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The owners of the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts have taken care of some of its debt. 

Triple A members will see their coverage expand to include bicycles...

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A Vermont environmentalist who leads a group pushing for the cleanup of Lake Champlain says he's going to challenge Republican Gov. Phil Scott in next year's election as a Democrat.

Planned Parenthood leaders in New York are anxiously monitoring the actions in the Republican-led Congress to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and they say in all versions, their health care centers face big reductions. 

Berkshire County could play a key economic role in renewable energy efforts in Massachusetts. 

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation displayed at its headquarters Thursday nearly two tons of ivory DEC Officers have confiscated over the last several years. 

Like New York, Chicago, Boston and others before it, the Capital Region entered the bike share era today. This morning Capital District Physicians Health Plan and the Capital District Transportation Authority officially launched the "Cycle!"  program in Albany's Washington Park.

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    The executive director of the second largest public housing authority in Massachusetts is retiring on August 1st after almost a decade leading an agency that had been rocked by a corruption scandal prior to his arrival. 

A scene from "Buyer & Cellar"
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Summer is for relaxing.   If you are looking for a relaxing theater experience, “Buyer & Cellar” playing at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham is the ideal show.  Think of it as the theater equivalent of a beach-read book. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, July 27, 2017.

(Airs 7/27/17 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Bill Mahoney, a reporter for Politico, New York.

(Originally Aired 3/9/17 @ 1 p.m.) WAMC’s Alan Chartock In Conversation about Alzheimer’s Disease with Neurologist Dr. Richard Holub, President of Neurological Associates of Albany, PC.

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In the studio today to answer your gardening questions are a few familiar voices. Bob Graves is a horticulturist and co-owner of Faddegon’s Nurseryin Latham, New York. Fred Breglia is director of the Landis Arboretum in Esperance, New York. Greg Ward runs Ward’s Nursery in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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Berkshire Medical Center nurses plan to strike amid a contract impasse. 

A Saratoga County Sheriff’s Deputy is facing federal child pornography charges.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a third meeting about the review of the Hudson River Superfund clean-up project. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, July 27, 2017.

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The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is defending its plan to sell 40 objects in its collection to pay for an overhaul of the museum and an endowment fund. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Executive Director Van Shields about dispute, which involves criticism from national museum associations, other local cultural institutions, artists, and educators. The coalition is calling on Shields and the Berkshire Museum to halt the auction.

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Announced Tuesday and filed in state court on Wednesday, Vermont has reached a settlement agreement with company Saint-Gobain to address PFOA contamination in the Bennington area. The agreement will extend clean water lines to approximately 200 homes in the region. Officials were in Bennington to provide details Wednesday night.

In 1938, Mercedes-Benz began production of the largest, most luxurious limousine in the world. A machine of frightening power and sinister beauty, the Grosser 770K Model 150 Offener Tourenwagen was 20 feet long, seven feet wide, and tipped the scales at 5 tons. Its supercharged, 230-horsepower engine propelled the beast to speeds over 100 m.p.h. while its occupants reclined on glove-leather seats stuffed with goose down. Armor plated and equipped with hidden compartments for Luger pistols, the 770K was a sumptuous monster with a monstrous patron: Adolph Hitler and the Nazi party.

In The Devil’s Mercedes, author Robert Klara uncovers the forgotten story of how Americans responded to these rolling relics of fascism on their soil.

Robert Klara is the author of FDR’s Funeral Train and The Hidden White House. His articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, American Heritage, and The Guardian, among numerous other publications. Klara has also worked as a staff editor for magazines including Town & Country, Architecture, and Adweek.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his first remarks since President Trump announced in a tweet that he was banning transgender people from the military, condemned the action, as “terrible “and “hateful”, and saying it is contrary to American values. Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports.

Jacques Berlinerblau is Professor and Director of the Center for Jewish Civilization at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

In his new book, Campus Confidential, he breaks ranks to reveal what's wrong with American higher education. Professors can be underpaid. Marginalized. Over-reviewed. But one fact remains: The success of education depends on them.

Young people can be the difference in every election.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Rutgers University political science professor Ross Baker tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why today’s students impress him.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: Maudie, Dunkirk, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Upcoming:

Sweeney Todd - Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham, opens 7/27 Thursday (2 and 8 PM) through Aug. 6

Old Salt Union, Chris Kasper - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 7/27 Thursday, 7 PM

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous - Palace Theatre, Albany, 7/27 Thursday, 7 and 9:30 PM [7 PM sold out]

Phantogram - The Egg, Albany, 7/27 Thursday, 8 PM

7/27/17 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, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, and Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the progress of a GOP healthcare bill, President Donald Trump's tweet about banning transgender individuals from the military, and his comments about how upstate New Yorkers looking for jobs should move to Wisconsin where a new contract is being finalized to open a plasma screen factory. 

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Jim Kevlin from Hometown Oneonta about the Baseball Hall of Fame induction this weekend and the events for residents and baseball fans to attend.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Mostly cloudy and more humid with showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm today.  Highs in the upper 70's.

An evening shower, then some clearing overnight tonight.  Lows in the lower to mid 60's.

Showers likely south of I-84 tomorrow, mostly cloudy with a chance of showers south of I-90. Dry north of I-90 with more sun.  Highs near 80.

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GOLD CUP:

The United States men's soccer team has earned its sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup title and first since 2013.

Jordan Morris scored in the 88th minute to give the Americans a 2-1 win over Jamaica in the final at Santa Clara, Calif. Jozy Altidore's goal on a 28-yard free kick in the 45th minute opened the scoring, but the U.S. needed Morris' 14-foot blast to extend its unbeaten streak to 14 games under coach Bruce Arena.

What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s probably the most asked question in a young person’s life. For many, answering it is a chore well into adulthood. But when they get to college, they are asked to instantly start down whatever path it is they think they want to take.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear why the arts and sciences should still be a big part of a higher education.

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