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Eight area groups sponsored a forum Sunday with the Democratic contenders for Westchester County executive. And depending on the outcome of the county Democratic convention May 10, there could be a September primary to see who faces off against incumbent Republican Rob Astorino.

Pipeline Map
Kinder Morgan

Energy company Kinder Morgan plans to start cutting down trees in Western Massachusetts this week prepare for the controversial Connecticut Expansion Project. U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to revoke its authorization for the pipeline.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Paul Caiano
WNYT

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Newschannel 13 meteorlogist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, April 24, 2017.

  The Massachusetts House is scheduled to begin debate on the state budget today with more than 1,200 amendments to consider.  Despite the large number of amendments, the House leadership intends to keep the process on track to produce a final state budget by an end of June deadline. 

Listener Essay - Yearning

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Debbie Slack enjoys hiking in CT, especially at Trail Wood, the home of Edwin and Nellie Teale, with her husband Bob and their two Labs. Besides exploring, Debbie loves when her four children and their families can spend time together. Presently Deb is on a mission searching for “the” literary agent to represent her novel, Henry Cooper and the Gutsy Girls. Deb believes there is value in everyone’s words and is leading the Writers’ Clinic in her home town of Tolland, CT. 

Brian Bell and The Relationship
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Brian Bell has been part of some of the most defining rock music of the past 25 years as a guitarist, songwriter and singer in Weezer. This spring, Bell’s side project The Relationship is releasing a new album, Clara Obscura, which once again demonstrates Bell’s propensity for catchy pop-rock and guitar work. Albany music fans had a chance to see the band live last September at Larkfest. Bell will be back in our region with Weezer at Boston Calling on May 28.

 Our Falling Into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Nechama Laber is the Founder and Global Director of Jewish Girls Unite & Jewish Girls Retreat and she joins us today to tell us about her organizations’ mission to provide a safe and loving environment where Jewish girls of all backgrounds explore Judaism through the arts and nature.

Could Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker become a national figure?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science concludes his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Kelly Osbourne has lived her entire life in the spotlight. As the daughter of one of the world’s best-known rock stars, she appeared alongside her family in the pioneering reality series The Osbournes and then went on to become famous in her own right as a television personality, host, fashion designer, singer and actress.

There’s been no shortage of drama, controversy and pain, but Kelly has emerged as one of the entertainment world’s most confident, idiosyncratic, and winning personalities, sure of who she is and loving the life she leads. 

In her new book There is No F*-ing Secret, she shares stories from her crazy life that she hopes will inspire us to embrace all the weird and wonderful things that make us unique. 

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Medicare.org

About a decade ago, Medicare issued new regulations giving seniors and their families a process to appeal pending hospital discharges and to make complaints about the quality of care. 

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Vermont state police are warning residents of a computer virus scam that drains the bank accounts of victims.

(Airs 4/23 & 4/24/17) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and University at Albany Professor and Journalism Program Director Rosemary Armao. On this week's show they talk about the firing of Bill O’Reilly and its implications for Fox News, Out of 47 Major Editorials on Trump’s Syria Strikes, Only One Opposed, whether the photos of Syria’s dead children is a form of propaganda, and much more.

David Nightingale: Sojourner Truth (1797?? -1883)

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Sojourner Truth, c. 1870
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution / Wikimedia Commons

Why write an essay on the well-known Sojourner Truth, especially well-known in New York? Well, my motivation is none other than a long-felt comment about mankind's inhumanity towards mankind, and I use her to illustrate the rare power of honesty and truth.

Strange Universe: 04/19/17

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Williams College

This week Bob discusses the total eclipse of the sun.

4/24/17 Panel

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   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao, political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post, and Counter-Terrorism Expert Malcolm Nance.

#1388: "Pandora's Lab"

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It seemed like a good idea at the time. I think most of us have felt that way about something in our lives…something that looked really really good that ended up really really not. Some of history’s greatest scientific minds probably feel the same way. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about the book Pandora’s Lab, which explores some of the biggest unintended consequences of history’s biggest scientific discoveries.

Then we’ll talk about a book about evolution…for toddlers. And we’ll also spend an academic minute with the benefits of being bilingual.

Kristina Johnson Set To Be Next SUNY Chancellor

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SUNY administration in Albany
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Kristina Johnson, an entrepreneur and engineer who served in the Obama administration, is set to be appointed as the next chancellor of the State University of New York.

She will succeed Nancy Zimpher, who is due to step down in June after serving 8 years as the head of SUNY. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses more efforts on a GOP healthcare bill, the French presidential election process, and polls regarding President Donald Trump.

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New York has renovated the state's oldest surviving theater.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the reopening of Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House.

The $8.5 million renovation project was funded through arts, economic development and parks and recreation grants, as well as some private donors.

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In New York, legislators are again set to debate whether alcoholic beverages should be served in movie theaters, after previous attempts at formal legislation fell apart during state budget negotiations.

The Times Union reports that Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo first introduced the law that would allow alcoholic beverages to be sold to patrons of legal age with tickets for films rated PG-13, R or NC-17.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about NYS Senate aims to turn senate left and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher's replacement.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Paul Caiano
WNYT

Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Sunny and warm today.  Highs near 70.

Clear early, then increasing clouds overnight tonight.  Lows in the mid 40's.

Cloudy with rain tomorrow.  Highs in the mid 50's.

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has become the first player in NBA history to be part of 10 different four-game sweeps during his career. James dropped in 33 points and nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining before the Cavs held on to top the Pacers, 106-102 at Indiana. The Cavaliers squandered a 96-83 lead in the fourth quarter and trailed 102-100 before James hit his only trey of the game.

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Popular ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft are opposing a Vermont bill that would require the companies to greatly increase their insurance coverage for personal injuries when drivers are between rides.

House lawmakers on Beacon Hill hold discussions in the coming week on a proposed state budget totaling more than $40 billion.

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On Saturday, April 29th, a small army of volunteers will spread out across Saratoga Springs to plant new trees.  Sustainable Saratoga's Urban Forestry Project is holding its sixth planting day one day after Arbor Day.

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with program chair Tom Denny about the upcoming event and the organization.

For more information visit: http://www.sustainablesaratoga.org/projects/urban-forestry-project/

Poughkeepsie Mayor Says CDBG Cuts Would Hurt His City

Apr 23, 2017
Courtesy of Rob Rolison

Many local elected officials are concerned about a variety of proposed cuts in President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 federal budget. And one worry is over the potential axing of the Community Development Block Grant program.

New York lawmakers are headed back to Albany to wrap up their work for the year.

The Senate and Assembly are scheduled to reconvene Monday to begin the last seven weeks of their annual legislative session. They've been on break for two weeks after blowing a key deadline and passing a $153 billion state budget several days late.

A car filled with college students has crashed into an upstate New York highway median and rolled over, killing one person and injuring five.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for April 22, 2017.

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