The Schenectady City Council will not be increasing fees for the use of city-owned parks and fields. 

4/18/18 Panel

Apr 18, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, Berkshire Eagle reporter Jenn Smith, and investigative journalist Rosemary Armao.

Justice Scales
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Prosecutors say a Massachusetts man fatally shot his ex-girlfriend during an argument when she came to his home to pick up their children.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on CIA Director Mike Pompeo's secret meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un.  Dr. Chartock also discusses the deaths of former First Lady Barbara Bush and NPR newscaster and personality Carl Kasell Tuesday.

The Daily Gazette

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about the Mohonasen School District's proposed tax increases and teacher cuts.  The two also discuss a former Saratoga County police officer who asked for permission to file taxes on a computer as he awaits trial on child pornography charges.

Paul Caiano

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

A mix of sun and clouds, breezy and cool today with a passing shower possible.  Highs in the upper 40s.



The Toronto Raptors have a two-games-to-none lead in an NBA playoff series for the first time in team history.

Vermont prosecutors say no criminal charges will be filed against police officers involved in the January fatal shooting of a bank robbery suspect on the grounds of a high school.

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Vermont State Police

A judge has set $100,000 bail for a Vermont teenager accused in a school shooting plot that led to changes in Vermont's gun laws.

Officials celebrate groundbreaking for Frontier Town redevelopment
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State and regional officials were in North Hudson, New York last week for a groundbreaking marking new development at the former Frontier Town theme park.

WAMC Elizabeth Hill

It has been a soggy and cold start to spring, but that hasn’t stopped one local sport from ramping back up. The Albany Bootleggers Men’s Rugby Club recently kicked off its season.

Governor Andrew Cuomo discusses budget in Lake Placid
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The progressive political party the Working Families Party split up over the weekend, with some of the last remaining major unions leaving the group. WFP announced they back Cynthia Nixon for Governor, while incumbent Andrew Cuomo withdrew from consideration, saying he’s sticking with the major unions, for now.


    A facility to train nurses for the growing healthcare industry in western Massachusetts is expanding.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 17, 2018

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Tara Westover’s memoir, “Educated,” has made its way to the number one spot on the New York Times bestsellers list.

She tells her story of being a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.

Jim Steiner of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany joins WAMC's Alan Chartock to discuss the latest in Syria.

Saranac Lake welcome sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Saranac Lake and the regional tourism office are working to create a unique marketing brand for the village in the center of the Adirondacks.  A meeting is planned this evening to update residents on the effort.

Bernie Margolis
Bernie Margolis

New York State Librarian Bernie Margolis is being remembered fondly in educational circles.  Margolis died Saturday at 69 after an eight-year battle with leukemia.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Mean Girls"

Apr 17, 2018
Mean Girls (pictured L to R): Erika Henningsen (Cady Heron), Ashley Park(Gretchen Wieners), Taylor Louderman (Regina George), and Kate Rockwell(Karen Smith)
Credit: © 2017 Joan Marcus

The female millennials finally have their own musical.  Just as past generations had “Grease,” “Hairspray” and even “Wicked,” young women (and some young men) now have a contemporary musical with which they can identify. 

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It may seem at times that lawyers have become the fourth branch of government. Since Watergate, the Clinton-Lewinsky investigation, Enron and now the busy court dockets prompted by the Trump administration, lawyers are front and center in government and politics.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 17, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Berkshire State Rep. Discusses Budget, Elections

Apr 17, 2018

State lawmakers in Massachusetts are working on a spending plan for the coming fiscal year and keeping a close eye on November’s elections.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A new Siena College poll suggests New Yorkers still prefer Governor Andrew Cuomo over the Democrat’s current challengers in this year’s election. Cuomo recently lost the support of groups like Citizen Action and the Working Families Party.

PVTA buses at Union Station in Springfield

   Public transit providers across Massachusetts are lobbying for more state aid. Without it, riders in many areas of the state will face cuts in bus service.

James J. Sexton is a trial lawyer with two decades of experience negotiating and litigating high-conflict divorces.

In his new book, "If You're in My Office, It's Already Too Late: A Divorce Lawyer's Guide to Staying Together," he uses his years of experience and observation to reverse engineer relationships and to identify and fix what does not work.

Today's Book Picks list comes from Rachel Person of The Northshire Bookstore.

“The Big Umbrella” by Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates
“Things That Make White People Uncomfortable” by Michael Bennett
“A Princess in Theory” by Alyssa Cole
“The Serpent's Secret” by Sayantani Dasgupta
“Stray City” by Chelsey Johnson
“Bachelor Girl” by Kim Van Alkemade
“The Prince and the Dressmaker” by Jen Wang
“The Gefilte Manifesto” by Jeffrey Yoskowitz and Liz Alpern

No matter what happens in November, the House will be getting a new Speaker.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Whether married, single, widowed, divorced, with children or without, at some point women inevitably ask the question, "What's next for me?"

Amy Nobile and Trisha Ashworth create a road map for how to embrace and thrive in this new phase of life in their book, "Just When You’re Comfortable in Your Own Skin, It Starts to Sag: Rewriting the Rules to Midlife."

4/17/18 Panel

Apr 17, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post, Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain and the Empire Report’s J.P. Miller.

Services Planned For NYS Assemblyman, Newburgh Mayor

Apr 17, 2018

Arrangements are in place for services for two Hudson Valley lawmakers who died Sunday after battles with cancer.