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The legislative branch of the largest city in western Massachusetts is prepared to meet remotely during the coronavirus pandemic and comply with open meeting requirements.

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking in Saranac Lake
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WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Northeast Report.

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Even if they can’t gather for services, spiritual leaders across Berkshire County are tending to their congregants in the anxious era of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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A nursing and rehabilitation center in Williamstown, Massachusetts has seen cases of COVID-19 among residents skyrocket from one on Tuesday to 14 by Friday.

Audrey Kupferberg: Self Made/Madam C.J. Walker

Mar 27, 2020

Netflix recently debuted a new limited series called Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker.  Directed by Kasi Lemmons and DeMane Davis, and executive-produced by LeBron James, the four-part series is a tribute to the first female millionaire entrepreneur in the United States.  Madam C.J. Walker was an African-American woman born just two years after the end of slavery into a family of slaves-turned-sharecroppers.  She manufactured and sold hair restorers and beauty products made specifically for women of color.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 27, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, March 27, 2020.

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Whether you call it a lockdown, a quarantine or put a hashtag in front of Stay Home, New Yorkers and others are facing a new chapter in the new normal: isolation.

Today Deanna Fox teaches us some recipes we can all make at home while quarantined. Ray Graf hosts. 


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A New York state Assemblyman who was in the capitol March 18 and remained in Albany the day after has tested positive for coronavirus. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 27, 2020
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, March 27, 2020.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that New York state’s K through 12 schools will remain closed until at least April 15 amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Usually when we call up Keith Strudler, director of the school of communication and media at Montclair State University and WAMC’s sports commentator, it’s to get his thoughts on a major moment in sports. Right now, the biggest story in the world of sports is the utter absence of sports during the coronavirus outbreak.

U.S. Representative for New York's 22nd congressional district Anthony Brindisi
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Today we’re featuring a Congressional Corner first: an interview with a member in quarantine.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Anthony Brindisi of New York’s 22nd Congressional district speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

This interview was recorded on March 23.

3/27/20 Panel

Mar 27, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, Artistic Director/CEO of Berkshire Theatre Group Kate Maguire, Siena College Economics Professor, Aaron Pacitti.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses his latest interview with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the coronavirus pandemic in the state. 

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

Mar 27, 2020
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about how some businesses are shifting their operations to produce masks and ventilators amid the coronavirus pandemic in New York. 

Paul Caiano

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

Clouds giving way to increasing sunshine today. Highs in the mid-to-upper 50s.

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The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic. It will be the first time since 1946 that the race won't be run on Memorial Day weekend.

Dutchess, Orange Report Additional COVID-19 Deaths

Mar 26, 2020
COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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Dutchess and Orange Counties on Thursday reported more COVID-related deaths.

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Vermont Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, a Progressive who is running for governor as a Democrat, held a telephone town hall on the coronavirus Wednesday.

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The containment zone set up to control the spread of COVID-19 in New Rochelle has come to an end. Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivered an update Thursday. In addition to supplying statistics, the Democrat warned of closing county parks if residents don’t practice social distancing.

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Powerless In Peru

A Berkshire County resident is one of the thousands of Americans stranded overseas as the world grinds to a halt amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts is calling on its landlords to seek relief from mortgage lenders and pass it on to their tenants. 

County Department of Mental Health Director Dr. Stephen Giordano, County Exec. Dan McCoy, Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says the county has 166 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 26, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, March 26, 2020. 

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    The coronavirus pandemic has impacted agriculture.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks with WAMC's Alan Chartock on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

(Airs 03/26/20 @ 3 p.m. & 03/28/20 @ 5:30 a.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York State Senator Liz Krueger, a Democrat from New York City.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 26, 2020.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, facing a state budget deadline in less than a week, is out with a new proposal to try to cope as the state faces a multibillion dollar budget gap, and much uncertainty with much of the economy shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.