(Airs 5/29) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: We’ll take a look at what issues remain the final weeks of the legislative session, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on government transparency, and Senator Schumer wants to curb child identity theft.


Following weeks of intense debate, Vermont’s governor has signed controversial legislation that will prevent parents from opting their children out of vaccinations philosophical reasons.

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Two well known educational attractions in the Berkshires are looking to work together to share audiences, spaces and themes.


Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren visited a mentoring program for at risk young men in Springfield today.  She urged local social service providers to be politically active.

Warren visited Suit Up Springfield, a recently launched non-profit that provides professional attire – suits, dress shirts, ties, and accessories – along with guidance and advice to young men who’ve had run-ins with the law but want to turn their lives around.


The first Catholic high school named for the current pope will be built in western Massachusetts.

   The Springfield Diocese Friday said a new regional school will be named Pope Francis High School. 

   The new school is the result of a merger of Cathedral High School and Holyoke Catholic High School.  The union was a product of a study to determine if Cathedral High should be rebuilt after it was severely damaged by a tornado four years ago this Monday. 


Connecticut high school juniors may no longer have to take a controversial standardized test. Earlier this week the Senate voted 33-3 to relieve 11th-graders from having to take Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test. Instead, they'd take a nationally recognized college readiness exam, such as the SAT.

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, May 29, 2015.

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About 100 people are expected to meet in Worcester Saturday for the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party’s annual state convention. The 6,000-member group unsuccessfully ran candidates in statewide races last year including treasurer, auditor and secretary of the commonwealth. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis spoke with the party’s co-chair M.K. Merelice who ran for auditor in 2014, about Saturday’s open convention and the party’s goals.

A new law goes into effect on July 1st in Massachusetts that entitles most employees to earn and use sick time.  The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office is holding more than a dozen listening sessions and formal public hearings across the state on the new law.   A public hearing took place Friday t in Springfield.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its finalized Clean Water Rule on Wednesday, which it says will enhance stream and wetlands protection from pollution and degradation. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the decision comes after months of fierce debate.