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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

Saratoga Performing Arts Center has just announced the lineup for its summer season. The Philadelphia Orchestra, New York City Ballet, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center are all returning for their summer residencies this year.

Pipeline opponents rallied outside Berkshire Superior Court in Pittsfield, Massachusetts for a hearing on the land access in April 2016.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

On Monday representatives of the state of Massachusetts and Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company will meet in Berkshire Superior Court to discuss a proposed settlement for the Connecticut Expansion Project

Ralph Gardner Jr: Mary Tyler Moore And Rich Conaty

Feb 4, 2017
Mary Tyler Moore
Alan Light / Wikimedia Commons

Sometimes you don’t understand what a person meant to you until he or she is gone.

Karen DeWitt and NY State Senator John Flanagan
Matt Ryan / New York Now

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to pass a constitutional amendment enshrining the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 abortion decision Roe versus Wade into New York’s constitution, is not gaining much traction in the State Senate.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for Februrary 4, 2017.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

First-term Troy Mayor Patrick Madden reflected on his first year in office and was optimistic about the future during his State of the City address last night.

Rogovoy Report 2/3/17

Feb 3, 2017

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include a jazz-funk party; chamber music, Gypsy punk; an orchestral concert; new art exhibitions, and a whole lot more.

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

James Burton
Boston Symphony Orhestra

There is a new conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. James Burton will also assume the new position of Choral Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 3, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, February 3, 2017.

"We stand for the JCC because the JCC is us and we are the JCC. This city will not tolerate hate. " ~ Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

In recent days, two separate bomb threats, both unfounded, have been called into the Albany Jewish Community Center. Activists and religious leaders, government officials, concerned citizens and neighbors gathered early Thursday evening on the grounds of the Whitehall Road facility in a show of solidarity.

A delegation delivered a letter to the office of the Springfield mayor Thursday. It was signed by 14 people representing community, faith-based, and labor organizations including Arise for Social Justice, Catholic Charities, the NAACP, and the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council. It requested a meeting with Sarno be scheduled for Monday, and called on him to issue an executive order that would bar the local police from cooperating with federal authorities to identify and detain undocumented immigrants.

Refugee Family Gets Settled In The Hudson Valley

Feb 2, 2017

The first family under a refugee resettlement program in the mid-Hudson Valley has arrived. The Congolese family landed at JFK Airport this week amid President Trump’s travel ban. Members of the welcome team said they held their breath until the family made it through customs.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As workers put finishing touches on a $330 million project that turned a Schenectady brownfield into a resort, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas joined other members of the media for a sneak peek at the area's new casino — just one week before the grand opening.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 2, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, February 2, 2017.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is testing for toxic chemicals in homes surrounding a former drycleaners site in Ballston Spa.

Vermont Conservation Voters Common Agenda 2017 cover page
Vermont Conservation Voters

Vermont Conservation Voters is an organization that works to elect environmentally minded individuals and advocates for environmental policy.  It works each year with a coalition of 10 groups to create a Common Agenda of environmental priorities to present to lawmakers each session. The 2017 agenda, which focuses on toxic chemicals and renewable energy policy, was released this week at the Statehouse.  Vermont Conservation Voters Political Director Lauren Hierl says as the agenda is crafted, pressing issues become clear.

In his book The Open Society and Its Enemies Karl Popper, as an advocate of tolerance, argued that intolerance should not be tolerated, for if tolerance allowed intolerance to succeed, tolerance itself would be threatened. As Popper put it, “Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance.”

Albany leaders say the city is working hard to provide affordable housing to both owners and renters. Efforts to continue along that path are being supported by various agencies, including the Albany County Land Bank.

Rockland County is one of six New York recipients of a state grant to encourage breastfeeding. The grant will help the county house the Hudson Valley’s first Baby Café, which is slated to be up and running by the end of the year.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 1, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

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Burlington Electric Department

Two energy providers in Burlington are expanding an energy efficiency program to homeowners.

       President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is getting a lot of scrutiny today.

Bill Owens: Health Care Reform Or Chaos?

Jan 31, 2017

Let me begin by saying that I cannot comprehend the impact that the loss of health insurance will have for nearly 20 million Americans.  It will be a financial, health and psychological tsunami for our families, friends and neighbors.

Albany Law's Bonventre Previews New Supreme Court

Jan 31, 2017
Prof. Vincent Bonventre
Albany Law

President Donald Trump will announce his nominee for the Supreme Court this evening, setting up what could be a contentious hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, depending on the choice to fill the vacancy left bt the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Albany Law School Prof. Vincent Bonventre says abortion remains the litmus test for the nominee, for both the right and the left.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 31, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

NYS Legislature

Keeping with tradition, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other local officials headed to the state capitol in Albany Monday.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch (right) discusses presidential executive order on immigration with Vermont ACLU Executive Director James Lyall (left)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The debate over the constitutionality of President Trump’s immigration Executive Order flared last night when the acting Attorney General of the United States was fired after refusing to enforce the mandate.  The debate between the Justice Department and the White House was occurring as Congressional Democrats gathered in front of the Supreme Court to protest what New York Senator Charles Schumer called an “inhumane” order.  Among them was Vermont Representative Peter Welch, who earlier in the day was in Burlington condemning the president’s actions.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen delivered her annual State of the City address Monday evening. But before diving into her speech, the second-term Democrat took time to comment on national politics.

      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, during his State of the Commonwealth Address a week ago, touted a new education model called “school empowerment zones.” 

         The only one of its kind is in Springfield where the city’s nine middle schools operate in an Empowerment Zone Partnership. 

        WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Chris Gabrieli, who chairs the independent board that oversees the schools.

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