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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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    A new leader has been installed in the largest fire department in western Massachusetts.

January is National Mentoring Month, which is fitting for the beginning of the year. It is a season of new starts and resolutions, and a great time for both mentors and potential mentees to begin a mentoring relationship. Many times, people want to work with kids, but don’t know where to start. Mentoring is a rewarding way to volunteer. There are many programs across our region that offer people opportunities to mentor children of all ages. Often, young people want and need help, but they don’t know who or how to ask for it.

Bennington College

Recently, an engineering firm hired by company Saint-Gobain released a more than 5,000-page report detailing its initial findings into groundwater pollution in Bennington, Vermont.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 25, 2018
Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, January 25, 2018.

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New York Farm Bureau

The New York Farm Bureau has announced its legislative priorities for the state legislative session that runs through June.  During a conference call, the farm advocacy group explained its focus is on addressing issues surrounding economic and income losses.

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The American Lung Association released a new report this week, giving New York mixed grades on its tobacco policies.

Karen DeWitt

On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s chief of staff was one of the first witnesses to testify at the corruption trial of Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco. Linda Lacewell described Percoco as a trusted loyal and very senior aide to the governor.

Sexual Assault Prevention Program Debuts In New Paltz

Jan 24, 2018

There’s a new program in Ulster County, New York, to help prevent sexual assault. The Ulster County executive says the program that provides bystander training for bar and tavern staff is the first such program in the state.

House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (left) and Senate ProTem Tim Ashe discuss Governor Phil Scott's budget address
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott presented his $5.9 million budget plan to a joint session of the Vermont Legislature Tuesday afternoon.  But statehouse leaders say the governor has merely outlined concepts without clear details or guidance.

Herbert London: From Innocence To Cynicism

Jan 24, 2018

In 1959 I made a record, a song that reflected the virtues of bourgeois culture: “We’re Not Going Steady.” The lyrics were pure “bubblegum,” silly yet nostalgic. “We’re not going steady because we’re never alone, I can’t even love you, love you on the telephone.” I was reminded of my foray into the rock world as I watched Kendrick Lamar and the half time entertainment at the College Football Championship. All I could think is how culture has been debased in six decades.

Massachusetts State House
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for a payroll tax and has promised to sue to challenge the constitutionality of the new federal tax code, which he says will devastate New York, most notably because of the loss of SALT, the state and local tax deductions over $10,000. In Massachusetts, another so-called “high tax state”, the reaction to the federal tax code has been more subdued. During a legislative hearing Tuesday, the Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael Heffernan said the federal tax code changes will not create an emergency situation in Massachusetts.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 24, 2018
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker delivered this third State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night.

Thurgood Marshall Federal Court House in lower Manhattan
Karen DeWitt

The prosecution and defense offered two very different versions of events in the trial of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s former top aide Joe Percoco and three business associates in Federal District Court in Manhattan Tuesday. Much of the prosecutors’ case will hinge on testimony of another former, associate Todd Howe who pleaded guilty to several felonies and will be the government’s star witness.

SUNY Ulster, IBM Partner For New Collar Initiative

Jan 23, 2018
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A community college in the Hudson Valley is the latest to join an IBM partnership that aims to prepare students for jobs that require high tech skills but not necessarily four-year degrees and other credentials. IBM’s initiative is an effort to steer individuals toward open technology jobs it struggles to fill.

Bill Owens: So Where Is NAFTA Now?

Jan 23, 2018

More and more commentators on both sides of the border are indicating that they believe Mr. Trump will withdraw from NAFTA. The Canadian government has undertaken a full court marketing blitz including government ministers to reach out to state governors, state legislators, members of Congress and economic developers in the many states with whom Canada does significant trade.

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The fallout from a scathing report by the New York Attorney General into a Troy Police civilian shooting death and its aftermath continues.

Chernobyl power plant, seen here in 2006
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A University at Albany professor was contacted by four ophthalmology and oncology practices in New York City after doctors diagnosed ten cases of vitreoretinal lymphoma, an extremely rare primary central nervous system lymphoma where cancer occurs in the eyes. Dr. Roxana Moslehi, an associate professor in the UAlbany School of Public Health, looked into the cases, and her research determined that there should only be three cases of VRL in all of New York State over four years. So the cluster in New York City was very rare. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 23, 2018
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The owners of a resort in the Poconos in Pennsylvania are building an indoor waterpark and hotel on the same property as the soon-to-open Resorts World Catskills casino in Sullivan County. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with waterpark co-owner Ken Ellis about the project in the old “Borscht Belt” set to open next year.

Rob Edelman: The “Other” Donald

Jan 22, 2018

One way in which to market a new film featuring an older star is to hype that star’s presence and performance. This is especially helpful if that star has never earned a competitive Academy Award, or even an Academy Award nomination. So the message here is: Let’s honor this actor. Let’s go see this actor in this film, and then shower this actor with career-defining kudos.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 22, 2018
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, January 22, 2018.

   A public hearing is scheduled tonight on a proposal that could keep retail marijuana stores out of the third largest city in Massachusetts until the end of the year.

Tim Kremer
Tim Kremer

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released his $168 billion budget proposal January 16. Some in the education field say the proposed funding is not nearly enough. One is Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association Tim Kremer, who spoke with WAMC’s Allison Dunne.

David Nightingale: Fred Hoyle (1915-2001) Part 2

Jan 21, 2018

Three weeks ago I described some of Fred Hoyle's rebellious childhood, which included truancy from school and wandering in the fields as a little boy, making toxic phosphene in his mother's kitchen -- but I didn't describe how, after failing twice, he won a full scholarship to Cambridge. There, partly because his heroes, James Jeans and Arthur Eddington had trained in mathematics, he also decided for the grueling 3 year math tripos. He was awarded the Mayhew Prize, and a year into graduate work the Smith Prize. Paul Dirac took him on as a research student, on the understanding that Hoyle would work on whatever he wanted and that they would never bother each other. His 'official' advisor was German-educated Rudolph Peierls, who had studied under Heisenberg.

Crowds of demonstrators were seen in communities large and small across the country Saturday. It was the anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration and Sunday marks the first anniversary of the Women's March on Washington. WAMC's Lucas Willard talked to Patrick Garrett, who traveled to New York City where hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded the streets. 

Paul Caiano
WNYT

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the regional midday weather summary for Sunday: January 21, 2017.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Her Gift

Jan 20, 2018
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Ralph Gardner, Jr

On New Year’s Eve I was looking forward to presenting Bruce Shenker, a friend since college, with a special gift.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the regional midday weather summary for Saturday: January 20, 2017.

Women's Marches 2018 To Span The Globe

Jan 19, 2018

Women’s marches are taking place around the world this weekend. They follow ones held last year at this time, but have some new focuses. Here's a look at a few taking place in our region.

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