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.

NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Karen DeWitt

The New York Assembly moved Monday to establish New York as a sanctuary state, but the measure faces an uncertain future in the State Senate.

Blair Horner: The Trump Administration And New York

Feb 6, 2017

The public focus on policymaking at the state Capitol has taken a backseat to the actions of the Trump Administration.  Almost from the minute the new President was inaugurated, his nonstop, frantic pace has captured the nation’s attention.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 6, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, February 6, 2017.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Ever since crews broke ground on the old Alco site last spring, the burgeoning Rivers Casino has been in the headlines.  Schenectady is bracing for an influx of visitors for Wednesday's grand opening...

Rob Edelman: Speed Sisters

Feb 6, 2017

SPEED SISTERS, an eye-opening documentary that has just been released theatrically here in the U.S., opens with a familiar sight... if you are a racing fan. Drivers rev their engines, just before maneuvering their vehicles onto a racetrack. But there is something different here, something unusual and, to my mind, something extra-special. The drivers all are female, and they are Palestinian.

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WAMC

A recent report puts a price tag on repairs required to local water systems in Massachusetts.  It also adds to a national political issue because President Donald Trump has promised to make a massive investment in infrastructure. 

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.

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