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Colleen Laico, from Kingston, NY, a medical professional at the ER at Kingston Hospital, receives her COVID-19 vaccination at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, December 18, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

Several lawmakers in the Hudson Valley are urging New York state officials to set up joint COVID-19 vaccine distribution sites closer to home. Local leaders in the region have repeatedly said traveling to the closest state sites is too far for many mid-Hudson region residents. 

Dave Lucas / WAMC

The Albany Common Council has unanimously approved a local law that would give new powers to the city's Community Police Review Board.

Some Burlington High School students were back in class on Thursday inside a former downtown department store.

Placard on Vermont statehood
Vermont Governor's Office

Vermont Governor Phil Scott is tweeting birthday wishes: to the state.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

With his third term in turmoil, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appears to be retaining key support from state residents.

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Karen DeWitt

The New York State Senate and Assembly plan on Friday to strip Governor Andrew Cuomo of sweeping emergency powers enacted under the COVID-19 pandemic. The action comes as the Democrat is embroiled in two scandals, over his nursing home policies during the coronavirus and allegations that he sexually harassed former staffers. But there are questions about how effective the new law will be.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara speaks with members of SLIC on Wednesday via Zoom
Zoom/Image capture by WAMC

With eviction moratoriums continuing for almost a year, lawmakers in Albany are trying to find ways to assist landlords struggling from a loss of rent during the pandemic. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

4 hours ago

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, March 4, 2021.

(Airs 03/04/21 @ 3 p.m. & 03/06/21 @ 5:30 a.m.) WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock speaks with Jesse McKinley, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Times.

Imam Shaffieq Chace speaks during Westchester County COVID-19 Commemoration, March 3, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County Executive George Latimer hosted a COVID-19 commemoration Wednesday, marking one year since the county’s first confirmed case. New Rochelle became the epicenter of the virus in New York early in the pandemic.

A desktop computer with a cell phone.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Tony Yang joins us today to answer your computer questions! WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

WAMC's Jackie Orchard speaking with Tom Merritt, creator of the MLB Trivia Challenge game, at Shamrock Tavern in Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY.
Matthew Burton

If you’ve ever played the MLB Trivia Challenge board game, you may have wondered, “Where did all of these statistical questions come from?” They were created long before Google, and the game itself is the result of one upstate New York man’s life’s work.

The Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force received some public comment Wednesday night on its draft police reform recommendations. But one case continues to dominate conversation around policing in the Spa City.

(Airs 03/04/21 @ 1 p.m.) -- WAMC presents an encore Power of Words in honor of Women's History Month. On this program, WAMC's Alan Chartock and Professor and Historian Dr. Allida Black discuss First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's Women's Rights are Human Rights speech in Beijing, China on September 5, 1995.

Screenshot of North County Chamber's 2021 virtual legislative forum
North Country Chamber

The North Country Chamber recently held its annual legislative breakfast forum with the region’s three New York state representatives. Two are relatively new to their legislative positions, and all discussed the implications of the proposed state budget for the area.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

7 hours ago
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, March 4, 2021.

Albany's Times Union Center
Ian Pickus

Fans will be allowed to attend a live sporting event at Albany’s Times Union Center for the first time in more than a year. The arena’s management announced Thursday that it will open at 10 percent capacity for the NCAA men’s ice hockey regionals March 27th and 28.

A bald white man in a button down shirt gestures with his hands in front of a wall with framed pictures and a banner.
Josh Landes / WAMC

Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Berkshires native Ben Downing spoke and took questions at a meeting of the county’s NAACP chapter Wednesday night.

Book cover for "Leave Out the Tragic Parts"

Dave Kindred is a legendary sportswriter, perhaps most-known for his writing on Muhammad Ali.

In his new book "Leave Out the Tragic Parts: A Grandfather's Search for a Boy Lost to Addiction." he gives us here a unique, yet journalistic, exploration into grief — and a grief not often told — of a grandfather for his grandson.

3/4/21 RT Panel

10 hours ago
Microphone in radio studio

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Cohoes City Director of Operations Theresa Bourgeois, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler, and counter-terrorism expert and best-selling author, Malcolm Nance.

Photo of Alan Chartock, WAMC's President and CEO.
Eric Korenman / Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses reports that the House canceled its Thursday session, after police received intelligence of a potential threat to the Capitol complex by an identified militia group. 

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

12 hours ago
Melissa Mangini
Provided by Melissa Mangini / Albany Business Review

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about why a farmer selling his land in Colonie doesn't want to see the property developed for housing. 

Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

12 hours ago
Paul Caiano

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

Mostly sunny and windy today. Highs in the lower 30s. 

Philadelphia 76ers
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Joel Embiid had 40 points and 19 rebounds and hit a tying 3-pointer late in regulation, and Tobias Harris scored 11 of his 22 points in overtime to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Utah Jazz 131-123 in a matchup of the NBA's Eastern and Western Conference leaders.

If you say “the thirteen colonies”, pretty much everyone knows you’re talking about American before the revolutionary war. But there’s more to that historic and geographic story.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we open history class and hear about West Florida, the forgotten 14th colony.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute with fair weather fans.

Picture of marijuana plant
US Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

More than 20 Vermont communities have approved allowing retail marijuana businesses within their borders.

Vermont Dept. of Corrections Commissioner Jim Baker
WAMC screen capture

The Commissioner of Vermont’s Department of Corrections says it’s all hands on deck as a COVID-19 outbreak has infected more than 100 inmates and 10 staffers at the state prison in Newport. It is the largest outbreak at a Vermont correctional facility since the start of the pandemic.

Musicians of Ma’alwyck Official Facebook

Each Wednesday and Sunday evening at 8 p.m. Live At The Linda brings you some of the best musical acts to grace the stage at The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio. This week features Musicians of Ma’alwyck from January 2021 featured on the Open for Take-Out Virtual Concert series and Sten and Maria Z from their October 2019 concert at The Linda: WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio.

Vermont Town Meeting Day graphic
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Town Meeting Day is traditionally when Vermonters gather to debate and decide local elections, budgets and community issues in town halls and auditoriums.  Voters assessed a number of items during non-traditional meetings this year.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy (file photo)
Albany County/screengrab by WAMC

The same day that the targeted vaccination center opened in Albany, the county leaders of Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady Counties gathered to encourage the public to seek a vaccine, and also aired some shared frustrations.