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Should Democrats filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch concludes his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Former two-time mayoral candidate Corey Ellis is back in Albany politics.
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Former two-time mayoral candidate Corey Ellis is back in Albany politics, running for common council president.

Whether shopping with military precision or hanging the tea towels just so, compulsion is something most of us have witnessed in daily life. But compulsions exist along a broad continuum, and at the opposite end of these mild forms exist life altering disorders.

Sharon Begley’s Can't Just Stop: An Investigation of Compulsions is the first book of its kind to examine all of these behaviors—mild and extreme (OCD, hoarding, acquiring, exercise, even compulsions to do good)—together, as they should be, because while forms of compulsion may look incredibly different, these are actually all coping responses to varying degrees of anxiety.

3/29/17 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, Communications Specialist Theresa Bourgeois, and corporate attorney, Rich Honen.

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The New York State Department of Health will hold two public information sessions Thursday, March 30, to discuss the second set of PFOS blood test results.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's promise to bring back coal jobs and climate change.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette about sutdent opt-out rates across the state.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

A mix of sun and clouds and breezy today.  Highs in the upper 40's.

Mostly clear tonight.  Lows in the upper 20's.

Mostly sunny tomorrow.  Highs near 50.

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In the NBA, Philadelphia beat Brooklyn 106-101, Golden State topped Houston 113-106, Portland won against Denver 122-113, Washington bested the Lakers 119-108, Miami squeaked by Detroit 97-96, Atlanta beat Phoenix 95-91 Minnesota edged Indiana 115-114, and it was Milwaukee over Charlotte 118-108.

A Women’s History Month discussion with Kathy Sheehan, Albany’s first female mayor, and Albany author and activist Barbara Smith is set for Wednesday evening at City Hall.

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Surrounded by miners at the Environmental Protection Agency, President Donald Trump today signed an executive order that suspends, rescinds or flags for review more than a half-dozen measures that were part of the previous administration’s plan to curb global warming.  One of the most controversial measures, of concern to advocates in the Northeast, is a rollback of the Clean Power Plan.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning that New York might not be able to add more money for schools this year because of uncertainties in Washington over federal funding.

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Members of the Massachusetts State Senate are on a statewide listening tour with visits scheduled in each of the 40 Senator’s districts.

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Charter Communications’ Spectrum Cable system will drop Springfield, Massachusetts’ NBC affiliate, WWLP Channel 22, next month. The plan will sever Berkshire County from state and Boston cable television news. People in Berkshire County are concerned.

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Environmental group Riverkeeper has released a report on water quality in the Wallkill River that shows contamination levels throughout. The findings will be discussed Tuesday evening at the Wallkill River Summit at SUNY New Paltz. Meanwhile, Riverkeeper and another group have requested funding in New York’s budget for a state study of the Wallkill River.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

    One of the more colorful characters in Massachusetts political history has died.

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Uber's first report on employee diversity shows low numbers for women, especially in technical positions.

  Louis Begley, best known for his masterful observations of life in New York City’s upper crust, made his thriller debut with Killer Come Hither.

That book told the story of former Marine Corps officer turned novelist and Yale Alum, Jack Dana. Now Begley continues Jack’s story in the sequel, Kill and Be Killed.

New York state lawmakers are facing a Friday budget deadline with a number of issues hanging over their heads. Among them are an extension of a millionaire’s tax, tuition aid for college students and justice reform. Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo has floated the idea of an “extender budget” that would maintain current funding levels. The Democrat says New York is facing uncertainty about what the state can expect from federal funding sources.

Senator Patrick Leahy at CVOEO weatherization warehouse
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Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy met with community advocates and the leader of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity on Monday to discuss the implications of proposed cuts in the federal budget that would eliminate three programs that aid low-income Vermonters.

Dr. Robert Bullard
Dr. Robert Bullard

"Tell me your zip code and I will tell you how healthy you are." That's how Dr. Robert Bullard sizes up the nation's environmental policies, as the lower-income, more urban areas are often overlooked and the focus is too often on the wildlife, the forest and the rivers. Dr. Bullard, who has authored 18 books including perhaps his most influential work, Dumping In Dixie: Race, Class And Environmental Quality, will speak tonight at Siena College in Loudonville.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

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Government officials are reacting to the latest federal threats to "claw back" funding earmarked for sanctuary cities.

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    A legislative committee looking into possible changes to the voter-approved Massachusetts marijuana law heard appeals from law enforcement, public health advocates, local government officials, and legalization proponents at a hearing in western Massachusetts last night.

Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning to discuss the ins and outs of dealing with almighty #hashtag on social media..

Jesse Feiler is an app developer, author, and consultant working mostly with iOS and FileMaker for nonprofits, small businesses, and other organizations. His most recent books are iPad for Seniors for Dummies and Learn Apple HomeKit on iOS.

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

List:

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

Ill Will by Dan Chaon

Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolas Obregon

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

I Just Want to Say Good Night by Rachel Isadora

Tidy by Emily Gravett

Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils - Spotlight Guides by Neil Curtis

Congressman Peter Welch
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FBI Director James Comey’s testimony meant different things to different people.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

As a player, Charles Dillon "Casey" Stengel's contemporaries included Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, and Christy Mathewson . . . and he was the only person in history to wear the uniforms of all four New York teams: the Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, and Mets.

As a legendary manager, he formed indelible, complicated relationships with Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Billy Martin. For more than five glorious decades, Stengel was the undisputed, quirky, hilarious, and beloved face of baseball--and along the way he revolutionized the role of manager while winning a spectacular ten pennants and seven World Series Championships.  

But for a man who spent so much of his life in the limelight--an astounding fifty-five years in professional baseball--Stengel remains an enigma. Acclaimed New York Yankees' historian and bestselling author Marty Appel digs into Casey Stengel's quirks and foibles, unearthing a tremendous trove of baseball stories, perspective, and history. His new biography is: Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character.

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A former Pittsfield officer has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $200,000 from the police union account he was entrusted to manage.

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