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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.

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     Homeless veterans can now apply to rent a studio apartment in a new building next to a veterans outreach center in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The complex is the culmination of years of work by a Vietnam War veteran who has dedicated his life to helping fellow veterans.

Colin Read (left) and James Calnon
Candidates' Facebook pages

The city of Plattsburgh will have a new mayor in January.  Local businessman and SUNY Plattsburgh Professor of Economics Colin Read won election to Plattsburgh’s top office, unseating incumbent Independent Republican-endorsed James Calnon. But the current officeholder doesn’t plan to concede until all the absentee ballots are counted.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

After learning in May of PFOS drinking water contamination, the New York state Department of Health began a blood testing program this month in Newburgh. And a Hudson Valley congressman is among those who have had their blood drawn. 

Lucas Willard / WAMC

At the first economic outlook summit hosted by the Saratoga Prosperity Partnership, 20th District Congressman Paul Tonko and Albany-area economist Hugh Johnson appeared as keynote speakers.

Press, Trump Enter New Era Together

Nov 10, 2016
Prof. David Rubin
Prof. David Rubin

How did the press perform during the presidential campaign, and what will the media landscape look like under President-elect Trump? The complaints against he press include covering style over substance, not enough fact-checking, too many polls, not enough on the issues and too much on the personalities and the candidates' controversy of the day. David Rubin is a professor and dean emeritus of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. As for poll-driven reporting, Prof. Rubin says it depends on how those numbers are used.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 10, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, November 10, 2016.

Democrat Zephyr Teachout
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democrat Zephyr Teachout attributed her loss in the race for New York’s 19th Congressional district in great part to SuperPAC money in support of her Republican opponent John Faso. She vowed to continue fighting for democracy.

For those who follow popular culture, the slide into debasement is palpable. From the f-bomb to pornographic exposure, America has become the land of anything goes. The once provincial, laced up nation, challenged by the liberal view of expression, has lost. Victorian notions of modesty are as outmoded as horse-drawn plows.

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WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A race that was closely-watched nationwide, expected to be a squeaker for the winner, ended up an easy victory for Republican John Faso.

Vermont governor-elect Phil Scott
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Outgoing Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will be replaced by his current Lieutenant Governor in January.  Republican Phil Scott handily won the race for the state’s top office against his Democratic challenger.

The logo of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol
Facebook: Massachusetts Marijuana Initiative 2016

    Massachusetts voters Tuesday legalized marijuana for recreational use by adults, and soundly rejected a proposed expansion of charter schools in two of the most watched and hotly contested ballot referendums.

Adam Hinds celebrates his election to the Massachusetts State Senate Tuesday night in Pittsfield.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Voters in western Massachusetts are sticking with Democrats in the State House. Adam Hinds cruised to victory in the race to replace retiring Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing. Hinds, a Democrat, beat Republican Christine Canning by a roughly 70 to 30 split.

Voter Protection Efforts Are In Place

Nov 8, 2016
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Various organizations in New York have voter protection operations in place for Election Day.  So far, problems at the polls, especially in the New York City area, are being described as routine.

Bill Owens: A New Game Plan For Jobs

Nov 8, 2016

On a recent Saturday morning I was catching up on some reading and happened across an article by Eric Levits in the Daily Intelligencia chronicling a recent speech given by Janet Yellen.  And that same day in the New York Times there appeared an article about “cleaner” Wal-Mart stores (that’s not the real story).

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

Entergy Nuclear announced this morning it has reached a deal to sell the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vernon, which closed in 2014, to a company that specializes in decommissioning industrial and nuclear plants.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 8, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

When Troy Mayor Patrick Madden released his 2017 budget proposal in early October, it came with a hefty 28.2 percent property tax hike and a 17.5 percent sewer rate increase. With city officials divided over the spending plan, the New York state Comptroller has weighed in.

New York is poised to elect Hillary Clinton for president and give Chuck Schumer a fourth term as U.S. Senator, but down ballot races for Congress and state Senate are less certain.

Democrat Billy Jones (left) and Republican Kevin Mulverhill
Candidates' Facebook pages

In May, New York state Assemblywoman Janet Duprey announced that she would retire from the 115th district seat.  The two individuals seeking to replace her in the multi-county district are from Franklin County.

Rob Edelman: Arrival

Nov 7, 2016

These days, so many science fiction films either dazzle viewers with special effects or terrify them with doomsday-laden end-of-the-world scenarios. So it is a happy surprise to find one that is genuinely intelligent, emotionally powerful-- and one of the best films of the year. Such a film is ARRIVAL, directed by Denis Villeneuve, which presently is arriving in movie theaters.

amedore niccoli
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The race for New York’s 46th state Senate district pits Republican Senator George Amedore against Democratic hopeful Sara Niccoli.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 7, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, November 7, 2016.

The most competitive and expensive campaign in Massachusetts this election year has been over a ballot question.  Opponents and proponents of charter schools have spent months canvassing door-to-door and waged an air war of competing ads.

If Question 2 passes, it would allow for up to 12 new charter schools per year to open in Massachusetts.  Charter schools, which were first authorized in Massachusetts in 1993, are publicly funded, overseen by state education officials, and can function independently of local school districts.

Terry Gipson Aims To Retake A NYS Senate Seat

Nov 4, 2016

Democrat Terry Gipson wants his seat back in the 41st New York state Senate district and it’s a rematch. The former one-term senator is running against Republican Senator Sue Serino for the seat that covers most of Dutchess County and part of Putnam County. Gipson spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about why he wants another shot. 

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BTV Ignite

The city of Burlington is showcasing its technology sector this week.  It’s a concerted effort to update the region’s image and call attention to Burlington’s position as one of the top 100 locations in the nation for tech business startups.

There were a lot of comments about the election and our coverage of the election this week.  Here are this week's highlights from WAMC Listener Comment Line.

Champlain College "Flight" At Burlington International Airport
Pat Bradley/WAMC

There are two new interactive displays at the Burlington International Airport.  Designed and installed by students at Champlain College the intent is to showcase the city’s growing tech sector.

Lisa Frisch
Lisa Frisch

Attorneys who volunteer their time to help those who cannot afford a lawyer are being honored today. The Legal Project is holding its pro bono awards luncheon in Latham. Lisa Frisch is the executive director of The Legal Project, a non-profit that began 21 years ago to provide free and low-cost legal advise for those in need of help in family court, in cases of domestic violence and those facing foreclosure.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 4, 2016
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, November 4, 2016.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The makeup of New York state Senate hangs in the balance this year. It’s currently led by Republicans and a coalition of breakaway Democrats.

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