(Airs 5/13/18 & 5/14/18) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Cailin and Ira talk about President Trump’s anger toward the media and how the press does their stories under his administration, the Managing Editor of the Berkshire Eagle resigns over ethical issues with the paper, the Sun Sentinel apologizes for putting a gun ad on the front page, and much more.

A school lunch
Wikimedia Commons/DC Central Kitchen

Lawmakers at the Statehouse are considering proposals that would prohibit Massachusetts school districts from denying hot lunches to children who don't have the money to pay for them or whose parents have fallen behind on meal plan installments.

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones
Assemblyman D. Billy Jones

Last week, New Yorkers were shocked by allegations of sexual misconduct against then-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.  During a stop in Plattsburgh Thursday, 115th District Assemblyman D. Billy Jones describes how he learned about the allegations against his fellow Democrat and his thoughts in the aftermath.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 13, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Sunday, May 13, 2018.

City of Springfield

Street paving projects this year could be delayed, or even postponed, in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton
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Danbury Mayor Boughton, a Republican known for political success in a Democratic city, narrowly received the Connecticut GOP's endorsement for governor on Saturday.

Pittsfield is preparing for its first Third Thursday of the season.

CT State Senator Joe Markley
Office of CT State Senator Joe Markley

Connecticut Republicans have endorsed Southington state Sen. Joe Markley as the party's lieutenant governor candidate, but he faces a likely August primary.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and New York’s Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood are among 16 people state legislators plan to interview to take over as New York’s top law enforcement officer through the end of the year. 

Ralph Gardner Jr: Visionary Women

May 12, 2018
Author Andrea Barnet at the White Horse Tavern
Ralph Gardner Jr.

There were a couple of obvious questions to ask Andrea Barnet about her book “Visionary Women” when we got together at the White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village a few weeks ago.

Paul Caiano

News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the regional midday weather summary for Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Officials with the State of Vermont will update Bennington-area residents on the ongoing investigation into PFOA contamination of local water supplies.

Course at CIA Introduces Bees On Campus

May 12, 2018
Courtesy of The Culinary Institute of America, Phil Mansfield

Some students at The Culinary Institute of America will soon be donning beekeeping suits for one of their classes.

Gender free sign in San Diego
Checking Fax/Wikimedia

Vermont lawmakers hope a new law that requires single occupancy restrooms be marked gender neutral can serve as a model for the rest of the nation.

(Airs 5/11/18 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Accused of being physically violent toward four women, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigns from office, we’ll take a look at what happened and what’s next, and our political observer Alan Chartock will share his thoughts about the political fallout from the scandal, and we head to Saranac Lake where Senator Gillibrand touts employee ownership legislation for small businesses.

The state of Vermont is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine whether the state qualifies for a federal public assistance disaster declaration for damage caused by severe storms earlier this month.

Summer Writing Series Adds Advocacy Program For Teens

May 11, 2018
Courtesy of SUNY NP/Hudson Valley Writing Project

There is a new program in the lineup for the Hudson Valley Writing Project’s summer writing workshops. The aim is to support young people as they write about and advocate for issues that matter to them.

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC Photo

For the second time, Plattsburgh common councilors have tabled a proposal offered by the mayor that would establish a Code of Conduct for city leaders, department heads and employees.

Stock photo of then NY State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
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A jury has convicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges, dashing the 74-year-old Democrat's second attempt to avoid prison after a decades-long career as one of the most powerful politicians in state government.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 11, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, May 11, 2018. 

Greg Haymes
Times Union

Greg Haymes of Nippertown returns with his May music choices.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

WAMC News has confirmed that a backstretch health clinic at Saratoga Race Course will re-open later this month after receiving a boost in funding.

New equipment purchased for the Springfield Fire Department is displayed. Springfield Director of Emergency Preparedness Robert Hassett and Fire Commissioner Bernard Calvi explained how the portable devices are used in firefighting and rescue operations.

The largest fire department in western Massachusetts is putting machines on the front lines to reduce the risks to firefighters and help save people’s lives. 

A review of Westchester County’s deal with Standard Amusements to operate Playland has county officials looking to renegotiate the contract. Saying the deal is unfair, county officials hope to meet with Standard Amusements to hammer out a contract that is beneficial to Westchester taxpayers.

Facebook: Berkshire Community College

Berkshire Community College says its offices will move into a new space in downtown Pittsfield.

The cover of The Immigrant Cookbook
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Leyla Moushabeck, the editor of "The Immigrant Cookbook," and Serge Madikians, chef-owner of Serevan Restaurant in Amenia, NY, join Food Friday to discuss the varied recipes in the recent work. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

DA Suggests Procedures To Respond To School Violence

May 11, 2018
A picture of a school classroom
Wikimedia Commons/Malate269

The Orange County district attorney has released suggested procedures for school districts in responding to incidents of violence or potential violence.

WAMC Elizabeth Hill

Warmer weather is back, and with it an area bike-share program. CDPHP and the Capital District Transportation Authority have the second season of the “CDPHP Cycle!” program on Tuesday.

Western Electric Model 5302 telephone
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It's time to take the pulse of our listeners.  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Senior Planet in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York state Assemblyman D. Billy Jones visited a senior technology program in Plattsburgh that serves rural residents of the region to discover how those who use it benefit from the service.