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(Airs 7/3/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: A wage board appointed by the Governor says it will authorize a substantial raise for fast food workers, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on his conversation with John Kaeney, the Executive Director of Reinvent Albany, and residents of Northern NY are looking forward to getting back to normal after two prison escapees freedom comes to an end.

Michael Meeropol: Required Reading

7 hours ago

I would like to strongly recommend that everyone listening to this broadcast immediately go out and buy a short book (you can read it in one sitting) called THE COLLAPSE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway.  (NY:  Columbia University Press, 2014)  They had previous collaborated on a highly regarded book MERCHANTS OF DOUBT (NY and London:  Bloomsbury Publishing, 2011) in which they investigated the ability of large corporations (initially tobacco companies) to sow doubt about strong scientific findings that would, if followed, cut into their bottom lines.  In the case of tobacco, the companies were able to stave off the day of reckoning for decades.  Their success literally killed people. 

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An iconic 19th century American painting that remains one of art’s most famous works will be on view July 4th at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Rogovoy Report for July 3, 2015

10 hours ago

This weekend is yet another unofficial start to the summer cultural season in our region. All the theaters are open, dance companies are visiting from out of town, musicals and live radio plays are being staged, and the BSO finally arrives in Lenox for the official opening of the Tanglewood season.

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Emergency repair work has been taking place this week on the elevated portion of Interstate 91 through downtown Springfield.

The emergency work is a prelude to a three-year $175 million dollar reconstruction of the 2.5 mile long elevated highway that carries 75,000 vehicles a day. 

MassDOT said preliminary work is scheduled to begin July 12th.  Major construction will start in the fall. 

Kevin Kennedy, Springfield’s chief development officer said keeping the public informed about ramp closings and detours is key to avoiding major disruptions.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Morning Forecast

18 hours ago
Meteorologist Jason Caterina
WNYT

Today:  Sunny and warm, highs in the mid 70s to near 80°

Tonight: Mostly clear to start, then increasing clouds, lows in the 50s

Independence Day: A chance of rain from morning to afternoon, then drying, highs in the 70s.

MLB:

In baseball, in the American League, Boston doubled up Toronto 12-6, Texas blanked Baltimore 2-0, Oakland shut out Seattle 4-0, Cleveland edged Tampa Bay 5-4 in 10 innings, and it was Minnesota over Kansas City 2-0.

In the National League, the Cubs bested the Mets 6-1, Milwaukee edged Philadelphia 8-7 in 11 innings, Miami slid past San Francisco 5-4, Atlanta won against Washington 2-1, San Diego beat St. Louis 5-3 in 11 innings, and it was Arizona over Colorado 8-1.

In interleague play, Pittsburgh beat Detroit 8-4.

Facebook: Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort

A landmark Berkshire County resort once owned by Harriet Beecher Stowe has been sold for $18 million to a company that owns a number of regional campsites.

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People touring the grounds of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts can now delve into the history of dance thanks to a recently completed expansion. But another project means people thousands of miles away can also catch a glimpse.

Albany FreeNet

In August 2009, then-Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings announced that Tech Valley Communications and the city had received a state grant of 625-thousand dollars to expand Albany FreeNet, the free wireless Internet network. Now, six years later,  efforts to bring free or low-cost high-speed Internet to the residents of Albany have been moving along at dial-up speed.

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