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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about oil trains in Albany and officers suspended over woodchuck death.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Sep 20, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

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

A mix of sun and clouds, warm and still a bit humid today. Highs in the lower 80's.

Clear tonight. Areas of fog.  Lows in the mid 50's.

Mostly sunny and warm tomorrow but much lower humidity. Highs near 80.

NFL:

On Monday Night Football, Philadelphia bested Chicago 29-14.

Maine regulators are considering a $500,000 fine for FairPoint for failing to meet service standards for landline customers during a period that included a four-month strike.

Kujtim Hashani talks about his experience in VSAC’s Talent Search program at an event at Burlington High School
Vermont Student Assistance Corp

The Vermont Student Assistance Corp. is getting a $2.8 million federal grant to encourage young Vermonters to seek higher education.

Statistics released by Governor Dannel Malloy’s administration show that Connecticut has decreased its number of prison inmates aged 18 to 21 years old by 54 percent over the last seven years.

Amjad Hussain
SUNY Potsdam University Police

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman indicted a former SUNY Potsdam student Monday for hate crimes after making threats against a professor.

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Two Rensselaer police officers will not go unpunished for killing a woodchuck on a Troy golf course.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney stood Monday with the mother of an 18-year-old high school graduate who was fatally shot in the back on a Newburgh street at the end of August. They and others are urging federal funding to come through to install gunshot detection technology in the city. 

A man charged in the fatal beating of another man inside an apartment at the Pittsfield Family YMCA Sunday has pleaded not guilty.

Brian Signor, 27 of Pittsfield, pleaded not guilty Monday to aggravated assault and battery, according to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office. Authorities say Signor assaulted 44-year-old Joseph Wirtes Sunday. Wirtes was taken to Berkshire Medical Center and was later pronounced dead. Signor may face further charges pending autopsy results. He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $50,000 cash bail.

Older workers and regional employment workers celebrate the proclamation at Pittsfield City Hall on Monday.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Mayors in Pittsfield and North Adams this week are recognizing older workers and the organizations that help them find jobs.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 19, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, September 19, 2016.

Courtesy Occupy Albany

The Occupy Movement began five years ago as "Occupy Wall Street," when activists flooded a park in New York City with demands for economic equality. The movement takes credit for introducing income inequality into the broader political discourse, for inspiring the fight for a $15 minimum wage and even the Democratic presidential campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The local anti-establishment crusade against the power of elites — the so-called 1 percent — was known as Occupy Albany.

The Ludlow Mills Clock Tower from high above
WestMass Area Development Corp

    Massachusetts will fund enhancements to a riverwalk project in Ludlow that is part of the largest brownfields mill redevelopment in New England. 

     The town of Ludlow has officially signed an agreement with the state to accept a $429,500 grant from the MassWorks program. It will be used for lighting, benches, signage explaining the history of the property, and other amenities along the 1.7-mile Ludlow Mills Riverwalk. 

Stephen Clingman
Stephen Clingman

James Foley attended UMass-Amherst as a graduate student between 1999 and 2003 and later went on to volunteer for Teach for America and other causes before he became a freelance journalist, a passion and a calling that would cost him his life. Today and tomorrow, UMass is remembering Foley's life and legacy with The Task Of Witnessing: A Symposium In Honor Of James W. Foley. Dr. Stephen Clingman, a distinguished professor of English and director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute at UMass, tells us more about Foley.

Victor Asal
UAlbany

With the suspect in the New York City explosion now in custody, the questions are many. For some possible answers, WAMC News spoke today to Dr. Victor Asal of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy in Albany, where he is director of the Center for Policy Research and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. Was this attack the work of a so-called lone wolf, or was it directed from afar?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35 percent of U.S. adults are obese, and medical costs for those adults is over $1,400 higher than for those of normal weight.  Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Chi Cheung of CHP-Adams Internists. Dr. Chi Cheung is Berkshire County’s first obesity specialist.  A board certified internist, Dr. Cheung works closely with dieticians, nutritionists, and others who can assist patients with wellness and lifestyle issues.  

A kickoff event was held Sunday at the Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center to promote The Maccabi Games, expected to bring more than 700 athletes from around the world to the area next year. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 19, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, September 19, 2016.

Facebook: Williams College

Williams College and its museum of art are studying climate change through a variety of ways this academic year. It comes after a call by alumni, students and staff for the college to fully divest its endowment from fossil fuel companies.

  Claude Monet is perhaps the world's most beloved artist, and among all his creations, the paintings of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny are most famous. Seeing them in museums around the world, viewers are transported by the power of Monet's brush into a peaceful world of harmonious nature. Monet himself intended them to provide “an asylum of peaceful meditation.”

Yet, as Ross King reveals in Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies his chronicle of both artist and masterpiece, these beautiful canvases belie the intense frustration Monet experienced at the difficulties of capturing the fugitive effects of light, water, and color. They also reflect the terrible personal torments Monet suffered in the last dozen years of his life.

  Charles Wheelan is the author of the best-selling Naked Statistics and Naked Economics and is a former correspondent for The Economist. He teaches public policy and economics at Dartmouth College.

Consider the $20 bill.

It has no more value, as a simple slip of paper, than Monopoly money. Yet even children recognize that tearing one into small pieces is an act of inconceivable stupidity. What makes a $20 bill actually worth twenty dollars? In Naked Money, Charles Wheelan uses this seemingly simple question to open the door to the surprisingly colorful world of money and banking.

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       Two public forums are scheduled this week about an initiative to resettle refugees including some from Syria in Northampton, Massachusetts. 

       The meetings are being held tonight at the John F. Kennedy Middle School beginning at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Northampton Senior Center. 

       The public conversations are being sponsored by Catholic Charities of Springfield. The agency has contracted with the U.S. State Department to resettle 51 refugees. The first of the refugees could arrive as early as January.  

  Who will replace Congressman Richard Hanna? Three hopefuls are trying for the New York 22nd district seat.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic candidate Kim Myers tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about her views on health care.

  Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation: Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

This week we are joined by Carol Horn and Kathy Sacks from Homeward Bound Dog Rescue.

  Susie Essman has played the sassy Susie Greene for all 8 seasons of HBO’s critically acclaimed and award-winning Curb Your Enthusiasm, her hilarious bouts of withering sarcasm and uninhibited insults her character’s trademark. She is also an accomplished stand-up. 

She will host Laughingstock! at the 4th Annual Woodstock Comedy Festival on Friday, September 23. The evening will feature stand-up from Karen Bergreen, Kendra Cunningham, Jaye McBride, and Liz Miele.

Laughingstock! is a benefit for Family of Woodstock and for the Polaris Project.

9/19/16 Panel

Sep 19, 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 the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea, Trump's call for stopping Muslim's from entering the country, and the electoral college.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Sep 19, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

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

Cloudy with showers today in the mid and lower Hudson Valley and Southern New England. Morning showers with mostly cloudy skies this afternoon north of I-90. Humid with highs in the mid to upper 70's.

Clearing tonight. Areas of fog.  Lows near 60.

A mix of sun and clouds, warm and still a bit humid tomorrow. Highs in the lower 80's.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about the New York City bombing, a trio of golfers "teeing off" against Donald Trump, and Governor Cuomo's lack of a fight with Donald Trump.

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