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American Mikaela Shiffrin was unable to become the first skier to successfully defend an Olympic gold in the slalom.

Shiffrin finished fourth as Sweden's Frida Hansdotter overtook first-run leader Wendy Holdener of Switzerland to win the gold. The 22-year-old Shiffrin was fourth after the opening run and couldn't make up enough time to earn a second straight medal at the Pyeongchang Games.

Shiffrin was coming off a victory in the giant slalom the previous day.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Feb 16, 2018
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Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:  

Windy and turning colder today.  Rain showers and fog in the morning and a few snow showers in the afternoon.  Morning highs in the lower to mid 40s with temperatures falling through the 30s in the afternoon.

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The union representing some Burlington city employees has endorsed independent Carina Driscoll, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders' stepdaughter, who is running for mayor of the city where Sanders got his start in politics.

Vermont State Game Warden Jason Dukette seized this dwarf caiman from a Westfield man
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A Vermont man is facing fish and wildlife violations for illegally bringing two exotic reptiles into the state, both of which can grow very large.

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Federal prosecutors have recommended that a teen who sent death threats to a Vermont high school be sentenced to probation despite his violation of court orders.

NYS To Hold Algal Bloom Summits

Feb 15, 2018
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Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the dates and locations of four summits supporting the state's effort to protect lakes and water bodies in upstate New York from harmful algal blooms. As WAMC’s Allison Dunne tells us, one summit will take place in the Hudson Valley.

The governor and lieutenant governor of New York announced in November that the state will dedicate two statues in commemoration of suffragists. One of the statues, of Sojourner Truth, will be sited along a trail in Ulster County. This has local officials calling for New Paltz to be selected as the statue’s home.

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The City of Troy’s police department has a new team of leaders. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports city officials are looking forward to a “new era” for the Troy PD.

NY Lawmakers Propose Banning Anonymous Facebook Ads

Feb 15, 2018
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Some New York state Democratic lawmakers are pushing for a measure that would make anonymous political ads on Facebook and other social media illegal. They say the ads are being abused to falsely represent their positions on issues.

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Former MSNBC host, author and businessman Dylan Ratigan tells WAMC News this afternoon he is "seriously considering" a run for Congress in northern New York’s 21st House district. The 45-year-old Saranac Lake native says the decision is not final, because he is waiting to engage with district commissioners, talk with family, and make sure things are set with his business, Helical Holdings. If he runs, Ratigan would join a crowded Democratic primary field hoping to unseat two-term Republican Elise Stefanik, who also faces a potential Republican primary.

Bill Owens: A Weakening U.S. Dollar

Feb 15, 2018

President Trump and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin both recently indicated that they believe the US dollar should weaken against other currencies.  It is important to note that the US Government like all western countries does not control the currency exchange rate as opposed to countries in southeast Asia where the government dictates/manipulates its currency exchange rates.  China is famous for this, and President Trump rightfully has attacked them for this manipulation. 

       There was finally some good news this week on the opioid front in Massachusetts. The number of drug overdose deaths fell by 8.3 percent in 2017 compared with the year before.

Garett Ariganas' Evening Forecast

Feb 15, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, February 15, 2018.

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Amtrak is considering suspending service on tracks that don't have sophisticated speed controls by a December 31 deadline.

(Airs 2/15/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York Times Reporter Jesse McKinley.

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In olden times before cameras and voice recorders, friends and acquaintances often gave one another strands of hair as keepsakes.  Long ago, someone placed an envelope containing strands of our first president's hair in a leather book that has now surfaced at Union College in Schenectady.

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The focus of today's program is writing. In the studio is novelist Barbara Chepaitis and poet Dan Wilcox. They are here to answer your questions about the process of creative writing. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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A former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a south Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and sending hundreds of students fleeing into the streets. It was the nation's deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012.  Dr. Amy Nitza is director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

(Airs 2/15/18 @ 1 p.m.) An encore interview - WAMC’s Alan Chartock In Conversation with the late, Award- Winning Director and Producer Arthur Penn. Dr. Arthur Penn was born on September 27, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Penn was most known for Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Little Big Man (1970) and The Miracle Worker (1962). He died on September 28, 2010 in Manhattan, New York City, New York,

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The old lever-style voting machines are gone, replaced with electronic systems including scanners and computers, but a new study contends some of the newer voting equipment is already in need of replacement and upgrades. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 15, 2018
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Forecast for Thursday, February 15, 2018.

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A skier reported missing last week on Whiteface Mountain was located this week in Sacramento, California.  New York State Police say the investigation continues as they attempt to determine how the man ended up nearly 3,000 miles away.


A petition to re-count ballots in Saratoga Springs’ close charter change vote in November has been denied by a judge. But petitioners are not giving up.

A wise, warm, and witty gift for new (and gently used) parents seeking to raise positive, thoughtful children, this alphabet book brims with the advice only those who've been there can give. From "D is for Dog" (get one) to "P is for Praise" (do it often but appropriately) to "R is for Romance" (keep it alive after the kids come), each mini essay is coupled with a smart, letter-appropriate full-color photograph in these delightfully grown-up ABCs.

Deborah Copaken is an author and photojournalist. Her newest book is The ABC's of Parenthood: An Alphabet of Parenting Advice.

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The Commission of Correction has identified five jails as the “worst” in New York state. The Greene and Dutchess County Jails are on the list.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Parkland, Fla. school shooting and President Trump's comments on domestic violence in this morning's political commentary.


WAMC's David Guistina talks with Jim Kevlin, of Hometown Oneonta, Freeman's Press and about presidential visits to Central New York.

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American Mikaela Shiffrin has won gold in the women's giant slalom in her Pyeongchang Olympic debut. She used a hard-charging final run to win her second career Olympic gold medal.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Feb 15, 2018
Paul Caiano

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

Mostly cloudy and mild today with a scattered shower and areas of fog.  Highs near 50.  

Humans have been telling stories ever since they could draw pictures on a cave wall. Next time on The Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll explore the long history of the written word, and how telling stories has changed history.

We’ll spend an Academic Minute telling stories through video games.

I’m Bob Barrett…that’s this week on The Best of Our Knowledge.