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Jim Kevlin

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Jim Kevlin, Editor and Publisher of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman's Journal, and, about how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting plans for this summer's youth baseball season in Cooperstown, New York. 

Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Mar 26, 2020
Paul Caiano

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

A mix of sun and clouds today, with a chance of rain showers toward sunset in the western Adirondacks and Mohawk Valley. Highs in the lower-to-mid 50s.  

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Mookie Betts and all the players set to be free agents after the 2020 season would still get that chance if there is no baseball this year. That's part of a broad deal being negotiated by the commissioner's office and the players' association.

Ellen Forney

So you’re a successful cartoonist and you want to tell the story of your life with bipolar disorder, what do you do? Ellen Forney started drawing. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about her very personal graphic memoirs. 

See Ellen Forney's Ted Talk here.

We’ll also hear how to save the world with video games from Jane McGonigal, an author, public speaker and video game designer.

Find Jane McGonigal's Ted Talks here.

Keith Strudler: The Olympics On Hold

Mar 25, 2020

If you’re a fan of the movie Spinal Tap, and if you aren’t, then why not, but if you are, there’s a scene when the band’s manager orders an 18-inch tall Stonehenge, which he defend by showing that’s what the guitarist Nigel wrote on a napkin. In response, lead singer David St. Hubbins replied, “I mean, it's not your job to be as confused as Nigel.”

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York lawmakers have just one week until the state budget is due. They say despite the coronavirus outbreak, they intend to meet the deadline, and will use precautions to avoid meeting in large groups. They face a daunting task of putting together a spending plan while a multi-billion dollar deficit grows each day.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott and members of his administration are implementing a statewide “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order as the state battles the coronavirus pandemic.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy enters the Cahill Room at the County Office building to give a COVID-19 update.
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COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Albany County.

Vermont Senate reconvenes to consider coronavirus measures
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The Vermont Senate met at the Statehouse in Montpelier Tuesday and passed a series of measures to assure state operations can continue during the coronavirus pandemic.  The chamber also passed measures to increase aid to Vermonters who need additional help.

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A company in Berkshire County is working on manufacturing new drugs to treat COVID-19.

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Members of the business community in Saratoga County got an update on the $2 trillion federal stimulus bill today from Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and the Small Business Administration.

Gov. Charlie Baker (R-MA) speaks at a State House news conference where he issued an emergency declaration because of the spreading coronavirus.
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  In the latest move in Massachusetts to halt the spread of the coronavirus, Governor Charlie Baker has extended the shutdown of all schools into early May.

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A nursing and rehabilitation center in Williamstown, Massachusetts says one of its residents has tested positive for COVID-19. 

As New Yorkers flee the city for Berkshire County, some towns are preparing for a new threat of COVID-19 transmission.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 25, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

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      Steps are being taken to help students continue learning while at home in the third-largest school district in Massachusetts. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s been working closely with President Trump’s son-in-law and top White House aide Jared Kushner to get New York ventilators as coronavirus cases continue to escalate.

Professor Michael Leczinsky joins us today to discuss Esports and video games. Professor Leczinsky is a lecturer at UAlbany's College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity and specializes in emerging technologies. 

Bernadette King, Hula Hoop Queen
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On this week’s 51%, hooping, swimming and dancing.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 25, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Senate Leader John Flanagan speaks at candidate Chris McGrath's headquarters on Long Island, where they asked for a recount.
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New York state Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan says he will not seek reelection. 

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   Elections are being postponed in Massachusetts because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Officials in rural Montgomery County, New York updated the public on the spread of COVID-19 Tuesday afternoon.

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The coronavirus response was different in the Senate than the House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey. This interview was recorded on March 17th.

On Tuesday, Massachusetts entered a new phase of its response to the COVID-19 outbreak with an order from Governor Charlie Baker to shutter all non-essential businesses. In North Adams, the city of 13,000 continues to develop its own measures to provide vital services while maintaining the curve-flattening social distancing experts have called for. WAMC spoke with Mayor Tom Bernard.

Founded in 1983, Joseph’s House and Shelter in Troy, NY is a community-based, not for profit corporation that provides a continuum of homeless services to residents of the Capital Region.

Joseph’s House provides emergency shelter or support services to an average of 1700 men, women and children yearly. Central to Joseph’s House mission is to provide non-judgmental services to end homelessness. The staff works to build relationships based on each guest’s & tenant’s strengths and capacities. Treating each person with dignity & respect, and promoting self-determination empowers guests and tenants to make healthier choices.

So, with these unprecedented times, Joseph’s House is working to ensure they are prepared in the face of circumstances which are devastating to the most vulnerable community members. We speak with Executive Director Kevin O'Connor.

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill to allow voting by mail during a time of emergency.

3/25/20 Panel

Mar 25, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, Bard Center for Civic Engagement Senior Fellow and Dean of the School of Continuing Education at the American University Cairo Jim Ketterer, and Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill.

Dr. Alan Chartock
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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses reports that President Trump wants the country to reopen by Easter Sunday, and examines the $2 trillion coronavirus aid plan agreed upon by the White House and Senate. 

Jeff Wilkin
Jeff Wilkin

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Jeff Wilkin of The Daily Gazette about how Capital Region hospitals are responding to the growing coronavirus pandemic in New York.