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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.

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Voters are deciding on school budgets across New York today.

Rob Edelman: Five Came Back

May 15, 2017

Once upon a time-- 1939, to be exact-- FIVE CAME BACK was the title of a now-long-forgotten melodrama about a bunch of plane crash survivors who are stranded in a jungle. One of its cast members was a very pre-I LOVE LUCY Lucille Ball.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 15, 2017
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, May 15, 2017.

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   An almost decade-long dispute over food trucks on downtown streets in the largest city in western Massachusetts appears to have been resolved.   The Springfield City Council is scheduled to take a final vote tonight on a food truck ordinance.

David Nightingale: Father Divine (~1879 - 1965)

May 14, 2017

Old-timers in the Hudson Valley sometimes talk about properties that belonged to Father Divine -- or rather, to the Peace Movement led by George Baker. These properties were referred to as 'Heavens' rather than houses.

Paul Caiano

News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for May 14, 2017.

Ralph Gardner, Jr: A Fish With No Name

May 13, 2017
Grass Carp
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I own exactly one fish. Lately I’ve been thinking I ought to give him a name.

Paul Caiano

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

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
Lucas Willard

Marking 500 days of water contamination in Hoosick Falls, residents gathered at the state capitol on Thursday to pressure state leaders to find a new, uncontaminated source.

Potential Democratic challengers to Republican Congressman John Faso of New York’s 19th District have been lining up to explore or formally announce a run. The most recent Democrat to begin testing the waters announced his interest this week.

Rogovoy Report 5/12/17

May 12, 2017

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include the unveiling of a new outdoor arts space; an acoustic solo concert by a jam-band legend; Portuguese jazz; vintage jazz; dream-pop; and a whole lot more.

Our listeners always have a lot to say.  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Anja Adriaans, founder of "FAN" – the Friendship Albany-Nijmegen Association.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The horrors of World War II and the humanity that emerged from it forever linked Albany with a city in northwestern Europe in a friendship forged with flowers.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 12, 2017
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, May 12, 2017.

Billy Jones outside Plattsburgh City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Northern New York Assemblyman D. Billy Jones is in his first term representing the 115th district.  He has held a series of town halls, the most recent last night in Malone.  Despite the animus being seen at Congressional town halls, the Democrat says he has no qualms and finds them a useful tool.

     Massachusetts is poised to require greater on-the-job protections for pregnant workers.

Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino.
Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino.

Republican Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino, who has been in office since 2001, announced on Thursday that she would not seek another term. She tells WAMC's Ian Pickus that although she believes she would have won another term, she plans to spend more time volunteering and downsizing her house. Jimino says she will stay in Rensselaer County after her term expires, and added that she backs Deputy County Executive Chris Meyer to succeed her. Jimino also explained why she thinks the Faso-Collins amendment in the American Health Care Act is a good idea.

New York state lawmakers and parent advocates gathered at a school district in Orange County Wednesday to promote a bill to ensure all students with disabilities participate in high school graduation ceremonies.

Picture of marijuana plant
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The Vermont House has voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana, making it the first state in the country to legalize pot via its legislative body. But it’s unclear if the governor will sign it into law.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 11, 2017
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Cainao delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Lake George, the site of a fatal boat collision last summer.
Lucas Willard

The Lake George Park Commission has released new materials aimed at making the lake a safer place for boaters and visitors this summer.

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It’s election season in southern Berkshire County. Here's a round up.

Herbert London: They Want To Kill You

May 10, 2017

In the relentless rush to undermine the Trump administration the Left has adopted the view that the bellicose stance of the president towards North Korea, Iran, and yes, Russia is designed as a distraction. Presumably if one accepts this perverse logic, this hostile rhetoric, missile deployment and movement of military assets are a mere show of force to keep Americans from recognizing the destructive policies being introduced by the newly installed government.

Tim Hathaway, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse NY
Prevent Child Abuse NY

The second day of the 22nd annual New York State Child Abuse Prevention Conference is being held Tuesday at the Marriott Hotel in Albany.  The meeting is organized by the non-profit group Prevent Child Abuse New York, now in its 37th year.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 10, 2017
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

City of Pittsfield

The City of Pittsfield has been awarded a $30,000 grant through MassDevelopment to upgrade Tyler Street storefronts. City leaders say it will help make the area more attractive for businesses.


         A new budget proposed to operate the largest city in western Massachusetts would put more cops on the streets and more cash into the city’s savings account.  It also reflects a rebounding Springfield housing market after the foreclosure crisis of nearly a decade ago.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
Colin Read for Mayor/Facebook

First-term Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read campaigned on the need for the city to move away from annual one-time budgeting to a long-term fiscal planning process to stabilize finances.  He has already started the 2018 budget process, working with the city council to create a five-year fiscal plan.  Late last week he announced that the city has a $2 million structural deficit that must be addressed.  He says  it’s a situation that’s been  building for years.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney spoke at a health care town hall Monday night in a neighboring district. Hundreds packed a room in Kingston to hear from Maloney, who launched an Adopt a District challenge asking House representatives to step into Republican districts to explain the House bill to repeal Obamacare.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Bandstand"

May 9, 2017

NEW YORK, NY – A new and rather special musical, “Bandstand,” just opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on 44th Street in Manhattan.  It’s an uplifting work about soldiers returning home after World War II. It’s a show that is filled with music and dance but never depreciates the challenges facing veterans returning from war. Indeed, it’s just the opposite. This is a work that honors all veterans, and its d it balances traditional music theater with a topic rarely addressed by and it’s accomplished with pandering.