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.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 19, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, August 19, 2016.

At the conclusion of this week's town hall meeting at Albany's Ezra Prentice Homes, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Aaron Mair, the National President of the 2.4-million member strong Sierra Club. Residents of the South End public housing complex heard from top environmental officials Wednesday evening, sharing their growing concerns about diesel truck traffic and the presence of nearby Global Partners, which transports Bakken crude oil by railroad tracks that buffer the apartments.

Mair sees the residents’ struggle with air and noise pollution at the expense of quality-of-life as a glaring example of what some call "environmental racism."

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An order to have American flags removed from fire trucks in a Town of Poughkeepsie fire district has landed the issue in the national spotlight, creating a swirl of controversy. Both sides hope for a resolution to come out of a meeting scheduled for this afternoon.

Hudson Headwaters Health Network Champlain groundbreaking
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Hudson Headwaters Health Network is made up of 17 community health centers in eastern New York. The group recently broke ground on a new facility in Champlain to replace an overcrowded and antiquated clinic.

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WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Residents in Albany’s South End heard from top environmental officials Wednesday, the same day nearby Global Partners was criticized for air pollution. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended the meeting at the Ezra Prentice Homes.

Paul Cainao's Midday Forecast

Aug 18, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, August 18, 2016.

FLEXN is at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts through August 20.
Photo: Stephanie Berger/Facebook: Jacob's Pillow Dance

Two Berkshire County cultural institutions are bringing the tough topic of race to their stages and exploring the role art can have in social issues.

Town Hall, Port Henry, NY
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On Tuesday, residents of Port Henry in Essex County, New York approved a plan to dissolve the village by 20 votes.  The latest vote is the final move that will lead to the Adirondack village disappearing from the map.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Hudson River city of Cohoes is holding a public meeting on the update of its Comprehensive Plan tonight at the Cohoes Music Hall. Mayor Shawn Morse met Tuesday with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss what's next for the Spindle City.

Herb London: Obama's No First Use Policy

Aug 17, 2016

When President Obama received his Nobel Prize, he argued that he would regard nuclear proliferation as his primary challenge. This is hardly surprising since even as a Columbia College student he advocated a nuclear free world – a position consistent with the idealism of a student who knew very little about the ambitions of U.S. adversaries. Yet now after eight years in office, the president retains this same arms control illusion.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 17, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

Joining Saratoga County and the neighboring Town of Malta, Saratoga Springs approved a resolution Tuesday night to ask the State Department of Transportation to reconsider a proposal to close the Nelson Avenue Extension Bridge, which the agency calls costly to maintain.

Glen Wiley received a liver transplant in 2015.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Representatives from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and the regional organ bank were in North Adams Tuesday to celebrate the RMV’s role in signing up donors.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

This year marks the 50th anniversary of clean water advocate Riverkeeper. There have been milestone celebrations, including a star-studded fundraiser. Yet the heart of the Ossining-based organization’s work is on the water — the Hudson River and its tributaries. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne recently spent a few hours aboard the Riverkeeper patrol boat with Captain John Lipscomb.

Ruth Abram: The Fall And Rise Of Rural America

Aug 16, 2016

Alarmed by a study documenting the demise of America’s small rural towns, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack called for “a national commitment to create new opportunities . . . [to] keep folks in our small towns and re-ignite economic growth across the nation.”

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 16, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, August 16, 2016.

Plattsburgh City Council discusses charter change
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Plattsburgh common council held a public hearing last week to take comments on a proposed change to the city charter that would alter the form of government.  While only two people commented, it stirred discussion among councilors that led to the mayor casting the deciding vote.

An Albany City Court judge has agreed to resign after 10 of 13 misconduct charges against him were upheld in an administrative proceeding.

Courtesy of Spectra Energy

A coalition of 21 plaintiffs has filed a brief seeking to overturn a federal agency’s approval of a pipeline project in the Northeast. A number of the plaintiffs specifically oppose a portion of the pipeline going through the Hudson Valley.

Rob Edelman: Westerns New And Old

Aug 15, 2016

Given its title and storyline, LES COWBOYS-- a new film that has been released theatrically here in the U.S.-- has to be categorized as a Western. This is so even though LES COWBOYS was made in France, is set in non-American locales, and unfolds not in the 19th century American West but in more contemporary times.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 15, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, August 15, 2016.

Adirondack Film Society

A new film shot in and around the Schroon Lake area is premiering in Schroon Lake this weekend.  “The Night We Met” is the work of Troy, New York filmmakers Jon Russell Cring and Tracy Nichole Cring.  The couple will be in Schroon Lake today and tomorrow evening to show and talk about the making of their film.  They told WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that it’s based on an incident from Tracy’s teen years.

The Whipple Cast and Wrought Iron Bowstring Truss Bridge. locally known as the Normanskill Farm Bridge, is located near the entrance to Stevens Farm in southwestern Albany, New York, United States. It was built in 1867.
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In July, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the availability of $200 million in enhanced assistance for local governments over the next two years to rehabilitate and replace bridges and culverts statewide. The timing is critical.

Rogovoy Report For 8/12/16

Aug 12, 2016

The weekend’s cultural highlights in the region include a new dance festival; the nephew of a pop-art icon; a film festival gone to the dogs; the meeting of two creative minds; French-American electro-swing; a season-topping performance of Shakespeare; and a whole lot more.

It's time for our listeners to take center stage!  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

WAMC News has learned that New York state has declared Stewart Air National Guard Base in Orange County a Superfund site. The classification comes some three months after the public learned of PFOS contamination in the main source of drinking water for Newburgh. 

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation’s declaration comes after some three months of investigations. Martin Brand is DEC acting Deputy Commissioner of Environmental Remediation and Materials.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 12, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, August 12, 2016.

The Berkshire Brigades sponsored the debate between Mike Bloomberg and Tricia Farley-Bouvier at Berkshire Community College.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Pittsfield State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier is facing a challenge in September’s Democratic primary. The two candidates debated on Thursday.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

    A traveling educational exhibit about the Vietnam War that includes a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, D.C. is making stops in the region this summer.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As crews continue working to repair the broken water main at the site of a sinkhole on South Lake Avenue at Elberon place, the city of Albany is directing residents to conserve water.

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