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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.

Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan with City of Albany officials held a press conference reminding residents about the legality of fireworks in Albany.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Heading toward Independence day, officials in the city of Albany are promoting fireworks safety.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announces grant for lead program
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Officials in Burlington on Thursday announced that the city has received a federal grant to help remove lead paint in homes across the city.

     The city of Northampton, Massachusetts recently made new land purchases, including the only bog located in the city, to add to its acreage of permanently protected open space.

Chief Jennifer Morrison
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Earlier this month, Colchester Police Chief Jennifer Morrison became the first woman to be elected president of the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police.   There is only one other female police chief in the state — at the University of Vermont Police Department.  Morrison says the 51-year-old organization has not been led by a woman before because there have been so few female police chiefs in the state.

Jacob's Pillow is celebrating its 85th anniversary, but its new leader has been trying to change things up this year. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Executive Director Pamela Tatge about what’s going on this summer at the center for dance in Becket, Massachusetts. 

USCG Suspends Hudson River Anchorages Proposal

Jun 29, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Coast Guard has shelved future rulemaking decisions regarding additional anchorages on the Hudson River. Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, who first announced the news Wednesday, calls it a major victory. Others view the move more cautiously.

Sean Philpott-Jones: Time For Citizens To Take The Lead

Jun 29, 2017

Earlier this month, President Trump finally honored one of his many (often contradictory) campaign promises. He formally withdrew the United States from the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. America is now one of only three countries in the world who are not party to this landmark agreement, joining Syria and Nicaragua in refusing to work collaboratively to combat the threat of global climate change.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 29, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, 6/29/17.

Brindisi Campaign

The heat's turning up in the coming battle for New York’s 22nd Congressional District seat.

Gary David Gold

New York’s Erie Canal is celebrating its 200th birthday. To mark the occasion, the Albany Symphony Orchestra is holding performances from the canal’s historic beginning in Albany to Lockport in Niagara County. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more on the series of events that kicks off this Sunday called “Water Music New York.”

Pittsfield City Hall
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Winter is a distant memory now that the summer tourist season is in full swing, but Pittsfield still has a $1.3 million snow and ice removal deficit to take care of. 

Herbert London: Overcoming Illusions In The Middle East

Jun 28, 2017

Illusions in the Middle East die hard. However, with the publication of the Hamas political document, there shouldn’t be any doubt about the motives of this Muslim Brotherhood organization. The western press continues to assert that Hamas is “moderating” its views, but the document itself offers a different picture.

NYSERDA Names New CEO

Jun 28, 2017
Facebook: NYSERDA

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has a new president and chief executive officer.  Alicia Barton takes over from John Rhodes, who is the new chair of the state Public Service Commission. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 28, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Plattsburgh RedBirds logo
Plattsburgh RedBirds/Facebook

The Empire Professional Baseball League is in its first season of play.  It has four teams – the Old Orchard Beach Surge from Maine, the Sullivan Explorers from Loch Sheldrake, New York, the Puerto Rico Islanders and the Plattsburgh RedBirds.  During spring exhibition play, the Plattsburgh team defeated all its competitors.  This week, rain postponed opening day, but the 60-game season began on Sunday.  Team co-owner and League CEO Eddie Gonzales explains that the league provides athletes an opportunity they may not otherwise have.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Leaders in Saratoga Springs have made their pitch for three workforce housing proposals that aim to provide more apartments in a city desperate for workers and satisfy federal requirements for affordable housing.

Mill House Brews A Beer On The Hudson

Jun 28, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

For a limited time, a brewing company in Poughkeepsie is offering a beer not only made ­­with water from the Hudson River, but ­on the river. The process mirrored one from the 1700s and was revived following networking among a brewmaster, an environmentalist and a boat captain. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne boarded the boat where it all took place.

Dramatic testimony was given in the hearing on whether former New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino should be ousted from the Buffalo School Board. Paladino took the stand Tuesday, and apologized for racist comments he made last December regarding President Obama and Mrs. Obama.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat”

Jun 27, 2017

GLENS FALLS – Adirondack Theatre Festival is opening its season in Glens Falls with a bold production of a world premiere that is dynamic, exciting.  And, as with any new work, is in need of work.

A new study finds highways and bridges in New York and Massachusetts rank among the most deteriorated in the nation.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 27, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

George Canon
Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board

Former Town of Newcomb Supervisor George Canon died earlier this month. Canon was considered a mentor, friend and icon of the Adirondacks to many in New York’s northern region.

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    After two decades as president of the teachers union in the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts, Tim Collins is formally retiring at the end of the month.  

LG Kathy Hochul
WAMC/Pat Bradley

As the health care debate continues in Washington, Democrats in New York are sounding the alarm about what the Republican plan could mean for the state. Tonight in Hudson, the Capital Region expert panel on the American Health Care Act will hold a meeting to hear public opinions about health care, and what might happen in New York if the Republican plan becomes the law of the land. 

“New American Cinema” is a fitting title for one of my favorite film courses, one which I have long-taught. Its content is described in its course description, which begins: “During the late 1960s and early 1970s, great social changes were occurring in the United States. These changes were sparked by the emerging youth culture, the progression of the Civil Rights Movement, opposition to the war in Vietnam, and the advent of the modern-era feminist movement. This course will explore the manner in which these changes impacted on the American cinema.” 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 26, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, June 26, 2017.

David Nightingale: Angela Merkel (1954 - )

Jun 25, 2017
German Chancelor Dr. Angela Merkel
Jacques Grießmayer / Wikimedia Commons

When the first-born child of a Lutheran clergyman, 7 year old Angeela Kasner corrected her music teacher's mispronunciation of her name, she already exemplified that she could be a perfectionist as well as a bit of a pain. But her East German teacher was not too put out -- she knew that this pastor's daughter, whom she had mistakenly called Angela was rather bossy but a good pupil.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Summary

Jun 25, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for June 25, 2017.

Ralph Gardner Jr: One Less Carp

Jun 24, 2017
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Officer Jeffrey Cox
Ralph Gardner, Jr.

About a month ago I penned a commentary about the single fish in my pond – a grass carp. I suggested that I probably ought to give him a name because, after a number of years swimming around in solitude and growing to the approximate size of an ocean-going tuna, he’d assumed the status of a family pet.

Masslive.com

The major project to resurface the elevated 2-mile section of Interstate 91 through downtown Springfield, Massachusetts is now in its second year.

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