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WNYT

News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for February 18, 2017.

Vermont Statehouse
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Republican Governor Phil Scott wants Vermont lawmakers to lift restrictions on a tax-related financing program that now goes to a handful of cities and towns.

Rivers features a 50,000-square foot gaming floor with hundreds of gleaming slot machines.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Rivers Casino in Schenectady opened February 8th to long lines and crowds of bettors. Despite some snowy weather during the opening week, bettors played more than $23 million at electronic slot machines and more than $4.2 million at table games.

The Hartford Civic Center, now the XL Center
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Whether or not Connecticut can attract another professional hockey team to its capital city, Governor Dannel Malloy says the XL Center still needs to be either overhauled or closed.

(Airs 2/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: A group of upstate lawmakers are asking the state to step in and fund refugee resettlement programs caught up in President Trump’s travel ban, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on a change in the power balance in the NYS Senate, and a state Assemblywoman introduces legislation on carbon farming she says is the first of its kind.

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A Vermont bill would require presidential candidates to make their tax returns public in order to get on the state ballot.

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A state report estimates that opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts rose for a sixth consecutive year and that fentanyl is playing a role in as many as three-quarters of the fatalities.

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation continues to replace select natural gas lines on an accelerated basis in communities throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley. It’s part of an initiative to address aging infrastructure.

Burlington International Airport USGS 1995 photo
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South Burlington residents met last night with officials from the Burlington International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Vermont National Guard regarding home buyout and noise mitigation initiatives occurring in advance of the arrival of F-35 fighter jets.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 17, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, February 17, 2017.

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During the Grammys on Sunday, non-profit public health organization Truth Initiative launched a national campaign called #StopProfiling, calling attention to ways in which tobacco marketing is disproportionately targeted to African Americans and low-income neighborhoods. That's exactly the focus of a new paper exposing the disproportionate presence of tobacco marketing in low-income Albany neighborhoods and the health inequities that result. 

Watchdog Group: Cuomo's Spending Cap Doesn't Add Up

Feb 17, 2017
Gov. Cuomo and Senator Sanders
Karen DeWitt

A leading budget watchdog group is accusing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of fudging the numbers in his state budget to appear to stay within his self imposed 2 percent per year spending cap.

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Most kitchens are loaded with appliances to help you cook and bake. But are you getting the biggest bang for your buck? Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are back in the studio to answer your questions about blenders, slow cookers and more. Ray Graf hosts.

 "You know, I don't ever panic. " ~ Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

At City Hall this morning, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan turned up pressure on the state over the $12.5 million in aid the city is seeking to close its budget gap. The city is resorting to a hiring freeze and considering cutting programs and festivals.

Hannah (left) and Lori Sames
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Hannah’s Hope is a charity that was formed in 2008 after then-Plattsburgh residents Lori and Matt Sames’ daughter was diagnosed with a rare progressive nerve disease. Known informally as GAN, the disease appears in early childhood and slowly destroys the central nervous system.  Hannah, who recently underwent gene therapy, and her mother Lori spoke about the disease and her progress.

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It's time to open our voicemail bag!  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Feb 17, 2017

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, February 17, 2017.

Kevin R. C. Gutzman is the New York Times best-selling author of five books, including his latest, Thomas Jefferson—Revolutionary: A Radical’s Struggle to Remake America.

Although remembered as the third president of the United States and chief author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson was also something more: the most successful constructive statesman in American history.

Thomas Jefferson—Revolutionary: A Radical's Struggle to Remake Americashows him formulating his radical plans to republicanize America and then working, with remarkable success, to implement them. Born into a monarchical society, Jefferson turned his great intellect and energy to making it highly egalitarian. Much of what we take for granted about America now was originally Jefferson's idea. It is a fascinating story.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their series of discussions about women who influenced classical composers. This week’s composer is Ludwig van Beethoven.

Julie Otsuka’s novel, When the Emperor Was Divine , is about the internment of a Japanese-American family during World War II, as a result of FDR’s Executive Order 9066. 

The book is based on Otsuka’s own family history: her grandfather was arrested by the FBI as a suspected spy for Japan the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, and her mother, uncle, and grandmother spent three years in an internment camp in Topaz, Utah. 

Otsuka will be speaking about the book at a Poughkeepsie Public Library event held at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park on Sunday, February 26th @ 2PM .

Congresswoman Nita Lowey
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President Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees left many people upset and scared.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Nita Lowey speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock about what comes next.

It's happened to all of us: our cheeks flush red when we say the wrong thing, or our hearts skip a beat when a certain someone walks by. But few of us realize how much more dramatic and extreme our bodies' reactions to emotions can be. Many people who see their doctor have medically unexplained symptoms, and in the vast majority of these cases, a psychosomatic cause is suspected. And yet, the diagnosis of a psychosomatic disorder can make a patient feel dismissed as a hypochondriac, a faker, or just plain crazy.
 
In Is It All in Your Head?: True Stories of Imaginary Illness, Suzanne O'Sullivan, MD, takes us on a journey through the world of psychosomatic illness.

2/17/17 Panel

Feb 17, 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 Communications Specialist Theresa Bourgeois. We are also joined by John Cossee, international student at UAlbany. He is from Manchester, England.  

 

EPA Headquarters
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Senate Republicans plan to use their majority power to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee Oklahoma's attorney general Scott Pruitt lead the Environmental Protection Agency, despite calls from Democrats for a delay. Former EPA Region 2 Regional Administrator Judith Enck spoke with our Alan Chartock yesterday about Pruitt.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Trump's conversation with press, Democrats v. Republicans, and this week's upcoming Media Project.

The state parks system is selling a plastic card version of its Empire Pass that's accepted at state-owned parks and recreation areas across New York. 

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Morning Forecast

Feb 17, 2017
Meteorologist Jason Caterina
WFXR

Today

Mostly sunny, a bit breezy, highs in the upper 20s and low to mid 30s

Tonight

Becoming mostly cloudy, with lows in the teens.

Saturday

Mostly sunny and milder with highs in the upper 30s and 40s.  

Thursday’s “A Day without Immigrants” was a protest against Trump administration policies. And many immigrants nationwide chose to close their businesses, and stay home from work or school. A New York state senator says his contribution to the boycott was announcing an immigration resource event.

NBA:

In the NBA, Chicago edged Boston 104-103 and it was Washington over Indiana 111-98.

NHL:

In the NHL, the Islanders doubled up the Rangers 4-2, Ottawa blanked New Jersey 3-0, Buffalo shut out Colorado 2-0, St. Louis beat Vancouver 4-3, Minnesota topped Dallas 3-1, Edmonton doubled up Philadelphia 6-3, and it was Arizona over Los Angeles 5-3.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday announced that the state will invest $8 million for upgrades at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in Ulster County.

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