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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

Nov 16, 2017
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, November 16, 2017.

Facebook: Derek Gentile

Author, rock music aficionado, Western Massachusetts historian, and 31-year Berkshire Eagle journalist Derek Gentile is being remembered warmly this week after he died Sunday. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Berkshire Eagle Executive Editor Kevin Moran about Gentile’s work and impact on the community.

Marisssa Parisi
Hunger Free Vermont

Hunger Free Vermont is a statewide group that has worked since 1993 to end hunger and increase access to nutritious food.  For the past nine years it has been led by Marissa Parisi, who expanded its scope statewide and broadened its focus from childhood hunger to all ages.  Parisi will leave her current position in December to helm RiseVT.  She is excited about the new challenge.

Courtesy CityofGlensFalls.com

The next group of leaders in the City of Glens Falls has been chosen. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports Democrats and Republicans are pledging cooperation.

USDA/Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

In the spring session, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 73 mandating the Agency of Natural Resources to form a working group to develop long-term funding recommendations for clean water efforts.  The Act 73 Working Group has issued its draft report and the Agency Secretary, who chairs the group, discussed the document during a conference call this morning.

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright
Jim Levulis / WAMC

North Adams has the fifth-highest commercial tax rate of any Massachusetts municipality, according to the state Department of Revenue. The City Council on Tuesday approved a proposal to shift some of the fiscal burden from commercial taxpayers to residents. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Democratic Mayor Richard Alcombright, who crafted the plan.

Herbert London: The Saudi Dilemma

Nov 15, 2017

Recent events in the Middle East confirm the observation that very little in the Middle East is easily understood.  A day after Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched a palace purge by arresting several of his fellow royals, a high ranking prince mysteriously died in a helicopter crash.  State media did not reveal the cause of the crash, albeit any suggestion of motive would be entirely speculative.

Congressman John Faso
Official Photo

New York Republican Congressman John Faso hosted a telephone town hall Tuesday night on the GOP tax reform proposal. Faso says the call was meant to help him determine the best course of action for upstate.

Susanne Craig

Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns became an issue in last year’s election, and to this day, the media and the public have still not seen them, at least not all of them. New York Times reporter Susanne Craig got her hands on a portion of Donald Trump’s tax return after they were left in her mailbox.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 15, 2017
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Supporters of changing Saratoga Springs’ system of government are preparing for a narrow defeat after the counting of absentee ballots.

Burlington City Council meeting 11-6-17
Pat Bradley/WAMC

During its November 6th meeting, the Burlington City Council deadlocked while trying to choose a buyer for its cable and broadband provider Burlington Telecom.  So it passed a resolution asking the two finalists to develop a joint partnership.   If they failed, the council would reopen bids to two previous bidders.  At last night’s meeting, the council adopted a process to choose from among the original four would-be buyers.

Michael Meeropol: Start The Bandwagon Without Me

Nov 14, 2017

Forgive me if I do not join in the almost universal commendations for Senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker because they have made speeches attacking Trump.   Once more, I am sorry to say, the media has seized upon the latest bright shiny object in the sorry saga of the Trump Presidency.  Focusing on these two men and the speeches they made attacking Trump obscures the fact that they have both been reliable votes for the tremendous damage that Trump and his appointees are doing to the United States.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 14, 2017
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

An Amtrak train arrives at the downtown Holyoke, MA rail platform

A new poll finds there is overwhelming support in Massachusetts for a high-speed rail passenger rail line between Springfield and Boston.

Katherine Carroll

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was in upstate New York Monday. He was joined by local lawmakers to hear from grain and dairy farmers.

Perdue joined Republican Congressmembers John Faso of the 19th House District, Elise Stefanik of the 21st, and Claudia Tenney of the 22nd. They toured the King Brothers dairy shop in Schuylerville and WestWind Agricultural supply in Schagticoke.

NRC Wants Indian Point To Fully Resolve Water Leaks

Nov 13, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently released its third-quarter inspection report for the Indian Point nuclear power plant. The Westchester County-based plant has experienced o-ring leakage on and off for years, and the NRC says efforts to resolve the issue have not been entirely successful.

Rob Edelman: Women And Men...

Nov 13, 2017

These days, cinematically-speaking, there is much emphasis on the unfair exploitation and much-overdue liberation of women. Quite a few such films were screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. Some were set in centuries past. MARY SHELLEY, for example, emphasizes the title character’s resolve to latch onto her individuality in a male-dominated society. Some were set in more recent times. BATTLE OF THE SEXES centers on the 1970s tennis match between Billie Jean King and super-chauvinistic Bobby Riggs. 

Protestors at the The Berkshire Museum Saturday
JD Allen / WAMC

The controversial sale of art from the Berkshire Museum’s collection was planned for today at Sotheby’s auction house in New York City – but late last week an appeals court judge approved a one-month injunction. 

Patrick Nelson
Nelson for NY/Facebook

Last January, Patrick Nelson became the first Democrat to enter the race against newly-reelected incumbent Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a Republican from New York’s 21st district.  It’s become a crowded primary field since then, spurred by discontent over Congress’ health care deliberations.  Nelson says health care remains the key issue across the district.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 13, 2017
Paul Caiano

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

NY Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul speaking with Karen DeWitt
Matt Ryan

New York’s Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul, is marking the 100-year anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the state. But, as the Democrat tells Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt, women still have a ways to go to gain true equality.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the midday weather summary for November 12, 2017.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Family Splitting

Nov 11, 2017

You might ask yourself, as I did, where’s the silver lining to having a two-hundred year old oak tree come crashing down on your pool house? Besides, luckily, being covered by insurance?

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the midday weather summary for November 11, 2017.

Rogovoy Report 11/10/17

Nov 10, 2017

The weekend highlights in our region include three different concerts featuring music by Bach; a Grammy Award-winning banjo and vocal duo, jazz, Mahler, spoken-word, and a whole lot more.

Artwork from a radio-related World War II propaganda poster for the United States
Public Domain / WikiMedia Commons

You listened.  Now, let's hear what you had to say!  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

"Rosies" To March In NYC Veterans Day Parade

Nov 10, 2017

With Veterans Day ceremonies scheduled all around our region, the one in New York City will include a focus on women — Rosie the Riveter to be exact. Anyone who visited the Dutchess County Fair this summer may have noticed two sculptures that highlight the Spirit of ’45, including Rosie.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 10, 2017
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, November 11, 2017.

Leadership of an Albany-area town changes hands - Yasmine Syed is the new town supervisor
Composite photo by Dave Lucas/WAMC

On Tuesday, voters in a Schenectady County town elected a Republican political newcomer as supervisor.