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October 15, 2012

12:06 PM
Overture / Going Through the Motions
Artist : Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cast
Album : Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More, with Feeling
Composer : Christopher Beck/ Joss Whedon
ReleaseYear : 2002
Label : Rounder Records
12:23 PM
2 Wicky
Artist : Hooverphonic
Album : A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular
Composer : Callier, Geerts, B. Bacharach, H. David, P. Henry
ReleaseYear : 1996
Label : Columbia
12:45 PM
People Keep Asking Why
Artist : Seal
Album : Seal
Composer : Seal
ReleaseYear : 1994
Label : Sire


Hudson Valley News
3:41 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Interview with Incoming New York State Senator Terry Gipson

Credit Courtesy of Terry Gipson

Allison Dunne's interview with incoming NYS Senator Terry Gipson

Terry Gipson will be sworn in Saturday as the New York State Senator for the 41st District. The Democrat’s win was not decided until about one month after the November election. Longtime Republican State Senator Stephen Saland, of Poughkeepsie, conceded the race December 13th, after a final count of absentee ballots and affidavits. The race was three-way, with Conservative Neil DiCarlo  on the ballot, saying there needed to be a conservative choice in light of Saland’s  vote in 2011 for the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York.  WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne sat down with state senator-elect Terry Gipson in his home base of Dutchess County’s Rhinebeck, to see what he has in mind for his first term in Albany.

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Commentary & Opinion
1:05 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Liz Benjamin: Gun control battle is joined

Liz Benjamin
Credit YNN, Capital Tonight

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will deliver his third annual State of the State address Wednesday in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.

A tip for first-time attendees: Don’t check your coat. The governor likes to keep things cold. 

Cuomo has declined to keep up the tradition of official pre-speech leaks. But he has dropped hints about the topics he'll be discussing, including responses to the two highest-profile tragedies of recent months: Superstorm Sandy and the Sandy Hook massacre.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:42 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Rob Edelman: The Best and the Worst, Part 2

Argo, box office poster

Two of the year’s very best films-- and these are must-see items-- are arriving in movie theaters at the tail-end of 2012. They are Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED and Kathryn Bigelow’s ZERO DARK THIRTY, and they are as different as TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and a Hope-and-Crosby road picture. But DJANGO UNCHAINED and ZERO DARK THIRTY are not the only must-see films released during the year. Some also are big-budget items that feature A-list directors and major stars. Others are more modest independent titles or foreign films.

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New York News
12:41 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

State comptroller: NY government debt tops $63B

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli briefs the media on his priorities for the New Year.
Credit WAMC's Dave Lucas

Each January, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli invites the media to his office for an informal breakfast discussion about current challenges facing state and local governments and his priorities for the New Year...

WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended this morning's event, and filed this report.

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12:20 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Vermont Health Exchange Receives Conditional Federal Approval

Credit WAMC

Vermont has received conditional federal approval for its plan to create a consumer-friendly health insurance exchange.

Vermont is among a number of  states that have received word from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that they are compliant with regulations, and have appropriately outlined timelines that will allow them to have a health exchange running by October 1.

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12:10 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Boston Globe's Johnson on Barney Frank's Senate gambit

Barney Frank, Congressman from Massachusetts (Democrat), 4th District; Chairman, Financial Services Committee, USA captured during the session 'The Next Global Crisis' of the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2010
Credit World Economic Forum

Political observers widely expect Massachusetts Senator John Kerry to be confirmed as the nation’s next Secretary of State, leaving an interim Senate term to be filled in his wake. What they didn’t expect was the about-face this week by now retired Democratic Congressman Barney Frank, who announced that he would be interested in filling Kerry’s seat in the run-up to a special election. WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke about Frank’s next act with Glen Johnson, who covers politics for The Boston Globe.

New England News
5:20 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Mass. Advocates Praise New Domestic Violence Law

Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick yesterday signed a bill into law that would provide housing rights and protections for victims of violence and domestic abuse. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

Yesterday, the Governor joined state officials, advocates, and Lt. Gov. Tim Murray in signing “An Act Relative to Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assalut, and Stalking.” The bill, which was first introduced 2005, expands housing rights for victims of abuse.

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New England News
5:10 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Mass. Dam Repair Bill Awaiting Signature by Gov. Patrick

Credit WAMC

A bill that would provide funding for the removal and replacement of aging dams across Massachusetts has passed the state legislature and is now awaiting final approval by Governor Deval Patrick. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas reports…

Advocates from a variety of backgrounds including those representing cities and towns, conservationists, and public safety are now awaiting Gov. Patrick’s signature on a bill that would create a special fund to remove, replace, and remediate aging infrastructure from interior to coastal Massachusetts.

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New York News
1:05 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

1st flu outbreak arrives early in Northeast

Credit NYS DOH

The latest round of the flu virus has local emergency rooms and urgent care centers seeing patients in record numbers - Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports...

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New York News
12:40 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Groups Join VT and NY In Asking NRC to Do More Intensive Review of Nuclear Waste Storage

Twenty-four anti-nuclear and environmental groups have joined with the states of Vermont and New York in calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to do a more thorough study of the impacts of storing spent nuclear fuel on the grounds of nuclear power plants.

The groups say the NRC is rushing an environmental review of the risks of  nuclear waste storage at reactor sites across the country. The groups include the New England Coalition, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and Riverkeeper.

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