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Today marks the 149th opening day at Saratoga race course. During the 40 days of racing, there will be approximately 400 total races and 69 of them will be stakes races worth a record $18,775 million. The centerpiece of the meet, as always, will be the $1.25 million Travers Stakes for 3-year-olds. Gates open today at 11 am and the first race is expected to start at 1 pm.

Meteorologist Jordan Sherman's Morning Forecast

Jul 21, 2017

Meteorologist Jordan Sherman's weather forecast:

Today: Mostly sunny with highs ranging form the 80s to low 90s. Wind will be generally light out of the northwest.

Tonight: Mostly clear and cool. Lows ranging from the low to mid 60s with light wind

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny skies becoming partly to mostly cloudy. Increasing showers and thunderstorms late afternoon into the evening. Highs range from the mid 70s to upper 80s.

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Arizona U.S. Senator John McCain faces a hard road ahead as he battles a brain tumor. The Republican, who ran for president in 2008 and who was held as a prisoner of war by the North Vietnamese, has been diagnosed with glioblastoma.

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The New York state Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments issued its review of the city of Plattsburgh’s finances on Thursday. It offers several recommendations to reverse the city’s fiscal downturn.

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A new collaboration has been designed to strengthen collegiate early childhood education programs in Western Massachusetts. 

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A new collaboration has been designed to strengthen collegiate early childhood education programs in Western Massachusetts. 

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking Thursday at the opening of a health care center in Brooklyn for union members, defined the conflict over changing the health care laws in Washington as a class struggle.

One of New York's ecological treasures is one step closer to recovery.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 20, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, July 20, 2017.

(Airs 7/20/20) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Blair Horner, Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group or NYPIRG.

Science Forum: 7/20/17

Jul 20, 2017
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We welcome back our esteemed panel of experts to respond to your scientific inquiries. Barbara Brabetz, Jim Pickett and Ed Stander make up our panel. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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The legislative aide to the late Massachusetts State Representative Gailanne Cariddi is running to fill the vacated seat.

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a telephone town hall Wednesday night. Callers asked about a range of topics, from health care to PFOS contamination in Newburgh to domestic violence. 

Hudson Valley Congressman Maloney, a Democrat, responded to a caller’s concern about the potential repeal of Obamacare.

(Airs 7/20/17 @ 1 p.m.) WAMC’s Alan Chartock In Conversation with Western Massachusetts Democratic State Senator Adam Hinds.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra will present a number of piano-focused concerts this weekend at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. WAMC’s Alan Chartock got a preview from the BSO’s Managing Director, Mark Volpe.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 20, 2017
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, July 20, 2017.

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An art and architecture fellowship is underway in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to draw attention to the city’s rich literary history. 

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The longest-serving current mayor in western Massachusetts has announced he won’t seek reelection to a ninth term this year. 

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Authorities say one person has died and another has been injured in a fire at a home in Saratoga Springs.

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Good Men Wanted brings to life the incredible true stories of renegade women who disguised themselves as men to fight in the Civil War.

In a searing drama punctuated by explosive dance sequences set to contemporary pop music, five women of vastly different backgrounds become warriors and spies, endure prison camps and midnight raids, and ultimately intersect at America's most storied battlefield, Gettysburg. These unsung heroes circumvented the limitations of their time, with a boldness that speaks loudly to our own.

Good Men Wanted runs at Vassar College and New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theatre through July 30th.

Asia Kate Dillon play Albert Cashier. Cashier, born Jennie Irene Hodgers in 1843, was an Irish-born immigrant who served in the Union Army. Dillon is best known for Netflix's Orange is the New Black and Showtime's Billions.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held the second of two public information sessions on the agency’s second five-year review of the Hudson River Superfund Cleanup. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard was at the meeting in Saratoga Springs Wednesday night, where protesters gathered outside.

Good Men Wanted at Vassar and New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theatre
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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theatre’s second mainstage show this summer is Good Men Wanted. The new play is about women who - for varied reasons and to varied ends - disguised themselves as men to fight in the Civil War.

The drama punctuated by explosive dance sequences - choreographed by Ani Taj and set to contemporary pop music. They play is written by Kevin Armento and directed by Jaki Bradley who joins us.

Basilica Hudson, in partnership with Community of Literary Magazines and Presses will once again have its celebration of literature and food: Read & Feed, which will take place from 12PM - 5PM this Sunday.

The festival includes a celebration of legendary Hudson-based poet John Ashbery’s 90th birthday, acclaimed food writers and chefs presenting demonstrations and interactive discussions, a superstar collection of authors offering literary performances and novel conversations, a marketplace featuring some of America’s most intriguing small literary publishers and artisanal food makers.

Melissa Auf der Maur, Co-founder and Director of Basilica Hudson, and Jeffrey Lependorf, CLMP’s Executive Director, join us.

Democrats are looking forward to the next election.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

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Upcoming:
Phil Tippett and Lucy Raven: Starship Troopers - EMPAC Concert Hall, Thursday 7/20, 7 PM
Airport - Capitol Theatre, Rome, Thursday 7/20, 7 PM
Ziggy Marley - The Egg, Albany, Thursday 7/20, 8 PM
Che Malambo - SPAC, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 7/20, 8 PM
Gene Bertoncini Trio - Van Dyck Lounge, Schenectady, Friday 7/21, 8 PM
Annual Summer Undercover Show: Local artists as Patsy Cline, Bikini Kill, Britney Spears, Grace Jones, etc. - The Low Beat, Albany, Saturday 7/22, 6 PM
Rod Stewart, Cyndi Lauper - SPAC, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 7/22, 7:30 PM
Ronnie Spector & the Ronettes - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Saturday 7/22, 8 PM
Simone Dinnerstein, pianist, performing the Goldberg Variations - PS 21, Chatham, Saturday 7/22, 8 PM
The Boy in the Bathroom - Adirondack Theatre Festival, Charles R. Wood Theater, Glens Falls, opens Wednesday 7/26, 7:30 PM (through August 4)
Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde, Girl Blue - Rockin On the River, Riverfront Park, Troy, Wednesday 7/26, 5-8:30 PM

New movies: Dunkirk, Valerian and the City of Lost Planets, Maudie

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The decision by President Donald Trump to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord has pushed environmentalists to file several lawsuits against the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

7/20/17 Panel

Jul 20, 2017

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

Today’s panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, and College of St. Rose Department of Communications Chair, Cailin Brown.

An Orange County, New York, Hasidic Jewish village and two local groups have signed an agreement to settle four years of disputes and create a new town.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Senator John McCain's cancer diagnosis, Trump's comments on Jeff Sessions recusing himself from the Russian interference investigation, and Trump's wishes to revive the GOP healthcare bill.

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