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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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Montgomery County Town of Palatine supervisor Sara Niccoli has kicked off a campaign to unseat Republican George Amedore  in New York’s 46th state Senate District.  The Democrat recently sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

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On Tuesday we learned that the Berkshires are now a part of the fictional world of Harry Potter. So why did author J.K. Rowling pick this region and what might it mean?

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Officials have had no luck tracking down antique wooden benches missing from Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts. So, now vocational school students may be enlisted to construct replicas to be included in the massive renovation of the historic transportation building.

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A federal agency is proposing to designate hundreds of miles of rivers and other water bodies across the Northeast as critical habitats for an endangered species. The proposal includes a large portion of the Hudson River to protect a species beloved to local environmental organizations — the Atlantic sturgeon.

Kevin Mulverhill (left) with Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
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The 115th New York state Assembly district has been represented by Republican Janet Duprey for a decade.  On May 12th  she startled her constituents when she announced that she would not seek reelection due to glaucoma.   Kevin Mulverhill, the Franklin County Sheriff, launched his campaign for the seat Wednesday in Plattsburgh.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The Marriage of Figaro"

Jun 30, 2016
Principal Artists of The Marriage of Figaro
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Troy Record theater reviewer Bob Goepfert takes a look at Opera Saratoga's production of "The Marriage of Figaro."  

NY Senator George Amedore
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The campaign for New York’s 46th state Senate District contest has become one of the closest-watched races, ever since the district was created after the last round of redistricting.

Democrats argued the 46th was carved out specifically for then-Assemblyman George Amedore, but one of their own, Cecilia Tkaczyk, won the first two-year term. Amedore rebounded to take the seat in 2014. He's up for re-election this year and recently sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

Paul Cainao's Midday Forecast

Jun 30, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Andrew Schulman
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Being in a hospital intensive care unit is unsettling to say the least. Commotion, alarms and PA systems are part of the chaos. So the sounds of a guitar would seem out of place…but are they? WAMC reports on a musician and a doctor who think just the opposite.

Faso Victory Photo
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Republicans have made their choice in New York’s 19th Congressional District: Former New York state Assembly Minority Leader John Faso has topped Andrew Heaney.

Herbert London: Brexit Revisited

Jun 29, 2016

Now that the London fog has cleared, a dispassionate analysis of the Brexit vote is possible, even with murky clouds over the British Isles. The pound plunged with the Brexit vote as did global markets. Political elites from Cameron to Obama shuddered. Investors on both sides of the Atlantic were pummeled. Some say the British vote to leave the European Union is an invitation to anarchy.

Teachout Wins NY 19 Democratic Primary

Jun 29, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Zephyr Teachout has defeated Will Yandik in the Democratic primary in New York’s 19th congressional district. She faces Republican John Faso, who beat Andrew Heaney in the Republican primary. The seat is open as Republican Chris Gibson chose not to seek re-election.

Digitizing The Mount

Jun 29, 2016
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If cataloguing and scanning the 40 or so books and roughly 100 poems penned by famed writer Edith Wharton doesn’t seem tedious enough, how about flipping through the pages of her personal library? The total there — about 2,700 works. WAMC got a first-hand look at the effort to digitize Wharton’s collection.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 29, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

Professor Adrian Masters
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Following the decision by voters in the United Kingdom last week to leave the European Union, the word uncertainty has been used to describe the economic and social fallout. Stock markets around the world, including on Wall Street, have fallen since the vote. Professor Adrian Masters, the chair of the department of economics at the University at Albany, spoke with WAMC News about why so much uncertainty has followed the Brexit. 

GLENS FALLS – “Island Song,” a musical which opens Adirondack Theatre Festival’s season, is an exciting production with a lot of talent on stage and behind the scenes.  It plays at the Wood Theater in Glens Falls through July 2 and I guarantee you will remember the show and be proud that you saw these actors before they became well-known.

