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U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The border between the U.S. and Canada will remain closed to non-essential travelers until at least June 21st.  Northern New York border interests say the move is disappointing but not unexpected.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 22, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, May 22, 2020.

  Beth Robbins' first book, "A Grief Sublime," begins with the moment she is informed of her husband's sudden death in a car accident. Her navigation of grief becomes a hero's journey and ultimately leads to rediscovery.  

Her style brings readers into the direct and immediate experience of deep tragedy as well as literature. Robbins enters into conversation with Keats and Whitman, Melville and Dickinson, discovering through these writers that grief has amplified life's spectrum, welcoming her into the realm of literature where imagination meets experience in new and profound ways.  

This story is ultimately hopeful and transcendent, transforming despair into a new experience of life and a recognition of the love that remains after death.  Beth Robbins is a longtime English and drama teacher at the Berkshire Waldorf High School in Stockbridge, MA.

The new book is "A Grief Sublime." Our friend and wonderful actor Karen Allen read the audiobook.

Senator Edward Markey
Senator Edward Markey

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell is dubious about the Heroes Act.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey. This interview was recorded on May 19.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul about the coronavirus and how New York is doing statewide so far.

Croton Point Park Beach
Courtesy of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson

Two Westchester County-owned beaches will open to residents only for Memorial Day weekend.

5/22/20 Panel

May 22, 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, Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti, and corporate attorney Rich Honen.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses reports that China plans to bypass the Hong Kong legislature and impose a new national security law in the city. 

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

May 22, 2020
Melissa Mangini
Melissa Mangini

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about Cookie Therapy ALB, which has seen orders skyrocket since opening during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

May 22, 2020
Paul Caiano

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

Sunshine followed by increasing clouds late today. Highs in the upper 70s.

NHL Logo

The NHL is taking a major step toward formulating the return of its season during the coronavirus pandemic. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the NHL Players' Association's executive board is voting on a 24-team playoff proposal as they return to play format. Results of the vote could be in as soon as Friday night.

"Politely Adirondack" poster series
Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism

As businesses in New York begin to reopen, an organization in the Adirondacks has launched a campaign to promote the region and pandemic safety.

NY Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (bottom right); Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (bottom left); Westchester County Executive George Latimer (upper left); Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus (upper right)
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Three Hudson Valley county executives joined New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Thursday to urge Congress to deliver a coronavirus relief package that includes direct state and local funding. County leaders say they’re looking at steep revenue losses and layoffs unless the federal government throws them a lifeline.

Stop the Invasion logo
Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

Boat stewards will be stationed at nearly 100 boat launches across the Adirondacks starting during the Memorial Day weekend to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Westchester County Airport
Courtesy of Westchester County government

A refurbished runway at the Westchester County Airport opened Thursday morning. The main runway was closed at the end of April for repaving. The project was moved up from the fall given little flight activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on the coronavirus response in Westchester and Dutchess.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read wears a mask as he discusses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic
Pat Bradley/WAMC

As New York gradually reopens, many residents are eagerly anticipating the openings of beauty parlors and barber shops.  But Plattsburgh’s mayor says workers in those establishments need more secure COVID protections.

Store employees stand behind a low counter top in a room lit with purple light
Josh Landes / WAMC

As Massachusetts begins to follow Governor Charlie Baker’s reopening plan, marijuana dispensaries in Berkshire County are returning to recreational sales for the first time in two months.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy gives his daily COVID-19 update (April 2, 2020)
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Capital Region began the first phase of reopening on Wednesday, but Albany County has seen an uptick in positive coronavirus cases and is issuing a warning regarding socializing this holiday weekend.

With New York’s Capital Region under Phase One of reopening, officials are busy preparing for the second round. But many unknowns remain.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 20, 2020.

Memorial Day weekend begins with beaches opening up and other tentative steps to restart New York state’s economy. But Governor Andrew Cuomo said today from New York City that other recreational activities will be based on the number of new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 21, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, May 21, 2020.

(Airs 5/21/20 @ 3 p.m. & 5/23/20 @ 5:30 a.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Bea Grause, President of The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS).

Victory Christian Church

A facemask giveaway is scheduled for Friday in Albany.

Matthew Goodemote of Goodemote Physical Therapy in Saratoga Springs, NY joins Vox Pop to answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Unionized nurses held a town hall with New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand about the government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

(5/21/20) WAMC’s Alan Chartock In Conversation with Architect, Artist, Author and Activist Beverly Willis.

Burlington City Hall

Burlington, Vermont City Councilors received an update this week on a stalled downtown development project and also considered a resolution to move the community away from natural gas.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 21, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Sunday Special Program: Live Special with Yo-Yo Ma

May 21, 2020
Jason Bell

As a memorial for those we have lost in the pandemic and a tribute to the resilience of our communities, cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform J.S. Bach’s six cello suites live from the studios of public media producer WGBH, this Sunday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

An older white man in a suit jacket and red sweater smiles
JD Allen / WAMC

Community leaders around Massachusetts are responding to Governor Charlie Baker’s reopening plan after months of COVID-19 related closures. Democratic 1st Berkshire District State Representative John Barrett represents Northern Berkshire County, which he says is in for an downturn that will exceed the Great Recession. The former mayor of North Adams tells WAMC that he has some issues with the Republican’s plan.