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Sen. Gillibrand Rebukes Criticism For Clinton Comments, Says Harrassment Culture Needs to Change

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.

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PA House Passes “Clean” CHIP Renewal, Without Ban On Transgender Coverage

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.

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PA Lawmakers Nearing Agreement On Funding Jobless System

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.

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PA House Begins Debate Over Natural Gas Drilling Tax

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 Plays Pergolesi and Zelenka

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

 

Photo credit: Binghamton Baroque Orchestra

What I’m Watching – November 20, 2017 to December 3, 2017

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
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Nature’s Miniature Miracles

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.

Rafael Grigorian Ballet Presents ‘The Nutcracker’

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

Kindness is at the Heart of Sesame Street’s New Holiday Special

It's Christmas Eve on Sesame Street! After putting out cookies for Santa, Elmo's dad tells him a bedtime story about his great-great-grandmonster Elmo and how Sesame Street was once an unfriendly street. Everyone was grouchy and there was no holiday spirit. With the help of Grandmonster Elmo's new friends, they try to find a way to bring back the holiday spirit in hopes that Santa would come to visit. They learn that all you need is kindness!