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Developmentally disabled New Yorkers and their caregivers demonstrated outside Governor Andrew Cuomo's speech in Albany on January 11.
Karen DeWitt

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is due to release his budget on Tuesday and agencies that work with the intellectually disabled are among those hoping for more funds. They say they need help in order to pay their workers the new, higher minimum wage.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Village of Hoosick Falls voted last night to table a settlement agreement with the two companies deemed responsible for contaminating water sources with the chemical PFOA. The decision to set the agreement aside for now came after two hours of public comment. 

In Anne Rice's new novel, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat's undead body and soul.

This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable Universe.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, we conclude our series about the music of Thea Musgrave.

Listener Essay - Killing

Jan 13, 2017
Tom Reichner

Patricia A. Nugent is the author of The Live On: Saying Goodbye to Mom and Dad, a compilation of poems and vignettes about caregiving for and losing a loved one. She also write the play The Stone and the Ripple, about a modern day reunion of the founding suffragists. At her home on Great Sacandaga Lake, she is currently plugging away at her manuscript about her golden retriever’s spirituality.

Danielle Krysa is the writer/curator behind the contemporary art website The Jealous Curator, and the author of Creative Block and Collage.

Her new book is Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative.

A conservative majority on the Supreme Court is just the tip of the iceberg.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays concludes his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

To coincide with the bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau's birth, naturalist and historian Kevin Dann has written a biography that fills a gap in our understanding of one modern history's most important spiritual visionaries by capturing the full arc of Thoreau's life as a mystic, spiritual seeker, and explorer in transcendental realms.

The book is Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau.

1/13/17 Panel

Jan 13, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao, and Communications Specialist Theresa Bourgeois.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, gun laws, and an op-ed about Trump's tax returns. 

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Jan 13, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

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

A mix of sun and clouds, windy and turning colder today.  Temperatures starting in the mid to upper
30's, but falling into the 20's by sunset.

Clear and cold tonight.  Lows near 10 above.

Mostly cloudy tomorrow.  Highs in the mid 20's.

NFL:

In the NFL playoffs this weekend, on Saturday, Seattle takes on Atlanta at 4:35 p.m., and Houston faces New England at 8:15 p.m. On Sunday, Pittsburgh goes head-to-head against Kansas City 1:05 p.m. and then Green Bay faces Dallas at 4:40 p.m.

WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to lessen the penalties for possessing a small amount of marijuana, and says he wants to promote industrial hemp production in New York.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A medical marijuana company in New York has received approval for the state’s first home delivery program.

Buses are filled or nearly full across the region as people seek transportation to Washington, D.C. next week.  But they are not planning to attend the inauguration of the next president.  The Women’s March on Washington will bring thousands to the National Mall. For those who cannot get to the capital, there are local women’s marches planned in the Northeast.

Governor Andrew Cuomo at Elk Lake
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ended his six-city state of the state tour, speaking according to his estimates, for nine hours total, and traveling over 1,200 miles, with one emergency helicopter landing thrown in for good measure.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Schenectady’s casino is just weeks away from opening. Workers recently unloaded a shipment of table games.

Downtown North Adams, Massachusetts
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North Adams, Massachusetts is the focus this week of an organization committed to small businesses in small communities. Members of the Deluxe Small Business Revolution on Main Street are touring North Adams. They are gathering input to see if businesses in the western Massachusetts city deserve a half-million dollar award. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 12, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, January 12, 2017.

(Airs 1/12/17) Host Alan Chartock speaks with New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Monday’s announcement of an agreement to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County left local elected officials in a tailspin about tax revenues. They worry there is no way to fill what the Westchester County executive calls a gaping hole.

We welcome back our esteemed panel of experts to respond to your scientific inquiries on the program today. Barbara Brabetz, Jim Pickett and Ed Stander make up our panel. Ray Graf hosts.

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      Developers are being sought to buy and restore one of the most unusual buildings in western Massachusetts.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has wrapped up his regional State of the State tour, during which he outlined his agenda for the 2017. For more on what the governor had to say about education, WAMC News spoke with Tim Kremer, the Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association.

Plattsburgh International Airport
Plattsburgh International Airport

During his State of the State address in Albany Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new funding to enhance and revitalize the Plattsburgh International Airport. The new funds will be used to enhance aerospace and general aviation facilities as a separate terminal upgrade is completed.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 12, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, January 12, 2017.

Dorcey Applyrs
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

On Wednesday, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy marked the unofficial anniversary of the county’s advocacy for residents concerned about the hazards of expanded oil train traffic and processing in Albany’s South End.  The air quality and noise issues created by both the trains and high-volume diesel truck traffic continue to plague neighborhood residents.

We hear now, the story of two men.

Jim Thorpe: Super athlete, Olympic gold medalist, Native American

Pop Warner: Indomitable coach, football mastermind, Ivy League grad.

Before these men became legends, they met in 1907 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, where they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. Called "the team that invented football," they took on the best opponents of their day, defeating much more privileged schools such as Harvard and the Army in a series of breathtakingly close calls, genius plays, and bone-crushing hard work.

Author Steve Sheinkin’s new book is: Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team - the story of a group of young men who came together at that school, the overwhelming obstacles they faced both on and off the field, and their absolute refusal to accept defeat.

There will be a launch party for the book on Sunday at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs at 5PM. 

Today nearly half of all Americans live from paycheck to paycheck, and income volatility has doubled over the past thirty years. Banks, with their high monthly fees and overdraft charges, are gouging their low- and middle-income customers, while serving only the wealthiest Americans.

Lisa Servon's The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives is an indictment of America’s banks, together with eye-opening dispatches from inside a range of banking alternatives that have sprung up to fill the void. 

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