The parents of a teenager accused of being involved in the near hanging of an 8-year-old biracial boy in New Hampshire insist what happened was a tragic accident and was not motivated by racism.

Burlington Electric headquarters
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Burlington, Vermont’s electric utility has issued a peak alert for Tuesday and is encouraging residents to reduce energy usage.

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Created in the wake of several high-profile contamination crises, New York's new Drinking Water Council is preparing to hold its first meeting.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, September 25, 2017.

     Western Massachusetts, home to a large Puerto Rican population, is mobilizing relief efforts for the island that was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

Senate Holds Hearing on Health Care Bill

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Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana are defending their proposal to replace Obamacare today in a Senate hearing.  The Senate Finance Committee begins its deliberations on the bill around 2:00 PM Eastern Time.


Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss orthopedics is Dr. Laura Scordino of OrthoNY. She specializes in hand, shoulder and upper extremity surgery. Dr. Scordino has a particular interest in treatment of tendon, nerve, and arthritic conditions of the hand and wrist. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

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A utility company in the Hudson Valley has agreed to implement customer service improvements following a New York state Public Service Commission investigation. The investigation began after a low-income advocacy group alleged the company was using unfair collection practices.

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An environmental database company says toxic algae threatens public recreational and drinking water sources around New York. 

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Today on Midday Magazine, a topic that is never easy to discuss; suicide. Joining us is Glenn Gilbert, coordinator of suicide prevention services at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, NY and Laura Marx, the head of the Capital Region Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, September 25, 2017. 

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The Massachusetts Cultural Council is urging the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield to halt its planned art sale. 

The second annual “Brew U” is on tap for Saturday, October 7th at The Egg in the Student Commons at the Culinary Institute of America’s Hyde Park, NY campus. Brew U is an exciting beer festival that will combine sampling from top breweries - including the Brewery at the CIA - with delicious food from the CIA and fun, educational seminars for beer and culinary enthusiasts.

You have the chance to tour the CIA Brewery, learn about the college’s Art & Science of Brewing course, and meet CIA Head Brewer Hutch Kugeman and other New York State brewers and beer experts, all while sampling beers and ciders. You’ll also enjoy delicious dishes perfectly paired with beer and prepared by CIA chefs.

Hutch joins us along with CIA Professor of Hospitality and Service Management – John Fischer. 

The 29th annual Hudson Valley Garlic Festival will take place this Saturday, September 30th from 10 - 6 and Sunday, October 1st from 10 - 5. Held at Cantine Veterans Memorial Complex in Saugerties, NY, the festival is a major fundraiser for the Saugerties Kiwanis Club.

Over 200 food, crafts, and garlic farmer vendors participate in the festival – there is live music, chef lectures, and garlic farmer lectures and a children’s area that includes a rock climbing wall.

This two day celebration of the yearly garlic harvest was started in 1989 at Pat Reppert’s Shale Hill Farm in Saugerties and has expanded from a few hundred attendees to thousands of garlic lovers enjoying each day.

Chairperson of the Festival Richard Kappler and Treasurer of the Festival Beth Becktold join us.

After adopting an Irish sight hound, Laura Schenone discovers a remarkable and little-known fight to gain justice for dogs and for all animals.

The Dogs of Avalon introduces us to the strong-willed Marion Fitzgibbon, born in rural Ireland, where animals are valued only for their utility. But Fitzgibbon believes that suffering is felt by all creatures, and she champions the cause of strays, baffling those around her―including her family―as she and a group of local women rescue any animal in need and taking on increasingly risky missions.

Laura Schenone is an award-winning author who has written A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove ​and The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken. Her newest book is The Dogs of Avalon: The Race to Save Animals in Peril.

A new online course is available on human trafficking.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Brian Hassett, President and CEO, United Way of the Greater Capital Region joins us to tell us about its Dial 2-1-1 program and Rensselaer Runs United.

9/25/17 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, Political Consultant Libby Post, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, and Director of the School of Communication and Meidai at Montclair State University, Keith Strudler. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, the new travel ban, and our upcoming fund drive.


Jordan Howard has led the Chicago Bears to their first win in nine September games over three seasons under coach John Fox.

Howard had 138 of Chicago's 220 yards rushing and scored the winning touchdown in overtime to give the Bears a 23-17 triumph over the Steelers. He raced 19 yards for the game-ending TD 7:33 into the extra period after rookie Tarik Cohen initially appeared to score on a 73-yard burst. Cohen was ruled out of bounds at the Pittsburgh 37, but Howard's run dropped the Steelers' all-time record in Chicago to 1-13.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett about Governor Cuomo's Puerto Rico relief efforts and potential Republican competitors for the gubernatorial race next fall.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Mostly sunny, hot and humid today. Highs around 90.

Mostly clear and muggy tonight with areas of fog. Lows in the mid 60's.

A mix of sun and clouds, hot and humid tomorrow. Highs in the upper 80's.

(Airs 9/24 & 9/25) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Associate Editor of the Albany Times Union Mike Spain. On this week’s Media Project, they talk about whether information overheard during a conversation at a public restaurant is fair game for journalists, the new muscle paragraph, and, in order to avoid media bias, should news organizations lift the veil?

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Summary

Sep 24, 2017
Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for September 24, 2017.

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This past week, the Saratoga Springs Charter Review Committee released a new fiscal analysis on its proposed city charter that will go before voters this election day.

The Vermont Board of Education has approved a school district's merger proposal under Act 46.

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A seventeen-year-old boy was injured by a passenger train in the Saratoga County town of Wilton on Saturday.

Strange Universe: 09/24/17

Sep 24, 2017
Saturn from Cassini

This week, Bob discusses viewing Saturn from a telescope.

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Homes in southern Vermont that had their drinking water wells test for low levels of chemicals PFOA and PFOS will be resampled over the next three weeks.

A Vermont college that faced a $1.5 million deficit last year has cut staff members to balance expenses.