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Vermont's attorney general has joined 13 other attorneys general in urging the country to reaffirm a commitment to an international agreement to reduce climate-warming carbon emissions.

The letter signed by Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says climate change poses multiple threats including to national security, the economy, and the health and well-being of citizens.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette about two trials that have gripped the Capital Region. 

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Construction has begun on the final phase of a riverfront park in Beacon, New York, to provide new amenities.

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The Houston Rockets have found a way to stop Russell Westbrook from getting triple-doubles - by ending the Oklahoma City Thunder's season. The Rockets have advanced to the NBA's Western Conference semifinals by knocking off the Thunder, 105-99 in Game 5. James Harden had 34 points and Lou Williams added 22 to help Houston reach Round 2 for the second time in three seasons. Williams scored the last eight points in a 10-2 spurt that put the Rockets ahead 86-81 with nine minutes remaining.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the passing of two influential Berkshire residents, Michael Flynn's Russian ties, a federal judge's ruling on sanctuary cities, and legislation in New York state that would require a President that's from New York to release their tax returns.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Apr 26, 2017
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Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Cloudy with scattered showers and some fog and drizzle this morning. Possibly some breaks in the clouds in the afternoon, mostly toward Central New York.  Highs in the lower 60's.

Mostly cloudy with areas of fog and drizzle tonight.  Lows in the lower to mid 50's.

Mostly cloudy tomorrow in New England, with more sun west in the Mohawk Valley and Western Catskills.  Highs in the mid 60's east, to the mid 70's west.

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New York's mental health leaders are uniting to condemn psychological treatments designed to alter the sexual orientation of a minor.

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The Vermont Senate has voted down a proposal to raise the smoking age in the state to 21.

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Vermont's Republican Governor Phil Scott is proposing that Vermont's teachers negotiate their health benefits directly with the state, instead of their local school boards.

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United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County has been awarded an Assistive Technology Regional Center contract through 2027. 

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The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help monitor colonies of little brown bats this summer.

Yonkers Begins Recycling Bin Pilot Program

Apr 25, 2017
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Free recycling bins are available for Yonkers residents as part of the city’s new pilot program.

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The man for whom the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine is named has died at age 99 in California.  Officials at the UVM Larner College of Medicine are remembering Dr. Robert Larner as a humble and generous benefactor who wanted students to benefit from his philanthropy.

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Four educational leaders in Berkshire County have secured a $46,000 Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Partnership grant from the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

New York state lawmakers and lobby groups say Governor Andrew Cuomo was in error when he said that there was no political will to enact reforms in 2017.

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Fire heavily damaged the upstate New York mill owned by a Cooperstown-based wood baseball bat company.

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       The Baker administration Tuesday announced that Massachusetts has received a federal grant totaling almost $12 million to bolster its public health response to the opioid epidemic.

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The perception of Albany as a sheltering place for the undocumented began around 2009 and has continued through the present day.  There has been ongoing debate over whether or not Albany is a “Sanctuary City.” 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 25, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

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With new leadership, a southern Berkshire County nonprofit is moving forward on affordable housing efforts in Great Barrington. 

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     A program to restore the older housing stock in western Massachusetts through a series of neighborhood rebuilding projects is marking its 25th year this month.

Calvin Trillin has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker since 1963. His many books include novels, celebrated memoirs, such as About Alice and Remembering Denny; his classics on eating; and, of course, his humor writing. His latest is an update of his classic collection, Killings.

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Tensions between North Korea and the United States continue to rise as both countries showcase their military capabilities through various exercises. In the studio to discuss the relationship between the U.S. and North Korea are Steven Leibo of The Sage Colleges and Christopher Clary of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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The voters of France will go to the polls on May 7 to elect a new president. After a preliminary ballot over the weekend, the choice has been narrowed down to two candidates - right wing nationalist Marine Le Pen and Independent Emmanuel Macron, who now holds a big lead in the polls and is expected to win next month.

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SPARCC, or Substance Abuse and Recovery of Clinton County, was formed in 2016 to raise public awareness and enhance opioid addiction prevention efforts in the North Country.  The group is now seeking volunteers to tell their addiction stories in hopes of getting more people into recovery and eliminating stigma.

Ulster County Couple Launches NY19Speaks

Apr 25, 2017
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There is a soft launch this weekend of a webzine that focuses on New York’s 19th congressional district. The focus is on human-interest stories and interviews that meld the personal, political, and cultural. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Ulster County resident Shelley Eshkar, who started NY19Speaks with his wife, Elizabeth Simon.

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Congressman Richard Neal, a Democrat from Massachusetts’ 1st House District, has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to revoke its authorization for Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Expansion Project in Western Massachusetts. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 25, 2017
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

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On Monday, the State University of New York's Board of Trustees unanimously approved Kristina Johnson's appointment as the new SUNY chancellor.

In a career spanning more than thirty years, David Letterman redefined the modern talk show with an ironic comic style that transcended traditional television. While he remains one of the most famous stars in America, he is a remote, even reclusive, figure whose career is often widely misunderstood.

In his new book – Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night - Jason Zinoman, the first comedy critic in the history of the New York Times, mixes reporting with unprecedented access and critical analysis to explain the unique entertainer’s titanic legacy.

Moving from his early days in Indiana to his retirement, Zinoman goes behind the scenes of Letterman’s television career to illuminate the origins of his revolutionary comedy, its overlooked influences, and how his work intersects with and reveals his famously eccentric personality.

Jason Zinoman writes the “On Comedy” column for the New York Times

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