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
WNYT

News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for February 12, 2017.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Valentine's Chocolates For Men

Feb 11, 2017
Valentine's Day Candy
John Hritz from Ann Arbor, MI, USA / Wikimedia Commons

I’ve got a confession to make. I buy Valentine’s candy. For myself.

No, of course I’m not talking about those large, red velvety, heart-shaped boxes filled with assorted chocolates.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for February 11, 2017.

Courtesy of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

New research shows there is a blind spot when it comes to achieving sustainability goals. A freshwater ecologist at the Millbrook-based Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies co-authored a paper on global trends in synthetic chemical pollution. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Emma Rosi about her research and why she’s sounding the alarm bell.

Rogovoy Report For 2/10/17

Feb 10, 2017

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include a theatrically staged concert of new music about guns; chamber music; funky jazz; bluegrass banjo; writers reading their work; and a whole lot more.

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

It's time to roll back this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Vermont Statehouse
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott and state legislative leaders have introduced legislation that would clarify the duties of law enforcement in carrying out federal immigration tasks — and require that the governor first approve any local or state enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 10, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, February 10, 2017.

Facebook: Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Here at WAMC we wrapped up a record-setting one-day, one million dollar fund drive this week. But management at public radio and television stations across the country are uncertain about future funding from the federal government. President Trump’s administration is considering privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, an idea that has some support among majority House Republicans. 

        Springfield, Massachusetts has been selected to participate in a federal conservation program for migratory birds. 

Petition Calls For Funding For Belleayre Ski Center

Feb 9, 2017
Courtesy of Belleayre Mountain

Snow is accumulating on Belleayre Mountain in the Catskills, but a group of  the ski center’s supporters wants to see funding pile up as well.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

With schools closed and many workers encouraged not to travel, much of the Northeast is digging out from the first major storm of the winter.

Sean Philpott-Jones: Put Your Hands Up And Drop the Kleenex

Feb 9, 2017

For the past week, mainstream, alternative, and social media outlets here in the United States and abroad have been consumed with discussion and debate about the legality and morality of President Trump’s recent travel ban. However, the so-called Muslim travel ban is not the only set of potentially controversial restrictions put into place recently.

Governor Phil Scott
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont Governor Phil Scott discussed a number of issues while meeting with reporters at his ceremonial office in the Statehouse Wednesday.

Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center rally at the Pittsfield, MA hospital in December 2014.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Update at 1:15 Thursday: The Massachusetts Nurses Association has canceled Thursday's rally due to the winter storm in Pittsfield.

Despite the winter storm, nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are planning a rally in Pittsfield today over what they say are unsafe staffing levels at the hospital. WAMC spoke with Amber VanBramer, a registered nurse at BMC who is a member of the bargaining committee for the Massachusetts Nurses Association at the hospital. The union represents all of the roughly 800 registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 9, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for  Thursday, February 9, 2017.

A pharmaceutical manufacturing and supply company in Plattsburgh has received a $1 billion contract over five years that will allow it to expand employees and infrastructure.

DonkeyHotey/Flickr

One Democrat has already announced a bid in this year’s race for Westchester County executive, and now others in the party are considering it. Meanwhile, Republican County Executive Rob Astorino has said he will seek a third therm.

Herbert London: Fading U.S. Influence In Asia

Feb 8, 2017

If one requires any evidence that the United States is a fading power, the recent events in the South China Sea offer ample evidence. Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted U.S. military reconnaissance aircraft and, to add to the humiliation rebuked the Obama administration for any surveillance near China. The incident took place in international airspace on what has been described as a “routine U.S. patrol.” This latest encounter comes on the heels of another interception in which Chinese jets mimicked an all-out attack on a U.S. naval vessel that sailed close to a disputed reef. These are merely two recent war like actions by the Chinese in a series of interception since 2014.

Dr. James Stellar
UAlbany

The University at Albany is undergoing a major academic expansion, and it's happening with an interim president in charge. Dr. James Stellar has been leading the university since the end of last September after the departure of Dr. Robert Jones, who left for a new position with the University of Illinois. Dr. Stellar spoke with WAMC News about UAlbany's most immediate plans.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 8, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, February 8, 2017.  

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state environmental and health officials held a public meeting Monday night in Washingtonville in Orange County. They delivered updates on well testing in an area touched by the PFOS contamination believed to be a result of firefighting foam used at the Stewart Air National Guard base and airport.

There has been plenty of talk in recent weeks, much of it emanating from the White House, about voter fraud. Now, a new study released by the Brennan Center For Justice, entitled  “Election Integrity: A Pro-Voter Agenda,” confirms in-person voter fraud is a rarity. The paper argues that the integrity of elections can be strengthened without discouraging eligible voters.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

EDIT 2/8/17: The text of this article has been updated to show that the Blackstone Group sold its stock in Momentive in August. The original audio of the story remains posted. 

A group of New York state lawmakers appeared in Saratoga County on Monday to meet with picketing union workers at a Waterford chemical plant.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 7, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

        A new study finds financial and health problems are the most common negative impacts of gambling.

NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Karen DeWitt

The New York Assembly moved Monday to establish New York as a sanctuary state, but the measure faces an uncertain future in the State Senate.

Blair Horner: The Trump Administration And New York

Feb 6, 2017

The public focus on policymaking at the state Capitol has taken a backseat to the actions of the Trump Administration.  Almost from the minute the new President was inaugurated, his nonstop, frantic pace has captured the nation’s attention.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 6, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, February 6, 2017.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Ever since crews broke ground on the old Alco site last spring, the burgeoning Rivers Casino has been in the headlines.  Schenectady is bracing for an influx of visitors for Wednesday's grand opening...

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