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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.

Courtesy of Stewart Air National Guard Base

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and other officials are calling on the Air Force to expand its PFOS cleanup plan for Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh. They want contaminated waterways outside the base to be included.

Rogovoy Report 2/24/17

5 hours ago

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include psychedelic pop, Electric Latin soul; jazz; dance for social justice; Americana; and a whole lot more.

You have the floor. We're all ears.  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

With the city’s budget’s in limbo, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has launched a social media campaign to shore up a $12.5 million dollar deficit and find a permanent solution to end the annual funding crisis.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

5 hours ago

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, February 24, 2017.

Break-in cards
Vermont State Police

Vermont State Police have implemented a project to raise awareness about car break-ins at state parks and other outdoor recreation areas.  Troopers at the Williston barracks will check vehicles and place a card on the driver’s side window if there are valuables in plain sight.  Corporal Andrew Leise, who is leading the Williston barracks on the project, says it’s an effort to raise awareness amid an increase in break-ins.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Saratoga Springs residents will vote on a new city charter at a special election set for May. But a vote by the city council Tuesday night denies funding that would support the election.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York State Department of Health officials were on hand in Newburgh Wednesday night to discuss the first set of PFOS blood testing results. The blood testing program began in November following news last May of the city’s PFOS drinking water contamination.

Judith Enck: Assault On Our Environment

Feb 23, 2017

It is hard to overstate the seriousness of the Trump Administration’s assault on environmental protection. 

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse recently gave his annual "State of the City Address." The first-term Spindle City Democrat  tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas he intends to make Cohoes an "All-American City" again...

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Feb 23, 2017

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, February 23, 2017.

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Verrmont Legislature

On Tuesday the new Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly issued a memo implementing the president’s immigration executive order.  In the memo, Secretary Kelly notes he is authorized to enter into agreements with states to authorize “qualified officers or employees of the state …. to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension, or detention of aliens in the United States.”  That is raising red flags in the statehouse in Vermont.  Earlier this month, a bill was introduced that would require any federal move to use local or state law enforcement first be approved by the governor.  Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, a Progressive, says the bill is scheduled for action in the state Senate today.

Herbert London: Democracy v. Republic

Feb 22, 2017

Plato argued that democracy by its very nature cannot work. The direct involvement of the people in the affairs of state will lead to a situation where takers outnumber givers thereby rendering the economy precarious. But that isn’t the only issue the demos introduces. Direct participation can lead to the belief a majority rules denying the rights of minorities or there is justification for “the people” to take matters into their own hands.

Tanglewood has announced a $30 million expansion to its campus in the Berkshires. Mark Volpe, managing director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, says work will begin this summer on a new four-building complex.

Acting Police Chief Robert Sears addresses the forum at the Whitehall Rd. JCC
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Community Policing Advisory Committee and the Albany Police Department hosted a forum on community policing Tuesday night at the Jewish Community Center.

Facebook: The Campus Kitchens Project

Tomorrow night, Williams College will launch its version of The Campus Kitchens Project. The private college in western Massachusetts will become the 60th school to join the nationwide nonprofit designed to decrease food waste and combat hunger. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 22, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

It’s budget season in Albany and higher education issues are getting lots of attention.  It’s about time. 

Dan Plaat
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

With the incumbent’s candidacy still unclear, another candidate has entered the race for mayor of Albany.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

A simpler, stripped down marijuana legalization bill is being reviewed by the Vermont House Judiciary Committee after legislation that would have created a structure similar to Colorado's legal marijuana program failed during the last legislative session.

Facebook: Cultural Pittsfield

The sixth annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival is running through this weekend in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Incorporating numerous cultural organizations, the festival features more than 50 music, theater, art, dance and fitness events organized by Pittsfield’s cultural development office and Barrington Stage Company.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 21, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

Rob Edelman: Oscars and Journalists

Feb 20, 2017

Momentarily, the latest Academy Award ceremony will be at center stage. Combine this with a new U.S. president who has declared war on the media, and it is well-worth recalling that the Best Picture Oscar winner from just a year ago celebrates the importance of journalism in a free society. That film is SPOTLIGHT, and it is the fact-based tale of reporters who doggedly knock on doors and ask questions, all in a search for truth. The bottom line in SPOTLIGHT is that, if not for the tenaciousness of the Boston Globe journalists presented in the film, would we ever have known about the long, distressing history of a massive scandal involving the sexual abuse of children and its cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese?

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 20, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, February 20, 2017.

David Nightingale: Smart Meters And Microwaves

Feb 19, 2017
Talbott/National Institute of Standards and Technology / Wikimedia Commons

This essay is about the 'smart' technology that many utility companies have introduced, and to which there is a degree of nationwide opposition.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for February 19, 2017.

Ralph Gardner Jr: A Walk In The Woods

Feb 18, 2017

Here’s a suggestion for unsettling times: take a walk in the woods. I notice I’ve been doing a lot more of that lately.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The once-Albany-based band Hand Habits returned this week as part of a tour behind a new record titled Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void), which was recently recognized by internet music publication Pitchfork.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for February 18, 2017.

Bill Owens: A Positive Step With Canada

Feb 18, 2017

The atmosphere at the White House appeared cordial with the Prime Minister wearing a charming smile which appeared to coax the President out of his usual scowl.

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