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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.

Conference Focuses On Mass Violence

12 hours ago

The Institute for Disaster Mental Health at the State University of New York at New Paltz is holding its 15th annual conference Friday. The theme is “Psychosocial Response to Mass Violence,” a topic selected before such recent tragedies as the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with two of the presenters.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Saint Joan"

12 hours ago

“Saint Joan,” is the “prestige event” of the Broadway season.  

It’s kind of a “can’t lose” situation.  Even if the production is weak, (and it is)the idea of bringing George Bernard Shaw’s version of the tragic story of Joan of Arc to Broadway gets points just for being a bold choice.

Alan Bersin, former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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A wall along the southern border to be paid for by Mexico was one of President Donald Trump’s signature campaign promises —  and seeing it through continues to be a goal of the Republican’s administration. Alan Bersin served as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection from 2010 to 2011 under President Obama. Bersin is now a fellow at Harvard University and chair of the consultant organization BorderWorks Group. He is scheduled to discuss trade, migration and border security at the University at Albany tonight at 7. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

13 hours ago
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, April 26, 2018.

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Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito paid a visit to the Berkshires this week to talk about one of the region’s top priorities: broadband.

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A major fire in the city of Rensselaer Tuesday evening damaged several apartments on the 1400 block of 1st Street.

Democrat Shelley Mayer Wins NYS Senate Race

Apr 25, 2018
Courtesy of Shelley Mayer, from a rally pre-Election night

In a race that drew statewide attention, Democratic Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer defeated Republican Julie Killian for a New York Senate seat in lower Westchester County on Tuesday. Though Democrats have a numerical advantage, it appears the Republicans still have control of the chamber.


On Town Meeting Day in March, Burlington voters passed a resolution that asked city officials to request the cancelation of the basing of F-35 fighter jets at the Vermont Air National Guard base at the Burlington International Airport.   Although the mayor refused to sign it, the city council approved forwarding the resolution to the Secretary of the Air Force.  In the following weeks,  two other city councils passed similar resolutions.  On Tuesday, members of the business community were at the airport to warn of what they believe are the negative implications of losing the fighter jets.

Pittsfield City Hall
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Facing an August deadline, Pittsfield’s city council overcame an outspoken minority Tuesday night to pass a $74 million spending plan to upgrade the city’s ailing wastewater plant. The federal government is requiring the fixes.


A race to determine who will represent New York’s 102nd Assembly District is too close to call. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard takes a look at the results.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 25, 2018
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

Composite photo by Dave Lucas/WAMC

Republican Jake Ashby is leading Democrat Cindy Doran in the special election for New York’s 107th District Assembly seat.

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As the nation continues to debate immigration policy, one restaurant in Troy, New York is hoping to create a safe space for immigrants and refugees.

Berkshire Mosquito Control Efforts In Full Swing

Apr 25, 2018
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While warmer temperatures bring promise of backyard barbeques and days at the beach, they also mean the arrival of some irritating residents.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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In July 2016, the city of Plattsburgh was awarded $10 million through New York state’s Downtown Redevelopment Initiative.  Projects are still being planned. One of the most controversial is changing the city’s main parking lot.  Councilors held a public comment session last week on 14 recommendations offered by a consultant.  But some downtown business owners are skeptical about the plans.

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Voters head to the polls today to elect nine New York state Assemblymembers and two state Senators. The special election in the 37th Senate District in Westchester County could tip the balance in the chamber. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on the contentious race.

Fake News: What Does It Mean?

Apr 24, 2018
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In an information age, it can be hard to tell the difference between truth and fiction, especially online. Misinformation can lead to faulty decision making, making it even more important for the public to understand the danger of fake news.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 24, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Forecast for Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

Many New Yorkers believe doctors are to blame for the opioid epidemic gripping their communities and the nation, according to a Siena College poll released Sunday.

       Dozens of business leaders from western Massachusetts will be at the Statehouse in Boston Wednesday for meetings with legislative leaders and representatives of the Baker administration.

Blair Horner: Earth Day 2018

Apr 23, 2018

This week we celebrate Earth Day.  Earth Day is an annual event that started in 1970 and is an important opportunity for our society to examine how well we are protecting the environment.  In a sense, Earth Day is the day we issue a “report card” on our stewardship of the planet’s natural resources.

Pittsfield City Hall
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The Pittsfield City Council will hold a second vote Tuesday night on the mayor’s controversial wastewater plant upgrade plan.

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A medical marijuana dispensary is open in Newburgh, New York — the first in Orange County. There was a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, but the dispensary has been open for a few weeks and has already served many clients.


Area voters will be the next to weigh in after the Schenectady Board of Education unanimously adopted a more than $194 million school budget earlier this month.  The plan emphasizes school safety and support for struggling students.

Rob Edelman: Choose Alan Rudolph

Apr 23, 2018

Alan Rudolph was, is, and always will be a fiercely independent filmmaker. His best works are inventive and audacious, and they are linked by a consistency of vision. But Alan Rudolph never did become a household name. For indeed, he occasionally has been confused with his mentor. That would be Robert Altman. You would think so, if you are a New York Times crossword puzzle aficionado. On one occasion, one clue was a film title: “Altman’s ‘Welcome--.” The answer was-- “to L.A.”-- even though this particular film really was directed by Alan Rudolph.

Jordan Sherman's Midday Forecast

Apr 23, 2018

Meteorologist Jordan Sherman delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, April 23, 2018.

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Spring is here and that means construction season is upon us. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas takes a look at some of the projects around the city of Albany.


     The father of a slain Parkland, Florida high school student has brought his campaign against gun violence to Springfield, Massachusetts – home to gun maker Smith & Wesson. 

The Future Of America's Malls

Apr 22, 2018
A view of the Cherry Hill Mall in Cherry Hill, New Jersey from Macy's
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The future of the American shopping mall is uncertain, as brick and mortar retail faces competition from online shopping. As shopping malls try to reinvent themselves, some consumers believe nothing can be done to stop their ultimate demise.


It is a busy period in Washington: House Speaker Paul Ryan is leaving office, the Mueller investigation is heating up, and foreign policy matters are once again in the forefront. Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal of the first House district spoke with WAMC News.