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World
9:57 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Syrian Regime Hit By Deadly Blast In Damascus

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's follow up now on what appears to be a serious blow to the regime in Syria today. A blast repeatedly killed the country's defense chief, the brother-in-law of President Bashar al-Assad and wounded other top officials. This explosion, we're told, occurred inside the tightly guarded national security headquarters in Damascus. To sort out what we know, or don't know, about this incident so far, we've called Neil MacFarquar. He's a correspondent for the New York Times. He's in Beirut. Welcome back to the program.

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WAMC News
8:41 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Vt. GOP Official Apologizes for Facebook Post

Crowd At President Obama's Speech in Burlington VT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A county Republican Party committee chairman apologized Tuesday for a statement he reposted to a party Facebook page that was widely interpreted as a racist attack on President Barack Obama.

Rob Towle, the Rutland County committee chairman, called the statement ‘‘stupid and insensitive.’’ On Monday, he apologized to Democrats he said were offended by the post. A day later, he was directing his apology to everyone.

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WAMC News
8:31 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Congressmen Question FAA ruling on Cape Wind

60 Meter Wind Turbine Powers Williams Stone in East Otis

BOSTON (AP) — Two powerful congressmen asked the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday to answer whether it ruled that a Massachusetts offshore wind project wasn't a danger to airplanes because of political pressure.

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Hudson Valley News
8:11 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Hudson River Monitoring Station Unveiled in Poughkeepsie

Gary Wall of the U.S. Geological Survey at the monitoring panel

POUGHKEEPSIE – A new Hudson River environmental monitoring station at Marist College in Poughkeepsie was unveiled Tuesday.

The station, built in partnership with the US Geological Survey, State Department of Environmental Conservation, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and Marist College, is funded by the US EPA.

The new station will continuously monitor water quality and automatically collect samples for the assessment of toxics, said Stuart Findlay, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute.

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Around the Nation
7:56 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Following Up On Tuesday's Feline Mayor Story

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 9:57 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Media
7:48 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Gotcha Story Idea Backfires On Conservative Blogger

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 9:57 am

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Sports
7:42 am
Wed July 18, 2012

WAMC Sports News

Jeremy Lin moves to Houston Rockets

It's official, Linsanity is moving to Houston. The New York Knicks decided not to match the Houston Rockets' three-year $25 million offer to point guard Jeremy Lin, a restricted free agent. The New York Times initially reported the Knicks decision. New York had until 11:59 last night to decide. 

Pinch hitter Jordany Valdespin hit a cluth three-run homer in the ninth during last night's game against the Washington Nationals. But the Mets could not convert the save into a win, losing to the Nationals 5-4 in 10 innings. 

Elsewhere in the National League:

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WAMC News
7:10 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Morning weather with WNYT's Paul Caiano

WNYT's Paul Caiano delivers his morning forecast.

Capital District News
7:06 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Morning headlines with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette

Judy Patrick

WAMC's David Guistina learns about air quality and near-record temperatures with Judy Patrick, editor of the Schenectady Gazette.

Hudson Valley News
7:06 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Environmentalists Say Current Oil and Gas Wells Need Closer Inspections

Pipes sit on US Salt property in Reading, NY awaiting approval for Finger Lakes LPG to build a natural gas storage facility.
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ALBANY – Some 76 percent of the current gas and oil wells in New York go uninspected by the state annually and before Albany considers approving hydrofracking to harvest natural gas from shale formations, it should increase staff and conduct more inspections. That assessment came Tuesday from environmental organization Earthworks’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project.

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