Midday Magazine

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WAMC's award-winning daily news magazine show brings the listener the latest in local, national and world news. Join Brian Shields each weekday for the very latest.

The work of the WAMC News Team is combined each day with news and features from the BBC, The Innovation Trail, and Stardate. You can also get a regional weather forecast from Paul Caiano.

The listener also can hear commentaries offered by a range of commentators who span the political spectrum such as former New York Common Cause leader Paul Elisha, former Republican Comptroller candidate Herb London, Professor of International History and Politics Steven Leibo, as well as WAMC's own political observer Alan Chartock. Highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line are usually aired on Friday's edition of Midday Magazine.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 20, 2015

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, November 20, 2015.

Troy 2016 Budget Impasse

Nov 20, 2015

The Troy city council is at an impasse over the 2016 budget, which calls for a 9.3 percent tax hike. The deadline is getting closer by the day.

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Kate Drew Miller

An art and architecture exhibit on view in Pittsfield is a sneak peak at a summer project that aims to reinvigorate the area’s rich literary history.

As always, there are plenty of major issues for the New York state legislature to tackle when it returns to Albany in January. Republican state Senator Betty Little represents the 45th district, which stretches north from Queensbury to the Canadian border and west from the Vermont border into St. Lawrence County.  While in Plattsburgh this week, Senator Little discussed a number of issues with WAMC North Country  Bureau Chief Pat Bradley, including Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan’s decision not to hold a special session to act on a chief judge.

Earlier this week, troubled actor Charlie Sheen announced that he is HIV positive. Charlie now joins the 1 million Americans and nearly 40 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS. He also joins a small list of celebrities -- NBA star Earvin "Magic" Johnson, professional tennis player Arthur Ashe, Olympic diver Greg Louganis, fellow actor Danny Pintauro, and a handful of others -- who have gone public with their diagnoses.

Marc Edelman
Marc Edelman

What is gambling? It would seem that question would bring an easy answer, but not so as far as the legal fight over daily fantasy sports is concerned. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has gone to court to shut down the sites operated by DraftKings and FanDuel, contending they are gambling and violate state law. The companies say they are games of skill, not gambling. For more on the legal arguments we spoke with Marc Edelman, an associate professor of law at Baruch College. Edelman specializes in sports and gambling law.

New York's attorney general has accused an upstate school district of discriminating against older immigrant students by steering them into dead-end programs.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 19, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, November 19, 2015.

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Jim Levulis / WAMC

Kinder Morgan is expected to file its formal application for a 400-plus mile pipeline across the Northeast with the federal government in the coming days. Nine new compressor stations including ones in Nassau, New York in Rensselaer County and Windsor, Massachusetts are being proposed as part of the Northeast Energy Direct project.

Bicycle enthusiasts are pressing for the upcoming "Road Diet" recommended for Albany's busy Madison Avenue to include protected bike lanes.