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.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Earlier this year, residents of the southern Saratoga County town of Clifton Park rejected a sale of public land to a local developer. Several months later, town officials have announced a tentative purchase agreement that dedicate the 34 acres to parkland and open space.

JD Allen / WAMC

The field of mayoral candidates in North Adams, Massachusetts has been pared from five to two. 

Office of NYS Senator David Carlucci

Following the September 7 Equifax breach potentially affecting 143 million Americans — including 8 million in New York — a state senator from the Hudson Valley is introducing legislation to shift some of the power to consumers when it comes to credit reporting agencies.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

A small area of a Columbia County city has become a big concern for local residents.

Judith Enck: Climate Change And Hurricanes

Sep 19, 2017

There were just a few days between the time when Hurricane Harvey caused historic flooding in Texas and Louisiana and when Hurricane Irma slammed into the Carribean, Florida and Georgia.

Dan Shores
Facebook: Dan Shores

A Cape Cod resident who works in Boston as a patent and intellectual property attorney is running for the Republican nomination for Massachusetts attorney general. Dan Shores faces another attorney James McMahon for the Republican Party’s backing to take on the incumbent attorney general, Democrat Maura Healey. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 19, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

Burlington high school teachers on the picket line
Pat Bradley/WAMC

As a mediator calls the two sides together to try to resolve the Burlington, Vermont teachers’ strike, two Republican state lawmakers say they will introduce legislation to ban teachers’ strikes and imposed contracts.

Rob Edelman: Dupont’s Variete

Sep 18, 2017

Once upon a time, I was delighted to discover and savor a number of German silent films that date from the 1920s-- or, before the coming to power of Adolph Hitler. One of my favorites was VARIETE, released in 1925 and directed by E.A. Dupont. Across the years, all the other titles, from Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS to F.W. Murnau’s THE LAST LAUGH to Josef von Sternberg’s THE BLUE ANGEL, have been screened in a range of venues. But one was conspicuously missing, and that was VARIETE. Happily, however, Kino Classics recently released VARIETE to home entertainment in a beautifully restored print that was culled from several international sources, and it truly is a pleasure to re-see and rediscover.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

After 16 years leading the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Tad Ames will step down as the organization’s president at the end of 2017. Ames recently spoke with WAMC about his decision.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 18, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, September 18, 2017.

Burlington teachers on strike
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Burlington, Vermont’s 400 public school teachers are back on the picket line today after contract negotiations fell apart and a strike began last Thursday.

David Nightingale: Genghis Khan (~1160 - 1227 AD) (Temujin)

Sep 17, 2017
Portrait of Genghis Khan
Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

Imagine standing somewhere on the Great Wall of China and looking north. Before Russia there would be the Gobi desert, and Mongolia.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Summary

Sep 17, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for September 17, 2017.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Thinking Of Tortola

Sep 16, 2017
Photograph of Lambert Beach, Tortola
Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

My wife visited the British Virgin Islands in the late 1970’s, part of a crew to sail a boat back to New York City. Their departure was delayed several weeks, giving them a chance to get to know Tortola, the largest of the islands.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Summary

Sep 16, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for September 16, 2017.

Burlington teachers on strike
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The public school district in Vermont’s largest city cancelled classes and all activities Thursday as teachers began a Burlington School District-wide strike.

Proposed Legoland NY Moves Forward

Sep 15, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Goshen town board in Orange County has approved zoning changes necessary to move a proposed Legoland theme park forward. Thursday night’s approvals came following a packed and heated public hearing that lasted nearly three hours. 

Legoland New York’s head of community and project relations Phil Royle says town board approval is the last major hurdle for the $500 million project in Goshen.

Rogovoy Report 9/15/17

Sep 15, 2017

The weekend highlights in our region include music festivals; multimedia performances; literary readings; folk music; theater; and a whole lot more.

It's time to for our listeners to weigh in.  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

New York state Assemblyman Marc Butler, a Republican from the sprawling 118th District, will not run for re-election in 2018.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 15, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, September 15, 2017.

This is a picture of Pittsfield Mayor-Elect Linda Tyer.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The summer tourist season in Western Massachusetts is nearing an end. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen recently sat down with Mayor Linda Tyer, who says Pittsfield has shown growth, and predicts a busy shoulder season, too.

Plattsburgh city councilors consider tax cap override
Pat Bradley/WAMC

City officials in Plattsburgh held a public hearing Thursday night to discuss exceeding the state-mandated tax cap — and then they passed the 2018 budget.

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The Big E, the largest fair on the East Coast, is about to open its gates for the 2017 edition of the venerable agricultural fair.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

A project to transform a vacant lot in Troy’s bustling downtown has hit roadblocks once again.

So Donald Trump has tried to have it both ways. He is ending the DACA program, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy established by the President Obama in June 2012 because Congress had failed to pass the Dream Act. In 2010, a version of the Dream had passed the House of Representatives and came just five votes short of shutting off an anti-immigrant filibuster in the Senate. In other words, a minority of US Senators prevented this eminently reasonable proposal from becoming law.

People in Houston, Texas have begun the arduous work of cleaning and reconstructing the city as floodwaters from Harvey have receded.
Rossana Coto-Batres

People in and around Houston, Texas have begun the arduous work of cleaning and reconstructing the city as floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey have receded.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Albany’s Rossana Coto-Batres, who is working with immigrants on Harvey relief there.

Our kayak skims across Stockbridge Bowl.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Josh Billings Triathlon around southern Berkshire County, Massachusetts is celebrating its 41st year. The big race is September 17th. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with event organizer Patty Spector about the bike, paddle and foot race.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 14, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, September 14, 2017. 

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