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The work of the WAMC News Team is combined each day with news and features from WAMC's National Productions, the BBC, Great Lakes Radio, and Stardate. You can also get a regional weather forecast from Paul Caiano.

The listener also can hear commentaries offered by a range of commentators who span the political spectrum such as former New York Common Cause leader Paul Elisha, former Republican Comptroller candidate Herb London, Professor of International History and Politics Steven Leibo, as well as WAMC's own political observer Alan Chartock. Highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line are usually aired on Friday's edition of Midday Magazine.

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Hudson Valley News
7:56 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Omega's Women And Power Conference Includes Men

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An annual conference that kicks off tonight is inviting men to join the stage and audience for the first time. It's the Women & Power Conference, from the Omega Women’s Leadership Center at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Carla Goldstein , co-founder of the Center, and Michael Kimmel, a leading researcher on men and masculinity.

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Arts & Culture
12:53 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Rogovoy Report for September 19, 2014

There’s no question about it – the big cultural event of the weekend in our region in Freshgrass, a three-day festival of roots and bluegrass music at MASS MoCA in North Adams. The lineup is stunning, really a who’s who of traditional and progressive bluegrass as well as country and roots music. At the top of the list is the unparalleled Emmylou Harris, who was born to sing bluegrass and country music, given her voice’s innate high lonesome sound. Also on the bill are the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Railroad Earth, David Grisman Sextet, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Valerie June, Rodney Crowell, Aoife O’Donovan, Sam Amidon, and the Infamous Stringdusters. Other performers include Sam Bush, the Gibson Brothers, Alison Brown, Valerie June, Michael Cleveland, Claire Lynch, Darol Anger, and Martha Redbone Roots Project. All told, the event promises to be a kind of all-star festival of American country and roots music. That’s Freshgrass at MASS MoCA – today through Sunday.

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Listener Comment Line
12:49 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Listener Comment Line - Week of September 15, 2014

You have the floor. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

NY Jobs: Composite Outlook Is Good

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New Census estimates show the number of New Yorkers living in poverty remained steady from 2012 through last year, mirroring national statistics. The data comes at a time when the Empire State is gearing up to increase benefits for the unemployed and boost  employment opportunities for disabled workers.

The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday proclaimed median household income throughout New York State remained flat at about $57,000.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Another Legal Challenge To Adirondack Development Project Dismissed

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A New York State court has dismissed an appeal of a unanimous ruling that upheld the Adirondack Park Agency’s approval of the Adirondack Club and Resort project in Tupper Lake. Supporters of this largest-ever proposal to come before the agency say the ruling should allow the project to move forward. But the opponents that sued to block it say they have another legal option they will pursue.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, September 19, 2014.

New York News
11:37 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Saratoga Mayors Discuss A Changing City

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Nine mayors of Saratoga Springs past and present gathered Thursday to reflect on a changing community.

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New York News
2:34 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Senate 46th Rematch: Amedore v. Tkaczyk

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Former Republican New York State Assemblyman George Amedore and Democratic State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk of Duanesburg are squaring off in a rematch for the 46th district Senate seat.

Two years have passed since Tkaczyk's 18-vote victory after many recounts that saw the lead shift back and forth and delayed the Senator's "official" arrival in Albany for two months. The seat was added to the Senate after the last round of reapportionment and was widely seen as tailor-made for then-Assemblyman Amedore. Now, the tables have turned; Tkaczyk is the incumbent lawmaker.

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Hudson Valley News
1:19 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Congressional Reps Explain Votes About Syrian Mission

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The House of Representatives Wednesday voted to arm and train Syrian rebels. It was a vote that crossed party lines. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has reaction from a few area representatives.

The vote comes as part of a focus on defeating the so-called “Islamic State.” The House vote was 273-156 in support of arming and training Syrian rebels, though the measure does not include funding. President Obama thanked members during Wednesday’s Congressional Picnic at the White House.

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WAMC News
12:35 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Newburgh Native, Civil Rights Attorney Wins "Genius Grant"

Mary Bonauto
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A Hudson Valley native who has been out front on many of the court cases involving gay rights and same-sex marriage is among 21 people recently named MacArthur Fellows by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Mary Bonauto is from Newburgh, but she now lives in Maine and works in Boston as an attorney and legal strategist for the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders. Bonauto, lead counsel in the case that led to the 2004 landmark gay marriage ruling in Massachusetts, says she was shocked when she got the news that she was a so-called "genius grant" winner.

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