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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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Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan
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Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan will need a strong absentee ballot performance to remain in the seat she has held for a dozen years.

Jesse King

The Albany County Airport Authority has selected Philip Calderone as its next CEO, overseeing operations at Albany International Airport. He will take over for John O’Donnell, who is retiring after more than 20 years with the aiport. 

The door of the Berkshire District Attorney's office.
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The Berkshire District Attorney’s office on Wednesday released more details about its investigation into an alleged assault at a college in September. Authorities say campus safety received a call that a student of color was assaulted in a wooded area near Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington on September 27. 

The entrace to the Dunn facility off Partition Street Ext.
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New York State is instituting new requirements for the S.A. Dunn Landfill in Rensselaer. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says the requirements will reduce the potential for odors and other off-site impacts by going beyond existing voluntary actions on the part of the landfill operator.

Sen. Chuck Schumer holds a photo of UAlbany's Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex under construction.
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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced a program to train New York’s college students to work in the cybersecurity industry.

Mary Powell
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The top official at Vermont's largest electric utility is leaving her position at the end of the year. Green Mountain Power President and CEO Mary Powell has led the utility, which has about 265,000 residential and business customers, for the past 12 years.

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Sunday, September 29 is Gold Star Mothers and Families Day. A number of events are being held across the nation to commemorate the loved ones lost in defense of our nation and to support their surviving family members. 

Anne Richard
Hamilton College

Immigration policy has been a top political issue in Washington for years, becoming increasingly divisive. Part of the debate includes how the United States handles people seeking refugee status in America. Anne Richard, a former assistant secretary of state in the Obama administration, is now a visiting professor at Hamilton College. She is presenting a lecture on refugee policy at the private liberal arts school in Clinton, New York at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Federal authorities have charged the operator of the now-defunct MyPayrollHR with bank fraud. U.S. Attorney Grant Jaquith and the FBI’s Albany office say 49-year-old Michael Mann appeared in federal court Monday on a criminal complaint. Authorities say Mann, of Saratoga County, fraudulently obtained at least $70 million in loans from banks and other financial institutions.

The 2019 climbing season on Mount Everest was marred by deaths and incredible photos of people waiting in line on the summit ridge in their attempts to reach the world’s highest peak. Nepal’s government issued a record number of climbing permits for this spring season, roughly 400, a figure that doesn’t include several hundred Sherpa guides and support crews. British adventurer and writer Adrian Hayes has summited Everest and K2. He spoke with WAMC’s Jim Levulis about why more people are making the risky attempt to reach Everest’s summit – 29,029 feet above sea level.

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Cheryl Clapprood has been named Springfield’s permanent police commissioner. Clapprood, who has been on the force for four decades, has been acting commissioner since February following the abrupt resignation of John Barbieri.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell at a September 18, 2019 press conference.
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The Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate yesterday for the second time this year while saying it's prepared to continue doing what it deems necessary to sustain economic expansion. The Fed’s move reduces its benchmark rate by a quarter-point to a range of 1.75 to 2 percent. 

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The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market is expanding beyond its popular Saturday event to offer a mid-week option. 

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

There is a new online map designed to help people better navigate the New York canal system and hundreds of nearby places of interest, visitor centers, boat rentals and paddling access sites. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor launched the website with support from New York state. 

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A helicopter will be flying over farm fields in western Massachusetts this week and next dropping what’s called a cover crop in hopes of protecting the soil. The effort is a partnership between area farmers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

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A new professional lacrosse league is heading to Albany this weekend. It will be a homecoming of sorts for a number of former University at Albany players.

Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard says no one is immune to the lure of opioids.
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Hundreds of childhood sexual abuse victims are expected to sue their abusers and affiliated organizations under New York’s Child Victims Act. The legislation’s one-year lookback window for action previously barred by the statute of limitations opened Wednesday. 

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Berkshire Eagle reporter and community engagement editor Jenn Smith, who is also a regular contributor to WAMC’s Roundtable panel, has won a travel fellowship with Atlas Obscura. The 37-year-old, who lives in North Adams, Massachusetts, will return to her native India and write about her experiences there for the travel-focused organization. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signing the state budget Wednesday.
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed an overdue $43 billion dollar state budget into law, hours before a stopgap spending plan for state government was about to expire. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed legislation restricting schools from arming teachers. 

This is a photo of Congressman Richard Neal.
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Western Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal is criticizing his 2020 Democratic primary challenger, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, as he seeks to continue his 30-year Congressional tenure. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation further decriminalizing marijuana possession in New York. The Democrat says New York's existing marijuana laws disproportionately affect African American and Latino communities.

Edward Coughlin
Siena College

Siena College says school President Edward Coughlin suffered a massive stroke during a scheduled surgery Tuesday. College spokesperson Lisa Witkowski says the surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester was to repair a congenital heart defect. 

Sahwyn Howard-Patterson
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Shawyn Patterson-Howard has declared victory in the Democratic primary for mayor of Mount Vernon, New York. 

Saratoga National Historical Park in upstate New York
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In 2018, more than 318 million people visited the roughly 400 National Park sites covering about 85 million acres in the U.S., according to the federal government. And while history, nature and outdoor recreation are the usual draws, advocates say visitors are being welcomed by crumbling roads, deteriorating buildings and outdated utility systems. Now Congress is considering measures to chip away at the backlog of deferred maintenance projects in the park system. 

Edward Coughlin
Siena College

Siena College has announced that its president, Edward Coughlin, will leave office in August 2020, when his term concludes. 

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse outside the city's American Legion Tuesday night
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Despite being more than 100 votes down in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse says he is not conceding.

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WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Village of Hoosick Falls, New York is expected consider a $255,000 Interim Settlement Agreement with Saint-Gobain and Honeywell, related to PFOA water contamination in a special meeting Wednesday night. 

Cadet Christopher Morgan
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The U.S. Military Academy has identified the cadet killed in Thursday’s training accident as Christopher Morgan, of West Point’s Class of 2020. In a Facebook post Friday, West Point said the 22-year-old New Jersey native died due to injuries sustained from a military vehicle accident in the Academy’s training area. 

EPA Region 2 Administrator Pete Lopez in Gloversville, NY June 5.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced funding to study Brownfield sites in Gloversville, New York, in hopes of remediating the areas.

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