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Officials in Clarksburg, Massachusetts have accepted a citizens’ petition to redo a special vote on school renovations.  

The attorney for a New York rabbi who drove for 4.5 miles (7.2 kilometers) after a Vermont state trooper tried to pull him over for speeding on a remote interstate highway says he's hopeful the case can be resolved without the rabbi having to appear in court.

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Rutland City School District

The longtime superintendent of the Rutland City School District is retiring after more than 20 years with the Vermont district.

Bald eagles had a record year for nesting in Vermont thanks to a mild spring
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Vermont biologists say the number of bald eagles that successfully nested in the state set a modern-day record this year.

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Democratic members of Congress are denouncing President Trump’s latest tweets about Puerto Rico. A Connecticut senator who has visited the Commonwealth is calling on Trump to appoint a czar to oversee recovery efforts. And a New York congresswoman who leaves for the island Friday is urging Congress to pass an emergency funding bill.

Senator Bernie Sanders views bifacial solar panels with Sandia Lab's Laurie Burnham
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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Vermont Regional Test Center for Solar Technology is one of five in the country and the only one in the North.  Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders toured the site this morning.

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New England has a rich textile history, and now there appears to be a resurgence of handwoven linens crafted in western Massachusetts studios. WAMC’s JD Allen spoke with weavers Marilyn Webster, of Conway, and Paula Veleta, of Florence, about a new studio trail tour kicking off this weekend.

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New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will be making stops in the region Friday.

Senate Minority Leader Schumer is scheduled to visit Gloversville in Fulton County at 1 p.m. The Democrat is expected to address cuts to federal programs that benefit rural hospitals. Schumer says if Congress does not renew payments through the Low-Volume Hospital and Medicare-Dependent Hospital programs, Nathan Littauer Hospital will lose more than $1 million in federal aid.

A 31-year-old man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting another man and wounding three bystanders inside a crowded Albany nightclub last fall.

Rensselaer County has advanced a proposed local law designed to pressure the Environmental Protection Agency to cease the discharge of an emerging contaminant from a federal Superfund site.

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has taken the wraps off a new savings plan for disabled people that allows them to save money without affecting their eligibility for benefits.

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COHOES – If you are a Patsy Cline fan you will love “Always, Patsy Cline” which plays at the Cohoes Music Hall through Sunday.  If you never heard of the country singer who was killed in a plane crash in 1963, you’ll probably leave the show a big fan.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Oct 12, 2017
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Meteorologist Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, October 12, 2017.

(Airs 10/12/17 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Dr. Gerald Benjamin, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Associate Vice President for Regional Engagement and Director of the Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz

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Having car trouble? Joining us today to answer your automotive questions is Gordon Fricke – owner and operator of Barber and Fricke Automotive Inc. – an independent repair, auto body, towing and used car facility in Hoosick Falls, New York. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

A film about teen mental illness and suicide is screening at this week’s Woodstock Film Festival. It will also be shown at a local high school Friday.

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First ward Hudson City Alderman Rick Rector, a Democrat, is the sole candidate running for mayor of the Columbia County city after incumbent Tiffany Martin Hamilton decided not to seek another term. Rector says he plans to make a big difference in local politics.

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After a high-profile one-day strike and a resulting lockout, unionized nurses and Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts are no closer to resolving their contract standoff. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 12, 2017
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thurday, October 12, 2017.

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New Yorkers have the power on November 7 to decide whether some state officials convicted of a felony should be stripped of their pensions.

Thomas Moore is the author of the bestselling book Care of the Soul and fifteen other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating soul in every aspect of life. He has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist, and today he lectures widely on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy, and the arts.

His new book is Ageless Soul. He'll be at The Odyssey Bookshop at 7 p.m. tonight and at The Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT on November 10th. 

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Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Christina Applegate and Thomas Haden Church, the new dark comedy "Crash Pad" focuses on a love triangle, and the extreme lengths people will go to get what they think they want. The movie is screening as part of the Woodstock Film Festival at the Woodstock Playhouse on Oct. 13th at 6:45 p.m. Director Kevin Tent will take part in a Q and A afterward. Tent, an Oscar-nominated film editor, has also had a long working relationship with director Alexander Payne, working on films like "Election," "Sideways," and "The Descendants."

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Massachusetts lawmakers rallied at the State House in Boston Thursday in support of a criminal justice reform bill. 

In the documentary film, The Rape of Recy Taylor, Nancy Buirski reconstructs events from 1944, when Recy Taylor, a twenty-four-year-old black woman in Abbeville, Alabama, was abducted on her way home from church by six white men who then raped her. Though Taylor identified her attackers, a local grand jury did not indict anyone for the crime. The NAACP mobilized a national campaign on Taylor’s behalf, sending Rosa Parks, its leading rape investigator to Abbeville. She and others recognized that, if justice could be served, it would be the result of reporting outside the immediate area. They nationalized the case yet the perpetrators remained uncharged, and the case slipped into oblivion.

The film will screen in Woodstock on Saturday at 10 a.m. as part of the Woodstock Film Festival and Nancy Buirski will be there for a Q&A following.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

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Upcoming:

Pine Hills Film Colony presents A Cottage on Dartmoor
Madison Theater, Albany, Thursday 10/12, 7 PM

Paula Poundstone
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Friday 10/13, 8 PM

Rachel Feinstein
The Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs, Friday-Saturday 10/13-14, 7:30 & 9:30 PM

Albany Symphony Orchestra: Star Wars and More
Palace Theatre, Albany, Saturday 10/14, 7 PM

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday 10/14, 7:30 PM

The Sam Bush Band
The Egg, Albany, Saturday 10/14, 7:30 PM

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The Eighth Step at Proctors, Saturday 10/14, 7:30 PM

Keith A. Wallace’s The Bitter Game
MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass, Saturday 10/14, 8 PM

Peter and the Starcatcher
Home Made Theater at the Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs, opens Saturday 10/14 at 7:30 PM, continues weekends through October 29

The Bobs Farewell Tour
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 10/15, 7 PM

New Movies: Faces Places, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, Marshall, The Foreigner, Happy Death Day

10/12/17 Panel

Oct 12, 2017

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

Today's panelists are: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Professor of Political Science at Siena College Vera Eccarius-Kelly and Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois.

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Less than two weeks after a gunman opened fire on a concert in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more, a New York congressman and two other Democratic representatives have introduced a bill to update reporting requirements for semi-automatic rifles.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's comments on the press, a localized push for right to die legislation, a potential constitutional convention, and the upcoming fund drive.

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The New York Yankees are back in the American League Championship Series for the first time in five years after taking the final three games of their LDS against the Indians.

Didi Gregorius was 3-for-4 with a pair of homers to lead the Yankees to a 5-2 triumph in Game 5 at Cleveland. Gregorius put New York ahead to stay with a solo shot in the first inning and added a two-run blast that put the Bombers ahead 3-0 in the third.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Jim Kevlin of Hometown Oneonta about local Veterans' vow to stop watching the NFL until the National Anthem controversy is over.

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