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Earlier in June, a member of the Board of Trustees at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie resigned amid controversy over her role as prosecutor in the 1989 Central Park jogger case.

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Vermont dairy farmers can now sign up for an improved insurance program to help them when the gap between milk prices and feed prices reaches a certain level.

Governor Phil Scott has signed a bill aimed at getting Vermont veterans who have served overseas to sign up on a national registry that tracks symptoms of those who have suffered from burn pit exposure.

A Vermont man faces drunken driving charges after police say he struck a guardrail, another car, a fence and the back of a restaurant in northern New Hampshire.

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A federal prosecutor says the former spiritual leader of a cult-like self-improvement group was a "con man" and a "crime boss."

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An emergency response transport drill Tuesday and Wednesday involves hospitals in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott has signed a bill that will implement lead testing in every school and licensed childcare facility in the state.

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The New York State Senate passed a bill Monday to allow undocumented immigrants to receive standard driver’s licenses. But Governor Andrew Cuomo raised some last minute objections in a WAMC interview earlier in the day. The Democrat said he fears that some data the state Department of Motor Vehicles collects on the immigrants might be accessed by the federal government and immigration officials.

The door of the Berkshire District Attorney's office.
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A third man has been arraigned for murder after a January shooting in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

Paul Caiano's Evening Forecast

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Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, June 17, 2019.

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  New England states ranked high in the latest annual report on child well-being from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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The mayor of the City of Newburgh has his sights set on developing the waterfront, all while juggling ongoing water contamination issues and new staff members. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Democrat Torrance Harvey about the city’s direction.

Dr. Paul Glovinsky
Dr. Paul Glovinsky

Dr. Paul Glovinsky, clinical director of the St. Peter's Sleep Center, joins Medical Monday to answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, June 17, 2019.

This summer, Lee, Massachusetts will become the next Berkshire County community to host an adult-use marijuana retailer. Canna Provisions, which cleared its final regulatory hurdle in May, will soon open in the town of around 6,000 just off the Mass Pike. CEO Meg Sanders is the former head of Mindful, a Colorado chain of marijuana dispensaries. She says the company has hired more than 40 full-time employees to work in Lee. She spoke with WAMC about the investments her company is making in Lee and what it’s been like working with the town.

The Adirondack Theatre Festival is celebrating its 25th Anniversary season in Glens Falls, New York.

Running now through August 9th – the festival will present four mainstage productions, a concert reading, a "greatest hits" cabaret, a magical comedy show, and a dinner theatre for kids at the Charles R. Wood Theater.

Producing Artistic Producer Chad Rabinovitz joins us with a preview of the season.

Hudson Hall celebrates iconic dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham and the Merce Cunningham Centennial with a 6-week program of dance, music, film, and photography to showcase the work of the iconic artist and the enduring power of his living legacy.

Titled “Cunningham at 100,” the program opens at 5pm on June 22nd with an exhibition of photographs by James Klosty and Stephanie Berger.

Stephanie Berger and Executive Director of Hudson Hall Tambra Dillon join us.

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         Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill to delay the start of a payroll tax to fund paid family and medical leave benefits for all Massachusetts workers.

The new book: "After the Miracle: The Lasting Brotherhood of the '69 Mets" is the inside account of an iconic team in baseball history - a consistently last-place team that turned it all around in just one season - told by ’69 Mets outfielder Art Shamsky, Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, and other teammates as they reminisce about what happened then and where they are today.

Art Shamsky will be in Albany, New York on June 18 when The New York State Assembly and Senate will pass a resolution to honor the 1969 Mets team on the 50th anniversary of their championship season. 

Shamsky was a Major League baseball player for eight years, starting with the Cincinnati Reds in 1965 and then joining the New York Mets in the winter of 1967. Since his retirement from baseball, he has been involved in various businesses and worked as a sports broadcaster at WNEW-TV in New York City and on ESPN, and as a broadcaster for the NY Mets.

Employees of the former St. Clare's Hospital rally on the Million Dollar Staircase.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Employees of the former St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady took their fight to get their pensions back to the state capitol today.

Alison Lurie, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, "Foreign Affairs," has published ten books of fiction, four works of non-fiction, and three collections of tales for children.

"Words and Worlds: From Autobiography to Zippers" gathers together her reflections on the writing life; fond recollections of inspiring friends; and perceptive, playful commentary on preoccupations ranging from children’s literature to fashion and feminism. Citing her husband’s comment to her that “Nobody asked you to write a novel,” Lurie goes on to eloquently explain why there was never another choice for her.

File: Governor Andrew Cuomo at Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh
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With the state legislative session set to end June 19, WAMC's News Director Ian Pickus spoke with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on The Roundtable Monday, June 16, 2019. 

6/17/19 Panel

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

Today's panelists are Political Consultant Libby Post, Albany Law School Professor Sarah Rogerson who directs the Immigration Law Clinic, and Skidmore College Business professor and Brexit expert Peter Moloney.

Morning Headlines With Ken Lovett

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Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Senior Vice President for Communications and Albany Director for Metropolitan Public Strategies, about what New York lawmakers are likely to cover in the last week of the 2019 legislative session.

Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Paul Caiano
WNYT

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

A mix of sun and clouds today. Highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. 

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Gary Woodland has captured his first major golf championship by holding off the two-time defending U.S. Open champion. Woodland closed with a 30-foot putt for birdie to finish three strokes ahead of Brooks Koepka in the Open at Pebble Beach. The Kansas native shot a 2-under 69 on Sunday for a 13 under total.

(Airs 6/16 @ 6 p.m. & 6/17/19 @ 3 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Judy Patrick, Former Editor of the Daily Gazette and Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, and Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Judy, Rex and Cailin talk about the controversy between the New York Times and CNN, how to keep local news alive, and the weatherman fired for criticizing his TV stations sensational weather warnings.

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David Nightingale: United Nations

Jun 16, 2019
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It’s sometimes said that the United Nations absorbs a lot of money, which it often wastes, is ineffective, and fails to prevent wars.  Let’s look at this.

Mankind’s urge to eliminate war can be traced very far back.

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