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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
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The National Rifle Association is taking aim at Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey's enforcement notice clarifying what constitutes a "copy" or "duplicate" weapon under the state's assault weapons ban.

Picture of marijuana plant
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Legal pot is back on the table in Vermont.

After a legalization bill that would have created a structure similar to Colorado's system failed last year, a new bill would legalize up to 1 ounce of marijuana and allow Vermonters to grow several plants for personal use.

David Nightingale: Smart Meters And Microwaves

Feb 19, 2017
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This essay is about the 'smart' technology that many utility companies have introduced, and to which there is a degree of nationwide opposition.

This week we bring you the first of a two-part special broadcast from our first-ever “Tales from the Tavern” live event. We hosted a two-hour panel at the Olde English Pub in Albany with special guests Maeve McEneny and Paul Nooney of the Original Albany Ghost Tour.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for February 19, 2017.

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp is among several new performers who have been added to Tanglewood's popular artist series this summer.

Strange Universe: 02/19/17

Feb 19, 2017

This week, Bob discusses liquid's rarity in the universe.

Lucas Willard

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is touring upstate New York Sunday.

Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will tour Stratton Air National Guard Base in Schenectady County where she is scheduled to receive a briefing from officials with the New York National Guard and 109th Airlift Wing.

A well-known western Massachusetts blogger has been killed in a head-on crash.

The Republican reports that the Northwestern District Attorney's Office confirmed Saturday that Larry Kelley, 62, was killed on Route 9 in Belchertown at about 2:45 p.m. Friday.

Ralph Gardner Jr: A Walk In The Woods

Feb 18, 2017

Here’s a suggestion for unsettling times: take a walk in the woods. I notice I’ve been doing a lot more of that lately.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The once-Albany-based band Hand Habits returned this week as part of a tour behind a new record titled Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void), which was recently recognized by internet music publication Pitchfork.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for February 18, 2017.

Bill Owens: A Positive Step With Canada

Feb 18, 2017

The atmosphere at the White House appeared cordial with the Prime Minister wearing a charming smile which appeared to coax the President out of his usual scowl.

Vermont Statehouse
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Republican Governor Phil Scott wants Vermont lawmakers to lift restrictions on a tax-related financing program that now goes to a handful of cities and towns.

Rivers features a 50,000-square foot gaming floor with hundreds of gleaming slot machines.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Rivers Casino in Schenectady opened February 8th to long lines and crowds of bettors. Despite some snowy weather during the opening week, bettors played more than $23 million at electronic slot machines and more than $4.2 million at table games.

The Hartford Civic Center, now the XL Center
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Whether or not Connecticut can attract another professional hockey team to its capital city, Governor Dannel Malloy says the XL Center still needs to be either overhauled or closed.

(Airs 2/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: A group of upstate lawmakers are asking the state to step in and fund refugee resettlement programs caught up in President Trump’s travel ban, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on a change in the power balance in the NYS Senate, and a state Assemblywoman introduces legislation on carbon farming she says is the first of its kind.

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A Vermont bill would require presidential candidates to make their tax returns public in order to get on the state ballot.

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A state report estimates that opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts rose for a sixth consecutive year and that fentanyl is playing a role in as many as three-quarters of the fatalities.

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation continues to replace select natural gas lines on an accelerated basis in communities throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley. It’s part of an initiative to address aging infrastructure.

Burlington International Airport USGS 1995 photo
USGS

South Burlington residents met last night with officials from the Burlington International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Vermont National Guard regarding home buyout and noise mitigation initiatives occurring in advance of the arrival of F-35 fighter jets.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 17, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, February 17, 2017.

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During the Grammys on Sunday, non-profit public health organization Truth Initiative launched a national campaign called #StopProfiling, calling attention to ways in which tobacco marketing is disproportionately targeted to African Americans and low-income neighborhoods. That's exactly the focus of a new paper exposing the disproportionate presence of tobacco marketing in low-income Albany neighborhoods and the health inequities that result. 

Watchdog Group: Cuomo's Spending Cap Doesn't Add Up

Feb 17, 2017
Gov. Cuomo and Senator Sanders
Karen DeWitt

A leading budget watchdog group is accusing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of fudging the numbers in his state budget to appear to stay within his self imposed 2 percent per year spending cap.

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Most kitchens are loaded with appliances to help you cook and bake. But are you getting the biggest bang for your buck? Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are back in the studio to answer your questions about blenders, slow cookers and more. Ray Graf hosts.

 "You know, I don't ever panic. " ~ Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

At City Hall this morning, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan turned up pressure on the state over the $12.5 million in aid the city is seeking to close its budget gap. The city is resorting to a hiring freeze and considering cutting programs and festivals.

Hannah (left) and Lori Sames
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Hannah’s Hope is a charity that was formed in 2008 after then-Plattsburgh residents Lori and Matt Sames’ daughter was diagnosed with a rare progressive nerve disease. Known informally as GAN, the disease appears in early childhood and slowly destroys the central nervous system.  Hannah, who recently underwent gene therapy, and her mother Lori spoke about the disease and her progress.

Ear Trumpet Frederick Dekkers 18th Century
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It's time to open our voicemail bag!  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Feb 17, 2017

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, February 17, 2017.

Kevin R. C. Gutzman is the New York Times best-selling author of five books, including his latest, Thomas Jefferson—Revolutionary: A Radical’s Struggle to Remake America.

Although remembered as the third president of the United States and chief author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson was also something more: the most successful constructive statesman in American history.

Thomas Jefferson—Revolutionary: A Radical's Struggle to Remake Americashows him formulating his radical plans to republicanize America and then working, with remarkable success, to implement them. Born into a monarchical society, Jefferson turned his great intellect and energy to making it highly egalitarian. Much of what we take for granted about America now was originally Jefferson's idea. It is a fascinating story.

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