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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call for a $15 minimum wage in New York continues to dominate legislative discussions in Albany.

Not to play too much pop psychology, but we all like to feel wanted. It’s why we date, why we fight, it’s what gets us up in the morning and sometimes keeps us up at night. Down deep inside, most all of us crave the self-worth that comes, for better or worse, from someone else.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, February 3.

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will explore options for bringing additional passenger rail service to western Massachusetts.

MassDOT CEO Stephanie Pollack said the state agency will work with regional planners and local elected officials who are trying to institute a pilot commuter rail shuttle among Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, and Greenfield.

"I don't want to downplay that there are significant issues to be resolved, but the idea makes sense," Pollack told reporters Wednesday.

ramp closed sign leading to elevated interstate highway
WAMC

Thanks in part to the mild snow-free winter so far, the reconstruction of Interstate 91 through downtown Springfield is ahead of schedule.

   MassDOT CEO Stephanie Pollack said the contractor on the $185 million project appears to be on track to earn a $9 million bonus by completing the work by the end of 2017.

"Between the mild winter and those rewards the contractor has every incentive to bring the project in ahead of schedule and it is my understanding that may well happen," Pollack told reporters in Springfield Wednesday.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Saratoga Hospital is hoping to build a new medical office building near its main campus in the city.

During Tuesday night's city council meeting, Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan had scheduled a discussion on the now compromised expansion plan.

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David Sweat, the surviving convict who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility last June, setting off a 23-day manhunt, spoke at his sentencing on Wednesday. Already facing life in prison without parole on a previous murder conviction, Sweat was sentenced to up to another seven years.

This is a picture of Adams Hinds who is running for the Massachusetts Senate.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

A community organizer who spent time working for the United Nations is running for the Massachusetts Senate.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 3, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

State Assembly Approves Paid Family Leave
Karen Dewitt

The State Assembly approved a one house bill to establish partial paid family leave in New York, as Governor Cuomo signaled he will amend his proposal to provide more money to those who take the leave.

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