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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.

Rogovoy Report 6/22/18

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The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include folk-pop, New Orleans, Broadway, ballet, dance, contemporary jazz, and a whole lot more.

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Our listeners say the most interesting things. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Corning Museum of Glass based in Corning, New York is taking its show on the road —  or water.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is the president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State.  A key priority he plans to focus on is election security. In March, he testified before the U.S. Select Committee on Intelligence on the topic and this week the Democrat returned to testify before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, June 22, 2018.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Street parking has gone high-tech in Albany:  the city is installing additional new parking meters and expanding methods of payment.

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The 2018 Purple Heart Truck Run is making a stop Saturday in western Massachusetts.

NYS Sues Manufacturers Over PFOS/PFOA Contamination

Jun 21, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York State is suing six manufacturers of hazardous firefighting foam that contained the dangerous chemicals PFOA and/or PFOS. The lawsuit alleges that the foams used at military and civilian airports caused widespread contamination, including in drinking water, as in the case of Newburgh.

Karen Wojcik: Healthcare for Retired Americans

Jun 21, 2018

The Alliance for Retired Americans is a National organization in 33 States assisting 4 million members working to advance social and economic justice by mobilizing retirees and their families.

View of Lake Champlain from Mt. Philo, VT
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The Lake Champlain Basin Program recently released its latest State Of The Lake report on the health of Lake Champlain.  While the report finds phosphorus is still problematic, there is some progress in other areas.

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Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann has made music the center of her life since she dropped out of the Berklee College Of Music in 1978 to play in the Boston punk band The Young Snakes. Since then, she has released nine solo albums, many on her own SuperEgo label. Mann has appeared in movies and television shows like “The Big Lebowski,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “American Crime Story,” and “Steven Universe.” This year, her ninth record — “Mental Illness” — won the Grammy for Best Folk Album. Before her concert at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts Friday, Mann spoke with WAMC Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes about the themes on her latest record.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 21, 2018
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, June 21, 2018.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined other officials for a ceremonial groundbreaking of phase two of the redevelopment project.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Groundbreaking ceremonies Wednesday started a new chapter in residential living in downtown Albany.

Vermont Statehouse 2018
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Tuesday, the Vermont House failed to obtain the two-thirds support necessary to override Governor Phil Scott’s budget veto and must now craft a third budget. If it is not completed and approved by July 1st, the state faces a government shutdown.

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The Ulster County executive is calling on two state agencies to work on policy changes to prevent energy projects like one proposed in his county from ever taking shape. Meantime, a spokesman says the proposed project would reduce the region’s reliance on large fossil fuel power plants.

Acting Police Chief Robert Sears and Mayor Kathy Sheehan led a press briefing about the city plan to counter violence in the city.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Leaders in the city of Albany are addressing a spike in crime.

Syria has become the “sick man” of the Middle East, a territory laden with death and homelessness. In 2014 erstwhile president Barak Obama invited the Russians into the region to control the use of poison gas by their surrogate Bashar Assad. In 2015, as the Russians intervention expanded President Obama said this “is just going to get them stuck in a quagmire.” Senator McCain responded on the Senate floor that the policy of the Obama administration “replaced the risk of action with the perils of inaction.”

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 20, 2018
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

Daniel Baillargeon, Springfield diocesan superintendent of schools
WAMC

    The Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese will for the first time have a lay person as chief administrator of its school system.

NY-19 Democratic hopefuls at WAMC's debate in May.
Patrick Garrett

One week from Tuesday, Democratic voters in New York’s 19th House district will send one of seven primary candidates to face Republican Congressman John Faso in November. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne checked in with all seven to find out their plans and sentiments in the final days.

Laura Michelle Kelly and Ensemble
Daniel Rader / Barrington Stage Company

Pittsfield, Mass. – “The Royal Family,” a 1927 play by George F. Kaufman and Edna Ferber is a beloved backstage look at the Cavendish clan, an egomaniacal acting family that is thinly based on the famous Barrymores.    

Rep. Peter Welch
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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch traveled to McAllen and Brownsville, Texas on Sunday to see firsthand the detention centers created as a result of the Trump Administration’s enforcement of family separation policies. Upon arriving at a former WalMart housing about 1,500 boys, the at-large Democrat tweeted that it was “shameful.”  Welch says he and other Congressional representatives saw children separated from parents and parents separated from children.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 19, 2018
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Officials in Troy have kicked off a week of meetings to gather input on the future of a riverfront site in the city’s downtown.

Lyme Disease Panel Yields Updates

Jun 18, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

As the summer season sets in, the Northeast is on alert for ticks. The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies recently co-hosted a panel discussion on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

Rob Edelman: Inspirational Documentaries

Jun 18, 2018

So many documentaries explore serious subjects. These docs are downbeat if not downright depressing and, given their subjects, they very well should be. But other documentaries focus on individuals whose life stories are inspirational. They are role models, genuine heroes and heroines, individuals who deserve endless praise. Three current documentaries chart the lives of three unique individuals. They are Fred Rogers, Pope Francis, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and their titles are respectively WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?, POPE FRANCIS: A MAN OF HIS WORD, and RBG. Each is well-worth seeing. Each refreshingly offers an enlightening, full-bodied portrait of its subject, and how each came to be much more than a famous name. And the bottom line is: You do not have to be Catholic, or a youngster, or a woman, to savor POPE FRANCIS..., WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?, and RBG.

Jill Delaney
Discover Albany

Albany, N.Y. is of course the center of state government, which is part of the reason why the city gets its share of convention business. Bringing in more conventions is part of the job for Jill Delaney, the new President and CEO of Discover Albany, the Albany County travel and tourism agency. 

Message Board at Springfield Union Station announces inaugural CTrail train
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High-speed, high-frequency commuter trains are running today between Springfield, Massachusetts and New Haven, Connecticut.  There are high hopes the new service will take cars off congested highways and spur economic growth.

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Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey is pushing the Federal Communications Commission to return the Berkshires to Massachusetts programming.

Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove
Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove

With some legal troubles behind him for the moment, Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove is now looking ahead toward the November election. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with the Republican DA about his bid for a second term.

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