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   Emergency funds are being offered to help western Massachusetts farmers whose crops of fruits were damaged in last February’s extreme cold snap.

   Many peach growers in the region lost their entire crop and other fruits, such as plums, were damaged, according to Phil Korman, executive director of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, the organization that administers the disaster-recovery fund.

Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast

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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the WAMC evening regional forecast for July 26, 2016.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
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Republican Governor Charlie Baker has signed a bill bringing Massachusetts into compliance with new federal requirements for driver's licenses and other identification cards.

Rivers GM Mary Cheeks speaks with reporters on the casino construction site as Rush Street Gaming CEO Greg Karlin and NYSGC member John Poklemba look on.
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The New York State Gaming Commission met Monday afternoon in Schenectady. They discussed horse racing and casino gambling before heading off to tour the under-construction Rivers Casino.

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     Springfield, Massachusetts was the site today for a good-natured election-themed promotion for the national release of a new children’s book.

  What if an empire of Jewish warriors that really existed in the Middle Ages had never fallen—and was the only thing standing between Hitler and his conquest of Russia? 

Emily Barton’s new novel, The Book of Esther, is a saga of war, technology, mysticism, power, and faith. 

We’ve looked at the way that our present system of campaign finance results in our being fleeced by businesses that use laws and regulations to protect them from competition and from lawsuits. Think about the repeal of legislation that regulated the financial services industry, or the NRA which got legislation to prevent funding for studies of gun violence, the companies that blocked state laws defining duties in their industries, the loosening of federal antitrust law, or a plethora of tax breaks. All of that was facilitated by grateful lawmakers, grateful for campaign help, contributions or expenditures, which made their elections or reelections possible

Bernie Sanders
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Last week the action was in Cleveland with the Republican National Convention, and this week we’re focusing on Philadelphia, where the Democratic National Convention is unfolding.

Among the delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is Dolores Huerta, a member of the California delegation and a board member of People For The American Way. In 1962 she co-founded The National Farm Workers Association with Cesar Chavez, which later became The National Farm Workers Union. She is also president of The Dolores Huerta Foundation for grassroots organizing. Dolores Huerta says the economy is among the most important issues facing the nation this election year.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, July 26, 2016.   

Bernie Sanders
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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took the stage of the Democratic National Convention Monday, closing an historic long-shot campaign for the White House. Vermont’s delegates had an emotional evening as their home-state champion urged unity behind Hillary Clinton.

Funding Will Help Restore Croton Point Park Meadow

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WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Westchester County executive and a state senator from the Hudson Valley announced funding for a meadow restoration project on Monday. The site is a haven for migratory birds, including bald eagles.

Sanders Drops In On New York Delegation

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Gov. Cuomo and Senator Sanders
Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced a surprise guest at the New York delegation breakfast today at the Democratic National Convention: Senator Bernie Sanders.

Basilica Hudson, in partnership with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) will host the first READ & FEED this Saturday, July 30th. The event brings together artisanal makers of food with artisanal makers of literature.

This inaugural “mini-festival” will feature panel discussions bringing together writers, farmers and chefs, cooking and mixology demonstrations, a marathon reading of John Cage Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse), and a marketplace featuring more than twenty small press publishers and artisanal food makers, plus spectacular eats and drinks.

Here to tell us more are: Jeffrey Lependorf, CLMP’s Executive Director; Lisa Pearson, publisher of Siglio Press and the John Cage Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse); and Michael Albin, proprietor of Hudson Wine Merchants.

Rachel Martin
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This week and last on WAMC we’ve been bringing you special coverage of the national political conventions from our partners at PBS and NPR. Rachel Martin has been in the thick of it — on the floor talking to delegates in the midst of stirring convention speeches. Martin is heard each week on these airwaves as host of Weekend Edition Sunday, and she joins us now from Philadelphia. 

There’s a big difference between the executive and legislative branches.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Zephyr Teachout, the Democratic candidate in New York’s 19th House district, continues her discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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  Fair is foul, and foul is fair -- more fair than usual in the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s production of Macbeth - now running in repertory at Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, NY.  The fairer for having a cast of only three actors, and all three -women.

Lee Sunday Evans directs Maria-Christina Oliveras, Nance Williamson, and Stacey Yen in the production and we are joined by two-thirds of the trio, Maria-Christina and Stacey, to talk about the production.

  

This week's Book Picks come from Connie Brooks and Kate Reid of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY.

List:
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating and What You Can Do About It by Larry Olmsted
Bogs & Fens: A Guide to the Peatland Plants of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada by Ronald B. Davis
Invisible Kingdom by Rob Ryan
My Favorite Pets (by Gus W. for Mrs. Smolinski’s Class) by Jeanne Birdsall, illustrated by Harry Bliss
Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke

7/26/16 Panel

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

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt about 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses last night's Democratic National Convention speeches.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about the dry summer and a glitch in a nonprofit grant to the Palace theater in Albany.

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:

Mostly sunny, breezy and a bit less humid today.  Highs in the upper 80's to around 90.

Mostly clear tonight.  Lows in the lower 60's.

A mix of sun and clouds, hot and a bit humid tomorrow.  Highs near 90.

MLB:

Flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman is back in the National League Central.

The Chicago Cubs have acquired the lefty from the Yankees for four players. Chapman is 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings this season after recording 146 saves and a 2.17 earned run average in six years with the Reds. Cincinnati sent him to the Yanks last December.

It’s supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s convention, but all of the focus Monday was on her primary challenger Bernie Sanders and his delegates, who continue to stew over a wikileaks release of DNC emails that showed favoritism to Clinton over Sanders.

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An analysis by The Associated Press finds that while women in the U.S. remain significantly underrepresented at all levels of elected office Vermont stands out for its state Legislature, Maine for longevity and New Hampshire for women in all levels of government.

Barre suspicious package
Vermont State Police

Officials in Barre, Vermont have determined that a suspicious package was not dangerous.

South Burlington City Hall
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South Burlington's emergency staff say they need a communications equipment upgrade, but City Council members and taxpayers are unsettled by the $1.9 million price tag.

Westchester County Exec Addresses Bharara Probe

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Office of the Westchester County Executive

A corruption probe being conducted by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has extended to Westchester County. That’s according to a report in the New York Post. Now Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is responding.

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