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A newly enacted city ordinance in Plattsburgh is being suspended this weekend due to expected cold temperatures.

The new Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago is visiting each of the 24 campuses that make up the state’s system of community colleges and state universities. At each visit he meets with staff, faculty, students, local community leaders, and elected officials. 

Santiago, who came to Massachusetts as a deputy higher education commissioner in 2013, was on the campus of Westfield State University Thursday and he spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 12, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, February 12, 2016.

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Jim Brown Productions

In the era of glasnost, perestroika and the last days of the Cold War, music became a powerful force for change.  The new documentary Free To Rock looks at the spread of rock and roll in the 1980’s and 90’s and how it helped the Iron Curtain fall.  The film is being shown in Lake Placid this weekend and director Jim Brown explains that it took 10 years to complete.

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State education commissioner MaryEllen Elia made an appearance Thursday at the Early College Career Academy on the campus of SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, in southern Warren County.

  Prohibition has long been portrayed as a “noble experiment” that failed, a newsreel story of glamorous gangsters, flappers, and speakeasies. In The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State, Lisa McGirr dismantles this cherished myth to reveal a much more significant history.

Prohibition was the seedbed for a pivotal expansion of the federal government, the genesis of our contemporary penal state and shows how the war on alcohol was waged disproportionately in African American, immigrant, and poor white communities. Alongside Jim Crow and other discriminatory laws, Prohibition brought coercion into everyday life and even into private homes. Its targets coalesced into an electoral base of urban, working-class voters that propelled FDR to the White House.

This is a picture of a rendering of the proposed Mount Greylock Regional School renovation.
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School leaders detailed the $65 million Mount Greylock Regional School project during a public meeting Thursday ahead of votes in Williamstown and Lanesborough.

  Conceived soon after the American Revolution ended, the great monument to George Washington was not finally completed until almost a century later; the great obelisk was finished in 1884, and remains the tallest stone structure in the world at 555 feet.

The story behind its construction is a largely untold and intriguing piece of American history, which acclaimed historian John Steele Gordon relates in his book, Washington's Monument And the Fascinating History of the Obelisk.

  The Republican presidential primary has broken the mold.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he doesn’t have a favorite candidate yet.

  In our Ideas Matter segment we take time just about every week to check in with the state humanities councils in our 7-state region.

Today we check in with the Vermont Humanities Council and documentary film producer Jeff Kaufman. Kaufman directed The State of Marriage, which shows the struggle for same-sex marriage equality in Vermont.

The film will be screened with a special panel discussion in Montpelier, Vermont on February 23.

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