Midday Magazine

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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.

Officials say they’ve solved a 22-year-old cold case in Schenectady. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports it took modern forensic technology and a fresh set of eyes to close the case. A warning that some listeners may find this story upsetting.

HV County Execs Chime In On Shared Services Plans

4 hours ago

County leaders in New York were required by the state to present their shared services plans to residents by October 15. The plan is Governor Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to reduce property taxes by requiring counties to work with local governments to find savings by coordinating and eliminating overlapping services. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne checked in with a few county executives in the Hudson Valley on their plans.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

5 hours ago
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, October 16, 2017.

Rob Edelman: Taviani’s Rainbow

5 hours ago

Remember the Taviani brothers? More to the point: Whatever happened to the Taviani brothers? In recent years, what have Paolo and Vittorio Taviani been up to?

JD Allen / WAMC

A new co-working office space has opened in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts. WAMC followed Mayor Linda Tyer on a recent tour.

      A solar power storage system will be built on the grounds of a former coal-burning plant in western Massachusetts.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for October 15, 2017.

Tough Decisions Ahead For New York's Budget

Oct 15, 2017
Comptroller DiNapoli
Lucas Willard / WAMC

New York state’s comptroller is siding with Governor Andrew Cuomo over concerns that federal health care cuts will damage New York’s budget, but he says the governor’s budget experts should have saved more money in rainy day funds.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Visiting Consider Bardwell

Oct 14, 2017
Angela Miller in the brining room at Consider Bardwell Farm
Ralph Gardner, Jr.

I don’t know if it’s a sign of the growing sophistication and success of their operation, Obama era rules and regulations, or a combination of the two; but on a visit last weekend to the brining room at Consider Bardwell, our friend Angela Miller’s prize-winning goat cheese farm in West Pawlet, Vermont, I was required to scrub down and suit up almost as thoroughly as if I were about to perform open heart surgery.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for October 14, 2017.

NY Starts Tax-free Savings Accounts For Disabled

Oct 14, 2017
Jim Vaccaro and his son Matthew join Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to announce a new tax free savings program for disabled New Yorkers.
Karen DeWitt

The state comptroller has announced that New York is joining 28 other states in offering a program that will help people with disabled children save money for their future.

JD Allen / WAMC

Four school districts in Berkshire County will split a $740,000 federal grant to fund professional development in arts education. 

A self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh with a bandaged ear.
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And now we lend an ear to our listeners. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Bob Schieffer and Brian Shields Friday at WAMC's studios.
Joe Donahue

CBS News veteran broadcaster Bob Schieffer, author of a new book on the state of the news media called Overload, is in Albany on Friday for a symposium at the Writers Institute, Telling The Truth In A Post-Truth World. First, he visited WAMC's studios and spoke with WAMC's Brian Shields on Midday Magazine.

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In November, voters in the Hudson riverfront city of Rensselaer will pick between three-term Democratic incumbent Mayor Dan Dwyer and first-time candidate Jim Konstantakis.

JD Allen / WAMC

Four school districts in Berkshire County will split a $740,000 federal grant to fund professional development in arts education. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 13, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

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

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Communities surrounding Lake George are hoping to make upgrades to their wastewater treatment systems. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on a new round of state funding to make infrastructure improvements.

Picture of Bernie Sanders
Bernie 2016

With the U.S. Senate is on recess this week, there has been significant activity from the White House.  Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he is particularly concerned about President Donald Trump’s executive order to roll back the Affordable Care Act.

A film about teen mental illness and suicide is screening at this week’s Woodstock Film Festival. It will also be shown at a local high school Friday.

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First ward Hudson City Alderman Rick Rector, a Democrat, is the sole candidate running for mayor of the Columbia County city after incumbent Tiffany Martin Hamilton decided not to seek another term. Rector says he plans to make a big difference in local politics.

JD Allen / WAMC


After a high-profile one-day strike and a resulting lockout, unionized nurses and Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts are no closer to resolving their contract standoff. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 12, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thurday, October 12, 2017.

The New York state Capitol
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

New Yorkers have the power on November 7 to decide whether some state officials convicted of a felony should be stripped of their pensions.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger (right) welcomes Honfleur Mayor Michel Lamarre
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Burlington, Vermont officials officially welcomed a delegation from its French sister city on Tuesday.  This is the second official visit to Vermont since the sister city agreement was formalized 2012.

Herbert London: Withdraw From The Nuclear Deal Now

Oct 11, 2017

There is a season for acceptance and a season for rejection. When it comes to compliance with the Obama nuclear weapons deal, it is time to withdraw completely at the congressionally mandated October 15 certification deadline.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 11, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

JD Allen / WAMC

John Barrett has taken another step in his political comeback. The former North Adams mayor claimed victory in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for state representative.

   Advocates for legalizing medically assisted dying in Massachusetts are looking to build grassroots support. 

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that he would rescind the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.  Environmental advocates in our region are critical of the move, noting that the cap-and-trade-style plan to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants is already working in the Northeast.

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