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Vermont's attorney general has joined 13 other attorneys general in urging the country to reaffirm a commitment to an international agreement to reduce climate-warming carbon emissions.

The letter signed by Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says climate change poses multiple threats including to national security, the economy, and the health and well-being of citizens.

The festivities at this month's third annual Qingyuan marathon, in southern China's Guangdong province, begin at 7 a.m.

On one side of the starting line, there's a traditional Chinese music troupe in robes and long, flowing beards; on the other, there's a stage full of dancing girls wearing skimpy marathon attire, gyrating their hips in unison to a rap song.

Stuck in the middle are more than 23,000 runners, itching to start. The music stops, a gun is fired, and for the next half-hour, runners jostle with one another to cross the starting line

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette about two trials that have gripped the Capital Region. 

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The Houston Rockets have found a way to stop Russell Westbrook from getting triple-doubles - by ending the Oklahoma City Thunder's season. The Rockets have advanced to the NBA's Western Conference semifinals by knocking off the Thunder, 105-99 in Game 5. James Harden had 34 points and Lou Williams added 22 to help Houston reach Round 2 for the second time in three seasons. Williams scored the last eight points in a 10-2 spurt that put the Rockets ahead 86-81 with nine minutes remaining.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the passing of two influential Berkshire residents, Michael Flynn's Russian ties, a federal judge's ruling on sanctuary cities, and legislation in New York state that would require a President that's from New York to release their tax returns.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Cloudy with scattered showers and some fog and drizzle this morning. Possibly some breaks in the clouds in the afternoon, mostly toward Central New York.  Highs in the lower 60's.

Mostly cloudy with areas of fog and drizzle tonight.  Lows in the lower to mid 50's.

Mostly cloudy tomorrow in New England, with more sun west in the Mohawk Valley and Western Catskills.  Highs in the mid 60's east, to the mid 70's west.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about Albany's executive order to reaffirm the city as a sanctuary city and the trial of a Alex West, the man who fatally killed a young girl on Log Bay Day last year.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Apr 25, 2017
Paul Caiano

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

Cloudy, breezy and cool today with showers.  Highs in the mid 50's.

Clouds and showers tonight. Also areas of fog and drizzle.  Lows in the mid to upper 40's.

Cloudy with morning showers and some drizzle tomorrow. Some breaks in the clouds in the afternoon, especially in New York.  Highs in the lower 60's.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses flying cars, possible government shutdown, President Trump's tax cut for corporations, and former President Obama's first speech since leaving the White House. 

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Stephen Curry delivered 37 points and nine assists as the Golden State Warriors crushed the Trail Blazers, 128-103 in Portland to complete a four-game sweep in the NBA first-round series. The Warriors tied a league playoff record for most points in a first quarter to take a 45-22 lead. Klay Thompson finished with 18 points and Kevin Durant had 10 in his first action since missing two games with a calf injury.

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Greek yogurt giant Chobani filed a lawsuit Monday against right-wing radio host Alex Jones, accusing the conspiracy theorist of publishing false information about the company.

Kristina Johnson Set To Be Next SUNY Chancellor

Apr 24, 2017
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Kristina Johnson, an entrepreneur and engineer who served in the Obama administration, is set to be appointed as the next chancellor of the State University of New York.

She will succeed Nancy Zimpher, who is due to step down in June after serving 8 years as the head of SUNY. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses more efforts on a GOP healthcare bill, the French presidential election process, and polls regarding President Donald Trump.

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New York has renovated the state's oldest surviving theater.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the reopening of Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House.

The $8.5 million renovation project was funded through arts, economic development and parks and recreation grants, as well as some private donors.

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In New York, legislators are again set to debate whether alcoholic beverages should be served in movie theaters, after previous attempts at formal legislation fell apart during state budget negotiations.

The Times Union reports that Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo first introduced the law that would allow alcoholic beverages to be sold to patrons of legal age with tickets for films rated PG-13, R or NC-17.


Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has become the first player in NBA history to be part of 10 different four-game sweeps during his career. James dropped in 33 points and nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining before the Cavs held on to top the Pacers, 106-102 at Indiana. The Cavaliers squandered a 96-83 lead in the fourth quarter and trailed 102-100 before James hit his only trey of the game.

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And I'm Steve Inskeep with a guide to this day's news. Rachel, what's up first?


WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Bill O'Reilly's outgoing payday, a terrorist attack in France, and Republican's second shot at a healthcare bill.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Apr 21, 2017
Paul Caiano

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

Steady rain early thins morning, then cloudy with scattered showers today.  Highs in the mid to upper 50's.

A shower this evening, the mostly cloudy overnight tonight.  Lows in the lower 40's.

A mix of sun and clouds and breezy tomorrow.  Highs in the upper 50's.


In the NBA playoffs, Cleveland beat Indiana 119-114 to put them within one game of a series sweep 3-0, Milwaukee bested Toronto 104-77 to take a 2-1 series lead, and it was Memphis over San Antonio 105-94, the Spurs lead the series 2-1. The Boston Celtics face Chicago at 7 p.m. tonight and trail in the series 2-0.

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On Fox News the other night, Bill O'Reilly said he was going on a long, planned vacation.


WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the ousting of Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, ties between Russia and Trump's administration, and bid donors to President Donald Trump during the inauguration. 

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John Faso

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Jim Kevlin of Hometown Oneonta, the Freeman's Journal and about possible candidates to run against Republican Congressman John Faso of New York's 19th district.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Apr 20, 2017
Paul Caiano

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

Mostly cloudy and milder today.  Highs in the mid 60's.

Rain tonight.  Possibly a thunderstorm.  Lows near 50.

Morning rain tomorrow, then mostly cloudy with scattered showers.  Highs near 60.


In the Stanley Cup playoffs, Ottawa beat Boston 1-0 and the Senators lead the series 3-1, Washington edged Toronto 5-4 and are now tied at 2 games apiece, Minnesota blanked St. Louis 2-0 to narrow the series to 3-1, and it was Anaheim over Calgary 3-1 to advance to the conference semifinals after sweeping the series 4-0.

New York's education commissioner has scheduled a hearing to decide whether one-time candidate for governor Carl Paladino should be removed from the Buffalo school board. 

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The American Civil Liberties Union says prosecutors are recommending more than 21,000 drug convictions in Massachusetts be dismissed because they were tainted by a former state drug lab chemist who pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and falsifying tests.


A Coast Guard academy in Connecticut has accidentally leaked thousands of gallons of polluted wastewater into a nearby river for the past 20 years. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the race in Georgia to replace Tom Price, the deterrent in North Korea that was heading the wrong way, and Bill O'Reilly's future at Fox News.

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence in prison for his role in the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his prison cell Wednesday morning. The Boston Globe reports that Hernandez was found hanging in his cell at approximately 3:05 a.m. State Police are currently investigating. Hernandez was recently found not guilty in a different murder case.