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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.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Oh, Snow

10 hours ago
Consider Bardwell Farm
Ralph Gardner Jr.

I did something last week anathema to my nature. I tried to avoid the snow.

It was traveling from south to north and I was heading from the Hudson Valley to Vermont. So I tried to get ahead of it.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Lake George in the Southern Adirondacks, known for its crystal clear water, has been a summer destination for more than a century. But during 2017, the state-owned beach “Million Dollar Beach” was closed several times from June to August due to bacterial contamination. A team of local officials and advocates came together to solve the mystery of the pollution.

WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard brings us this installment our series on infrastructure from the southern shore of Lake George.

JD Allen / WAMC

MASS MoCA is growing out of its teenage years and into its expanded campus in North Adams, Massachusetts. WAMC has more on the recent announcement of the cultural destination’s winter and spring programing.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

As anyone who has sat in construction-related traffic jams knows, there are infrastructure projects of all sorts under way across New York.  Some of the largest are in the Hudson Valley. One high-profile project is above water, while another below the surface is one of the largest repair projects for its agency. In the latest installment of our seven-part infrastructure series, WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne takes a look up, down and across two projects with a combined price tag of around $5 billion.

Rogovoy Report 12/15/17

Dec 15, 2017

The region’s cultural highlights this weekend mostly include holiday-themed events, and we’ll run those down in a minute, but first, a few events that have nothing to do with the holidays, for the Scrooges among us.

1896 Telephone from Sweden.
Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

It's time for our listeners to phone it in!  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Dec 15, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, December 15, 2017.

   The stage is being set for a fight in Massachusetts’ highest court over whether a question on raising taxes on the rich can appear on next year’s ballot.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A coalition of organizations, advocates, and sex abuse survivors from across New York has kicked off a campaign to extend the statute of limitations in New York for child sexual abuse crimes. The group hopes to convince Republican state senators to support the effort and began Wednesday at the district offices of two Hudson Valley senators.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Dec 14, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, December 14, 2017.

WAMC

In this segment from WAMC’s in depth look at infrastructure series, WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports on how the largest municipality in western Massachusetts gets its water.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

We take drinking water for granted: most of us turn on our faucets expecting pure, clean water to come pouring out. In the latest installment of our infrastructure series, WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on challenges to delivering that clean water.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

A ceremony to award economic development grants to regions of New York state Wednesday was overshadowed by developments on the federal tax overhaul plan in Washington, as the House and Senate announced agreement on a final plan to be voted on as early as next week.

Photo by Stephen Mease

The Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy has issued its third “Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy Education.”  Director and report author John Pelletier says that when the center was created, they wanted to understand what other states were doing to teach financial literacy.

Herbert London: The Taylor Force Act

Dec 13, 2017

In an unusual display of bipartisanship, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill to reduce U.S. funding for the Palestinians unless official bodies stop subsidizing the families of killers.

The Massachusetts State House
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is disputing a report by the state auditor that concluded the state Department of Children and Families failed to report crimes against children to police. Baker, a Republican, said the report is irresponsible and relied on old data. The auditor, Democrat Suzanne Bump, says the governor is in denial. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, a Pittsfield Democrat, who says it’s time for Baker to step up.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Dec 13, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

Donkey Hotey/Flickr

No one wants to pay higher taxes, but in the largest city in western Massachusetts, stable tax rates coupled with rising property values are seen as good news.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Rejecting calls from fellow Democrats to resign, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse received a standing ovation from supporters Tuesday night.

Burlington City Hall
WAMC Photo

The sale of Burlington Telecom was again on the Burlington City Council agenda Monday night as the panel works to finalize the sale of the cable and broadband utility.

Pace Professor Discusses NY's Elephant Protection Act

Dec 12, 2017

College students from Pace University who drove legislation to ban elephants from performing in entertainment venues in New York will be presented with the signed bill on campus Wednesday. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Michelle Land, who co-teaches the class that worked on the bill in its early stages.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Dec 12, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

JD Allen / WAMC

Farms in Berkshire County make up nearly 12 percent of all farmland in Massachusetts – which makes the farm-to-table movement a big deal for the regional economy. Area farmers are calling for something they say is glaringly missing – a slaughterhouse.

JD Allen / WAMC

Several town plow trucks were destroyed Sunday morning in a fire in Sandisfield, Massachusetts. A state Department of Public Works office in the area will handle plowing during tonight’s anticipated winter storm — and for the near future. 

A bill that would give boards of education in many school districts the option to establish wards for their elections has been sent to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Meantime, the New York Civil Liberties Union recently filed a lawsuit challenging the at-large method of electing Board of Education members of the East Ramapo School District.

Rob Edelman: Happy End

Dec 11, 2017

HAPPY END, Michael Haneke’s latest work, which is just coming to theaters, is a film about ideas. It is a portrait of life in our contemporary culture, one that is awash in high-tech gadgetry. In this regard, HAPPY END deals with issues that are close to the heart of its writer-director, who is in his mid-seventies. In other words, Michael Haneke has been around long enough to have very strong opinions, very distinct and well-formed world views. 

old water pipes in Burlington
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Communities across the country are grappling with aging infrastructure and limited funding to repair or replace critical water, road and utility lines. In the first part of our seven-day series on infrastructure, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at how two communities are working to upgrade antiquated water systems.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Dec 11, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, December 11, 2017.

David Nightingale: Elihu Thomson (3/29/1853 - 1937)

Dec 10, 2017
Elihu Thompson, circa 1880
Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

From time to time, in the history of science, especially when reading about giants like Edison, one comes across the name Elihu Thomson, and, if one passes through Swampscott, MA, there's a brick Georgian Revival national historic building that was his home for 40 years.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for Sunday December 10, 2017.

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