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On Tuesday, a New York State Senate panel discussed the state's response to climate change with scientists, farmers, environmental advocates and residents.  It was convened by Manhattan Democrat Brad Hoylman after two top Republican senators questioned whether climate change is occurring in the wake of the winter's cold temperatures and heavy snow.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with Senator Hoylman the day after the forum.

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New York City lawyers have asked the Rev. Al Sharpton's daughter to preserve photos she posted online of herself hiking amid a personal injury lawsuit.

The New York Post reports Saturday the attorneys want all posts and other communications detailing Dominique Sharpton's "mobility, activity or physical limitations."

That's because Sharpton claims in a lawsuit that she suffered permanent injuries after spraining her ankle on an uneven city sidewalk last December.

The recent social media posts appear to show her hiking on various trips.

Bernie Sanders' new presidential campaign headquarters is just a few doors up Church Street in Burlington from the City Hall he served as mayor 34 years ago.


Former Congressman Martin Meehan has agreed to a five-year contract to lead the University of Massachusetts as its next president. 

Meehan, who is currently the chancellor of UMass Lowell, will start with a base salary of $525,000 that will increase to $602,500 in the final year.  There are also performance bonuses and other perks.

The contract includes a requirement that Meehan pay a penalty if he leaves the job before the end of the five years.  Meehan has said in the past  he does not intend to leave early.

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Two members of a New York City-based heroin distribution ring have pleaded guilty.

New York State Electric & Gas Corp. is seeking a rate hike.

A rally: "People Vs Shell" will be held in New Paltz  Saturday, May 23rd, 3-5pm, as part of the Greenpeace SAVE THE ARCTIC Campaign.  The rally links with national protests against Shell's plans to start drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean this summer. 

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An effort to extend workers' compensation coverage to Connecticut police officers suffering from mental injuries has cleared a key hurdle after years of defeat.

The state Senate voted 25-11 early Friday morning in favor of legislation to cover job-related mental health injuries that did not arise from a physical injury. But the proposal also encompassed another bill that extends workers' compensation coverage to certain firefighters who acquire various forms of cancer.

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A Vermont man who used to house-sit for character actor Luis Guzman has agreed to stay at least 300 feet away from him.