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Back in January, Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar decided, unexpectedly,  not to run for a fourth term.  In a letter to county Republican Chairman John Rustin, Mahar explained he wanted to retire and spend more time with his family...

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Saying he agrees with the goals of the Common Core educational standards but believes their implementation by the New York State Education Department has been botched, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a "comprehensive review." His entire statement on the issue is as follows:

Some 75 members of Congress have written a letter to the current members of Congress urging their support for the joint comprehensive plan of action, the nuclear agreement between Iran, the U.S. and five world powers. Among those who signed the letter is former New York Congresswoman, Democrat Elizabeth Holtzman of the old 16th district.

Seventy-five former members of Congress have written a letter to the current members of Congress urging their support for the joint comprehensive plan of action, the nuclear agreement between Iran, the U.S. and five world powers. Among those who signed the letter is a former democratic New York congresswoman, Elizabeth Holtzman. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, September 3, 2015.

(Airs 9/3/15) WAMC’s Alan Chartock In Conversation with Eugenia Zukerman -- Celebrated Flutist and Music Director of Clarion Concerts in Columbia County’s Leaf Peeper Concert Series. Find out more about the series at www.leafpeeperconcerts.org or call (413) 644-0007.

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A monument now stands near the Sheffield Bridge in the small western Massachusetts town recognizing an out of the ordinary event – the sighting of an unidentified flying object.

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In its third consecutive year under the state mandated tax cap, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy is offering up a 2016 budget with a zero tax increase. In what some are calling a political twist, the spending plan is out a month earlier than its customary release.

Mike Derrick for Congress

Last November, Republican Elise Stefanik was elected to represent New York’s sprawling 21st Congressional district, becoming the youngest woman ever to walk the halls of Congress. Less than a year into her term, she faces a Democratic challenger.  On July 1st retired Army Colonel Mike Derrick announced he was running for the seat.  Derrick tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief he is encouraged about his chances as he travels the district.

How much do we think we know about the First Amendment? How many of us have looked at and considered the full text? More than likely we rely not on our own reading of the document and its various clauses, but on our Supreme Court’s interpretations and rulings to flesh out its true intent. But, what if the Supreme Court got it wrong?

Burt Neuborne, a former legal director of the ACLU, who has argued many cases before the Supreme Court, contends that oftentimes they have gotten it wrong. In his new book, Madison's Music: On Reading the First Amendment, Neuborne demonstrates that by failing to relate to the text as a coherent whole, the court has incrementally and collectively warped the original intent of the First Amendment.

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