A bill that would authorize people with terminal illnesses to request life-ending drugs from a physician has cleared a hurdle in New York's state Legislature.

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A minor hockey league's governing body has approved the sale of the Portland Pirates to a group of Springfield, Massachusetts, investors.

A suspended pastor at a Bethlehem church pleaded guilty in Colonie Town Court yesterday to one count of unlawful surveillance in the Second Degree. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, outcomes of the Freddie Gray case, and the possibility of a Clinton/Sanders debate.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has withdrawn his lawsuit against Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove stemming from the police shooting death of an area man.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about the family of a man shot by police in Troy that is now filing a lawsuit and additional screenings at Albany County Airport.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Morning Forecast

May 24, 2016
Meteorologist Jason Caterina

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's morning forecast:

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In the NBA playoffs, Toronto beat Cleveland 105-99 to tie the series at 2 games apiece.

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The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking to find and eliminate potential sources of water pollution in the White River watershed.

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Following last week’s four-alarm fire underneath Metro-North Railroad’s Park Avenue Viaduct in New York City that resulted in a few days of significant commuting delays, a New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation that calls for the review of elevated tracks.

Plattsburgh City Police and the Office of Fire Prevention and Control are continuing their investigation into an early Sunday fire at a multi-story brick apartment building that killed two men and left a woman with serious injuries.

Good government groups gather in Albany
Karen DeWitt

  It’s just over three weeks until the legislative session is scheduled to end, and hopes for reform are fading, during an unprecedented level of corruption in state government.


Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed a bill that mandates public and private health insurance providers include coverage for contraceptives.

The path of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline
Kinder Morgan

Kinder Morgan formally withdrew its federal application for its Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline Monday after announcing in April that it was suspending work on the $3.3 billion project.

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     A state legislator is planning to file a bill to make it easier to rid Massachusetts municipalities of blighted property.

           State Rep. Carlos Gonzalez of Springfield is crafting legislation that would set a 30-day deadline in Massachusetts to register the transfer of ownership of a property. 

       He said too often when there is a foreclosure, or distress sale, a new owner delays registering the deed. It makes it difficult for officials to find the rightful owner if the property is later abandoned.

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer is joined by law enforcement, school and community leaders for a press conference in Pittsfield City Hall Monday.
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The mayor of Pittsfield and law enforcement leaders addressed a recent spate of gun incidents in the city Monday.

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A new coalition of community organizations, faith groups and labor unions says New York can address government corruption by tightening campaign finance rules while making it easier to vote.


An ambitious program to install solar panels at New York's public schools, already off to a slow start, has to recruit a new partner after the financial collapse of one of the nation's largest solar companies.

The Nassau town supervisor is calling for additional EPA testing for the manufacturing chemical PFOA at the Dewey Loeffel Superfund site in Rensselaer County.


A public art and beautification project began Monday in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Blair Horner: Higher Ed Shortfall Gets Response

May 23, 2016

The New York state budget approved in April contained some good news for public college students and their families: It added a $100 increase per full-time enrolled student (FTE) in community college base aid over that proposed by the governor—an increase over last year’s budget.  The new budget also restored the governor’s proposed cuts to some financial assistance programs.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 23, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, May 23, 2016.

Tributes continue for a Massachusetts police officer shot and killed over the weekend during a traffic stop.

  Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Prathima Kanumuri. She’s a board-certified breast cancer surgeon with Ellis Medicine in Schenectady, specializing in surgical treatment of both benign and malignant diseases of the breast. 

Rob Edelman: Elvis And Nixon

May 23, 2016

These days, biopics are all the rage. During one recent week, a number of films screening at the Spectrum, the local Albany art house, featured actors playing such diverse personalities as Ernest Hemingway, Miles Davis, Elvis Presley, and Richard Nixon.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

May 23, 2016
Meteorologist Jason Caterina

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, May 23, 2016.

One Wounded Soldier's Long Road Back

May 23, 2016

With Memorial Day a week away, many Americans are thinking of killed and wounded soldiers in their lives. Tens of thousands of soldiers have been badly hurt fighting in Afghanistan over the last 15 years. Western New England University’s Courtney Miller reports on one.

March Against Monsanto in Albany, NY calls attention to GMOs
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Activists protesting genetically modified foods gathered on the grounds outside the state capitol in Albany on Saturday in solidarity with the international "March Against Monsanto.”

Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum's Hoosac Valley Service
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After roughly four years of planning followed by on-the-ground work, scenic rail is ready to run in Northern Berkshire County.

  Mark Twain, the highest-paid writer in America in 1894, was also one of the nation’s worst investors.

The publishing company Twain owned was failing; his investment in a typesetting device was bleeding red ink. After losing hundreds of thousands of dollars back when a beer cost a nickel, he found himself neck-deep in debt. His heiress wife, Livy, took the setback hard - but Twain vowed to Livy he would pay back every penny. And so, just when the fifty-nine-year-old, bushy-browed icon imagined that he would be settling into literary lionhood, telling jokes at gilded dinners, he forced himself to mount the “platform” again, embarking on a round-the-world stand-up comedy tour. No author had ever done that. He cherry-picked his best stories—such as stealing his first watermelon and buying a bucking bronco—and spun them into a ninety-minute performance. Twain trekked across the American West and onward by ship to the faraway lands of Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, India, Ceylon, and South Africa.

Richard Zacks' new book is Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain's Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour

  Mark Zwonitzer is an author and award-winning documentary filmmaker. 

His new book The Statesman and the Storyteller, is a dual biography covering the last ten years of the lives of friends and contemporaries, writer Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) and statesman John Hay (who served as secretary of state under presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt), The Statesman and the Storyteller not only provides an intimate look into the daily lives of these men but also creates an elucidating portrait of the United States on the verge of emerging as a world power.