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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, Stacey Abrams' win in Georgia Democratic gubernatorial primary, a summit meeting with North Korea that now may be delayed, and Michael Cohen's longtime business partner accepting a plea deal in relation to tax fraud. 

WAMC's David Guistina talks to Miles Reed of the Daily Gazette about a tire scam that's costing Schenectady landlords money and a police response to a nerf gun at a local vocational school. 

NBA:

James Harden scored 30 points and the Houston Rockets evened the NBA's Western Conference finals at two games apiece by outscoring Golden State 25-12 in the fourth quarter of a 95-92 victory against the Warriors. Chris Paul had 27 points for the Rockets, who blew a seven-point halftime lead and trailed by 10 heading into the final period. Stephen Curry poured in 28 points for the Warriors, while Kevin Durant added 27 with 12 rebounds. Game 5 is tomorrow at 9 p.m.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Morning clouds giving way to a mix of sun and clouds today.  Breezy and warm.  Highs in the upper 70s.

Clear tonight.  Lows near 50.

Sunny and pleasant tomorrow.  Highs in the mid 70s.

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Hoosick Falls Mayor Rob Allen was in Washington D.C. Tuesday to attend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s summit on PFAS chemicals.

In a real-life case of "Failure to Launch," an upstate New York judge has ordered a 30-year-old man to move out of his parents' house after they went to court to eject him.

Michael Rotondo told the judge Tuesday he knows his parents want him out of their Camillus home, near Syracuse. But he argued he's entitled to six months more time.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports the judge rejected that demand as outrageous. Rotondo told reporters he'll appeal.

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Two solar companies in the region have merged, saying the move will accelerate the growth of solar in Vermont and New York’s Hudson Valley.

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The New York State Legislature chose Barbara Underwood, the acting Attorney General, to replace the former AG Eric Schneiderman for the remainder of the term, which ends December 31. Underwood will be the first woman to hold that office.

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The University at Albany’s men’s lacrosse team has become one of the nation’s top programs in recent years, with player of the year award-winners and booming attendance. This year, UAlbany beat lacrosse giant Syracuse and notched its first No. 1 ranking. But on Saturday, the Great Danes are taking a big step forward: their first trip to the Final Four.

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       A venerable western Massachusetts zoo, which has struggled financially, has hired a new director, who vows to take the zoo in a new direction. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

NY Dems Rally Behind State Senate Candidates

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Before New York Democrats gather on Long Island for their convention this week, many were in Orange County Monday to support a state Senate candidate. The newly reunited Senate Democrats are hoping to wrest control of the chamber from Republicans in November.

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Kirk Wallace Johnson’s new book, “The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century,” is a true story which explores the 2009 theft of rare Victorian-era bird feathers from a British museum by American music student Edwin Rist who was obsessed with using the feathers for exotic fishing lures.

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After the high school shooting in Florida in mid-February, President Trump suggested arming teachers as added security against such events, but the idea was largely rejected. A new documentary that will be screened tonight in Northampton, Massachusetts says in some school districts teachers are carrying guns, and in some cases so too are school bus drivers, custodians and other staff members. Kate Way, the co-producer and co-director of the film “G Is For Guns", spoke with WAMC's Brian Shields.

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It's all about technology on this edition of Vox Pop. We'll talk computers with Tony Yang of Gig Computers. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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New York and Vermont are among 22 states participating in a “Border to Border” law enforcement campaign aimed at getting more people to wear their seatbelts.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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WNYT

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

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Alexander Ciccolo of Adams, Massachusetts pleaded guilty to four charges related to terrorism Monday in connection with plans to attack college campuses.

Another Albany Skyway brainstorming session is scheduled for tonight.

    The former campaign director for the activist organization MoveOn has become the latest candidate for the State Senate seat once held by Amherst Democrat Stan Rosenberg.

When Jonathan Cain and the iconic band Journey were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cain could say he had finally arrived. But Cain's journey wasn't always easy and his true arrival in life had more to do with faith than fame.

His new memoir is "Don't Stop Believin': The Man, the Band, and the Song that Inspired Generations."

Journey's 58-city North American tour with Def Leppard will be in Albany at The Times Union Center on Wednesday, May 23.

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Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning as we discuss privacy regulations and what's new in Facebook's upcoming discussions.

Jesse Feiler is an app developer, author, and consultant specializing in small business and nonprofit organizations. His most recent books are “The Nonprofit Risk Book: Finding and Managing Risk in Nonprofits and NGOs” written with Gail B. Nayowith and “Learn Computer Science with Swift.” His most recent apps are “CyberContinuity,” a free app to learn about your vulnerabilities and “The Nonprofit Risk App,” a companion to the book.

Thomas Chulak and Kara Polito from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY join us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
"Ruthless Tide: The Heroes and Villains of the Johnstown Flood, America's Astonishing Gilded Age Disaster" by Al Roker - event at Chatham Bookstore on June 9
"Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America" by James and Deborah Fallows
"The Ashokan Way: Landscape's Path Into Consciousness" by Gail Straub
"The Spirit Photographer" by Jon Michael Varese
"Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces" by Michael Chabon
"What I Leave Behind" by Alison McGhee

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One thing’s for sure: Connecticut’s 5th House district will be getting a new representative.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the fifth district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Why do we do the things we do? Robert Sapolsky, celebrated Stanford primatologist and neurobiologist and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, tackles this age-old question in his investigation into the science of human behavior, "Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst," now available in paperback.

From violence and aggression to cooperation and empathy, Sapolsky explores what we can do to better understand our relationships to one another. He argues that we should not distinguish between aspects of a behavior that are biological and those that are cultural because they are utterly intertwined.

5/22/18 Panel

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    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists were: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois and the Empire Report’s J.P. Miller.

Protesters with the New York State Poor People's Campaign marched to the capitol, blocked entrances and snarled traffic Monday.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding workers' rights. Dr. Chartock also discusses Gina Haspel, who was sworn in Monday as CIA Director.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about the resignation of a top official at SUNY's Upstate Medical University.  The pair also discusses Bethlehem Central School, which failed to block x-rated content on school issued laptops.

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WNYT

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

Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and possibly a thunderstorm today.  High in the 60s.

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