Brian Shields

Senior News Anchor

WAMC Senior Correspondent Brian Shields has been with WAMC for 23 years as senior news anchor, host and reporter.

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New Yorkers gave overwhelming approval to their local school budgets this week with only a handful rejected. Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, has been watching education issues closely as another legislative session winds down in Albany. He says the school budget approval rate came as no surprise.

Her name was Margaretta Fitler Murphy, but New Yorkers came to know her as Happy Rockefeller. The widow of former New York Governor and Vice President Nelson Rockefeller died Tuesday at her home in Tarrytown. She was 88. Dr. Alan Miller, the past vice chair of the WAMC Board of Trustees, was a good friend of the Rockefellers.

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Sitting down with a guitar, or a piano, and writing a song...do the words and melody come rushing out, or is it a struggle to create? Musician Steve Earle has been writing songs and performing for decades and he will be in the region this summer teaching the craft of songwriting. Camp Copperhead will take place in the Catskills July 20-24 at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian.

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WAMC's Brian Shields speaks with Nippertown's Greg Haymes about his May musical selections.

The 16th annual National Women's Health Week began on Mother's Day. The week is organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. The office's director Dr. Nancy Lee says it it important for women to take the time and the small steps necessary to maintain good health throughout their lives.

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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced today that he is running for reelection. The republican served in the State Assembly before being elected County Executive in November 2011. A resident of Red Hook, who has also served in local government, Molinaro spoke with WAMC News today about why he wants a second term in office.

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A rally is set for this Saturday in the Hudson Valley by opponents of a plan to build a new power plant near Interstate 84 in the community of Wawayanda. Pramilla Malick of Protect Orange County, and founder of Stop the Minisink Compressor Station, says the rally Saturday afternoon at Festival Square in Middletown is in opposition to the CPV Power Plant.

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Immigrants in the U.S, both documented and undocumented, often face a number of challenges after they arrive from their homelands, and many of those problems need a lawyer. The Albany Law School has announced that beginning in the fall semester, students will be involved in a new immigration law clinic. Associate professor of law Sarah Rogerson is the director of the clinic.

A leading supporter of a universal health care system in the U.S. says five years after the Affordable Care Act, the law often called Obamacare just points out the deficiencies in American health care. Dr. David Himmelstein, a professor at the City University of New York School of Public Health and co-founder of Physicians For a National Health Program, will speak tonight at 7 at the UAlbany School of Public Health in East Greenbush. Dr. Himmelstein says Vermont was on the right track until Gov. Shumlin withdrew his plan.

Sari Feldman

There was a time when the public library was the place to take out books, do some studying, or research through spools of microfilm. You can still take out a book, but libraries have changed with the times. This is National Library Week, a time to speak with the president-elect of the American Library Association, Sari Feldman.

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