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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is directing the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to help investigate a slew of racist graffiti spray-painted on a railroad bridge in Saranac Lake. The move comes after the head of the state’s Adirondack Diversity Initiative announced she is moving out of the village, saying she feels unsafe living in the area as a black person. 

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The U.S. Justice Department has identified what it calls a “pattern” of excessive force in the Springfield Police Department’s Narcotics Bureau. 

Jason Caterina's Morning Forecast

Jul 9, 2020

Here is Meteorologist Jason Caterina's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Heat advisories are in place for many valley locations from noon until 8 p.m. today. It will be mostly sunny, hot and humid with temperatures in the upper 80s to low and mid 90s, and heat index values in the upper 90s. There is a slight chance of an isolated afternoon shower or storm, mainly over the higher terrain.

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Nearly 200 players took the field for an 8-minute, 46-second moment of silence to protest racial injustice before Major League Soccer's return to action Wednesday night. Players wore black T-shirts, black gloves and black facemasks emblazoned with "Black Lives Matter" in a poignant moment that put two of the nation's most prominent changes over the last four months — masks and movements — at the forefront of the return.

If you were asked to name a group of classic US political villains, Joe McCarthy’s name would be right near the top of most lists. But for a four year period, that wasn’t the case.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about a new biography of this American demagogue.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute whipping up a little laughter.

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A heavy metal band is partnering with Westchester Community College to support career and technical education programs.

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For many couples during the pandemic, “I do” has become “let’s wait.” Businesses associated with Vermont’s wedding industry have taken a substantial loss in bookings and finances due to the coronavirus. Representative Peter Welch held an e-meeting with dozens of professionals to discuss the challenges they face and update them on the Congressional response.

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New York Attorney General Letitia James released a preliminary report Wednesday on the investigation into NYPD interactions with Black Lives Matter protesters following the death of George Floyd.

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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.
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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

Jul 8, 2020

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

Jul 8, 2020

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.

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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.

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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

Jul 8, 2020

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

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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

Jul 8, 2020

    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

Jul 8, 2020
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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
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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

Jul 8, 2020

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."