The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.
Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post.
Topics include: President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu on Iran; Hillary Clinton's personal email use; Ebola nurse sues hospital; Warren Buffett warns banks; and Lewinsky reference in Bill Clinton’s official portrait.
Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:
Sunshine this morning, then increasing clouds with light snow moving in during the afternoon. Highs in the upper 20's.
Snow this evening, changing to sleet and some freezing rain from south to north late at night before tapering off to rain and snow showers by sunrise. Evening lows in the mid to upper 20's then temperatures rise into the 30's late at night.
Total accumulation 1-3 inches south of I-90 with 2-4 inches north of I-90 and as much as 5 or 6 inches in the Adirondacks and Green Mountains.
Scattered rain and snow showers tomorrow, otherwise mostly cloudy and breezy. Highs in the lower 40's.
Two Hudson Valley Congress-members were in Westchester earlier today pushing passage of a passenger rail bill the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider this week, which includes legislation concerning rail crossing safety.
The New York State United Teachers union is criticizing charter schools for taking children out of the classroom to rally at the New York state Capitol later this week.
NYSUT wrote to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state education officials expressing concern about Success Academy Charter Schools' plans to bring some 8,000 students, parents and teachers to Albany for Wednesday's pro-charter rally. Cuomo has called for an increase in the number of authorized charter schools.
MGM took steps Monday to prepare to break ground later this month to build an $800 million casino in downtown Springfield.
Several private parking lots that are in the footprint of the casino complex were closed permanently. Notices went out six weeks ago that hundreds of commuters would have to find new places to park downtown. Chris Russell, executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District, had representatives at the closed parking lots to help guide people who had not made other arrangements. He said there was no parking “crunch.”