(Airs 8/30 & 8/31/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: The state’s new education commissioner is getting some back lash over plans to quell the testing opt out movement, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the new commissioner, and we’ll take you to a protest in the Finger Lakes region over a coal burning power plant.

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There is something in the water.  And Plattsburgh officials have a conundrum on their hands trying to figure out why there are spikes in bacteria occurring at the city beach.


You may not yet have heard about  "Rise Up October" - it's a movement that packs a huge potential impact in our region.

Springfield Public Schools

Most kids don’t look forward to going back to school, but one western Massachusetts city tries to make it festive.

The Springfield Public Schools and food services company Sodexo will host the annual back to school barbecue Saturday at Blunt Park. Its free and open to the city’s public school students, staff and their families. 

Superintendent of Schools Dan Warwick said in addition to food, music and games  6,000 backpacks with school supplies will be given away and 40,000 brand new books distributed.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, August 28, 2015.

A Berkshire County school bus driver and assistant youth football coach is facing child pornography charges. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Brian Schaffer posted $2,000 bail Thursday afternoon and is confined to his home with GPS monitoring.


$120 million in federal and state money was spent over the last three years to build a high speed rail line, with new track, ties, switches, and stations, running parallel to the Connecticut River in Massachusetts.  Now local officials are working to get more trains running on that line called the Knowledge Corridor.

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This week the nation is recognizing the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  But this week also marks the anniversary of another mega-storm that tracked across our region four years ago today. 


10 years on, New Orleans and several other communities across the south continue to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina --- volunteers from all over the world came together to help rebuild --- including several from the Capital Region.

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 Friday, August 28, 2015.