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George Karl coaching the Albany Patroons.
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George Karl is one of the winningest coaches in NBA history — one of just nine with 1,000 victories. But before his successful runs with the Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets, to name a few, Karl spent two seasons helming the Albany Patroons, in 1988-89 and 1990-91. As demonstrated in a new documentary premiering this weekend, the Patroons of that era were a major CBA draw at the Washington Avenue Armory, serving as a springboard for many successful NBA players and coaches.

StudioFest, taking place this weekend in Phoenicia, New York, is a first-of-its-kind film festival, offering the festival’s winning short film creator a chance to shoot their debut feature film, backed and supported by experienced industry professionals.

The filmmakers had a submission deadline of August 3. Five finalists have been selected and the public is invited to attend a celebration screening of their works September 22nd at the Phoenicia Playhouse between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

We are joined by StudioFest founders – and filmmakers - Jess Jacklin and Charles Beale.

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From the day he was installed by Governor Charlie Baker in March, it’s been a battle for Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello to hold on to the seat. His September 4th loss to attorney Andrea Harrington in the bruising Democratic primary looked like it might have spelled the end for the 30-year veteran of the office. But WAMC has learned Caccaviello is mounting a write-in campaign. He tells WAMC that he’s just begun to fight.

9/19/18 Panel

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The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are Berkshire Eagle reporter Jenn Smith, SUNY New Paltz Communications Professor and former NYS Senator Terry Gipson, and communications consultant Joe Bonilla.

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Federal authorities say Border Patrol agents have seized nearly 180 pounds (81 kilograms) of marijuana at checkpoints recently set up in New York's Adirondack Mountains.

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New York is offering rebates to encourage the installation of electric vehicle charging stations.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about a dirt bike stunt in a Schenectady, New York grocery store. The pair also discuss the Thriving Neighborhoods Challenge in Schenectady.

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

Early morning fog, otherwise a mix of sun and clouds today. Highs in the lower to mid 70s.  

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Kim Rivers, a board member for the Elizabeth Freeman Center, which provides leadership and services to address domestic and sexual violence in Berkshire County. The pair also discuss tomorrow's Walk A Mile fundraiser.

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The New York Yankees prevented the Boston Red Sox from wrapping up a third straight division title.

Neil Walker belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Yankees past the Red Sox, 3-2. Walker's 10th round-tripper of the season erased a 1-0 deficit and prevented Boston from clinching the AL East.

Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi left the game with a 1-0 lead after limiting the Bombers to two hits over six shutout innings. Brandon Workman replaced Eovaldi and walked Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez before Walker went deep off Ryan Brazier.

Vermont Statehouse summer 2018
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The independent candidates for Vermont governor say they are frustrated and feel that voters are forgetting they exist.

A popular ski touring center in Vermont will not reopen for the winter season.

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Corrections officials are hoping to finalize a contract this week to move about 228 Vermont inmates housed in Pennsylvania to a privately run prison in Mississippi following complaints about conditions and health care and several inmate deaths.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the comment period a second time for plans to manage storm risk in New York and New Jersey. Still, some local officials say it’s not enough.

Roaring Brook Falls
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Starting Friday, the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation will prohibit parking on the shoulders of both lanes of Route 73 near the Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead in the Adirondacks.

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The general election for New York governor is heating up, with the Republican candidate, Marc Molinaro, calling for the resignation of a former advisor to Democrat Andrew Cuomo, while the sitting governor rallied against President Trump.

For many immigrants, the path to U.S. citizenship is fraught with fears of deportation, separation from family, and confusion about legal requirements. Wednesday night, the Berkshire Immigrant Center is holding a Citizenship Workshop at its headquarters in St. Stephen’s Church in downtown Pittsfield. WAMC spoke with Brooke Mead, the center’s executive director, about what immigrants and the community around them can learn from the session.

The former Sherman's amusement park in Caroga Lake
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An arts organization that has brought summertime music to the former Sherman’s amusement park in the Southern Adirondack community of Caroga Lake is seeking to purchase the aging property, which is currently owned by the town.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

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A box of mail-order munchies delivered to an upstate New York family contained something other than the usual nuts, seeds and sweets: vacuum-sealed packets of marijuana.

Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Peter Martin
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The City of Saratoga Springs may soon have an advisory committee to increase communication between the police and public. The proposal by the city’s public safety commissioner comes after recent controversy over the city’s handling of a five-year-old case that led to a death. 

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse on the sidelines at a special Common Council meeting.
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Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse struck back Monday afternoon against those calling for his resignation, and followed up hours later at a special Common Council meeting.

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Miriam Pawel’s new book: “The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation,” is a panoramic history of California and its impact on the nation told through the lens of the family dynasty that led the state for nearly a quarter century.

Copyright forum
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Today’s program is the copyright forum. Paul RappBill Westwood and Polly Law are in the studio to answer your questions about protecting your writing, music, and art. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Despite an overall improvement in employment and gains in median household income, the economic recovery in New York state has been uneven. That’s according to a new report detailing how a large number of New York households cannot afford basic necessities.

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Tedra Cobb for NY21

In June, Tedra Cobb won the Democratic primary that at one point had 10 competitors in New York’s 21st House district. Ever since, second-term Republican Elise Stefanik has maintained attacks on the former St. Lawrence County legislator’s voting record. But Cobb says she stands by her record.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

Embattled Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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In an extraordinary press conference Monday, beleaguered Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse defied calls from the governor and others to resign.

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Organizers of a free weekly event in North Adams, Massachusetts want to boost cycling in the city of roughly 13,000.

Author, historian and Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin has a new book out today and will be in our region later this month for a pair of events to discuss her latest work, "Leadership: In Turbulent Times."

The book chronicles the journeys of four of our nation’s presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson. Through those histories, Goodwin explores questions of natural leadership ability versus developed ability; the relationship between ambition and adversity on leader ship growth; and how leaders both perceive themselves and are perceived by others.

Goodwin will be at the FDR Presidential Library in Hyde Park this Saturday at 3 p.m. On September 29 she will be speaking at the Albany Book Festival at the University of Albany and later in the day she will be at the Maple Street School for a Northshire Bookstore event in Manchester Center Vermont at 6 p.m.

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