Springfield Museums

      Exhibits and educational programs from the Smithsonian Institution will be coming to western Massachusetts. 

Massachusetts State Police are investigating the alleged theft of evidence from the Lee Police Department.

Rockland Town Makes Money's Best Places To Live List

Sep 21, 2016
Courtesy of the Town of Clarkstown

A town in Rockland County has made the top 10 of a list of Money magazine’s best places to live. It’s the only mention in the Hudson Valley.

9/21/16 Panel

Sep 21, 2016

  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 political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the bombing in Chelsea, the deadly bombing of a UN convoy, and Trump's financial records.

A number of elected officials in the Hudson Valley plan to draw attention to national Hunger Action Month by lending a hand Wednesday at local supermarkets.

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

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

Mostly sunny and warm today with much lower humidity. Highs in the lower 80's.

Mostly clear tonight. Areas of fog.  Lows in the lower to mid 50's.

A mix of sun and clouds, warm with low humidity tomorrow. Highs in the lower 80's.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette about the new 838 area code coming as an overlay in the 518 area code region.

(AP) - New York regulators say the new telephone area code that will be added to eastern New York's 518 region will be 838.                                                   

The Public Service Commission last week approved the "overlay" in the 17-county region to meet demand for new phone numbers. That means existing numbers will keep the 518 area code and new ones will begin with 838.


In baseball, Boston beat Baltimore 5-2 to keep their four game lead in the AL East over second place Toronto, the Yankees won against Tampa Bay 5-3, Toronto topped Seattle 10-2, Houston edged Oakland 2-1 in 10 innings, Detroit bested Minnesota 8-1, Texas slid past the Angels 5-4, and it was Cleveland over Kansas City 2-1. Philadelphia beat the White Sox 7-6.

Police say the owner of a dog that died after being left in a hot car in Colchester, Vermont will face charges.

Oxycodone pills

Orange County officials say their drug task force has charged a mother and her son with felony weapon possession and another 11 defendants with selling drugs.

When polls closed the night of the Albany Democratic primary, Joshua Farrell led Jim Long by a slim margin: 2,921 to 2,825. But more than 500 absentee ballots that came back need to be counted, and that happened Tuesday at the Board of Elections.

Vermont is one of 37 states along with the District of Columbia that allows early voting.  The process will begin at the end of the week and election officials are urging voters to take advantage of it.  While one political party has questions about the distribution of the ballots, others say that’s just political gamesmanship.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 20, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, September 20, 2016.


A new initiative has been announced in western Massachusetts in an effort to reduce drug overdose deaths and the misuse of prescription medications.

  Jeffrey Toobin is a New Yorker Staff writer and is the senior legal analyst for CNN.

His new book is American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst which revisits the famous kidnapping and the ongoing question of Hearst's motivations and loyalty in the 19 months that followed her abduction.

Clinton Ahead In Blue New York

Sep 20, 2016

A new poll shows that Hillary Clinton is still far ahead of Donald Trump among New York voters, but Clinton has some weak points.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A public meeting last night concerning an update on the PFOS water contamination issue in Newburgh brought a formal announcement about the launch of a blood testing program for the city. But with it came more questions and concerns.  

Many more seats were filled in the auditorium at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh than at the first such public forum in June. Local, state and federal officials first delivered a recap of what has been done to address PFOS contamination and residents grew impatient, wanting to hear more about a blood testing program.

Rutland, VT
Doug Kerr-Dougtone/Flickr

The Rutland Board of Aldermen has approved releasing a report by the city attorney that reviews whether the mayor acted within his powers under the city charter when he made plans to resettle Syrian refugees.

President Barack Obama told world leaders at the United Nations today that the global economy needs to work better for all people, not just those at the top. The two major party presidential candidates have had plenty to say about the economy. Jobs, taxes and the future of Social Security will likely loom large as election day nears. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 20, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

NYS Legislature Is More Popular, Poll Finds

Sep 20, 2016

The New York State Legislature is more popular these days, according to a Siena College poll.

  In June 1980, 19-year-old James McDonnell (known as Slim Jim Phantom) boarded a plane from New York City to London with his childhood friends and bandmates Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker. In less than a year, they went from being homeless, hungry, and living in punk rock squats to the toast of the London music scene.

The Stray Cats developed a signature sound and style that swept across the world, released multiplatinum albums, and were embraced and befriended by classic rock acts like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, as well as original punk heroes such as the Sex Pistols, the Damned, and the Clash, and rock-and-roll originators Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. After ten years of marriage to actress Britt Ekland, Slim Jim moved down the hill to Sunset Strip, where his son was raised and he owned the world-famous rock-and-roll bar Cat Club while continuing to play with a host of well-known musicians.

Slim Jim Phantom's memoir is A Stray Cat Struts: My Life as a Rockabilly Rebel.

  There's a lot of interest in teaching people how to write code. This interest encompasses lots of issues including increasing diversity among coders as well as moving beyond the business-oriented world of coding to other worlds such as arts and sciences. Are coding languages becoming just another way of communicating? We'll talk about those issues.

There are several avenues of exploration and development to talk about, and the diversity and organization (or lack thereof) in the development communities mean that there are lots of choices to make.

And, not to be left out, is this all about sixth-graders? Is there any hope for older folks (including many of the folk who are coding and developing the vast amount of software that we all rely on every day).

And what does it mean when people say that millennials are the first digital native generation?

Our tech guru, Jesse Feiler, joins us. 

  The race for New York’s open 22nd Congressional district seat is going down to the wire.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic candidate Kim Myers concludes her interview with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  You can take care of your sweet tooth this Saturday for For Goodness Bake, a bake sale to raise funds and awareness for the Beacon Community Kitchen. The event will be held from 10:00 - 4:00 PM at Catalyst Gallery on Main Street.

The Beacon Community Kitchen, formerly the Beacon Soup Kitchen, is a volunteer run organization led by InCareOf, which strives to serve over 50 Beacon residents daily. After the sudden closing of the Salvation Army soup kitchen in November 2015, community members and local organizations quickly banded together to find a new home for the kitchen in an effort to maintain operations seamlessly. Within two weeks, the kitchen was fully operational and serving meals from its new home at Tabernacle of Christ Church in Beacon.

All proceeds from For Goodness Bake will be used to purchase new kitchen equipment and basic food supplies, as well as expand the Kitchen’s outreach within our community and to local housing developments. We are joined by Kristen Pratt and Tara Tornello - For Goodness Bake co-founders; and Catherine Stankowski, Beacon Community Kitchen volunteer.

    This week's Book Picks  come from Phil Lewis of The Bennington Bookshop.

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin
Presumption of Guilt by Archer Mayor
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Blue Monday by Nicci French
Leave Me by Gayle Forman
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

See The Capitol Steps!

Sep 20, 2016
we put the "mock" in democracy!
The Capitol Steps

Come see WAMC's favorite group of singing Senate staffers set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them! This will be one of their first post-election performances, and we're sure it's one you won't want to miss! 

With your Locked Box pledge of $125 or more, WAMC would like to invite you and a guest to see The Capitol Steps perform live at The Egg in Albany on Friday, November 18th at 7:30 p.m.  As an added bonus, we will be recording the performance and we will send you a CD of the evening.

9/20/16 Panel

Sep 20, 2016

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

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

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses political fallout and lash outs in the aftermath of the New York City and New Jersey shore town bombings, and the role of religion and citizenship in the case of the accused, Ahmad Khan Rahami.