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Elevated concentrations of lead are being found in school districts across New York. In the Capital Region, traces were recently discovered in Scotia, Bethlehem, Vorheesvillle and others following the latest mandatory testing. Last spring, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law requiring public school districts to test for lead by October 31st.

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 Friday, October 21, 2016.

Rensselaer Is On A Roll

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Tuesday, Mayor Dwyer celebrated the groundbreaking of a new $3 milllion Hudson River walkway at De Laet's Landing.

The city of Rensselaer missed out in the casino sweepstakes and the chance to revitalize its waterfront. Then, a second chance to build a SUNY Poly tech hub apparently ran aground. Could the third time be a charm?

  Claude Monet is perhaps the world's most beloved artist, and among all his creations, the paintings of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny are most famous. Seeing them in museums around the world, viewers are transported by the power of Monet's brush into a peaceful world of harmonious nature. Monet himself intended them to provide “an asylum of peaceful meditation.”

Yet, as Ross King reveals in Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies his chronicle of both artist and masterpiece, these beautiful canvases belie the intense frustration Monet experienced at the difficulties of capturing the fugitive effects of light, water, and color. They also reflect the terrible personal torments Monet suffered in the last dozen years of his life.

Government aid doesn’t always go where it’s supposed to. Foster care agencies team up with companies to take disability and survivor benefits from abused and neglected children. States and their revenue consultants use illusory schemes to siphon Medicaid funds intended for children and the poor into general state coffers. Child support payments for foster children and families on public assistance are converted into government revenue. And the poverty industry keeps expanding, leaving us with nursing homes and juvenile detention centers that sedate residents to reduce costs and maximize profit, local governments buying nursing homes to take the facilities’ federal aid while the elderly languish with poor care, and counties hiring companies to mine the poor for additional funds in modern day debtor’s prisons.

In The Poverty Industry, Daniel L. Hatcher shows us how state governments and their private industry partners are profiting from the social safety net, turning America’s most vulnerable populations into sources of revenue.

  As the adage goes: home is where the heart is. This may seem self-explanatory, but none of our close primate cousins have anything like homes. Whether we live in an igloo or in Buckingham Palace, the fact that Homo sapiens create homes is one of the greatest puzzles of our evolution.

In Home: How Habitat Made Us Human, neuroanthropologist John S. Allen marshals evidence from evolutionary anthropology, neuroscience, the study of emotion, and modern sociology to argue that the home is one of the most important cognitive, technological, and cultural products of our species’ evolution. It is because we have homes—relatively secure against whatever horrors lurk outside—that human civilizations have been able to achieve the periods of explosive cultural and creative progress that are our species’ hallmark.

City of Springfield

     The case of a police detective who threatened to kill two teenagers but was not fired and a ruling by a federal judge in an excessive force lawsuit have reignited debate in Springfield, Massachusetts over who should investigate complaints of police brutality.

10/21/16 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, author and activist Barbara Smith, and Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the end of fund drive, Trump on election results, and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara "slaying dragons."

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Mostly cloudy, milder and a bit humid with showers likely today and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs in the lower 70's.

Cloudy with rain tonight. Also areas of fog.  Lows near 50.

Cloudy, windy, and colder tomorrow with showers.  Wet snow possible in the High Peaks. Highs in the lower 50's.


The Chicago Cubs are one win away from their first World Series berth in 71 years. The Cubs head back to Chicago with a three-games-to-two lead in the NL Championship Series following an 8-4 rout of the Dodgers in Los Angeles.  

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A company lawyer says one of three asphalt plant workers hurt in a tanker truck explosion and fire has died of his injuries.

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Neither of the two top Republicans seeking office in Vermont this fall agrees with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump that this fall's vote could be compromised by voter fraud.

Stone Hut at the top of Mount Mansfield
Vermont State Parks

Ten months after two sons of the founder of Burton Snowboards caused an accidental fire that gutted a popular, historic stone cabin on a Vermont mountain top, the structure has been rebuilt and will soon be ready for guests.

After several years of budget surpluses, New York State tax revenue is coming in at a lower-than-expected rate. That could affect big-ticket programs like school aid and health care as well as a multi-year tax cut planned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislators.

UVM green and Waterman Building
University of Vermont

The University of Vermont has issued a new study that shows the college has an economic impact of over a billion dollars on the state.

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October has typically been a month when the Saratoga Springs City Center hosts the North East Arms Collectors Association’s gun show.


    The Baker administration announced the first grant awards Thursday in a new program that aims to increase access to healthy, affordable food and create jobs in Massachusetts.

FRA Administrator Feinberg with Senator Charles Schumer discussing Positive Train Control at the Schenectday Amtrak station.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Schenectady Wednesday with Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Sarah Feinberg to highlight what he says is a need for a “positive-train control” system between Poughkeepsie and Amsterdam.

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The great Fall Fund Drive ended early (thank you!) and we didn't plan on a show.  Flying in  - just in the nick of time for a wing and a prayer broadcast - was none other than Rich Guthrie. A splendid time was had by all, even our host, Ray Graf. 

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

(Airs 10/20/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Jimmy Vielkind, Albany Bureau Chief for Politico.

A stretch of the Housatonic River under remediation.
Berkshire Environmental Action Team

General Electric says it's "disappointed" by a decision upholding the Environmental Protection Agency's plan that requires the company to clean chemicals from a western Massachusetts river.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that General Electric issued a statement Wednesday indicating that it may appeal Tuesday's decision upholding the $613 million proposal. It would have a 30-day window after the EPA issues its final cleanup permit.


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WAMC Northeast Public Radio's October Fund Drive mobilized listeners to help the people who live and work in our communities. We raised awareness about the issues that families in our neighborhoods deal with each day, and raised $1 million to keep WAMC on the air.

"This is the fastest Fund Drive I can remember! We are incredibly grateful to all of our WAMC community members for making this happen. Exhausting, but wonderful!" says Alan Chartock, President and CEO.


New York environmental officials are asking hunters to be alert for any signs of the hunter who disappeared in Warren County almost one year ago.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Officials from a village in New York’s Orange County are proposing joint operation of a wastewater facility with their neighbor — the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Highland Falls officials say a shared-service approach would save millions of dollars and protect the environment, namely the Hudson River.


For one last night this election season, "debate watching" became the national pastime. All across America and here in New York, people gathered in living rooms and public places to watch the third and final presidential debate.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended a Democratic watch party in Albany. 

Saratoga PLAN

Pitney Farm is the last remaining operating farm within the Saratoga Springs city limits.

Partners have been working to purchase and preserve the family farm for the past several months. Earlier this year, the organization Saratoga PLAN backed out of its plans to purchase the property.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 20, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, October 20, 2016.