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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon December 22, 2014

2014.12.22 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Monday, December 22
Stephen Stearns of Yale University offers a contemporary analysis of human evolution.

Tuesday, December 23
Brooke Macnamara of Case Western Reserve University explores the efficacy of practice.

Wednesday, December 24
SUNY ESF's Tim Volk profiles the renewable resource: biomass.

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Media Project
5:30 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

The Media Project #1229

The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC's Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and University at Albany Professor and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao. On this week's show they talk about the SONY hacking story, fake news stories, Camille Cosby blames the media for the latest news about her husband's, and much more.

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Central New York News
3:18 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Oneidas Opening New Casino Near Syracuse

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The Oneida Indian Nation has announced plans to open a $20 million casino with a "Wizard of Oz" theme in the village where Oz author L. Frank Baum was born.

Ray Halbritter, chief executive officer of the Oneida Nation, tells the Syracuse Post-Standard (http://bit.ly/1wSda3w ) the casino will open in the spring in Chittenango, 14 miles east of Syracuse.

The Oneidas announced plans for the Yellow Brick Road Casino four days after a state panel recommended licensing three non-Indian casinos, including one 42 miles west of Syracuse.

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New York News
12:33 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Gannett Capitol Reporter: Many Fracking Questions Still Unanswered

Jon Campbell

A six-year de facto moratorium defined by passionate protests, lawsuits and fierce lobbying came to a conclusion with Wednesday’s announcement by the Cuomo administration’s health and environmental conservation commissioners that they would not allow hydraulic fracturing to go forward in New York. Few people have covered the fracking wars as closely as reporter Jon Campbell, who covers the capitol for Gannett. Campbell was at the key cabinet meeting and tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus several questions about the decision remain unanswered.

New York News
9:09 am
Sun December 21, 2014

New York Government Leaders Condemn Police Killings

Government leaders from New York are reacting to the killing of two New York City police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. Both were shot while sitting in a patrol car in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.

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WAMC News
12:34 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Part Six Of Student Loan Series: Father And Son Professors On "Student Loan Mess"

All this week, WAMC has been reporting on what experts are calling the student loan crisis in the U.S. Authors Joel and Eric Best are have plenty in common — they are father and son and are both college professors — but their generations had vastly different experiences paying for school. And their students today face new challenges, with most borrowing to pay for ever-increasing education costs. The Bests are the authors of The Student Loan Mess: How Good Intentions Created A Trillion-Dollar Problem. Eric Best and Joel Best spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

New England News
8:02 am
Sat December 20, 2014

State Awards Berkshire Community College Manufacturing Grant

Berkshire Community College
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For the third straight year, Massachusetts has included Berkshire Community College in its Amp It Up! advanced manufacturing grant program.

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New England News
10:12 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Mass. Health Connector Increasing Staffing As First Deadline Nears

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Massachusetts is encouraging people who need to reenroll in Affordable Care Act insurance plans to do so by December 23rd while the state steps up call center staffing. Health Connector officials believe the website will hold up following last year’s failure.

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Legislative Gazette
8:32 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

The Legislative Gazette #1451

(Airs 12/19) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: Governor Cuomo says there will be no hydrofracking in New York, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on that, and we’ll report on the winners and losers of New York’s Casino licenses.

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Hudson Valley News
7:49 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Purchase College Receives Grant For Green Infrastructure

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A federal grant is headed to a State University of New York college in Westchester County for a green infrastructure project.

The $765,000 Environmental Protection Agency grant, announced by Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey, is for Purchase College to implement green practices when retrofitting campus pavement. Bio retention and porous pavement retrofits will be used to demonstrate how green infrastructure can be incorporated through the larger campus and improve water quality of Blind Brook, which flows into the Long Island Sound.

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