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Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford
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There is new information today about the Schenectady police officer who appears to use his knee on a city man’s neck in video of an arrest on Monday. 

Albany County DA David Soares addresses reporters outside his downtown Albany office.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Incumbent David Soares is officially on his way to a fifth term after winning the Democratic primary for Albany County District Attorney.

Airbnb says that its Berkshire County hosts saw rental incomes almost double for the 4th of July weekend compared to 2019.

Audrey Kupferberg: Killing Eve

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Now that the third season of the award-winning BBC One television series Killing Eve has finished airing, I am wondering if season three was warranted?  In order to give proper consideration to this point at issue, it was necessary to revisit the 16 episodes making up seasons one and two and then consider the content of the most recent season.  To summarize the plot of Killing Eve in a sentence, when a trained assassin is hunted by an unconventional and inexperienced intelligence officer, the two women click.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, July 8, 2020. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says shopping malls will be allowed to open in New York beginning July 10, if they meet certain conditions. At the same time, the governor says any remaining county fairs still planned for this year are canceled, citing ongoing concerns about the coronavirus.  

On this week’s 51%, we meet an immigrant who shares the stories of other immigrant women; hear why one woman gave away money to Black women writers; and learn about a move away from skin lightening creams.

Matthew Goodemote of Goodemote Physical Therapy in Saratoga Springs, NY joins Vox Pop to answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Jesse King / WAMC

Schenectady’s Museum of Innovation and Science plans to reopen with two new exhibits next week — exhibits that help explain the existence of this very story.

Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and others hosted “A Listening Town Hall: People of Color Sharing their Experiences in Dutchess County” Tuesday night. About a dozen residents shared their stories about police encounters, racism and lack of opportunities.

Phil Scott
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Vermont officials have announced the guidelines that colleges and universities must follow this fall to allow students back on campus for in-person classroom learning.

Brad Gordon is the Executive Director and staff attorney for the Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority. In 2019, he described the region’s housing situation as in crisis. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on the economy, Gordon says the situation could only intensity. He spoke with WAMC.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

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Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

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North Adams

Berkshire County’s second city – North Adams – will see one of its biggest draws, sprawling contemporary art museum MASS MoCA, reopen on Saturday. The museum has been shuttered since March because of the pandemic, which is impacting many aspects of life in northern Berkshire County. WAMC spoke with Mayor Tom Bernard about how the city is preparing, as well as how North Adams is weathering the pandemic and planning its 2021 operating budget.

Swimming is much more than an Olympic event. According to 2017 data 27 million Americans swim for fitness. Similar data is reported from English cities where more than 4 million men and women's swim at least once a month. USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, has 400,000 members and 2800 teams in the country.

Howard Means has just authored the new book "Splash: 10,000 Years of Swimming."

Will President Trump’s taxes be released before his re-election bid in November?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This interview was recorded July 1st.

7/8/20 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill, • Communications Faculty member at SUNY New Paltz & R.P.I. and former NYS Senator Terry Gipson, and Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick.

SUNY Orange Unveils Fall Semester Plans

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SUNY Orange is the latest college in the Hudson Valley to announce its plans for the fall semester.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses reports that a coalition of reform groups is calling on the New York Legislature to limit Governor Andrew Cuomo's emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Erica Miller

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about new footage from a Monday arrest in Schenectady, New York that shows a city police officer repeatedly punching a man in addition to placing his knee on the man's neck.  

Jason Caterina's Morning Forecast

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Here is Meteorologist Jason Caterina's WAMC Regional Forecast: 

Partly sunny, hot and humid today, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms likely, especially in the afternoon. Some may be on the strong to severe side, with gusty winds and torrential rain.

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has apologized after backlash for sharing anti-Semitic posts on social media over the weekend. In a video posted on Instagram, he said his post "was definitely not intended for anybody of any race to feel any type of way, especially the Jewish community," He added that he "just probably never should have posted anything Hitler did, because Hitler was a bad person." 

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Chief of the Schenectady Police Department is urging patience as authorities continue their investigation into a Monday incident where it appeared an officer placed his knee on a man's neck while making an arrest.  

Westchester County Executive George Latimer Delivers Final Daily COVID-19 briefing, July 6, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

With the Mid-Hudson region in Phase Four of reopening Tuesday, the Westchester County executive delivered his final daily coronavirus briefing Monday. Democrat George Latimer discussed the Chappaqua COVID cluster along with Phase Four questions for the state.

Vermont has developed mandatory guidance and health protocols for colleges and universities to follow as they reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Burlington School District Superintendent Tom Flanagan
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The new superintendent of the Burlington, Vermont School District laid out his “100 Day Entry Plan” this morning. It includes his initial plan for the district and pandemic reopening for this fall.

 Matt Toporowski
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Matt Toporowski says his campaign for Albany County District Attorney is over. In a tweet and separate statement Tuesday evening, Toporowski conceded the race and said he is proud of the issues he raised as he looked to unseat four-term DA David Soares in June’s Democratic primary. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.

A coalition of government reform groups say the New York state legislature should consider limiting some of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s emergency powers gained during the pandemic, and return, at least remotely, to meeting in session to set policy for New York.

Officials cut the ribbon opening the South End Connector to bike/ped traffic.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In Albany Tuesday, officials hailed the completion of Phase One of the South End Connector, which links two popular bike trails.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 7, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, July 7, 2020.