WRVO's Payne Horning On NY-22 Primary

Jun 28, 2016

Among the more closely watched primary races today in New York is the election for the GOP nomination for the 22nd House district, which includes portions of central New York, the Mohawk Valley, and the Southern Tier. There are three candidates: Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, who ran two years ago but lost to the incumbent in the primary; Cazenovia business owner Steven Wells; and George Phillips, a teacher from Binghamton. Payne Horning is a reporter for public radio station WRVO in Oswego and has been watching the campaign.

A Massachusetts State Trooper, who was wounded in a shootout with a man wanted for killing a local police officer last month, says he is healing and anxious to return to work.  The trooper was identified publicly for the first time Monday and talked about the SWAT team raid during which he was shot. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 28, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

Democratic and Republican voters in New York’s 19th Congressional District head to the polls today. Democrats are choosing between Zephyr Teachout and Will Yandik while Republicans may vote for John Faso or Andrew Heaney. The competitive seat is open as Republican Chris Gibson is not seeking re-election.

City and state officials cut the ribbon on Pittsfield's Woodlawn Avenue Bridge Monday.
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State and city officials celebrated the opening of a bridge connecting major routes into Pittsfield on Monday. The new Woodlawn Avenue Bridge cuts across the city’s former General Electric site, connecting East Street and Tyler Street.

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Former Assemblyman John Faso and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout hold commanding leads in a new Time Warner-Siena College poll released on the eve of New York's 19th district Congressional primary.

Rob Edelman: Germans...And Jews...And Brigitte Helm

Jun 27, 2016

Given the reality of the Holocaust-- and this truth is forcefully examined in SON OF SAUL, the 2015 Best Foreign Film Academy Award winner-- one might wonder why there presently is a rapidly-growing Jewish population in Berlin. Granted, over seven decades have passed since the end of World War II but, still, by settling in Berlin, are Jews somehow ignoring that country’s less than stellar history?

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 27, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, June 27, 2016.

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The food service program operated by the public school system in Springfield, Massachusetts, which has been lauded for its high participation rates, does not take the summer off.  A free summer meals program for school-age children began today.

The Springfield Public Schools’ summer food service program operates at more than 2 dozen locations including schools, parks, and public housing complexes.  Most locations serve both breakfast and lunch.

Because of Springfield’s high poverty rate, all of the city’s roughly 30,000 school-age children are eligible for free meals.

Voters in New York will head to the polls on Tuesday for Congressional primaries. One of the closely-watched races is in our region, in the 19th district, which includes 11 counties. Now, we bring you the final interview in our four-part series on the candidates. The competitive seat is open as Republican Chris Gibson is not seeking re-election. In the Democratic primary, it’s Will Yandik versus Zephyr Teachout. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief spoke with Yandik, a fourth-generation farmer from Columbia County, about what he brings to the table in terms of experience and policy approach.

Andrew Heaney
Andrew Heaney

Voters in New York will head to the polls on Tuesday for Congressional primaries. One of the closely-watched races is in our region, in the 19th district, which includes 11 counties. Now, we bring you the third of four interviews with candidates for the seat. The competitive seat is open as Republican Chris Gibson is not seeking re-election. Andrew Heaney faces John Faso in the Republican primary, and it has been a bitter race. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief spoke with Heaney, a small business owner from the Town of Washington in Dutchess County.

Rep. Neal
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Global reaction to the results of the Brexit vote has been mixed, with some supporters cheering Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. Others who wanted England to remain — including President Obama — are warning of financial turmoil in the wake of the 52-48 vote Thursday. Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal, a Democrat from the 1st district, has long worked on foreign relations in the U.K. Congressman Neal discussed the Brexit vote with WAMC’s Ian Pickus on Friday.

Voters in New York will head to the polls on Tuesday for Congressional primaries. One of the closely-watched races is in our region, in the 19th district, which includes 11 counties. Today, we bring you the second interview in our four-part series on the candidates. The competitive seat is open as Republican Chris Gibson is not seeking re-election. In the Democratic primary, Zephyr Teachout faces Will Yandik. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief spoke with Teachout, a Fordham law professor who now lives in Dover Plains, in Dutchess County.

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