Midday Magazine

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WAMC's award-winning daily news magazine show brings the listener the latest in local, national and world news. Join Brian Shields each weekday for the very latest.

The work of the WAMC News Team is combined each day with news and features from the BBC, The Innovation Trail, and Stardate. You can also get a regional weather forecast from Paul Caiano.

The listener also can hear commentaries offered by a range of commentators who span the political spectrum such as former New York Common Cause leader Paul Elisha, former Republican Comptroller candidate Herb London, Professor of International History and Politics Steven Leibo, as well as WAMC's own political observer Alan Chartock. Highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line are usually aired on Friday's edition of Midday Magazine.

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For nearly a decade, the Common Ground Alliance has held a one-day annual forum in the central Adirondacks.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has a wrap-up of Wednesday’s meeting in Long Lake.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 16, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, July 16, 2015.

@ernest4troy

With Mayor Lou Rosamilia deciding not to seek another term, the political scene in Troy is wide-open ahead of the fall elections. 32-year-old native Ernest Everett would like to see his beloved Troy make a big comeback. The Democrat announced his candidacy in Lansingburgh in the spring and believes he is the one who can unify the Collar City. Everett sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss his platform.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

An environmental organization known for its advocacy and work on the Hudson River is beginning work on the Mohawk. WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a step aboard Riverkeeper's floating laboratory on Wednesday...

On a dreary morning, Riverkeeper's boat, the R. Ian Fletcher, is docked along Amsterdam's Riverlink Park. Riverkeeper has begun been patrolling the Mohawk as it takes a snapshot of the river's water quality.

Riverkeeper Captain John Lipscomb said the Mohawk River has a somewhat dirty reputation.

Regreen Springfield

A new program about environmental awareness kicks off in western Massachusetts today. The US Forest Service along with the University of Massachusetts, the city of Springfield, and the nonprofit Regreen Springfield will hold a series of workshops to highlight the importance of trees, birds and water in urban neighborhoods.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with David Bloniarz, a researcher with the U.S. Forest Service.

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A new chapter of the NAACP held its inaugural public meeting last night in Vermont. The group is aiming for social justice in one of the nation’s whitest states.

Herbert London: Greece At The Front Of The E.U. Line

Jul 15, 2015

The Greek Population, or more than sixty percent of the population, voted “no” in the recent referendum, a position in opposition to austerity or any concession for the European Central Bank (ECB). Apparently Greeks love things just the way they are. Unfortunately, others in Europe—more specifically Germany—is unwilling to pay the bill for Greeks to retire in their fifties, receive disability payments for phantom ailments and conduct themselves so profligately that the debt has escalated to over 300 billion euros.

Dr. Kyle Kingsley Among Medical Marijuana Hopefuls

Jul 15, 2015

Despite complaints by some about a lack of public involvement and transparency in the process, New York is expected to soon issue licenses for medical marijuana operations in the state under the compassionate care act that allows use of the drug for certain medical conditions. One of the 43 applicants vying for five licenses to produce and distribute medical marijuana is Empire State Health Solutions, which has plans for a growing operation in Fulton County. Dr. Kyle Kingsley is with Empire State Health, whose sister company recently set up shop in Minnesota.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 15, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

ALBANY -   Last year Park Playhouse lost half its outdoor performances because of the rain. This year the audience cheers and applauds as the stage at the amphitheater in Albany’s Washington Park is pelted by a rain storm.

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