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The voters of France will go to the polls on May 7 to elect a new president. After a preliminary ballot over the weekend, the choice has been narrowed down to two candidates - right wing nationalist Marine Le Pen and Independent Emmanuel Macron, who now holds a big lead in the polls and is expected to win next month.

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SPARCC, or Substance Abuse and Recovery of Clinton County, was formed in 2016 to raise public awareness and enhance opioid addiction prevention efforts in the North Country.  The group is now seeking volunteers to tell their addiction stories in hopes of getting more people into recovery and eliminating stigma.

Ulster County Couple Launches NY19Speaks

Apr 25, 2017
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There is a soft launch this weekend of a webzine that focuses on New York’s 19th congressional district. The focus is on human-interest stories and interviews that meld the personal, political, and cultural. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Ulster County resident Shelley Eshkar, who started NY19Speaks with his wife, Elizabeth Simon.

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Congressman Richard Neal, a Democrat from Massachusetts’ 1st House District, has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to revoke its authorization for Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Expansion Project in Western Massachusetts. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 25, 2017
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

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On Monday, the State University of New York's Board of Trustees unanimously approved Kristina Johnson's appointment as the new SUNY chancellor.

In a career spanning more than thirty years, David Letterman redefined the modern talk show with an ironic comic style that transcended traditional television. While he remains one of the most famous stars in America, he is a remote, even reclusive, figure whose career is often widely misunderstood.

In his new book – Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night - Jason Zinoman, the first comedy critic in the history of the New York Times, mixes reporting with unprecedented access and critical analysis to explain the unique entertainer’s titanic legacy.

Moving from his early days in Indiana to his retirement, Zinoman goes behind the scenes of Letterman’s television career to illuminate the origins of his revolutionary comedy, its overlooked influences, and how his work intersects with and reveals his famously eccentric personality.

Jason Zinoman writes the “On Comedy” column for the New York Times

Environmentalist and entrepreneur Bob Massie is running for governor in Massachusetts.

  Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

Inspiring Courage by Barbara Bonner
This Fight is Our Fight by Elizabeth Warren
Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
Let Us Watch Richard Wilbur by Robert Bagg and Mary Bagg
For This We Left Egypt?: A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them By Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel, and Adam Mansbach

In How May I Help You?: An Immigrant's Journey from MBA to Minimum Wage, Deepak Singh chronicles his downward mobility as an immigrant to a small town in Virginia. Armed with an MBA from India, Singh can get only a minimum-wage job in an electronics store. Every day he confronts unfamiliar American mores, from strange idioms to deeply entrenched racism.

  Bandstand is a new musical at the Jacobs Theatre on Broadway tomorrow night.

Starring Laura Osnes and Corey Cott and directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbeuler, Bandstand features book, music, and lyrics by Richard Oberacker and book and lyrics by former Capital Region habitant and arts participant, Robert Taylor.

Set just after World War II, musician Donny Novitski -- a veteran recently returned home to Ohio -- has to figure out where he fits now that the fighting is done. When a national contest to find America’s next music sensation offers a chance at fame and Hollywood fortune, he assembles a swing-band of fellow veterans and a young war widow and throws everything he has at winning.


The Lenox, Massachusetts Planning Board will hear community concerns Tuesday about adding the town’s first bylaw amendment on medical marijuana dispensaries. 

4/25/17 Panel

Apr 25, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, Director of the Journalism Department at the University at Albany, Rosemary Armao.

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A biology professor at Williams College has been awarded a $586,000, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation. 

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WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about Albany's executive order to reaffirm the city as a sanctuary city and the trial of a Alex West, the man who fatally killed a young girl on Log Bay Day last year.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Apr 25, 2017
Paul Caiano

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

Cloudy, breezy and cool today with showers.  Highs in the mid 50's.

Clouds and showers tonight. Also areas of fog and drizzle.  Lows in the mid to upper 40's.

Cloudy with morning showers and some drizzle tomorrow. Some breaks in the clouds in the afternoon, especially in New York.  Highs in the lower 60's.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses flying cars, possible government shutdown, President Trump's tax cut for corporations, and former President Obama's first speech since leaving the White House. 

Stephen Curry


Stephen Curry delivered 37 points and nine assists as the Golden State Warriors crushed the Trail Blazers, 128-103 in Portland to complete a four-game sweep in the NBA first-round series. The Warriors tied a league playoff record for most points in a first quarter to take a 45-22 lead. Klay Thompson finished with 18 points and Kevin Durant had 10 in his first action since missing two games with a calf injury.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
Lucas Willard

The Hoosick Falls village board, led by new mayor Rob Allen, has voted to cut ties with the law firm that had worked to write a failed settlement agreement with the companies deemed responsible for polluting water supplies with the chemical PFOA.

Chobani Greek Yogurt

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Greek yogurt giant Chobani filed a lawsuit Monday against right-wing radio host Alex Jones, accusing the conspiracy theorist of publishing false information about the company.

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Jim Levulis / WAMC

Western Massachusetts State Senator Adam Hinds will travel to Washington D.C. to call for funds for the arts and community development.

Bishop Christopher Coyne
Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington

The leader of Vermont's Roman Catholic church is planning to convene the first synod to be held in the state in more than half a century to seek ways to get more Catholics involved with their church.

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A former Vermont assistant judge has been banned from holding a judicial office for life by Vermont's Judicial Conduct Board.

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A fiscal watchdog group is questioning New York state’s century-old prevailing wage law for construction workers, saying it unnecessarily costs taxpayers billions of dollars a year in added expenses for big road, bridge, and other projects.

The $4.5 million project funded by MassDOT allows CSX Railroad to transport double-stack containers between Selkirk, NY and Worcester.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

As summer tourism season approaches, Western Massachusetts’ population will balloon with visitors from New York City. And that has some people in the Berkshires thinking about a better way to make the trip. 

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

AARP New York, the state Attorney General’s Office and the Albany County Department for Aging teamed up to host a free paper-shredding event for the public today.

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Jennifer Michaels. She is the medical director of the Brien Center, Berkshire County’s largest community mental health agency. Dr. Michaels is board certified in both general and addiction psychiatry. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Eight area groups sponsored a forum Sunday with the Democratic contenders for Westchester County executive. And depending on the outcome of the county Democratic convention May 10, there could be a September primary to see who faces off against incumbent Republican Rob Astorino.

Energy company Kinder Morgan plans to start cutting down trees in Western Massachusetts this week prepare for the controversial Connecticut Expansion Project. U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to revoke its authorization for the pipeline.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 24, 2017
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorlogist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, April 24, 2017.