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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.

Message Board at Springfield Union Station announces inaugural CTrail train

High-speed, high-frequency commuter trains are running today between Springfield, Massachusetts and New Haven, Connecticut.  There are high hopes the new service will take cars off congested highways and spur economic growth.

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Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey is pushing the Federal Communications Commission to return the Berkshires to Massachusetts programming.

Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove
Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove

With some legal troubles behind him for the moment, Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove is now looking ahead toward the November election. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with the Republican DA about his bid for a second term.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 18, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, June 18, 2018.

David Nightingale: Some Old Cars

Jun 17, 2018
64 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
Greg Gjerdingen from Willmar, USA / Wikimedia Commons

My first US car, bought in 1965, was a 2nd hand Chevy Corvair.  Ralph Nader, in his book “Unsafe at any speed”, famously slanged the Corvair – and production was discontinued around 1969. Recently, out in the countryside, I saw half a dozen of them rusting away behind someone’s house.

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The end of this school year in Pittsfield, Massachusetts marks the end of one of its high school buildings. The new roughly $120 million dollar Taconic High School replaces the original, which was built in 1968. Pittsfield School Superintendent Jake McCandless spoke with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes about why he’s excited about the new building, and what it could mean for future school consolidation in Berkshire County.

Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the regional midday weather summary for Sunday, June 17, 2018.

Ralph Gardner Jr: No Need For Speed

Jun 16, 2018

I’m more of the bird watching type than the racecar driving type. Beauty and tranquility, peaceful walks in the woods are my thing, rather than roaring around a race track at a hundred thirty miles an hour.

Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the regional midday weather summary for Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Courtesy of Christopher Radko

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the filming of “Hello, Dolly!” in communities of the Hudson Valley. And a devotee of the film has organized a Hello Again, Dolly! Festival that includes an exhibit, flash mob with Tommy Tune, and more. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the festival’s director Christopher Radko, who says you’ll want to put on your Sunday clothes.

Democrats in NY 21st District primary debate at MLPBS in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The five Democratic candidates running in New York’s 21st Congressional district primary were at the Mountain Lake PBS studio this week to tape a debate that will air tonight at 8.

Rogovoy Report 6/15/18

Jun 15, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include psychedelic chamber pop, classic rock, theater, dance, and a whole lot more.

Western Electric Model 5302 telephone
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Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 15, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, June 15, 2018.


22 months of negotiations, one strike, and two strike threats later, Berkshire Medical Center has reached a tentative contract agreement with its unionized nurses.

Later this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host the first in a series of regional meetings on PFAS contamination in Exeter, New Hampshire. It follows a summit in Washington, D.C. in May.

Bills are stacking up on Beacon Hill as the Massachusetts Legislature prepares to make its typical rush to the July 31st finish line of the two-year legislative session.  Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and the Democratic-dominated legislature seem to be in general agreement on their priorities. 

Berkshire DA Caccaviello Talks Campaign, Capeless

Jun 14, 2018

Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello has been on the campaign trail since May 3rd, about six weeks after he was appointed to fill the position of David Capeless, who left office on March 15th after a surprise retirement at the beginning of that month. Since he announced his intentions to run for the seat, he’s debated his two challengers in the Democratic primary, Andrea Harrington and Judith Knight. During the early days of the race, an article in Commonwealth Magazine revealed Capeless’s collaboration with Republican Governor Charlie Baker’s administration that propelled Caccaviello to the top of Berkshire law enforcement ahead of the 2018 election. Caccaviello spoke with WAMC Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes about the campaign so far, and about when he first learned about Capeless’s plans to leave office.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 14, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, June 14, 2018.

UVM Medical Center main entrance
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont’s largest hospital could experience its first ever nurses’ strike if a contract agreement is not reached by July 9th.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A Siena college poll finds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is securely ahead of his challengers, Democrat Cynthia Nixon and Republican Marc Molinaro in his reelection bid. Meanwhile, Cuomo is using some of his substantial $30 million campaign war chest to promote an anti-gun violence measure.


    Under the terms of a tentative contract agreement, Springfield could be the first large city in Massachusetts where police officers are outfitted with body-worn cameras.  

The factors behind the agenda are all too visible.

First, President Trump is committed to a North Korea without nuclear weapons, albeit some backsliding on the matter may be in the discussion, particularly the time-table.

Paul Caiano

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

NYSDOT Commissioner Paul Karas and other officials
WAMC Elizabeth Hill

State officials are outlining efforts to increase pedestrian safety across New York.

Gov. Charlie Baker with federal, state and local officials at Springfield's Union Station announced new passenger rail initiatives for western Massachusetts.

     Two initiatives are underway to bring more passenger train service to western Massachusetts. Officials predict it will strengthen the region’s economy by providing connections to large metro areas. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting Vermonters to attend a regional summit on unregulated PFAS chemicals later this month in New Hampshire.

Five months before Election Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is looking strong to win a third term, according to the latest Siena poll released this morning.

Pittsfield Council Approves $160M Budget

Jun 13, 2018
Josh Landes

Pittsfield’s city council passed the mayor’s budget proposal for the fiscal year starting July 1st at last night’s meeting.

In recent days the President and some of his attorneys have asserted that the President can pardon himself in the Department of Justice’s ongoing obstruction of justice investigation.  These statements are immediately followed by a qualification that the President has done nothing wrong, and therefore, does not need to pardon himself.  Constitutional scholars are torn on the extent of the President’s pardon powers as to him or herself, and whether or not the President can be indicted.