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

Feb 12, 2018
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, February 12, 2018.

Facebook: City of Schenectady

The city of Schenectady, New York was once known as the city that lights and hauls the world because of General Electric and American Locomotive. American Locomotive is long gone, now the site of the Rivers Casino and General Electric remains but with a much smaller payroll. But the history of Schenectady endures, known for Thomas Edison, and Charles Steinmetz, as a pioneer city in broadcasting, and there’s the historic stockade neighborhood and the once mighty Erie Canal. 

      A veteran state legislator from western Massachusetts  says he is going to retire.

David Nightingale: A Walk

Feb 11, 2018

I left home and parked at the side of a little-used off-road. Where my tires had been in 5” of snow a week ago, there was now only muddy water. Maybe a walk would clear the mind of a degree of hopelessness, concerning world news, rampant flu, and/or the hopelessness of the current administration.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the regional midday weather summary for Sunday: February 11, 2018.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Our Good Neighbors

Feb 10, 2018

If you’re lucky enough to live in the country there are probably a bunch of factors that contribute to your sense of well-being. These include, in no particular order – open skies, sunsets, trees, gardens, streams and wildlife. At least wildlife that keeps a safe distance from your vegetables, shrubs, attic, etc.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for Saturday: February 10, 2018.

New Catskills Casino Touts Its Niche, Broad Appeal

Feb 9, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Resorts World Catskills opened Thursday, a week before what ownership hopes will be a prosperous time. Casino executives are betting on a full house for Lunar New Year, which begins February 16. They also say the $1.2 billion resort aims to appeal to families, along with visitors who may not be interested in gambling.

Rogovoy Report 2/9/18

Feb 9, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include jazz, classical, trip-hop, pulp fiction and a celebration of Mardi Gras.

109th district Assemblywoman Pat Fahy
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A month into the legislative session, it’s a busy time for state lawmakers in Albany. Budget hearings continue ahead of the April 1st deadline, and city of Albany leaders are once again request $12.5 million in state aid. 109th district Assembly Democrat Pat Fahy spoke with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas about three pressing issues.

Artwork from a radio-related World War II propaganda poster for the United States
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Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 9, 2018
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, February 9, 2018.

     The Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company is planning a major expansion in its home city and state. The state is offering a generous financial incentive for the company to consolidate its operations in Massachusetts. 

Jenny Ashman (Reina) and Kelly Wolf (Deborah) in "Paris Time"
Douglas C. Liebig

Albany – The central issue in “Paris Time,” a play being given its world premiere by Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, is Anti-Semitism.  With that as a topic how can you say the stakes aren’t high enough for the audience to care about the problems of its characters?

The gambling parlor at the Rivers Casino & Resort
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It took $330 million to build Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady. The gambling hall is celebrating its first anniversary today.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 8, 2018
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, February 8, 2018.

Forests
Photo by R. Zajchowski / University of Vermont

A new paper from scientists in the Northeast finds that tree species are increasingly stressed by the changing climate. The paper is titled  “New England and Northern New York Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report from the New England Climate Change Response Framework Project.” According to the report, habitat conditions for current species like the sugar maple, northern white cedar and balsam fir will deteriorate and those species will likely be replaced by those found south of New England such as black cherry, yellow poplar and hickory.  University of Vermont Associate Professor and Director of the Forestry Program at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources Tony D’Amato was the second author on the USDA paper.  He says the study is an expansion of similar work he was involved with while in Minnesota several years ago.

Patrons lining up at Resorts World Catskills on opening day.
Allison Dunne

The fourth and largest casino built in New York after state licenses were issued opened this morning. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports from Resorts World Catskills casino in Sullivan County.

Herbert London: Reliving The Lessons Of A Free Market

Feb 7, 2018

It is axiomatic to suggest that presidents get more credit than they deserve when the economy does well, and more blame than they deserve when the economy goes south. However, in the case of President Trump he is given almost no credit for the soaring economic market, despite the fact his tax reduction bill and executive orders cutting excessive regulation are in some manner catalysts for the market upswing.

"We always prepare for the worst and hope for the best." ~ Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A blast of snow for some, a wintry mix for others. Officials across upstate New York are scrambling to meet the challenge of the latest storm.

Facebook: Berkshire Museum

Since last summer, the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts has been trying to sell part of its collection including two Normal Rockwell paintings to raise an estimated $60 million for an endowment and a major renovation. But the sale has been put on hold by lawsuits and legal maneuverings as citizens groups, the state and members of the Rockwell family question the legality and wisdom of the art sales. Now there may be a resolution on the horizon. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 7, 2018
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, February 7, 2018. 

Vermont Blueprint for Health Hub and Spoke diagram
Vermont Department of Health

Vermont Governor Phil Scott and the state’s Secretary of Human Services were in Washington Tuesday to testify before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health.  Their focus was on the state’s “Hub and Spoke” treatment model that is getting more people into treatment for addiction.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for a special election to fill vacant seats in the legislature in April. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on one local race.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Note 2/8/18: A longer version of this story has been uploaded.

A group of Saratoga Springs residents has filed a lawsuit against the city and non-profit Shelters of Saratoga over the recent approval of an emergency homeless shelter.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state Department of Environmental Conservation and Health Department officials were in Newburgh Monday night to provide an update on the city’s new carbon filtration system to filter PFOS contamination from the city’s drinking water. Many residents voiced concern about switching to the state-funded system. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports the date for testing the system has been pushed back.

Bill Owens: The Death Of Estate Planning

Feb 6, 2018

Excuse the pun, but with the federal exemption going to $11.2 million per person, one may initially conclude that there is little or any need left for estate planning.  Obviously, for the vast majority of us (around 99%) there would be very little to do in terms of federal estate tax planning.  New York State, however, retains its exemption at $5.2 million, which means there is a spread of almost $6 million, thus, the need for estate planning still exists for those with assets in excess of $5.2 million utilizing, if you will, the standard techniques of the marital deduction, life insurance (presumably using an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust), gifting,  and portability of exemptions.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 6, 2018
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

(I) Carina Driscoll, (I) Infinite Culcleasure and (D) Miro Weinberger
Candidate websites

The three candidates running for mayor of Burlington, Vermont came together at a forum at City Hall Monday evening.

Poor People’s Campaign

The national movement to revive the Poor People’s Campaign launched half a century ago by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to the state capitol in Albany Monday. 

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