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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.

Events are planned in Albany this evening to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the arrests of Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain, who were convicted of terrorism following an FBI sting. 

Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts
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The Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge was recently ranked as the ninth best psychiatric hospital in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Massachusetts General Hospital, Yale-New Haven Hospital and Harvard Medical School affiliate McLean Hospital are among the top 10.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 4, 2016

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, August 4, 2016.

Christopher Bohlmann
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During the Farnborough International Air Show near London in July, Norsk Titanium confirmed that Plattsburgh had been selected as the location for the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components.  The company plans to invest $1 billion during the first 10 years of operations.  The Norwegian company hired Senior Vice President Operations Christopher Bohlmann to lead the establishment of the manufacturing plant.  He was in Plattsburgh this week to participate in a workforce development forum and spoke about the company’s plans.

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Beside the famed Saratoga Race Course, the backstretch is always busy. Working for the trainers, grooms, blacksmiths, and others spend long days with the horses in between training rides and races. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 3, 2016

  Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, August 2, 2016.  

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Massachusetts marks a milestone of sorts today in the availability of medical marijuana. The first dispensary in the city of Boston is scheduled to open.

Nick Cave's "Until" is set to open October 15 at MASS MoCA.
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The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art announced Wednesday what pieces of art will fill its galleries and who will take over its stages this fall.

GLENS FALLS-   “Home” is a musical about loss.   It’s about the loss of a mother and the loss of a childhood.  The musical, which is being given its world premiere at Adirondack Theatre Festival in Glens Falls, is a superb production of very disturbing material.   At its heart it questions if unworthy parents are entitled to love from those whom they unconsciously harmed.  In other worlds, it questions the essence of love.

Donald Trump campaigns in Plattsburgh April 2016
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Over the weekend, the Trump presidential campaign tentatively scheduled a return visit to Plattsburgh.  But shortly after contracts were finalized the event was postponed.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 2, 2016

  Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, August 2, 2016.  

Dakin Humane Society

An experienced leader in the animal welfare field has been hired as the new executive director at the Dakin Humane Society in the Pioneer Valley.  

Carmine  DiCenso started his new job at the organization Monday. He sat down Tuesday for an interview with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

Director of Planning for the City of Albany, Christopher Spencer listening to the discussion from the table sessions.
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Plans are forging ahead on two multi-million dollar projects to remake the University at Albany’s downtown campus corridor and the city’s Palace Theatre.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin marks the lifting of Pownal's "Do Not Drink" order August 1, 2016.
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says the state is looking to identify a new water source in Pownal after lifting a Do Not Drink order put in place because of chemical contamination.

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo
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Immediately following the mass killing of police officers in Dallas, Burlington, Vermont Police Chief Brandon del Pozo wrote impassioned comments on his personal Facebook page calling for “the cycles of violence and hate” to stop and for everyone to be a part of the solution.  The comments got national attention as the country once again grappled with a simmering debate over the role of police in our communities.

Del Pozo was hired as Burlington’s police chief last September.  He previously served in the New York City Police Department and during that time he spent two years as an Intelligence Officer for the NYPD in the Middle East.  He is an advocate of community policing and explains how the Burlington department is implementing President Obama’s 21st Century Policing recommendations.

When one thinks of Humphrey Bogart, one thinks of "The Maltese Falcon", "The African Queen", "The Treasure of The Sierra Madre", and, of course, "Casablanca". However, one worthy film starring Bogie has finally become available on home entertainment. It is titled "Deadline - U.S.A" , it dates from 1952 and, while admittedly not of the caliber of a "The Maltese Falcon" or "Casablanca", it is a fine film that for one reason or another is too little-known.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Aug 1, 2016

 

 Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, August 1, 2016.

The Massachusetts State House
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Massachusetts lawmakers worked late into the night Sunday to hammer out legislation and send it to the governor before their session wrapped up.

        The Massachusetts Gaming Commission this week is highlighting its efforts to combat problem gambling.

         A number of events and promotions are planned as part of Responsible Gaming Education Week.

         The informational and outreach efforts will focus on a voluntary bet-limiting system called “Play My Way” that was introduced two months ago at Plainridge Park, the only operating casino in Massachusetts.  

Listener Essay- The Lovings And Why Race Matters

Jul 30, 2016

 

"Almighty God created the races… and he placed them on separate continents. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix."

These were the very words used by a judge in Virginia in 1965 to defend the US state's segregation laws that prohibited interracial unions.

The DNC, gun laws, and radio mores: Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. The WAMC Listener Comment Line is always open and always a free call. 800-695-9170.

Rogovoy Report For 7/29/16

Jul 29, 2016

The weekend’s cultural highlights in the region include cutting-edge dance; new and old music; a musical revival getting rave reviews; comedy; opera, and a whole lot more.

Listener Essay - Summertime In Spain

Jul 29, 2016

In the elegant beach town of San Sebastian, I found myself with a warm late spring afternoon free to take in the city by foot. It was the last Saturday of May and the whole city was alive. It’s as if all one hundred and eighty thousand residents were in the streets dancing, singing and watching dancers and singers. The beaches were packed, one with fotballers and bathers, the other with surfers and kite boarders, and both had pet dogs running wild with the children on the sand.

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Do you have a criminal record? That can be a daunting question for a job seeker. Some Albany County legislators are taking steps to eliminate that query from county job application forms.

After almost 30 years with the Springfield Regional Chamber, the last five as president, Jeff Ciuffreda is retiring. 

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Rutland’s mayor is proposing forming a "Resettlement Cabinet" to advise him on the process of bringing 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to the city.  It’s a move that many hope will bridge a city increasingly divided over the issue.

Paul Caiano's WAMC Midday Regional Forecast

Jul 29, 2016

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for July 29, 2016.

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The Democratic National Convention has wrapped up in Philadelphia. Hillary Clinton accepted the presidential nomination last night and faces Republican Donald Trump in November. Clinton supporters were joined by those backing Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders during the four-day convention — many of them vocal.

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A New York State Senator from the Hudson Valley is running unopposed in November, but an Orange County activist is looking to change that.

Sean Philpott-Jones: The Invisible Woman

Jul 28, 2016

As I watched the opening days of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, I was struck by the stark contrast in tone between it and last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

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