Mount Everett Regional High School in southern Berkshire County has called on parents to attend an informational meeting to talk with regional trauma specialists about grief and depression. It’s in response to the controversial Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.” 

   Moratoriums on marijuana sales are being adopted in more and more Massachusetts communities.

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Avian expert Rich Guthrie returns to his nest in Studio A to discuss birds and birding. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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The Pittsfield City Council will increase the number of downtown handicapped parking spaces.

(Airs 5/18/17 @ 1 p.m.) WAMC’s Alan Chartock In Conversation with Linda Small and Lia Spiliotes, experts on community health centers, which are federally qualified healthcare organizations that provide high quality health care to all comers regardless of income, insurance or immigration status. Lia Spiliotes is the CEO, and Linda Small is the former Executive Director of Community Health Programs in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Find out more at 

School budgets were up for votes in communities around New York state this week, with a vast majority of spending plans being passed by voters.  The New York State School Boards Association says  just five of the 676 budgets proposed by school boards around the state on Tuesday were defeated.

A protestor From Buffalo displays an antti-Carl Paladino poster May 17, 2017 on the steps to the State Education Building In Albany.
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Activists from Western New York demonstrated Wednesday at the New York State Education Department building in Albany. The group had hoped to confront the State Education Commissioner to demand Carl Paladino be kicked off the Buffalo Board of Education.  But MaryEllen Elia was out of town.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 18, 2017
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, May 18, 2017.

choreographer with dancers

  The Chase Brock Experience is a Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company founded by choreographer Chase Brock. CBE has premiered 29 dances (to music from Beethoven to David Yazbek to Nellie McKay) and six commissioned scores (from composers like Joshua Rosenblum and Michael John LaChiusa.)

The dance company has been in residence at Catskill Mountain Foundation and will perform at Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center in Tannersville, NY this Saturday at 7:30pm.

Chase Brock joins us now. In addition to choreographing for his own company, Brock as provided his talents and expertise to various Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional and international productions including Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame; and HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Richard Thomas in The Little Foxes at MTC
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Actor Richard Thomas is best known for his leading role as budding author John-Boy Walton in the CBS drama The Waltons, where he won an Emmy Award. That series began in 1972 and ran for 9-seasons.

Thomas is still acting on stage and on TV. He recently starred in the FX drama series The Americans. And he was just nominated for a Best Featured Actor Tony award for his role as Horace in the Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes with Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney.

The Little Foxes follows Regina Giddens and her ruthless clan, including her sister-in-law Birdie, as they clash in often brutal ways in an effort to strike the deal of their lives. The Little Foxes runs at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway through July 2nd.

Congressman John Faso
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The governor of New York is at odds with a Congressman from the Hudson Valley.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Republican John Faso of the 19th district continues his discussion 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.

Seen: Colossal, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Brad Paisley - SPAC, Saratoga Springs, 5/18 Thursday, 7 PM
Orleans - Stanley Theatre, Utica, 5/19 Friday, 8 PM
Carl Palmer ELP Legacy - The Egg, Albany, 5/20 Saturday, 8 PM
Sisters of Slide: Rory Block & Cindy Cashdollar - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 5/20 Saturday, 8 PM
Captured Moments: 170 Years of Photography from the Albany Institute - Albany Institute of History & Art, closes 5/21 Sunday
A Hard Day's Night - Proctors, 5/22 Monday at 3, 5 and 7 PM
The Dollyrots - The Low Beat, Albany, 5/22 Monday, 7 PM
Ana Popovic - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, 5/23 Tuesday, 8 PM
Sara Watkins, Mike & Ruthy - The Egg, Albany, 5/24 Wednesday, 7:30 PM

New movies: Alien: Covenant, Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, Everything Everything Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

5/18/17 Panel

May 18, 2017

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

Today’s panelists are Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick and Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, recordings of the meeting between President Donald Trump and James Comey, and arrests made during the Trump administration have risen 38%.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Jim Kevlin of Hometown Oneonta, the Freeman's Journal, and about a new historical marker being erected in the name of a black slave who fought in the American Revolution. They also quickly chat about the winners of the Taste of NY Craft Beer festival.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

May 18, 2017
Paul Caiano

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

A mix of sun and clouds, hot and a bit more humid today with a late day shower or thunderstorm possible. Highs in the lower 90's.

Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms this evening, remaining mild overnight tonight. Lows in the mid 60's.

A morning shower tomorrow, then breezy with increasing sunshine. Highs in the lower to mid 70's.

LeBron James and Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate after defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Sunday in Oakland, Calif.


The Cleveland Cavaliers took Game 1 of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals by building a 26-point lead in the first half of a 117-104 rout of the Celtics in Boston. LeBron James had 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Cavaliers improved to 9-0 in the postseason. Kevin Love shot 6-for-9 from 3-point range and finished with a playoff career-high 32 points and 12 boards.


Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52, according to his representative.

Cornell, who had been on tour, died Wednesday night in Detroit, Brian Bumbery said in a statement to The Associated Press.

Bumbery called the death "sudden and unexpected" and said his wife and family were shocked by it. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.

#1391: "Smart Homes"

May 18, 2017
Bob Barrett

Can technology make us smarter? Well I’m not sure about that, but it can make the things around us smarter. In fact, advances in building techniques and practices, and the addition of custom technology have started a new trend in construction: smart homes.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll put on our hard hats and tour a smart home building site.

Ride-Sharing Services Could Come Sooner To New York

May 17, 2017
Uber & Taxis fight
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New York is one step closer to having ride-hailing services available before the Fourth of July, now that the state Senate has passed a bill to speed up when companies like Uber and Lyft will be allowed to operate outside of New York City.

New York State Office of General Services

In July 2014, the prison atop Mount McGregor in Saratoga County closed after nearly four decades in operation. Now, the state of New York is looking to sell the property. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports a request for proposals expires at the end of the month.

According to a new study, Tanglewood is estimated to have a roughly $103 million economic impact on Western Massachusetts. 

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Uber and Lyft may be coming to upstate New York in time for the 4th of July.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 17, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, May 17, 2017.


    The University of Massachusetts flagship campus in Amherst is in the midst of a $1.6 billion six-year building boom. Not all the construction results in brand new state-of-the-art buildings.  Millions of dollars have gone into saving and repurposing historic structures.

Congressman Paul Tonko
Congressman Paul Tonko

Although he says it's too early to know if Congress should consider impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, says he is joining the call for an independent investigation into the White House's firing of FBI Director James Comey and President Trump's disclosure of intelligence to emissaries from Russia. The New York Times reported that before firing Comey, the president had asked him to halt an investigation into embattled then-national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Home Improvement
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Whether you’re remodeling a room or adding on, home improvement projects can be daunting. But don’t worry, architectural engineer and construction specialist Darren Tracy is in the studio today to answer your questions about your home improvement projects. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

A new audit from New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is blasting Gov. Andrew Cuomo's economic development agency for failing to meet more than half of the reporting requirements for its highly touted tax credit and job creation programs.

Anti-Hunger Advocates Gather At Albany Conference

May 17, 2017
Sherry Tomasky

Concerns about federal budget reductions will part of the discussion on Wednesday at the second New York State Anti-Hunger conference being held at the Albany Capital Center. For more on the conference, WAMC's Brian Shields spoke with Sherry Tomasky of Hunger Solutions New York, the organization holding the event.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 17, 2017
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, May 17, 2017.