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's Midday Forecast

Sep 9, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, September 9, 2016.

WAMC

The candidate who was backed by the longest-serving sheriff in western Massachusetts to be his successor won an overwhelming victory Thursday in a spirited Democratic primary.  But plans by a veteran state legislator to turn his Springfield seat over to his son were upended by voters.

Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman
Michael Cashman for Plattsburgh

At the Farnborough International Air show near London in July, Norway-based Norsk Titanium announced that it had selected Plattsburgh to build the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components.  New York state has approved a $125 million investment in the factory and SUNY Polytechnic is working with Norsk to establish production with specialized 3D machines.  
In part two of their interview, Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman says he is excited to see the first of the Rapid Plasma Deposition machines already moving into temporary facilities.  “I tweet a lot and I’ve been following Norsk and they just tweeted that their first piece of equipment is enroute to Plattsburgh. It’s just one more mile-marker in a very exciting journey for a first in the world type of company moving here to Plattsburgh.”

Adam Hinds
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Adam Hinds bested two fellow Democrats Thursday in the race for an open state Senate seat in western Massachusetts.

Confederate Flag merchandise at Schoharie County Fair
Zeyna Reifenheiser

Summer is coming to a close and the last of the fairs are wrapping up. Fairs are a family destination, with iconic food, rides and agricultural exhibits. But for some people, they’re not as family friendly as they could be. As WAMC News intern Zeyna Reifenheiser reports, the Confederate flag can be found at several of New York’s 50 fairs. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 8, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, September 8, 2016.

After more than 50 years in business, ITT Educational Services announced Tuesday that it is closing down all its campuses nationwide. This comes after the U.S. Department of Education banned it from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid, stating that ITT failed to meet its accreditor’s standards. The closure could be a boon for local community colleges.

Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman
Michael Cashman for Plattsburgh

Two mausoleums in the towns of Plattsburgh and Ellenburg that had been operated by the same nonprofit company ended up under state receivership in 2015 after reports of severe neglect and abandonment.  The state receivership of Whispering Maples Memorial Gardens will be transferred to the two towns at the end of the month.  Repair costs alone are estimated at $146,000.  Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman plans to join his Ellenburg counterpart next week in Albany to meet with officials.  He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief that state officials have failed to recognize the emotional fallout Whispering Maples has caused.  “I’m quite upset by the fact that New York State doesn’t take the time to understand the impact  that it has on the local level.”

Voters in Western Massachusetts are deciding which Democrat they want to send to the general election in the races for state senate and state representative on today’s rare Thursday primary.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 7, 2016

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

Wellspring Cooperative

       Plans are moving ahead to develop a worker cooperative commercial greenhouse in Springfield, Massachusetts.

       A site for it has been found, buyers lined up for the food that will be grown, and a direct public offering is being made to enlist investors for the project.  

               A public information session is taking in Springfield later today. 

       WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Fred Rose, Co-director of Wellspring Cooperative.

Fred Conyers is looking to become a Pittsfield firefigher.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer is recommending the city’s fire department hire a man who spent time in prison, against the wishes of some Pittsfield firefighters.

During aerial surveys of the state’s forests this summer, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation found evidence of the forest tent caterpillar in trees in northeastern Vermont.  Officials are concerned because the bug feeds on the sugar maple, a key agricultural industry of the state.

Bill Owens: Did We Forget Some Thing(s)?

Sep 6, 2016

The presidential campaign has taken some surprising twists and turns, no doubt, and this may yet turn out to be the most interesting of elections.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 6, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

Detour
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Water restrictions continue in Albany as work crews press on with repairs to the infrastructure where a sinkhole opened up along South Lake Avenue.

Rob Edelman: Woody Through The Years

Sep 5, 2016

CAFÉ SOCIETY is the kind of film that I might see, and moderately enjoy, and quickly forget. But this is not the case. The reason is that it is written and directed by Woody Allen. And Woody Allen’s films, whether they are classics or embarrassments or anything in between, always stick in my gut. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Orange County Thursday, urging the passage of nearly $2 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus. County officials joined him at Orange County Community College in Newburgh, supporting his call. 

Rogovoy Report For 9/2/16

Sep 2, 2016

The weekend’s cultural highlights in the region include the return of new-wave legends; the conclusion of a monthlong dance festival; a reggae legend, art openings; chamber music; and a whole lot more.

Our listeners had plenty to say this week. Here are highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 2, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, September 2, 2016.

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski
WAMC

Thousands are expected to gather in Rome Sunday for the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa, after which she will be known as Saint Mother Teresa. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, will celebrate the event by attending a mass at the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in the Berkshire County village of Housatonic Saturday.

The Port of Albany has become a critical component of the city’s revitalization.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state Senator from the Hudson Valley is calling on the Assembly to pass legislation to keep registered sex offenders from living near children. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 1, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says the plans are a demonstration of the growth the Palace is experiencing.
WAMC photo by Zeyna Reifenheiser

The city of Albany is awash in upgrades and expansion plans. And it's all good.

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The town of Great Barrington is urging residents to sign up for its new emergency notification system.

Herbert London: On Going Middle East Scenarios

Aug 31, 2016

With the ongoing love fest between Turkey and Russia, there are several interesting and dangerous scenarios emerging for the United States.

Republican State Senator Kathy Marchione presided over the marathon 10-hour session at Hoosick Falls Central School.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A long-awaited New York state Senate hearing on the fallout from PFOA-contaminated water was held Tuesday in Hoosick Falls. Officials and angry residents took to the microphone.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 31, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

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