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Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

17 hours ago

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the progress of a GOP healthcare bill, President Donald Trump's tweet about banning transgender individuals from the military, and his comments about how upstate New Yorkers looking for jobs should move to Wisconsin where a new contract is being finalized to open a plasma screen factory. 

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Jim Kevlin from Hometown Oneonta about the Baseball Hall of Fame induction this weekend and the events for residents and baseball fans to attend.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Mostly cloudy and more humid with showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm today.  Highs in the upper 70's.

An evening shower, then some clearing overnight tonight.  Lows in the lower to mid 60's.

Showers likely south of I-84 tomorrow, mostly cloudy with a chance of showers south of I-90. Dry north of I-90 with more sun.  Highs near 80.

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The United States men's soccer team has earned its sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup title and first since 2013.

Jordan Morris scored in the 88th minute to give the Americans a 2-1 win over Jamaica in the final at Santa Clara, Calif. Jozy Altidore's goal on a 28-yard free kick in the 45th minute opened the scoring, but the U.S. needed Morris' 14-foot blast to extend its unbeaten streak to 14 games under coach Bruce Arena.

NPR Pentagon Correspondent Tom Bowman and Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep discuss President Trump's tweets announcing the military will not allow transgender people to serve.

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New York state is set to study the use of a device known as the "textalyzer" that would allow police to determine whether a motorist involved in a crash was texting while driving. 

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President Trump's administration says it's trying harder to bring home American citizens detained in Iran. Iran seems to be hinting that it wants another prisoner swap, as the Obama administration once negotiated.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tells NPR's Rachel Martin that President Donald Trump is right to be troubled that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department's investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 election. The Justice Department's culture, Gingrich says, is "very liberal" and has an anti-Trump bias and the probe is a "fishing expedition." Sessions, he says, should exercise more authority and enforce the law.

Domenico Montanaro has analysis.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Sen. John McCain's return to the Senate, the continuing investigations into Paul Manafort, and NY Governor Andrew Cuomo heading to Washington to meet with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

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A state agency has banned a raucous gathering of boaters from being held in a popular bay on an Adirondack lake after a fatal boat crash followed the annual event last year.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette about a rate increase for National Grid and the end of Log Bay Day.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Jul 26, 2017
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Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Mostly sunny today.  Highs in the upper 70's.

Increasing clouds tonight with a chance of showers by morning.  Lows in the mid 60's.

Mostly cloudy and more humid with scattered showers and storms tomorrow.  Highs near 80.


Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease in almost 90 percent of them, from athletes in the NFL down to high school. That includes 110 of 111 brains from former NFL players in the biggest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The disease has been linked with repeated head blows, and the results published by the Journal of the American Medical Association confirm that it can happen even in young players.

On a recent camping trip, the itinerary for Girl Scout Troop 6000 was full of only-in-the-wilderness activities for these New York City kids. At a campground upstate, the girls — age 5 to 15 — milked cows and roasted marshmallows, and screamed when a moth flew by or someone found a spiderweb in the bathroom.

At the end of the trip, the girls left the cabins where they'd stayed and returned to the closest thing they have to a home: a 10-story budget hotel in Queens, where New York City's Department of Homeless Services pays to shelter homeless families.

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Jul 26, 2017

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Jul 26, 2017

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Trump's comments on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order on voter registration.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about private employers preparing to give their employees paid leave, and the community response to fires and shootings in Troy, NY.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Jul 25, 2017
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Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Mostly cloudy and cool with scattered showers today.  Highs in the upper 60's.

Clearing and cool tonight with areas of fog.  Lows in the mid to upper 50's.

Mostly sunny tomorrow.  Highs in the upper 70's.

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John Elway has agreed to a new five-year contract with the Denver Broncos.

The deal ends a long-running saga that had fans wondering if their Hall of Fame quarterback-turned-front office executive would leave the franchise he's led to three Super Bowl titles.

Elway was set to enter the final year of his contract as general manager and executive vice president of football operations before agreeing Monday to the extension through 2021.

This week, the city of Detroit is remembering a series of days that forever changed the iconic Motor City.

Fifty years ago, the city ignited into five days of rioting after Detroit police raided an illegal after-hours club.

People there say police shoved a pregnant woman aside during the raid. Someone else threw a brick at the officers.

Many African-American Detroiters call it a rebellion against systemic racism and decades of harassment by some white police officers.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Trump's claim of complete power to pardon himself and his family, the politicalization of testimony and the Russia investigation, new White House communication director Anthony Scaramucci, and continued issues with MTA transit.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Jul 24, 2017
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Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Rain this morning.  Then, cloudy and cool with scattered showers in the afternoon.  Highs in the upper 60's.

Cloudy with a few showers overnight tonight. Also areas of fog. Lows in the upper 50's.

Mostly cloudy and cool with scattered showers tomorrow.  Highs near 70.

Senate Leader John Flanagan speaks at candidate Chris McGrath's headquarters on Long Island, where they asked for a recount.
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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the Daily News about New York Senator John Flanagan's $24,000 shower, and the continuing debate on blame for NYC's "summer of hell" for public transit.


Jordan Spieth heads into next month's PGA Championship with a chance for the very rare career Grand Slam after claiming the third leg with Sunday's victory at the British Open.

Spieth, a 23-year-old Texan, used a remarkable string of holes on the back nine to hold off Matt Kuchar and win the third major championship of his career. He won by three shots — the same margin he started the day with — after a final round 1-under 69. But it was a roller-coaster finish at Royal Birkdale.

He played the last five holes in 5 under par.

Spieth was behind by a shot after 13 holes when he went birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie to snatch the tournament away from Kuchar. The sizzling stretch of play came after he made an improbable bogey from the driving range after taking an unplayable penalty shot. His tee shot came to rest in a steep, grassy due. He took a penalty for an unplayable lie and hit his third shot from the adjacent driving range and managed to make a bogey.

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David Beasley is the former Republican governor of South Carolina and now head of the United Nations World Food Programme.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's inquisition into special counsel Robert Mueller, his questions about possible pardoning, and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.


Today marks the 149th opening day at Saratoga race course. During the 40 days of racing, there will be approximately 400 total races and 69 of them will be stakes races worth a record $18,775 million. The centerpiece of the meet, as always, will be the $1.25 million Travers Stakes for 3-year-olds. Gates open today at 11 am and the first race is expected to start at 1 pm.

Meteorologist Jordan Sherman's Morning Forecast

Jul 21, 2017

Meteorologist Jordan Sherman's weather forecast:

Today: Mostly sunny with highs ranging form the 80s to low 90s. Wind will be generally light out of the northwest.

Tonight: Mostly clear and cool. Lows ranging from the low to mid 60s with light wind

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny skies becoming partly to mostly cloudy. Increasing showers and thunderstorms late afternoon into the evening. Highs range from the mid 70s to upper 80s.