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Members of the Vermont Air National Guard are leaving Wednesday for an overseas deployment.

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Police have identified a suspect in a fatal shooting inside an Albany nightclub in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving.

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A comprehensive health bill is headed to President Obama after the Senate approved it 94-5 Wednesday. Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, crafted the mental health portion of the 21st Century Cures Act .

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A long term energy plan by the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that includes a nearly $8 billion dollar subsidy to two upstate nuclear power plants is being challenged from both ends of the political spectrum, and a lawsuit has been filed to try to stop the deal.

Earlier this week, Johnstown’s Common Council adopted a budget introduced by interim Mayor Cindy Lakata calling for a 9 percent rate increase.

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South Burlington city officials are considering conducting their own sound mapping of the Burlington International Airport in anticipation of F-35 fighter jets flying at the National Guard facility there.

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Police in Binghamton says nearly $20,000 has been raised for information to find the driver who struck and killed a college student from New York City.

A woman accused of killing her twin sister by driving their SUV off a cliff in Hawaii won't fight extradition from upstate New York.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Donald Trump didn't win the presidential election — but that Democrats lost by not paying enough attention to a fearful middle class.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 7, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

No Deal Yet On NY Special Legislative Session

Dec 7, 2016

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers are still trying to put together a special session before the end of the year that could include a pay raise.

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On this week’s 51%, we bring you an interview with bestselling author and poet Sapphire. You’ll hear about her novels, social consciousness and thoughts on the presidential election.

We’ll be discussing birds today on the program. Rich Guthrie and Nancy Castillo are here to help answer your questions about them. A veteran birder and compiler of the Catskill, New York Christmas bird count for the National Audubon society, Rich is WAMC’s resident avian expert. Nancy owns Wild Birds Unlimited in Saratoga Springs which stocks supplies for feeding and observing birds.

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Plans were unveiled in Springfield, Massachusetts Wednesday for a permanent 9/11 memorial that will include a piece of steel from the destroyed World Trade Center.

Rarely Exhibited Draft Of FDR Speech Is On Display

Dec 7, 2016
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Seventy-five years after he dictated what would become one of the most famous speeches ever delivered by an American president, Franklin D. Roosevelt's first draft of his "Day of Infamy" speech is on display at his former Hudson Valley estate-turned-museum.

Camelot At TheRep

Dec 7, 2016
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Camelot , one of America’s most beloved musicals, is now playing at Capital Rep in Albany through Christmas Eve. The four-time Tony Award-winning musical has one of the richest scores of the Broadway songbook. This lusty, romantic tale is sure to inspire audiences with a celebrated score that includes the classics “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood,” “How to Handle a Woman” and the title song, “Camelot.” We welcome two of the cast-members this morning: Jane Pfitsch and Leenya Rideout .

Seventy-five years ago tomorrow, Americans gathered around their radios as President Franklin Roosevelt spoke to Congress 24 hours after the nation was stunned by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. That "Day of Infamy" speech, FDR's first inaugural address and a number of other talks by the president are being restored and digitized by the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park. The library's director, Paul Sparrow, says the project is a partnership with AT&T and the National Archives and Records Administration.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Dec 7, 2016
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

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Clinton County legislators will hear from the public tonight on the 2017 budget plan.

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Public input is being sought for a climate action plan for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts. The Springfield Climate Justice Coalition is holding a series of community meetings.

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In July, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced the 2017 tax cap would sit below 1 percent. The cap, which is 2 percent on tax levies or the inflation rate, whichever is less, was set at .68 percent. DiNapoli warned that it could present challenges for local governments.

On the seventy-fifth anniversary, the authors of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Eleventh Day unravel the mysteries of Pearl Harbor to expose the scapegoating of the admiral who was in command the day 2,000 Americans died, report on the continuing struggle to restore his lost honor—and clear President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the charge that he knew the attack was coming. The Japanese onslaught on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 devastated Americans and precipitated entry into World War II. In the aftermath, Admiral Husband Kimmel, Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet, was relieved of command, accused of negligence and dereliction of duty—publicly disgraced.

The America we live in today was born, not on July 4, 1776, but on December 7, 1941, when an armada of 354 Japanese warplanes supported by aircraft carriers, destroyers, and midget submarines suddenly and savagely attacked the United States, killing 2,403 men—and forced America’s entry into World War II. Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness follows, moment by moment, the sailors, soldiers, pilots, diplomats, admirals, generals, emperor, and president as they engineer, fight, and react to this stunningly dramatic moment in world history.

Beginning in 1914, bestselling author Craig Nelson maps the road to war, beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt, then the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (and not yet afflicted with polio), attending the laying of the keel of the USS Arizona at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Writing with vivid intimacy, Nelson traces Japan’s leaders as they lurch into ultranationalist fascism, which culminates in their insanely daring yet militarily brilliant scheme to terrify America with one of the boldest attacks ever waged. Within seconds, the country would never be the same.

Congresswoman-elect Claudia Tenney is leaving the state Assembly as she heads to the U.S. House. In today’s Congressional Corner, Tenney continues her discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Voters Approve Capital Bond For East Ramapo Schools

Dec 7, 2016
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Voters in the troubled East Ramapo School District in Rockland County Tuesday approved a capital bond. They also approved the district’s borrowing money for window and door improvements at two elementary schools.

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts has vetoed a city council-approved ordinance to put a civilian commission in charge of the police department.

12/7/16 Panel

Dec 7, 2016

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post and Corporate Attorney Rich Honen.

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The trial of a retired Springfield police officer charged with stealing nearly $400,000 from the department's evidence room has been postponed.

Donald Trump is Time Magazine's 2017 Person of the Year.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Time magazine on Wednesday named President-elect Donald Trump its Person of the Year. "It's a great honor. It means a lot," Trump said in a telephone interview on NBC's "Today" show. Time editor Nancy Gibbs said on the program that Democrat Hillary Clinton was the No. 2 finalist. Gibbs said the choice of Trump this year was "straightforward."

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Federal funding is headed to repair damages from Hurricane Sandy at a reservoir in Westchester County.

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