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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.

Rob Edelman: Presidents And Movies, Part 2

May 16, 2016

Across the decades, a number of biopics about U.S. presidents have come out of Hollywood. And if fictional senators, mayors, or aldermen have understandably been depicted as liars and cheaters, most American presidents have been portrayed as American heroes. Such is the case with fictional chief executives and, as for the films spotlighting real presidents, most also have stressed the positive.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 16, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, May 16, 2016.

Dr. Bill Thomas
Twitter: @drbillthomas

In 2010, the number of people aged 65 and over surpassed the amount of school age children in Berkshire County. Currently 20 percent of the county’s 131,000 residents are 65 or older and it’s projected that will rise to roughly 29 percent by 2020.

David Nightingale: Politics 2016

May 15, 2016
Trump rouses crowd
Pat Bradley/WAMC

I am a registered Independent, and once in a while I cut out a political 'letter to the editor', or a commentary. Right now I have a little pile of such cuttings that I need to get rid of.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Once" At Proctors

May 14, 2016
Bristol Pomeroy, Jenn Chandler, Patricia Bartlett
Joan Marcus

SCHENECTADY -  “Once” is one of the most Irish musicals you will experience.  But some clarification is needed.  If you assume Irish as The Clancy Brothers or Riverdance think again.   “Once” is closer to the plays of Sean O’Casey and Brian Friel, or even the literature of James Joyce.

Rogovoy Report For 5/13/16

May 13, 2016

The cultural highlights in our region in coming days include a string quartet, a jazz concert, an art exhibit by a legendary rocker, a folk-rock jamband, and a whole lot more.

Pit bulls, the Pope, and Bernie Sanders are just some of the topics you talked about this week. Here are highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 13, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, May 13, 2016.

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The Saratoga County Water Authority’s action against General Electric began in 2011. Due to pollution of the Hudson River caused by GE’s PCB dredging operations, Saratoga County had to move its plant to the town of Moreau, in the northern portion of the county. Most of the population and customer base, however, is located in the southern portion of the county.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

City and state officials are celebrating the ceremonial groundbreaking of a new high school in Pittsfield Friday afternoon.

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More than a month after Rockland County residents were notified that too much of a certain chemical was detected in the drinking water, the legislature’s Environmental Committee held a panel Wednesday on the topic.

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York state Assemblywoman Janet Duprey announced her retirement Thursday morning after a 41-year political career, the last 10 in the Assembly. 

A Growing Movement: Restorative Justice In K-12 Schools

May 12, 2016
Paulina Phelps / WAMC

Schools all over the country are considering an alternative form of disciplining students called Restorative Justice, including in New York's Capital Region.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 12, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, May 12, 2016.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Clean water advocates in upstate New York have set their sights on keeping lead out of school drinking water. A coalition of New York public health, environment and healthy schools advocacy groups have banded together as they push state government leaders to take action.

The former North Adams Regional Hospital is now the Northern Berkshire campus of Berkshire Medical Center.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Members of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition are in Minnesota to share their experiences of rebuilding the region’s healthcare system following the sudden closure of North Adams Regional Hospital in 2014.

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The day after results from water samples at Ulster County facilities showed elevated levels of lead, Kingston city officials released their most recent water testing results. The tests show the problem is not at the source.

Herbert London: Trump Foreign Policy

May 11, 2016

Now that Trump is the presumptive Republican candidate for president, a review of his recent foreign policy position seems warranted. Trump played his presidential “part” well, to paraphrase his newly appointed aide, Charlie Manaford in a speech that was a serious attempt to articulate his foreign policy stance.

The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

For the first time in more than 20 years, The Berkshire Eagle is under local ownership after four investors with ties to the region purchased the paper from Digital First Media. WAMC sat down with The Eagle’s new president Fred Rutberg.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 11, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

With some neighboring communities grappling with PFOA, one Albany County city has tested its drinking water as a precautionary measure. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the tests came back safe to drink.

Governor Andrew Cuomo at Elk Lake
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an agreement Tuesday finalizing the purchase of 69,000 acres of land that will be added to the Adirondack forest preserve.

Massachusetts-based Friendly’s Ice Cream is selling its manufacturing and retail operations to the country’s largest dairy processor for $155 million in cash.  It is the latest chapter in the story of a company founded in western Massachusetts during the Great Depression.

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The law firm that filed a class-action lawsuit against two companies connected with water contamination in Hoosick Falls is now investigating a water contamination issue in Newburgh.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Clybourne Park"

May 10, 2016

One of the great treats for theater lovers is when the quality of a performance is equal to the excellence of the material.

SUNY Poly’s CEO Alain Kaloyeros is allegedly a key focus of an investigation by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office.
WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Federal forces have been peering over New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's shoulder, looking at the chief executive's dealings and contacts for any sign of possible conflicts-of-interest as well as unusual deals or agreements.  SUNY Polytechnic is also being investigated.

A just-released scientific study says imported forest pests such as the Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer are causing more than $2 billion in damages each year in the United States.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 10, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

Over the past 25 years, the exclusive and often elite atmosphere of private schools in New England has been shaken by lawsuits and allegations of sexual abuse. The Boston Globe's Spotlight team, the investigative unit that inspired the Oscar-winning movie of the same name for its coverage of Catholic clergy sex abuse, looked into the scandals in the private schools and on Sunday published its story on the front page. Jonathan Saltzman, one of the reporters who dug into the story, says many of those who were abused came forward because of Penn State, the Catholic Church and other high-profile cases.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich was in Orange County Saturday, joining with protestors in front of a power plant under construction. His visit came days after it was revealed that alleged ties between a former top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the plant’s permitting process are the subject of a federal probe.

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