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11/29/16 Panel

Nov 29, 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.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has a proposal to improve access to a hiking destination in the Catskills. There is a public meeting on the plan Tuesday night in Woodstock.

The Federal Highway Administration isn't showing any "Love" for some tourism signs along New York highways.

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Uber says more than 43,000 New Yorkers opened its app in upstate New York on Thanksgiving eve — but couldn't order a car because of a state law prohibiting the ride-hailing service from operating outside of New York City. 

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Sen. Chuck Schumer, the incoming Senate Democratic leader, is strongly criticizing Donald Trump's pick of Rep. Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

A new research report by the New York State School Boards Association says community schools can help students overcome the adverse effects of poverty and other obstacles to academic success.

WAMC's David Gusitina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about Hoosick Falls schools now facing another water issue, lead, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden and City Council Presidnet Carmella Mantello meet to discuss tax hikes for the city, and embezzlement in Albany where an accountant stole $3.1 million from her employer.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Nov 29, 2016
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Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Cloudy today with some light snow, sleet or freezing rain north of I-90 in the early morning hours, then rain across the region for the rest of the day.  Highs in the mid to upper 40's.

Evening showers, then mostly cloudy with areas of fog overnight.  Lows in the lower 40's.

Mostly cloudy but dry tomorrow morning, then rain moves in by noon from south to north.  Rain in the afternoon. High near 50.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses torture in modern America, Tom Price as Trump's pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services, lobbying in New York State, and ex-New York Governor David Paterson wants "courageous Democrat" to challenge New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. 

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NFL:

In the NFL on Monday Night Football, Green Bay beat Philadelphia 27-13.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will stay the starting quarterback for the New York Jets Monday night when they take on the Indianapolis Colts. Coach Todd Bowles announced he was sticking with Fitzpatrick after the Jets' loss to New England. Fitzpatrick was mostly solid, throwing for 260 yards and two touchdowns against the Patriots.

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A Vermont county sheriff's office is planning to start using body cameras soon.
 
Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark says the department plans to buy between 20 and 30 cameras for deputies. Each camera costs up to $1,000.

Clark said his staff has been asking for them for a while. The Brattleboro Reformer reports that the sheriff's office has 34 deputies, 16 of which work full-time.

The community of Dover in Windham County has been using body cameras. Rutland approved body cameras for police earlier this year.

A branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching a new program that will help protect three rare species of turtles in Vermont, the other New England states and New York.

The Northeast Turtle Project of the Natural Resources Conservation Service is one of 11 new projects being added to the agency's Working Lands for Wildlife effort in 30 states from Florida to Alaska to protect habitat for a number of declining species on private agricultural land.

NRCS Chief Jason Weller is expected to announce the expansion of the project Tuesday in New Florence, Missouri.

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The relicensing process for the Indian Point nuclear power plant has been extended. This time, testimony related to a baffle bolt issue from earlier this year is the reason.

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Vermont State Police say four of 29 students on a school bus involved in a minor crash were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Police say all injuries were considered minor in the crash, which happened at about 7:15 a.m. Monday in Newbury.

They say the driver, 65-year-old William Jones, of Piermont, New Hampshire, was traveling east when he tried to make room for an oncoming vehicle. He steered the bus toward the edge of the road, but his passenger-side tires traveled onto the soft shoulder, which began to give way from the bus' weight.

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The leader of majority Democrats in the Vermont House is dropping her bid to become the state's next speaker.

The Democratic Caucus plans to elect a nominee for speaker on Saturday. The entire House will then vote on that nominee in January.

Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas tells The Burlington Free Press she's no longer seeking the position because Rep. Mitzi Johnson has more support among Democratic lawmakers.
Johnson, a Democrat from South Hero, is now unopposed in the election.

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The state's top elections official says the Nov. 8 election brought a record turnout in Massachusetts.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 28, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, November 28, 2016.

Infrastructure upgrades at one of the area’s largest school districts will be decided on when citizens vote Tuesday on a $32 million facilities improvement capital project.

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Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft have agreed to perform comprehensive background checks on all of their Massachusetts drivers starting in January.

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss orthopedics is Dr. Laura Scordino of OrthoNY. She specializes in hand, shoulder and upper extremity surgery. Dr. Scordino has a particular interest in treatment of tendon, nerve, and arthritic conditions of the hand and wrist. Alan Chartock hosts. 

Dr. Elise Andaya
Dr. Elise Andaya

What's next for Cuba and its people after the death of Fidel Castro? It's a question that's being considered in world capitals to the cafes of Havana and Miami. For more, we spoke with Dr. Elise Andaya in the Department of Anthropology at the University at Albany. Andaya has spent a good deal of time doing research in Cuba. She says the Castro era actually ended a decade ago, when Fidel handed power off to his brother.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 28, 2016
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, November 28, 2016.

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Best-selling author Sapphire recently appeared at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge as part of a writers series. Sapphire’s first novel “Push” was made into the 2009 Academy Award-winning film “Precious.” Her second novel, a 2011 follow-up to “Push,” is “The Kid.” WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne had a chance to sit down with Sapphire.

The last time we spoke with Ryan Tedder in 2013, we introduced him by saying perhaps no one was having a greater influence on the sound of modern pop music than him. More than three years later, that reputation has only strengthened. A leading producer and songwriter for the boldest names in music, the Grammy-winning Tedder is also frontman for the group OneRepublic, which just released its new album, Oh My My. And if you think this album marks new terrain for the band, Tedder would probably agree.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. 

In Screenagers, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

There will be a screening at the Maple Avenue Middle School at 7PM in Saratoga on 11/30.

We are joined by Delaney Ruston and Gina Karp, who currently teaches high school humanities (and previously taught grades 1-8) at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs.

Democrats will find themselves out of power in the new year.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he believes Donald Trump won the White House.

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.

Janine Robitaille, Executive Director of the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) in Albany joins us to discuss their mission to address the needs of the homeless and low-income community by providing a continuum of services to encourage self-sufficiency, empowerment, and stability.

11/28/16 Panel

Nov 28, 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.

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The Vermont Department of Mental Health says people in crisis in the state can now send a text message to people trained to help them.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Nov 28, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

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

Mostly sunny today.  Highs in the lower 40's.

Increasing clouds tonight with a chance of rain by sunrise.  Possibly freezing rain in the Adirondacks, Champlain Valley, and Central and Northern Vermont.  Lows in the lower to mid 30's.

Cloudy with rain tomorrow, especially in the morning.  Highs near 50.

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