Congressman Tom Reed returned to the Southern Tier this week and faced heat over his support of the big GOP tax bill that just passed the House of Representatives. The Republican’s district includes Elmira, Corning and Ithaca. He was an architect of the bill. At a town hall at the American Legion in Horseheads, Reed was greeted with jeers. The building was packed with residents who disapprove of the Republican tax bill.
A new adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel tells the story of Anne Shirley, a precocious orphan placed in the care of uptight Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew, played by acclaimed actor Martin Sheen. Neither the adventurous Anne nor the conservative Marilla could anticipate the profound effect theyd have on each others lives. https://youtu.be/6lDjwwNi6pw
When Anne Shirley turns 13, she faces complex issues with her friends, inspirational adults and Marilla and Matthew. At the same time, she begins a friendship with Gilbert Blythe that emotionally escalates to disrupt the status quo of her peaceful world. Her free-spirited nature is challenged by her perceived need to become sensible, and her journey toward this goal is fraught with confusion and more than a few unfortunate – albeit, amusing – mishaps.
US Senator from New York Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing to change the sexual harassment culture in Washington. In an interview last week with the New York Times, Gillibrand said President Clinton should have resigned over his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky 20 years ago. Gillibrand’s been criticized for waiting until now to make the comments. Philippe Reines, an ex-Hillary Clinton advisor, called Gillibrand a “hypocrite” on Twitter. Reines said the Senator shouldn’t have taken campaign contributions if she felt so strongly about Clinton’s affair. During a visit to Broome County on Monday, Gillibrand said Reines’ comments were wrong, but didn’t focus much on the criticism.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) — The state House has passed a bill to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers kids from families who make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but can’t afford other insurance. The routine bill became controversial this year, because the Senate inserted language that would have prohibited CHIP from covering transgender kids’ transition surgeries. The House axed that provision; now the bill returns to the Senate. The deadline for reauthorization is the end of the year. House GOP Leader Dave Reed said it would be irresponsible to tie up CHIP care while debating whether the surgeries should be covered. “That’s better to deal with separately, while not endangering 200,000 kids and their families going into the holiday season,” he said. But that doesn’t mean the issue of whether CHIP should pay for gender confirmation surgery is resolved.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) — After a year of fights over how to pay for Pennsylvania’s claims system for jobless workers, lawmakers say they’re getting close to a bipartisan solution. A standoff last year over financial mismanagement in the unemployment compensation program resulted in nearly 500 layoffs. Some workers have since been brought back, but not all. A new plan passed through the House Labor and Industry Committee on Monday would give the UC program $115.2 million, which would be gradually phased out over four years. That’s less money than the program was getting before the layoffs, and it’s unclear if it would be enough to rehire any more furloughed workers. $115.2 million is also significantly less than Governor Tom Wolf had asked for, and a lot more than Republican Committee Chair Rob Kauffman originally proposed.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) — House lawmakers have begun moving a natural severance tax through their chamber. It’s major priority for Democrats, who have been trying unsuccessfully to pass one for a decade. But it’s slow going–the bill is saddled with well over 300 amendments. Along with Democrats, the tax is championed by a coalition of moderate, largely southeastern Republicans. GOP Representative Kate Harper, of Montgomery County, is one of the most vocal advocates. “Members,” Harper told colleagues in her floor testimony, “we’re broke.
The Binghamton Baroque Orchestra presents its second concert on Saturday, November 25 in St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Binghamton. Conductor Jeff Wahl joins us to talk about the two masterworks of two lesser-known composers, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Jan Dismas Zelenka. http://wskg.org/audio/bbozelenka.mp3
As the TV Program Manager for WSKG, I watch a lot of videos. Here on wskg.org, I’ll share a glimpse at some of my favorite programs that WSKG will broadcast and video clips I think you should check out online. I hope you enjoy! And let me know what you think – tell us in the comments. — Stacey
Weeks of November 20, 2017 to December 3, 2017
Nature’s Miniature Miracles airs on WSKG TV on November 22, 2017 at 8pm
Great things come in small packages, and animals are no exception to the rule. From a tiny sengi, the “cheetah” of the shrew world, to a hummingbird who travels thousands of miles north each year, from a small shark that walks on land, to an army of baby turtles instinctively racing to the safety of the open ocean. We will travel across the world, through the vast savannah to the rocky plateau, and down to the depths of the seas, to shine a light on these tiny survivors of the animal kingdom. It is a great big world out there, but for these animals, size does not matter.
The Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre presents Tchaikovsky’s famous story of Clara and her Christmas present, ‘The Nutcracker’. Choreographer Rafael Grigorian joins us to talk about the logistics of doing a Saturday performance in the Clemens Center in Elmira, and then moving the whole production to Binghamton for a Sunday performance in the Forum. He also talks about the new studios in Elmira and Vestal. http://wskg.org/audio/nutcracker.mp3
Photo credit: Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre