The state capitol in Albany.
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Government reform groups say the conviction of New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Monday on federal corruption cagres makes clear the need for immediate action in Albany, and are calling on the governor to call a special session in December to clean up state government.

Sheldon Silver was found guilty Monday.
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WAMC's political observer Dr. Alan Chartock reacts to news late Monday that former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been convicted by a federal jury of charges that he used the power of his office to earn $5 million illegally.  The federal jury in Manhattan returned the verdict Monday after a three-week trial.

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Over the past few years, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has come to be known as “Giving Tuesday.” It’s meant to be a day when people give money to their favorite causes.

Structures used for firefighter training at the Springfield Fire Training Center

The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services’ new campus for the western part of the state is being dedicated tomorrow. The new facility took just a year to construct, but was decades in the making.

The $13.4 million project built on the site of the former Springfield Fire Training Center is a state-of-the-art facility for firefighters from the western part of the state, according to state Fire Marshall Stephen Coan.

Silver Guilty On All Corruption Counts

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A lawmaker who was one of New York's most powerful politicians has been convicted by a federal jury of charges that he used the power of his office to earn $5 million illegally.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, November 30, 2015.

An artists rendering of the proposed MGM Casino in Springfield, MA

The latest plans by MGM Resorts International for building a casino in Springfield will be carefully scrutinized in the next few weeks by local officials and Massachusetts gaming industry regulators.  The public will also have opportunities to comment.

The city of Springfield’s Office of Planning and Economic Development has announced it has received a complete site plan application for the MGM casino project triggering a 30-day internal review and setting the stage for a public hearing by the city council within 45 days.

National Resources Defense Council

The Cuomo Administration has set a goal of New York obtaining 50 percent of its energy needs through renewable sources such as wind and solar by the year 2030. That’s only 15 years away, so can that goal be met? Kit Kennedy is the Director of the Energy and Transportation Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. She worked for Andrew Cuomo when he was state attorney general and says the goal of 2030 can be met.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, November 30, 2015.

One of four Pittsfield men accused of raping a woman in her dorm room at UMass Amherst three years ago has pleaded guilty.

Caleb Womack, 20, pleaded guilty to amended charges of two counts of indecent assault and battery and one count of rape.  He was sentenced to five years in jail to be followed by 10 years on probation, according to a spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney. 

Womack changed his plea Monday as jury selection was about to begin for his trial in Northampton Superior Court.