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20th District Representative Paul Tonko will spend a week touring Capital Region drinking water systems as Congress considers legislation that would support local projects.

A western Massachusetts city wants its employees to watch what they say on social media.

Strange Universe: 02/18/18

Feb 18, 2018
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This week, Bob discusses the calendar and time itself.


Two Rensselaer County legislators are running against each other in a special election to fill a vacant state Assembly seat.

The vice president of a regional telecommunications group says the best way to ensure net neutrality is through "a clear and predictable national standard."

Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano provides the regional midday weather summary for February 17, 2018

Westchester County Executive George Latimer has named a county legislator as the director of the Department of Consumer Protection.

The widow of a man who died in Schenectady police custody has released audio that reveals her husband complained of having difficulty breathing.

Lawmaker Pitches CT Gun Seizure Law To Other States

Feb 17, 2018

A Connecticut lawmaker wants other states to know about a law on his state's books that could help prevent mass shootings.

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A New York City Council member has announced he will challenge Kathy Hochul in this year's Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

Nurses at a western Massachusetts hospital have set a date for a one-day strike.

A bill that would increase the Vermont minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years has been given final approval in the state Senate.

(Airs 2/16/18 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Cuomo puts up money for early voting, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the latest Republican candidate to enter the race for Governor, and the New York Farm bureau releases its national priorities for 2018.

Vermont legislators are still considering a bill that would require Airbnb users to register with the state.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back, baby.

(I) Carina Driscoll, (I) Infinite Culcleasure and (D) Miro Weinberger
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Just over two weeks before voters in Burlington, Vermont go to the polls on Town Meeting Day, the three candidates for mayor faced off in another forum Thursday evening.

The League of Women Voters of Springfield, Massachusetts has announced a series of forums this month on police oversight.

Democrats Back Gillibrand For Second Senate Term

Feb 16, 2018
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New York’s junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was officially nominated for reelection at a meeting of the State Democratic Party in Albany Friday afternoon, where she said she will serve out her entire six-year term, if she wins the race in November.

Garett Ariganas' Evening Forecast

Feb 16, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, February 16, 2018.


As part of Black History Month, a ceremony honored the first African American to join the fire department in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

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Despite the cold temperatures and lingering snow, come spring farms across our region will be in full swing. To get us up to speed on farm fresh products, Paul Lacinski and Amy Klippenstein of Sidehill Farm in Hawley, Massachusetts are in the studio.  WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Six Democrats and one who is not affiliated with a party are vying for the chance to unseat freshman New York Republican Congressman John Faso of the 19th District. Democratic Greene County resident Brian Flynn joined the race in the first half of 2017. This is the third of WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne’s interviews with the candidates.

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It's time to hear it from our listeners. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 16, 2018
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, February 16, 2018.

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Shawn Morse, the Democratic mayor of Cohoes, New York, marked the beginning of his third year in office Thursday night with a State of the City address. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Morse focused on the positives in the small upstate city.

Plattsburgh Common Council meeting 2-15-18
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A rash of retirements and resignations by department heads in Plattsburgh has some city residents concerned. But the mayor says it’s normal turnover for a city of this size.

George Saunders is the author of eight books, including the story collections “Pastoralia” and “Tenth of December,” which was a finalist for the National Book Award. His first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” was released last year and won the Man Book Prize.

The book visits the cemetery where President Abraham and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s son, Willie, has just been entombed. The other characters are the less-recently dead who encourage the boy to cross over. “Lincoln in the Bardo” is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. 

W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most important African-American activists during the first half of the 20th century. He co-founded the NAACP, supported Pan-Africanism, and was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Du Bois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts 150 years ago this month and Great Barrington's Du Bois anniversary celebration began on January 15 and will continue throughout 2018.

Here to tell us more are Dennis Powell, President of the Berkshire County Branch NAACP;and member of the Steering Committee Du Bois Lecture Series; Professor Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst; Ted Thomas, poet and teacher who directs the student Du Bois spoken word programs; and Barbara Dean, musician, performer, and radio DJ who has worked on Du Bois issues and promotion in Great Barrington for about three decades.

Facebook: Berkshire Museum

Norman Rockwell's three sons have withdrawn from a lawsuit against The Berkshire Museum, which wants to sell one of their father's paintings from its collection.

It’s a busy time in Washington.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.