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WAMC's award-winning daily news magazine brings listeners the latest in local, national and world news. Join Brian Shields each weekday for the latest. The work of the WAMC News team is complemented each day with news and features from the BBC, The Innovation Trail, and Stardate. Midday Magazine also offers a comprehensive regional weather summary and a range of commentators who span the political spectrum. Highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line are usually aired on Friday's edition of Midday Magazine.

The DNC, gun laws, and radio mores: Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. The WAMC Listener Comment Line is always open and always a free call. 800-695-9170.

Rogovoy Report For 7/29/16

16 hours ago

The weekend’s cultural highlights in the region include cutting-edge dance; new and old music; a musical revival getting rave reviews; comedy; opera, and a whole lot more.

Listener Essay - Summertime In Spain

16 hours ago

In the elegant beach town of San Sebastian, I found myself with a warm late spring afternoon free to take in the city by foot. It was the last Saturday of May and the whole city was alive. It’s as if all one hundred and eighty thousand residents were in the streets dancing, singing and watching dancers and singers. The beaches were packed, one with fotballers and bathers, the other with surfers and kite boarders, and both had pet dogs running wild with the children on the sand.

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Do you have a criminal record? That can be a daunting question for a job seeker. Some Albany County legislators are taking steps to eliminate that query from county job application forms.

After almost 30 years with the Springfield Regional Chamber, the last five as president, Jeff Ciuffreda is retiring. 

Rutland, VT
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Rutland’s mayor is proposing forming a "Resettlement Cabinet" to advise him on the process of bringing 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to the city.  It’s a move that many hope will bridge a city increasingly divided over the issue.

Paul Caiano's WAMC Midday Regional Forecast

17 hours ago
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for July 29, 2016.

This is a picture of Massachusetts State Representative Paul Mark
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The Democratic National Convention has wrapped up in Philadelphia. Hillary Clinton accepted the presidential nomination last night and faces Republican Donald Trump in November. Clinton supporters were joined by those backing Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders during the four-day convention — many of them vocal.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York State Senator from the Hudson Valley is running unopposed in November, but an Orange County activist is looking to change that.

Sean Philpott-Jones: The Invisible Woman

Jul 28, 2016

As I watched the opening days of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, I was struck by the stark contrast in tone between it and last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Paul Caiano's WAMC Midday Regional Forecast

Jul 28, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather forecast for July 28, 2016.

Politico's Vielkind Checks In From DNC In Philadelphia

Jul 28, 2016
Jimmy Vielkind
Jimmy Vielkind

It's the last day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Tonight, former Secretary of State and New York U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to accept the presidential nomination from a major party. Politico NY Albany Bureau Chief Jimmy Vielkind has been covering the DNC, including Governor Andrew Cuomo's addresses to the New York delegation.  Stronger Together: An Economy That Works For All will be the theme of tonight's speech by Gov. Cuomo. The address will come 32 years after his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, made his famous A Tale of Two Cities speech to the DNC in San Francisco, which nominated Walter Mondale.

The skeleton of the new Capital Center - the white beam is at the bottom ready to be signed by officials before being lifted into place.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A “topping off” ceremony was held this week in downtown Albany to commemorate a major milestone: the completion of the vertical structural framework of the new Albany Capital Center. The new convention center is changing the skyline.

A solar array at Jiminy Peak ski resort in Hancock, Massachusetts developed by EOS Ventures. The company is also consulting on the Williamstown project.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Williams College has stepped in to help complete a solar array project that has languished in Williamstown. Under the agreement with the town, Williams College will invest about $6 million to construct a 1.9-megawatt solar array on a capped landfill.

Vermont Statehouse
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Less than a month after Vermont’s fiscal year 2017 budget went into effect, state economists told administration and legislative leaders a downgrade would be necessary.  While the adjustment is described as minor, critics say it’s another example of the state’s overspending.

A picture of the students rehearsing.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

While Tanglewood is known as a unique open air venue for classical and modern music, every summer the sprawling grounds become home to one of the country’s premier music schools. The Boston University Tanglewood Institute is celebrating 50 years and WAMC went to class.

Has Bernie Sanders created a movement that he no longer controls? At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, some Sanders supporters have heeded the Vermont senator's call to support the party nominee, Hillary Clinton, but others remain committed to Sanders. Dr. Luke Perry is chair of the department and associate professor of government and politics at Utica College and has been covering the convention for WKTV in Utica.

Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Forecast

Jul 27, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Meteorologist Paul Caiano of WNYT delivers the midday weather summary for July 27, 2016.

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               An emergency fund has been re-opened to help western Massachusetts farmers whose fruit crops were damaged by an extreme cold snap in mid-February. 

               The Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture ( CISA) is offering zero-interest short term loans up to $10,000.  

              WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with CISA executive director Philip Korman.

             More information about the fund can be found at the website: buylocalfood.org.

There has been a lot of hand-wringing lately about New York’s teacher shortage.

Among the delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is Dolores Huerta, a member of the California delegation and a board member of People For The American Way. In 1962 she co-founded The National Farm Workers Association with Cesar Chavez, which later became The National Farm Workers Union. She is also president of The Dolores Huerta Foundation for grassroots organizing. Dolores Huerta says the economy is among the most important issues facing the nation this election year.

Bernie Sanders
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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took the stage of the Democratic National Convention Monday, closing an historic long-shot campaign for the White House. Vermont’s delegates had an emotional evening as their home-state champion urged unity behind Hillary Clinton.

Funding Will Help Restore Croton Point Park Meadow

Jul 26, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Westchester County executive and a state senator from the Hudson Valley announced funding for a meadow restoration project on Monday. The site is a haven for migratory birds, including bald eagles.

Rob Edelman: Indian Point

Jul 25, 2016

At this time of the year, escapism rules in movie theaters. And this is understandable. It’s the summer, and people are searching for summer fun. Now granted, some seasonal theatrical releases are satisfying, but it’s been my experience that the majority are not. Yet the point here is that films that tackle serious issues are occasionally arriving onscreen. One of them, a documentary titled INDIAN POINT, not only is information-packed and provocative, but it is a film with a local connection.

Massachusetts State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier
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The Democratic National Convention is under way today and a number of area politicians are in Philadelphia for the four-day event. It’s gotten off to a shaky start as Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has announced her resignation after leaked emails detailed an apparent bias against presidential hopeful and Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Jul 25, 2016

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, July 25, 2016.

Composite photo by Dave Lucas

Investigators are trying to determine why 24-year-old Rachael Mattice made up an abduction story that touched off a social media campaign for her safe return along with a multi-agency search and rescue effort.

     Voters in three Massachusetts cities this November will decide whether to authorize a property tax surcharge to finance a local fund that could pay for historic preservation projects, protecting open space, and building affordable housing.

There were these two blokes in England, about 150 years ago…who started writing the stories and composing the music for what were at the time called comic operas.  Some of you are already ahead of me with the names of Gilbert and Sullivan.  And you are spot-on. 

Most Shakespearean scholars – of which I am not – classify The Merchant of Venice as a comedy. This play was written following a period when William Shakespeare became known for his popular portrayals of English kings.

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