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Popular ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft are opposing a Vermont bill that would require the companies to greatly increase their insurance coverage for personal injuries when drivers are between rides.

House lawmakers on Beacon Hill hold discussions in the coming week on a proposed state budget totaling more than $40 billion.

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On Saturday, April 29th, a small army of volunteers will spread out across Saratoga Springs to plant new trees.  Sustainable Saratoga's Urban Forestry Project is holding its sixth planting day one day after Arbor Day.

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with program chair Tom Denny about the upcoming event and the organization.

For more information visit: http://www.sustainablesaratoga.org/projects/urban-forestry-project/

Poughkeepsie Mayor Says CDBG Cuts Would Hurt His City

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Many local elected officials are concerned about a variety of proposed cuts in President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 federal budget. And one worry is over the potential axing of the Community Development Block Grant program.

New York lawmakers are headed back to Albany to wrap up their work for the year.

The Senate and Assembly are scheduled to reconvene Monday to begin the last seven weeks of their annual legislative session. They've been on break for two weeks after blowing a key deadline and passing a $153 billion state budget several days late.

A car filled with college students has crashed into an upstate New York highway median and rolled over, killing one person and injuring five.

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News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for April 22, 2017.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Birding With An Expert

Apr 22, 2017
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When I started spending weekends upstate in the late 1970’s I didn’t know a blue jay from a bluebird. Having grown up a city kid, I owed my early birding education to two sources: my wife, who was raised in the suburbs; and a weekly birding column in the Chatham Courier, a Columbia County newspaper, written by Kate Dunham and her partner Elizabeth Grace.

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This past week, Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott celebrated his 100th day in office and outlined his accomplishments so far.  Vermonters elect the governor and lieutenant governor separately. David Zuckerman is a Progressive/Democrat in his first term as Lieutenant Governor.  During a break in Senate sessions, he told WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that during his first 100 days he’s worked to get more people, especially youth, involved in the political process.

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Vermont health care regulators say two of the state's hospitals must use $11.6 million in surplus revenue from last year to reduce commercial insurance rates.

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As another anniversary passes, authorities in western Massachusetts say they remain committed to solving the murder of a young woman.

The New York State Parole Board Friday denied parole for Judith Clark, the getaway driver in the failed 1981 Rockland County Brinks armored car robbery that left three law enforcement officers dead.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back, and that's no hoax.

(4/21/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: we look at whether the passage of the state budget means the end of the legislative session, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the Governor’s reaction to a NY Times editorial criticizing his free college tuition plan, and as some communities around the state become sanctuary cities, Schenectady appears to be distancing itself from that label.

The Berkshire Athenaeum will hold an audio book fair next week in an effort to get people who are blind reading.

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The New York State Canal System is getting a spring cleanup.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, is calling called for the preservation of the federal Brownfield program.

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Berkshire United Way has announced a countywide, volunteer-driven early childhood initiative. The hope is to improve literacy rates across the county.

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Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress held its annual “Across the Aisle” event Friday at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. New York Republican Congressman John Faso and Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney discussed infrastructure, college debt, the Hudson River, federal budget and more.

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One of the more notable things about the production of a “The Normal Heart” presented at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham through April 30, is that it generates a span of emotions ranging from compassion to outrage.  

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Sol Greenberg's trademark wavy silver hair and pipe once personified the office of District Attorney in Albany County. Greenberg died Thursday at age 95.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 21, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, April 21, 2017.

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A legal marijuana plan has suddenly resurfaced and passed the Vermont Senate on a 21-9 vote, though it's highly unlikely the House will move on the bill this year.

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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from Connecticut’s 5th House District, says scientists getting involved in protests this weekend is a big deal. 

   With a date set for the public reopening of Springfield’s Union Station after a years-long restoration project, details have been announced for a celebration.

State lawmakers are due back at the Capitol Monday, following a two week break after they passed a budget that contained numerous other items, like free public college tuition for some middle class students and an expansion of ride hailing services. But what, if anything, do lawmakers still need to do before adjourning in June?

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Rocco DeFazio of DeFazio’s Pizzeria in Troy and Donna Damiano join us for Food Friday as we delve into Italian sweets and gelato. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 21, 2017
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, April 21, 2017.

It’s Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President James Birge’s inauguration day. Birge took office last March, but says he wanted the big day to come during a week full of campus activity.

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Capital Region Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko held a town hall meeting last night at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. But unlike his Republican colleagues in the region, who are hearing demands from constituents for face time to ask tough questions, Tonko was greeted by a friendly audience with questions about how he plans to navigate a Washington dominated by the GOP. 

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