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New York state lawmakers are facing a Friday budget deadline with a number of issues hanging over their heads. Among them are an extension of a millionaire’s tax, tuition aid for college students and justice reform. Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo has floated the idea of an “extender budget” that would maintain current funding levels. The Democrat says New York is facing uncertainty about what the state can expect from federal funding sources.

Senator Patrick Leahy at CVOEO weatherization warehouse
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Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy met with community advocates and the leader of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity on Monday to discuss the implications of proposed cuts in the federal budget that would eliminate three programs that aid low-income Vermonters.

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Dr. Robert Bullard

"Tell me your zip code and I will tell you how healthy you are." That's how Dr. Robert Bullard sizes up the nation's environmental policies, as the lower-income, more urban areas are often overlooked and the focus is too often on the wildlife, the forest and the rivers. Dr. Bullard, who has authored 18 books including perhaps his most influential work, Dumping In Dixie: Race, Class And Environmental Quality, will speak tonight at Siena College in Loudonville.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 28, 2017
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WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

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Government officials are reacting to the latest federal threats to "claw back" funding earmarked for sanctuary cities.

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    A legislative committee looking into possible changes to the voter-approved Massachusetts marijuana law heard appeals from law enforcement, public health advocates, local government officials, and legalization proponents at a hearing in western Massachusetts last night.

Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning to discuss the ins and outs of dealing with almighty #hashtag on social media..

Jesse Feiler is an app developer, author, and consultant working mostly with iOS and FileMaker for nonprofits, small businesses, and other organizations. His most recent books are iPad for Seniors for Dummies and Learn Apple HomeKit on iOS.

   This week's Book Picks come from Connie Brooks and Kate Reid of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY.

List:

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

Ill Will by Dan Chaon

Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolas Obregon

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

I Just Want to Say Good Night by Rachel Isadora

Tidy by Emily Gravett

Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils - Spotlight Guides by Neil Curtis

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FBI Director James Comey’s testimony meant different things to different people.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

As a player, Charles Dillon "Casey" Stengel's contemporaries included Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, and Christy Mathewson . . . and he was the only person in history to wear the uniforms of all four New York teams: the Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, and Mets.

As a legendary manager, he formed indelible, complicated relationships with Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Billy Martin. For more than five glorious decades, Stengel was the undisputed, quirky, hilarious, and beloved face of baseball--and along the way he revolutionized the role of manager while winning a spectacular ten pennants and seven World Series Championships.  

But for a man who spent so much of his life in the limelight--an astounding fifty-five years in professional baseball--Stengel remains an enigma. Acclaimed New York Yankees' historian and bestselling author Marty Appel digs into Casey Stengel's quirks and foibles, unearthing a tremendous trove of baseball stories, perspective, and history. His new biography is: Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character.

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A former Pittsfield officer has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $200,000 from the police union account he was entrusted to manage.

Work Has Begun On Two Bridges In Westchester

Mar 28, 2017
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday announced that work is underway on a $17.1 million project to build two bridges in Westchester County. It’s part of his $542 million Empire Bridge program.

3/28/17 Panel

Mar 28, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain, and Communications Specialist Theresa Bourgeois.

 

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is criticizing the Republican Trump administration's promised crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned cities Monday they could lose federal money for refusing to cooperate with immigration authorities. He suggested the government would come after grant money that already has been awarded to the cities.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses calls for Rep. David Nunes to recuse himself from a surveillance inquiry, President Donald Trump's latest tweets, and major overhauls to former President Barack Obama's climate policies.

SUNY Poly’s Zero Energy Nano (ZEN) Building.
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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about the sale of an old SUNY Poly site outside of Rochester, New York courts ordering the state budget director to release more than $69 million in grants for 20 school districts, and an addiction-treatment network founded by an Albany Roman Catholic priest filing lawsuit seeking to block a state agency from shutting down the organization. 

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Mar 28, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

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

Cloudy with areas of fog and the chance of a shower tis morning, then a steadier rain later in the afternoon.  Highs in the lower 50's.

Evening showers then gradual clearing overnight tonight.  Lows in the upper 30's.

A mix of sun and clouds and breezy tomorrow.  Highs in the upper 40's.

NCAA:

Everything UConn lost to graduation made another Final Four even more special for Geno Auriemma and his Huskies. Napheesa Collier scored 28 points, Gabby Williams had 25 and the Huskies advanced to the national semifinals for the 10th straight year with a 90-52 victory against Oregon on Monday night. Auriemma said, "There were a lot of question marks going into the season and maybe they didn't have any in their own minds. They seemed to answer every single one of those questions. They deserve to be in the Final Four. They earned it."

The Huskies' 111th consecutive victory moved Auriemma past Pat Summitt for the most NCAA Tournament wins. Auriemma now has 113 and counting. Next up for top-seeded UConn (36-0) is Mississippi State on Friday night in Dallas. It is just two wins away from a fifth consecutive title and 12th overall.

Senator Patrick Leahy
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Democratic Senator  Patrick Leahy is decrying proposed federal cuts to heating and weatherization programs for the poor.

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Vermont Technical College

The former secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development has been appointed president of Vermont Technical College.

NYS Senator Seeks Greater Protection for Wetlands

Mar 27, 2017
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A state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill that would give New York greater authority to identify and protect wetland areas. He says the legislation is crucial given the apparently reduced role of the federal Environmental Protection Agency and potential evisceration of some of the nation’s water protection rules.

While summer may seem far off, organizers of one local racing event are looking to recruit participants now, so they can train for the meet.

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A coalition of anti-hunger advocates, agricultural groups and environmental organizations are urging New York leaders to create a tax credit for farmers who donate fruits, vegetables and other products to foodbanks. 

The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts rolled out a new app for smartphone users to file requests and track the city’s response.

NY Budget Due March 31

Mar 27, 2017
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Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders plan to meet all week, but no agreements are finalized yet on a state budget that’s due on Friday.

Pittsfield Plans Needle Exchange Program

Mar 27, 2017
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The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts met with the state’s Department of Public Health Commissioner last Friday to discuss the city’s newly planned needle exchange program. 

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, announced legislation to restore worker protections following Republican-led votes to rollback major workplace safety regulations. 

Closure Of NARH Still Felt Three Years Later

Mar 27, 2017
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The closure of North Adams Regional Hospital three years ago this week is still being felt in northern Berkshire County: Should the now urgent care center reopen as a full-service inpatient hospital?

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Uber and Lyft are making their final push to expand into upstate New York ahead of a key legislative deadline.

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