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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.

The nation’s former top intelligence official spoke Wednesday at Utica College. Retired Admiral Mike McConnell told students that the United States is a nation at risk. More from Nate Bridge with the New York Reporting Project at Utica College.

Herbert London: Bergdahl And President Obama

Nov 1, 2017

The admission is in; the sentence awaits us. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl admitted deserting his Afghan post and endangering fellow troops. By all accounts this is the most serious betrayal of presidential authority in my life time.

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A Capital Region native is back from Saint Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands after riding out not one, but two hurricanes. Kinderhook, NY native K.J. Nelson spoke to WAMC News today from Plymouth, Massachusetts where his wife will stay for her pregnancy. He returned ten days ago from Saint Thomas and plans to return there Thursday.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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

The seal of the the city of North Adams, Massachusetts
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With the vote set for next week, the two candidates for mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts sparred over education, state funding and city investments during a debate Monday night. 

In a week, we will be voting to decide whether to call a constitutional convention for the State of New York. The powers of the Convention would be wide open. Before going further, it is important to look at the provisions for calling the Convention:

Andrew Pallotta: Redefining What Is Union Work

Oct 31, 2017

What do you think about when you hear the term “union work?”

Cohen Reflects On Reporting Trip To Puerto Rico

Oct 31, 2017
 A team of Connecticut veterans and volunteers -- self-described as the Puerto Rican "water dogs" -- pumps water from a river in Salinas, Puerto Rico through a mobile filtration and purification system for residents there to drink.
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The images of the destruction in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria don't always show the human side of the loss, the struggle and the recovery on the island. Jeff Cohen is news director at WNPR public radio in Hartford, Ct. He recently returned from an assignment in Puerto Rico, and says some parts of the island had more damage than others.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 31, 2017
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WNYT

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

Burlington City Council 10-30-17
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Meeting last night, the Burlington City Council was scheduled to decide which of two bidders for the city’s municipally owned cable and internet provider would be the finalist to buy Burlington Telecom.  But after some  twists the panel postponed the vote.

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   Pentagon budget cuts have affected the Westover Air Force Reserve Base for the last several years, but its economic impact in western Massachusetts remains strong.

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Sunday marked the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which hit New York City, the lower Hudson Valley and devastated much of Long Island. And now portions of the Northeast are addressing power outages and flooding following a storm that also hit overnight beginning October 29. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a look at improvements made since Sandy.

Rob Edelman: History Comes Alive

Oct 30, 2017

Documentaries come in a range of forms and shapes, and serve a host of purposes. Some of the more absorbing and overlooked highlight images that are nothing more than records of certain aspects of history. Two representative examples may be seen and appreciated on DVD. The first involves arctic exploration, and its title tells all. It is: VISITING WITH THE ESKIMOS OF THE FAR NORTH: SIX HISTORIC FILMS OF GREENLAND BY DONALD B. MACMILLAN, and it was produced by The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, located at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 30, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, October 30, 2017.

National Grid outage map at 11:25 a.m. Monday
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A severe storm packing hurricane force wind gusts and soaking rain swept through the Northeast early Monday, knocking out power for more than 1.2 million and forcing hundreds of schools to close in New England.

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One-third of Vermonters woke up today without electricity, according to Vermont’s largest utility. It may be the end of the week before power is restored to the 45,000 homes and businesses across the state that have lost power.

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Opposition to the Trump administration dominated the conversation at Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey’s town hall in Pittsfield Sunday.

David Nightingale: A Few Pet Peeves

Oct 29, 2017

Let's get away from trumpitudes and politics for a moment. This essay is about brights, loud ads, passwords, and 'unavailable'.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for October 29, 2017.

Utica College Students Rebuilding Houston

Oct 29, 2017
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Earlier this month a group of mostly construction management students and professors from Utica College loaded up their toolboxes and headed to Texas, to help out people whose homes were flooded by Hurricane Harvey. They spent several long days hard at work.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Tea For Town

Oct 28, 2017
Carrie Chen conducting a Chinese tea ceremony at Casana Tea House in Hillsdale,NY
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Hillsdale, New York probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind as the setting for a Chinese tea ceremony. But Hillsdale is happening.

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WNYT

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for October 28, 2017.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a conference call with California Governor Jerry Brown Friday, singled out two New York GOP Congressmen for criticism, after they voted for a budget measure that clears the way for a vote on the GOP plan to overhaul the tax system.

Democrats Rebuke Votes For GOP Budget Bill

Oct 27, 2017
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Democratic congressional members along with top New York state elected officials are blasting the Republican budget bill that narrowly passed the House Thursday. The bill paves the way for a GOP tax plan that the Democrats say would decimate New York’s finances and negatively impact middle-class homeowners.

Rogovoy Report 10/27/17

Oct 27, 2017

The weekend highlights in our region include experimental performance; two tributes to the heyday of psychedelic rock; a film festival; folk music; chamber music, and a whole lot more.

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It's time to for our listeners to weigh in.  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 27, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, October 27, 2017.

Supporters and opponents of a plan to change the governing structure of Saratoga Springs debated Thursday night, less than two weeks before voters weigh in.

The New York state Capitol
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New York’s leaders are continuing to struggle with actions in Congress on the federal budget and tax overhaul that could adversely affect the state’s finances.

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          The largest brownfields mill redevelopment in New England is said to be ahead of schedule. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker visited the project in Ludlow Thursday.

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