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2/16/17 Panel

Feb 16, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld.

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The parents of two special needs children left unattended on a school bus in North Adams, Massachusetts last year have sued the city's schools and Mayor Richard Alcombright.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Michael Flynn's resignation, immigration, and Andrew Puzder stepping down from consideration for Labor Secretary.

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According to reports, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office may be investigating Fox News Channel’s parent company regarding sexual harassment case settlements involving former Fox News chief Roger Ailes. 

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A U.S. Senate hearing on Wednesday focused on “modernizing the Endangered Species Act.” It is the latest under the Trump administration's push to reel in regulations they see as harmful to businesses and creating new jobs. 

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Feb 16, 2017
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Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Mostly cloudy and windy with scattered snow showers today.  Highs in the lower 30's.

Clearing and breezy tonight.  Low in the teens.

Mostly sunny and breezy tomorrow.  Highs in the lower 30's. 

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Jim Kevlin of Hometown Oneonta, the Freeman's Journal, and AllOtsego.com about a new novel from a local author that's getting national attention.

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NBA:

In the NBA, Boston topped Philadelphia 116-108, Milwaukee bested Brooklyn 129-125, Oklahoma City beat the Knicks 116-105, New Orleans won against Memphis 95-91, Minnesota beat Denver 112-99, Phoenix defeated the Lakers 137-101, Utah beat Portland 111-88, Detroit topped Dallas 98-91, San Antonio won against Orlando 107-79, Cleveland beat Indiana 113-104, Golden State blasted Sacramento 109-86, the Clippers beat Atlanta 99-84, Miami topped Houston 117-109, and it was Toronto over Charlotte 90-85.

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The first time new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos tried to visit a school her first week on the job, she was blocked by protesters. It was an unsettling debut for one of the most controversial cabinet appointments, ever, from nomination to confirmation. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from Secretary DeVos, as she addressed members of the department of Education her first day on the job.

We’ll also hear how companies who specialize in big data are making money off your medical records…and spend an Academic Minute getting thirsty at bedtime.

Manufacturing in New York state expanded at the fastest pace in more than two years as factories received more new orders and stepped up hiring.

Governor Phil Scott (left) and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard at a press conference in Quebec City 2/15/17
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott is in  Quebec City for his first official meetings with his counterpart in Quebec, the state's largest trading partner.

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About 300 Vermont Air National Guard members will soon return from a three-month deployment in the Middle East.

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The mayor of Hoosick Falls, a Rensselaer County village that has been dealing with contamination issues for the past year, is stepping down in a few weeks. David Borge will retire at the end of his second term.

New York Assemblyman Sean Ryan D- Buffalo and other lawmakers call for state help to fund refugee resettlement centers, at the Capitol's Million Dollar Staircase in Albany on Wednesday.
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A group of upstate lawmakers are asking New York to step in and fund refugee resettlement programs, that they say have been caught up in President Trump’s travel ban and the resulting chaos.

North Country Chamber unveils 2017 Business Confidence Index
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A survey conducted by the local chamber of commerce finds that confidence in the North Country’s business climate is surging.

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Early voting for the 2016 election in Massachusetts proved to be very popular and by all accounts successful.  Now, the state auditor has determined who should foot the bill. 

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   Back-to-back big storms have prompted public safety officials in Massachusetts to issue a warning about snow on the roofs of buildings.

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A state lawmaker whose district includes Cooperstown is making a strong pitch to have New York designate baseball as the official state sport.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 15, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

#1438: Pink Collar Jobs And Baby Cafes

Feb 15, 2017
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On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear why pink-collar jobs have trouble attracting men; find out about baby cafes, and bring you a listener essay. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

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Want to get away and enjoy a respite from the cold and snow? Or are you of the mind that now is the time to get out and enjoy the fresh powder with skiing, snowboarding or another outdoor activity? We’ll be discussing travel today, with veteran travel planner Andrea Schwartz.

NYS Lawmaker Introduces Carbon Farming Tax Credit Bill

Feb 15, 2017
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A New York state Assemblywoman has introduced legislation on carbon farming that she says is the first of its kind. The idea is to promote environmentally friendly farming practices while, at the same time, putting money back into the pockets of farmers.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 15, 2017
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

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Some Hoosick Falls residents already exposed to chemicals in their drinking water may also have another form of pollutant leaking into their homes. Honeywell, under a consent order with the state, is conducting an investigation into the detection of chemicals at one of its former buildings in town. A meeting was held Tuesday night where company representatives spoke to residents.

The Creative Life: A Conversation Series at UAlbany is an initiative of the New York State Writers Institute, UAlbany Performing Arts Center, and University Art Museum, all of which are housed and function on the main campus of the University at Albany. Guests in this inaugural year of the series have included author Joyce Carol Oates and dancer/choreographer Savion Glover who appeared in September and October 2016, respectively.

Erika Christakis is an early childhood educator and school consultant. She has written a new book, The Importance of Being Little.

In it, she explains the challenges of being a little kid trying to navigate a system designed by and for adults, with high-stakes academic curricula and stringent schedules. 

The good news is that young children are hard-wired to learn in any setting, and tools to improve preschools are within reach of any parent and educator. The book offers a road map to giving children what they really need. 

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       Downtown Northampton saw an increase in key economic indicators in 2016, according to a report compiled by city officials.

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Democrats in the Senate are trying to come up with a workable strategy against President Trump.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Jay Rogoff is the author of six books of poetry. His latest full-length collection, Enamel Eyes, A Fantasia On Paris, 1870, a lyrical sequence with the breadth and depth of a historical novel, considers the events of "the terrible year" through multiple perspectives.

The Franco-Prussian War, the siege of Paris, and the Commune come alive through the eyes and voices of a variety of historical figures who witnessed and participated in the events.

Jay Rogoff will have a poetry reading on Friday night at the Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga to celebrate his new collection, Enamel Eyes, A Fantasia on Paris, 1870. 

2/15/17 Panel

Feb 15, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao, and corporate attorney Rich Honen.

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