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Three years ago, after American Pharoah became the first thoroughbred to win the Triple Crown in 37 years, a grassroots campaign was launched to bring the famed horse to Saratoga Race Course for the Travers. Pharoah’s run at the Mid-Summer Derby ended in a stunning defeat. But with a new Triple Crown champion Justify three years later, hopes are high in Saratoga Springs that he too will race at the Spa.

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Vermont’s largest hospital could experience its first ever nurses’ strike if a contract agreement is not reached by July 9th.

This morning we meet the forces behind the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy. At its heart, ACE is about strengthening the Capital Region’s creative economy to drive business development, increasing jobs, and driving tourism.

ACE, a collaborative, cross-sector group has come together to strengthen support for creative freelancers, creative organizations, and individuals involved in creative work.

The creative economy is defined as the enterprises and people involved in the origination, production, and distribution of goods and services in which artistic and cultural content gives the product or service value in the marketplace.

Maureen Sager is the Project Director at ACE and she joins us this morning along with Carmen Duncan is CEO, Chief Coach and Founder of Mission Accomplished Transition Services, an Albany-based not-for-profit organization that coaches, develops and supports millennials to become visionary professional and global leaders.

This summer the Saratoga Performing Arts Center will present perennial favorites like The Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, the New York City Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Opera Saratoga; and new series like the Out of this World Festival, SPAC @ Caffè Lena, SPAC on Stage, and Freihofer’s Live at the Jazz Bar.

SPAC President Elizabeth Sobol is here to give us an overview of what the next few months have to offer.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2018 summer season gets underway later this month and will feature seven productions running from June 26 to August 19.

The season will kick off with the world premiere of “The Closet” by Douglas Carter Beane. It is a comedy is about a divorced man who is stuck in a dead-end job in Scranton, Pa., and finds solace in his optimistic female co-worker. Matthew Broderick, Jessica Hecht, and Brooks Ashmanskas will star on the Main Stage.

The season continues on the Nikos Stage with the world premiere of Adam Rapp’s “The Sound Inside” which is about an accomplished professor at an Ivy League university who allies herself with a student to tackle a challenge. Mary-Louise Parker will star and David Cromer will direct.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield joins us.

Donald Trump campaigning in Plattsburgh.
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President Donald Trump's foundation served as a personal piggy bank for his businesses, legal bills and presidential campaign, New York's attorney general said Wednesday as she sued the charity, Trump and three of his children.

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President Trump and Kim Jong-un met in Singapore. What comes next?

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

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

Seen: "First Reformed," "Hotel Artemis," and "Ocean's 8"

Upcoming:

  • Valerie June - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 6/14, 7 PM
  • Albert Lee & His Electric Band - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Thursday 6/14, 7 PM
  • Young Dr. Jekyll: A New Musical - Proctors “The Addy,” Schenectady, Thursday 6/14 at 7 PM through Saturday 6/16
  • Kidz Bop Live! - Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, Friday 6/15, 7 PM
  • Imani Winds (part of the Mostly Modern Festival) - Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, Friday 6/15, 7:30 PM
  • Night Riots - The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany, Saturday 6/16, 8 PM
  • Janis Claxton Dance - Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass., Sunday 6/17, 2 PM (Free)
  • Ani DiFranco - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Sunday 6/17, 7 PM
  • Spotlight on Agnes Varda: Cleo from 5 to 7 - Images Cinema, Williamstown, Mass., Tuesday 6/19, 7 PM

New movies: "Incredibles 2," "The Gospel According to Andre," "The Seagull," "SuperFly," "TAG"

6/14/18 Panel

Jun 14, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, and MSNBC Counter-Terrorism expert Malcolm Nance.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Michael Cohen, a former attorney for President Trump, who is reportedly likely to cooperate with the Mueller investigation. Dr. Chartock also discusses climate change effects on Antarctica.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Jim Kevlin, Publisher and Editor of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman's Journal and AllOtsego.com, about rate increases at Otsego Manor, a for-profit nursing home in Cooperstown.

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Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:  

A mix of sun and clouds and breezy today with a passing shower.  Highs in the lower to mid 70s.

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SOCCER WORLD CUP

The FIFA World Cup kicks off Thursday in Moscow as Russia takes on Saudi Arabia at 11 a.m. EST.

Russia has failed to win in seven non-competitive attempts since beating Korea Republic in October, while the Saudis have lost three friendly matches in a row.

The Global Corner

As much as we might all like to be world travelers, most young students usually stay pretty close to home. But a small group of teachers in Florida are doing their part to bring the world to these students.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll introduce you to The Global Corner, and learn how they hope to broaden the world view of young students.

We’ll also hear about the latest edition of a massive book on family health…and spend an academic minute trying to ignore the facts and follow your instincts.

Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center Is Up And Running

Jun 13, 2018
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A New York state Division of Criminal Justice Services official was in Orange County Wednesday to announce the formal opening of the state’s ninth Crime Analysis Center. The center serves Orange, Dutchess and Ulster Counties. Area police chiefs and officials from district attorney offices were on hand to talk about how the center has already helped them.

UVM Medical Center main entrance
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Unionized nurses at Vermont's largest hospital have voted overwhelmingly to strike if no new contract can be reached with the administration.

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A debate that has flared up across the country for years took center stage in the Berkshires last night when the Pittsfield School Committee’s decision to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the school calendar overtook the city council meeting.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announces consumer protection settlement with Volkswagen
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Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan and members of his staff were in Burlington this morning to announce that the state will receive $6.5 million to complete its claims against automaker Volkswagen.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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A Siena college poll finds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is securely ahead of his challengers, Democrat Cynthia Nixon and Republican Marc Molinaro in his reelection bid. Meanwhile, Cuomo is using some of his substantial $30 million campaign war chest to promote an anti-gun violence measure.

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Officials have a better understanding of the creative economy in Saratoga County, thanks to a new report that shows the region’s arts and cultural attractions have a significant economic impact.

New Williams College Science Center Opens

Jun 13, 2018
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Williams College’s new science center is finished and already filling up with faculty and students.

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    Under the terms of a tentative contract agreement, Springfield could be the first large city in Massachusetts where police officers are outfitted with body-worn cameras.  

Brass band with NYSUT President Andy Pallotta
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New York’s largest teachers union brought bagpipe players and a brass band to the Capitol Wednesday to push for a bill to decouple teacher evaluations from the results of standardized tests.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 13, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove
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Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove tells WAMC he has been “vindicated” after a judge dismissed misconduct and perjury charges against the Republican this week. Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, filed the charges over the DA’s handling of a deadly shooting by a Troy police officer. Abelove says he doesn’t know how the AG’s office will respond, but said the disgraced Schneiderman has his own legal troubles.

Matthew Goodemote of Goodemote Physical Therapy in Saratoga Springs, NY joins Vox Pop to answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

NYSDOT Commissioner Paul Karas and other officials
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State officials are outlining efforts to increase pedestrian safety across New York.

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

Gov. Charlie Baker with federal, state and local officials at Springfield's Union Station announced new passenger rail initiatives for western Massachusetts.
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     Two initiatives are underway to bring more passenger train service to western Massachusetts. Officials predict it will strengthen the region’s economy by providing connections to large metro areas. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting Vermonters to attend a regional summit on unregulated PFAS chemicals later this month in New Hampshire.

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