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Jim Levulis

Associate News Director

Born and raised in Eden, NY, Jim has been WAMC’s Associate News Director since October 2016. Before that he worked as WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief  for three years. Jim is also the producer of the podcast A New York Minute In History. He previously worked as a reporter, producer and anchor at WAER, an NPR affiliate in Syracuse. He has experience in Top 40 radio and has spent time with NPR-affiliate WBFO and CBS-affiliate WIVB-TV, both in Buffalo. A loyal and constantly humbled New York Yankees and Buffalo sports fan, Jim holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism and History from Syracuse University.

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The Retail Council of New York State has a new president and CEO as the industry navigates government restrictions and health concerns amid a global pandemic. All this comes during what is typically the busiest shopping period of the year.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany says it is adding a late priest to its List of Offenders, citing “reasonable cause” related to four allegations of sexual abuse against minors.

A "Smoke Free" sign in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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Today is the annual Great American Smokeout, a day public health officials say smokers can set aside to quit. WAMC's Jim Levulis spoke with Erin Sinisgalli, the director of community health programs at St. Peter’s Health Partners, about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted smokers.

A photo of Lou Deepe
Wildwood Programs

With New York state facing a roughly $15 billion budget deficit and the outlook for federal relief unclear, a number of sectors that rely on state money are bracing for funding cuts. Among those concerned is the disability services provider Wildwood Programs, based in Latham. 

The Pittsfield city seal
The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

The city of Pittsfield is suspending table service at city restaurants starting Friday amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. The city school district is also transitioning to all-remote learning through December 4. 

New York Vietnam Veteran Memorial Plaza in Albany
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Many Veterans Day parades – like in Albany and Pittsfield – have been cancelled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Still, those cities and other communities are holding outdoor ceremonies to honor the nation’s military veterans. For some of New York’s roughly 800 American Legion posts, Wednesday’s holiday will also look different. 

A photo of the book "Leave It As It Is" by David Gessner on a audio board
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David Gessner is the author of the New York Times bestselling book All The Wild That Remains. His latest work, Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt’s American Wilderness, considers the environmental work of America’s 26th president. 

UAlbany President Dr. Havidán Rodríguez.
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Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, the University at Albany is moving to fully virtual classes for the rest of the fall semester starting Tuesday. 

New York State Senator David Carlucci
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After record-setting participation in an election carried out during a global pandemic, a Hudson Valley state senator says he will introduce legislation to require absentee ballots in New York be counted as they come in. 

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A preliminary audit on racial bias in the Albany Police Department has been released. It finds differences in the outcome of arrests based on a person’s skin color further fuels community concerns. 

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu

New Hampshire Republican Governor Chris Sununu has been elected to a third two-year term defeating Democrat Dan Feltes.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott has been reelected to a third two-year term. The Republican bested Democratic/Progressive Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
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In response to rising COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker on Monday announced a number of actions. Baker’s administration has issued a revised advisory instructing residents to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. 

The union representing more than 600 workers at the Remington firearms plant in Ilion, New York says most of its members have been laid off. The United Mine Workers of America says the workers are losing their health coverage at the end of the month, and other contractual benefits will end. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.
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Forty three states and territories have landed on New York’s COVID-19 quarantine list, including three of the state’s neighbors. 

Acting U.S. Attorney Antoinette Bacon of the Northen District of New York speaking Oct. 13, 2020.
Jesse King / WAMC

In early September, U.S. Attorney General William Barr designated Antoinette Bacon as the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York. The 45-year-old who goes by Toni replaced Grant Jaquith, who resigned after three years to become a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. 

Downed tree limbs in Albany
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National Grid says portions of New York’s Capital Region will remain without power this weekend following Wednesday’s storms. 

A shelter on the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Jim Levulis / WAMC

For most of those who stick with it for the average six months, fall typically marks the end of an Appalachian Trail thru-hike atop Mount Katahdin in Maine. The roughly 2,200-mile trail runs across 14 states through the woods, over mountains and even on sidewalks. The organization charged with protecting and maintaining the route is the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

This is a picture of a teacher's classroom desk
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A new survey of New York public school officials details the fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting cuts to aid on the state’s education system. 

A glass bead found among other artifacts at two historical locations near Geneva, New York.
Cornell University Library

Artifacts recovered from two Native American towns in Central New York are being showcased in a digitized collection via Cornell University. 

Horseracing at Saratoga Race Course
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The House has approved a bill to create national medication and safety standards for the horse racing industry to discourage use of performance-enhancing drugs that can lead to horse injuries and deaths. 

Former Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove
Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove

Former Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove has been acquitted of all charges stemming from his handling of a fatal Troy Police shooting in 2016. 

Ayshawn Davis of Troy
FBI

Troy Police have arrested Jahquay Brown of Cohoes for murder in the drive-by shooting death of 11-year-old Ayshawn Davis on September 13. 

A picture of a $20 bill, a $10 bill and a $1 bill
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The New York State Department of Labor says the federal government has approved three more weeks of the Lost Wages Assistance program. 

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Facebook: U.S. Forest Service - Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests

The U.S. Forest Service is beginning construction of a new headquarters in Mendon, Vermont. In addition to serving as a visitor center, the $6 million, 11,550-square-foot building will house the people responsible for overseeing the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont and the Finger Lakes National Forest in New York

A photo of Lou Deepe
Wildwood Programs

The Wildwood Programs, which offers a number of services for people living with developmental disabilities in New York’s Capital Region, has named a new CEO. Lou Deepe, the organization’s chief operational officer, will take over for the retiring Mary Ann Allen at the start of 2021. 

Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly
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A grand jury has cleared a Troy Police officer of any wrongdoing in a July 30 fatal shooting. 

W.E.B. Du Bois
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The Berkshire Hills Regional School District Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to rename Monument Valley Regional Middle School in Great Barrington the W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School. 

A photo of Grant Jaquith
U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York, Grant Jaquith, has officially announced his resignation upon his appointment as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. 

SUNY Oneonta Campus
Jesse King / WAMC

With 507 COVID-19 cases among its campus community as of Thursday evening, SUNY Oneonta is ceasing all in-person classes and sending students home for the rest of the fall semester. 

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