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

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski
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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.

Judith Enck of the EPA
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

At Tuesday's state Senate hearing on the water contamination in Hoosick Falls, the federal EPA came in for criticism from some state officials who blamed the agency for failing to lead, and from some lawmakers who said they were disappointed the EPA did not send a representative to the hearing. For a response, WAMC News spoke Wednesday with District 2 Regional Administrator for the EPA, Judith Enck.

PITTSFIELD, MA. - “Tribes” is a powerful, thought-provoking drama about the sense of belonging, the need to communicate and the frustration that can accompany a moment of self-discovery.

Fire Engulfs Gap Building In Fishkill

Aug 30, 2016
Courtesy of Dutchess County government

A fire that broke out Monday night at the Gap Distribution Center in Dutchess County was still not fully under control early this morning. Meanwhile, state and county officials are discussing plans for the displaced workers. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Forecast

Aug 30, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Cainao delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, right, with Berkshire Mountain Distillers CEO Chris Weld in Sheffield.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Craft is finding its way into many beverage industries nowadays…and also into some bottles. And a Berkshire business is looking to drink up the benefits.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 29, 2016

WNYT's Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summar for Aug. 29, 2016.

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It's state fair time, and the largest agricultural fair in the Northeast, The Big E, is marking its centennial this year.

The 100th edition opens September 16th at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts.   

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Eugene Cassidy, the CEO of the Big E.

It's time to put the spotlight on our listeners. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 26, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, August 26, 2016.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

An ethics bill New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says will increase accountability and transparency was signed into law Wednesday. But good-government groups say the measure is just a band-aid on chronic corruption in Albany.

Patrick Garrett/WAMC

The Mid-Summer Derby returns to Saratoga on Saturday. The day punctuated by the 147th running of the Travers Stakes promises to draw visitors to Saratoga Race Course from across the Capital Region and around the world.

Sean Philpott-Jones: How To Die In California

Aug 25, 2016

Late last month, Betsy Davis died at her home in Ojai, California. The 41-year-old performance artist was suffering from ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which had already robbed her of the ability to stand, to walk, and to speak clearly. Facing the prospect of a slow and lingering death as she lost her capacity to move, to eat and, eventually, to breathe, Ms. Davis took her own life by taking a lethal dose of barbiturates.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 25, 2016

  Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, August 25, 2016.

Facebook: Howard Dean

Former Vermont governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean will be in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Sunday for a talk on America’s future. The Democrat plans to discuss this year’s national elections and more. Dean, a Hillary Clinton supporter, spoke with WAMC about the generation of Americans born after 1980 and their influence on the country.

Gary Johnson (left) and Bill Weld at Burlington rally
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and his running mate, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, held their first rally in Vermont Wednesday evening.  Several hundred people gathered in Burlington to support or learn about the third party ticket.

Herbert London: The Turkish-Russian Detente

Aug 24, 2016

The world is spinning on its axis very quickly. Conditions that seem to define world affairs yesterday are hopelessly out of date today. There was a time only a couple of years ago when President Obama called Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan his closest friend on the world stage. Erdogan was perceived as a loyal member of NATO and an enemy of Russian’s imperial ambitions in the Middle East. Moreover, Erdogan was devoted to the ouster of Syrian president Bashar Assad, a stance that put him in direct opposition to the Russian strategy. In fact, tensions reached the point of actual conflict when a Russian fighter jet was shot down by Turkish forces near the Syrian border.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 24, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

Hundreds of adult spiny waterfleas clumped together on fishing line.
Emily DeBolt / Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

It’s a small creature about the width of your pinky, averaging 1/4 to 5/8 of an inch long.  But it has the potential to wreak havoc in the region’s lakes.  The spiny waterflea began spreading into Adirondack lakes in 2008 and was confirmed in Lake Champlain in 2014.  This month, an angler found the invasive zooplankton while fishing in what was considered to be the largest invasive-free lake in the Adirondacks.

Diocese of Springfield

The much anticipated plans have been announced for building a new regional Catholic high school in western Massachusetts.

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The North Adams Ambulance Service and a community organization are partnering to offer overdose reversal training.

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