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A New Report Shows Concussion Diagnoses Among New York youths rose 72 percent over the past five years. 

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Phone, cable and utility companies in New York may no longer charge early termination fees when service has been discontinued due to the death of a customer.

Hedley Project (artist's rendering).
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The Troy Industrial Development Agency Board met Friday and approved three projects for the "Hedley District."

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A major construction project is underway at a private college in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is making some changes to prevent any future bid-rigging in some of his major economic development projects. But critics on both the left and the right say the governor is failing to address the bigger picture, whether the $8.6 billion worth of  programs are an effective use of public monies.

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Pressure is mounting to release the body cam video of a deadly police shooting in Winooski, Vermont a week and a half ago. 

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       A noticeable change is occurring in the skyline of downtown Springfield, as construction work kicks into high gear on the MGM casino. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers evening weather forecast for Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

Joyce Carol Oates has won the highest honors in American fiction, ranging from the National Book Award to being awarded the National Humanities Medal from President Obama in 2010. She is also a 5-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She has a pair of new books out – one a memoir, one a meditation on writing. 

We spoke to Joyce Carol Oates her as part of The Creative Life: A Conversation Series at The University at Albany. Our conversation was taped in September before a live audience in the University’s Performing Arts Center. 

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A New York congressman has written to President Obama, asking him to intervene in a pipeline project under construction in the Hudson Valley and require an independent risk assessment. Meanwhile, a coalition of groups has asked a federal court to stop the pipeline’s construction.

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     A district attorney Wednesday is planning to announce what is called a “significant development” in a notorious unsolved western Massachusetts murder case.

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Massachusetts has found itself atop a national energy efficiency scorecard for the sixth straight year.

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If television ratings are any indication, last night's U.S. presidential debate was a doozy!  According to overnight ratings, it ranks at or near the top of a list of all such debates ever broadcast.  

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A new study from the University at Albany found that African American men are designated as sex offenders nearly twice as often as white men in the U.S. In fact, 1 percent of African American men are registered sex offenders. The study entitled "Punishing Sex: Sex Offenders And The Missing Punitive Turn In Sexuality Studies" was authored by UAlbany assistant professor of sociology Trevor Hoppe.

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The University of Vermont has received the largest gift ever to a publicly-funded university in New England and has renamed its medical school in honor of the donor.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

Detour
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The water emergency in Albany is over. The water main line under South Lake Avenue near the intersection with Elberon Place has been repaired, restoring water service for the major water transmission line there. Citywide water restrictions have been lifted, but the street remains closed.

When feminist writer Susan Faludi learned that her 76-year-old father ― long estranged and living in Hungary ― had undergone sex reassignment surgery, she was set on an investigation that would turn personal and urgent.

How was this new parent who identified as “a complete woman now” connected to the silent, explosive, and ultimately violent father she had known, the photographer who’d built his career on the alteration of images?

This week's Book Picks  come from Kira Wizner of Merritt Bookstore.

List:

Mischling by Affinity Konar
Little Labors by Rivkah Galchen
Twenty Four Hours in the Life of Woman by Stefan Zweig
This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell
History of the Hudson Valley: Civil War to Modern Times by Vernon Benjamin
Substitute by Nicholson Baker
Urban Forests by Jill Jonnes
A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston
Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life by Jeff Wilser

Some Connecticut residents are dealing with a scary situation underground.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Connecticut representative Joe Courtney, a Democrat from the 2nd district.

The Islamic State is one of the most lethal and successful jihadist groups in modern history, surpassing even al-Qaeda. Thousands of its followers have marched across Syria and Iraq, subjugating millions, enslaving women, beheading captives, and daring anyone to stop them. Thousands more have spread terror beyond the Middle East under the Islamic State's black flag.

How did the Islamic State attract so many followers and conquer so much land? By being more ruthless, more apocalyptic, and more devoted to state-building than its competitors.

Based almost entirely on primary sources in Arabic-including ancient religious texts and secret al-Qaeda and Islamic State letters that few have seen - William McCants' The ISIS Apocalypse explores how religious fervor, strategic calculation, and doomsday prophecy shaped the Islamic State's past and foreshadow its dark future.

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  The results of standardized tests given in Massachusetts schools last year are a mixed bag for the state’s second largest school system.

Hundreds of people turned out for the meeting Monday at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
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Hundreds of people turned out for a meeting Monday about bringing refugees, likely from Syria and Iraq, to Pittsfield.

9/27/16 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, Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain, and Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses last night's debate and the fallout.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about a casino in the Catskills and the public corruption case against Capital Region Developer Joseph Nicolla.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Cloudy early today, then increasing sunshine and milder. Highs in the lower 70's.

Partly cloudy tonight. Lows in the upper 40's.

A mix of sun and clouds with the risk of a shower tomorrow. Highs in the upper 60's. 

A body was found yesterday afternoon in a wooded area on the University at Albany campus. The Times Union reports university police are investigating the “unattended death” of undergraduate student Ravin Pahladsingh of Queens. Police say there wasn’t any indication of suspicious or criminal activity in the death.

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MLB:

The Miami Marlins won one for Jose Fernandez on Monday.An emotional Marlins club honored their former ace before building an early 7-0 lead in a 7-3 win over the New York Mets. The final out was recorded less than two days after Fernandez and two others were killed in a boating accident near Miami Beach.Each Miami player wore No. 16 to honor Fernandez, who was 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA and 253 strikeouts this season before dying at age 24. The pregame ceremony included a slow, solemn solo trumpet rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Following the national anthem, New York manager Terry Collins led his Mets across the field to share hugs with the Marlins. After the game, the Marlins formed a circle around the mound and placed the ball against the pitching rubber.

Phil Scott (File photo Sept. 2016)
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Vermont's Republican lieutenant governor says he would sell his share of a construction company if he wins the governor's race in November.

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