(Airs 7/5 & 7/6) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC's Alan Chartock, University at Albany Professor and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao, and Albany Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain. On this week's show they talk about Donald Trump suing Univision, whether reporters or anchors who write books should be interviewed by their own paper/stations, whether it’s proper for newspapers to run photos of dead  people, and much more.

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A mental health organization that serves more than 10,000 Berkshire County families and a union representing 350 of its workers have reached a tentative agreement to avoid a strike planned to start Monday. It ends months of negotiations as employees claimed low pay was creating worker turnover.

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One person is dead and multiple people are injured after a shooting in Pittsfield last night. Meanwhile, police were investigating another shooting scene about a block away Sunday afternoon.

Prison escapee David Sweat has been released from Albany Medical Center, where he was being held after his capture one week ago in the Northern New York community of Constable.


An innovative health sciences charter school in Springfield, Massachusetts will welcome its first high school freshman class at the end of August.

The Baystate Academy Charter School, which had students in grades 6 through 8 during its first two years in operation held a lottery to fill out its 9th grade class of just over 100 students. 

Executive Director Tim Sneed said the academy is a rigorous college-prep school that uses a project-based, hands-on approach known as Expeditionary Learning.

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A Vermont woman has donated land across from her South Royalton home to preserve a popular White River swimming hole.

The leader of New York's Assembly has further revised the travel reimbursement policy for his chamber's 150 members with new restrictions when the Legislature isn't in session.

Connecticut environmental officials are asking beachgoers to help protect nesting birds in coastal areas.


Massachusetts Lottery officials say they are prepared for the new competition from the casino industry.

State lottery officials say they are using zip code analysis to detect any shift in sales patterns in the convenience stores, gas stations, and bars located near Plainridge Park, the state’s first casino that opened to capacity crowds on June 24. 

State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who oversees the lottery, vows the agency will compete with the casinos.