon, New York, to provide new amenities.

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The Houston Rockets have found a way to stop Russell Westbrook from getting triple-doubles - by ending the Oklahoma City Thunder's season. The Rockets have advanced to the NBA's Western Conference semifinals by knocking off the Thunder, 105-99 in Game 5. James Harden had 34 points and Lou Williams added 22 to help Houston reach Round 2 for the second time in three seasons. Williams scored the last eight points in a 10-2 spurt that put the Rockets ahead 86-81 with nine minutes remaining.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the passing of two influential Berkshire residents, Michael Flynn's Russian ties, a federal judge's ruling on sanctuary cities, and legislation in New York state that would require a President that's from New York to release their tax returns.

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