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State police have charged a New York woman with stealing more than $150,000 from a customer's accounts at an upstate bank where she worked.

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New York has received an early holiday gift from its farmers: 9 million pounds of food donated to food banks around the state.

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In a highly-anticipated move, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities made cuts to Eversource’s proposed electricity rate hike last week. The DPU decreased Western Massachusetts Electric Company’s request for $34.7 million by 30 percent. Western Massachusetts Electric Company is an Eversource subsidiary. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with attorney Kevin Conroy, of Foley Hoag in Boston. Conroy says the rate hike will disproportionally impact Western Massachusetts’ 209,000 ratepayers.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Dec 5, 2017
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

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With that gift-giving time of year quickly approaching, the way people purchase presents is changing. Some prefer online shopping. But others will visit retailers close to home, including big box department stores and shopping malls.

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Civil rights legend and educator Ruby Sales will be at the Rowe Center in Rowe, MA in a program titled: Where Does it Hurt?: Overcoming the Pain of White Supremacy. The session will be made up of soul-searching conversations on white supremacy and systematic oppression to come away with a radical new spiritual perspective on the tasks before us.

Ruby Sales believes all Americans are hurt by a racist system that continues to oppress people of color.  For this nation to survive, she says, we must forge new ways of honestly talking about how this brutal reality affects whites as well as blacks.  A new language is needed, she says, that incorporates not only our outrage at the harm that has been done, but also a vision of love through which we could become a new people — the America still waiting to be born. 

Giovanni Boivin from The Book Loft in Great Barrington, MA, joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore

Paper Girls Deluxe Edition Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughn

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Radio Free Vermont by Bill McKibben

Ansel Adams: National Parks Service Photographs (Revised) by Ansel Adams and an introduction by Alice Gray

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Congress has plenty on its plate before the Christmas break.

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

*This series was recorded before any Senate tax overhaul vote or final budget*

As Benjamin Franklin famously put it, Americans have a republic, if we can keep it. Preserving the Constitution and the democratic system it supports is the public’s responsibility. One route the Constitution provides for discharging that duty—a route rarely traveled—is impeachment.

Cass Sunstein provides a succinct citizen’s guide to an essential tool of self-government. He illuminates the constitutional design behind impeachment and emphasizes the people’s role in holding presidents accountable. Despite intense interest in the subject, impeachment is widely misunderstood. Sunstein identifies and corrects a number of misconceptions.

Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. His newest book is titled Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide. 

    The Massachusetts State Senate has a new leader.

12/5/17 Panel

Dec 5, 2017

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

Joining us for the panel: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post, Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain and the Empire Report’s JP Miller.

Officials at the site of what supporters hope will become a future park.
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Voters in Clifton Park in southern Saratoga County today will decide the future of 34 acres of undeveloped land that supporters want to see transformed into a park.  In April, Clifton Park residents rejected the sale of the land owned by the Shenendehowa School District to a local developer.  The developer had proposed using half of the land for a supermarket and donating half back to the town.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the possibility of indictments for President Trump, Gov. Cuomo's comments on the Republican tax plan, and the GOP endorsing Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore.

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The New York Giants have made a midseason coaching change for the first time in 41 years following a 2-10 start that also cost their general manager his job.

Head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese have been fired less than a year after the team made the playoffs. The decision follows Sunday's 24-17 loss at Oakland, five days after McAdoo benched two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning in favor of Geno Smith.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about human remains found in an Albany wooded area, Gov. Cuomo's comments on the tax plan, and a vote for a park in Clifton Park.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Dec 5, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

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

Cloudy and breezy with rain today.  Highs in the lower to mid 50s.

Rain this evening, tapering off to scattered showers overnight.  Areas of fog.  Lows in the upper 30s.

A mix of sun and clouds, breezy and cooler tomorrow.  Highs in the lower 40s.

Although the town has approved a lower tax rate, bills will still be going up for property owners in Clarksburg, Massachusetts. 

A new report says there has been a decrease in serious traffic collisions in Berkshire County. 

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Some Vermont residents and lawmakers are concerned that propane-filled tanker cars parked on railroad tracks could pose a danger to nearby residential areas in Bennington.

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A Democratic Dutchess County legislator re-elected to his eighth term says he will challenge Republican incumbent New York state Senator Sue Serino in the 2018 election.

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Bernie Sanders' stepdaughter is running for mayor of Burlington, Vermont, the same office that was the starting point for the independent U.S. senator's political career.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and an FCC commissioner are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to suspend its vote on net neutrality while one million allegedly fake comments on the proposed repeal are investigated.

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The governors of New York and California as well as New Jersey’s incoming governor are strongly condemning the Republican tax bills in Congress, saying they are unfair to their states and will wreak havoc on the U.S. economy. 

    Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg announced today that he will step down as leader of the chamber while an investigation is being conducted into sexual misconduct allegations involving his husband. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 4, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, December 4, 2017.

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Cohoes has begun what promises to be a long recovery from last week's massive downtown fire. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at City Hall today for an update.

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Health Quest

Dr. Hirad Hedayat, Director of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, joins Medical Monday to discuss stroke, aneurysms and other vascular conditions of the brain. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

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Central Hudson Gas & Electric has a rate case before the New York state Public Service Commission. A number of local officials want to see the utility’s fixed charges lowered and have signed a letter to the PSC saying so. Meanwhile, a Central Hudson spokesman says decreasing the charges would be a step backwards.

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A woman whose twin brother died of a drug overdose thirty years ago has been named the chair of the New York state chapter of the Addiction Policy Forum, a national organization that works with various groups to improve treatment, law enforcement and prevention policies tied to addiction. 

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The Metropolitan Opera has suspended conductor James Levine after reports over the weekend detailed multiple allegations of sexual misconduct dating to the 1980s. The Boston Symphony Orchestra says it received no complaints during Levine’s time as music director.

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