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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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As President Donald Trump issues Executive Orders clamping down on immigration, some state attorneys general are pushing back.  Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan has created a Task Force on Immigration to advise him on his legal authority regarding federal immigration law.

Home Energy Efficiency Team

Environmental activists, often at odds with companies involved in the natural gas business, are praising a public utility in western Massachusetts for adopting a new strategy when it comes to fixing leaking pipes.  

A UMass survey found 14 percent of Trump supporters say more people are in the bottom photo. Why?
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An article in the Washington Post caught our eye the other day. It described a study that looks into how respondents’ political beliefs may influence the way they answered simple questions about one of the persistent political scandals of our era — crowd size at the Trump inauguration. UMass Amherst Professor Brian Schaffner, director of the UMass poll, co-wrote the article. He spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus about the experiment and its findings.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

County Executive Rob Astorino kicked off his Town Hall series in the northern Westchester town of Cortlandt last night, where the planned closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant will have an impact. And though Indian Point was a topic on his agenda, area residents who overflowed into hallways brought up a number of other subjects — to both groans and applause.

Sean Philpott-Jones: A Public Cervix Announcement

Jan 26, 2017

On Monday, just days after millions of women (and their allies) marched in political demonstrations, researchers reported a disturbing new finding that could affect the health and wellbeing of these protestors. In a study published in this month’s issue of the journal Cancer, scientists found that a woman’s risk of dying from cervical cancer was much higher than originally suspected.

City Hall
WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Mirroring last year's Albany State of the City address, last night’s speech by Mayor Kathy Sheehan was interrupted by the din of protestors.

Downtown Historic District, Rutland, Vermont
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President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order suspending the nation’s refugee resettlement program for 120 days.  The move would halt efforts by Rutland, Vermont to bring Syrian refugees to that city.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 26, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, January 26, 2017.

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The Village of Canajoharie and Montgomery County are hoping to demolish certain structures at the shuttered Beech-Nut factory. An upcoming court date could move things forward as the officials await a half-million dollar grant.

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Albany Devils

The American Hockey League realignment process is continuing — and this time, the victim is Albany, which has seen highs and lows since its downtown arena became home to the River Rats in 1993. The franchise, which was eventually renamed the Devils, has had affiliations with the NHL’s New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes. But now, the franchise is slated to relocate to Binghamton, according to a report by Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union, who spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Renowned environmental activist Erin Brockovich visited Albany Tuesday to join advocates in calling attention to the prevalence of Legionnaires’ Disease in New York.

NYS PSC Approves Lower Rate Hike For Suez Water

Jan 25, 2017
This is a photo of a water faucet
William Warby, flickr

The New York state Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved a modified water rate increase for Suez Water New York, which serves about 500,000 customers in Rockland, Orange and Westchester Counties. Some area officials are upset over the approval while others praise certain components.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott presented his first budget address to the Vermont Legislature on Tuesday.  He offered a balanced budget with level funding and a number of policy changes targeting the state’s education fund.  Reaction to his plan is mixed.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 25, 2017
Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

Herbert London: Who Really Won The Cold War?

Jan 25, 2017

In 1989 the Berlin wall tumbled like Humpty Dumpty amid a joyous celebration in Germany and across the West. The symbol of the Russian Communist dictatorship was blasted into bits of concrete. In the subsequent couple of years those states caught in the grip of the Soviet orbit seceded reducing the Russian population by about 150 million people. NATO expanded to embrace many of these former states including the Baltic nations contiguous to Mother Russia. While the West viewed this new reality with promise liberal democracy would spread, former KGB officials regarded this defeat as humiliation, a humiliation that had to be redressed.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, stressed bipartisanship during his second State of the Commonwealth address last night.

Baker said cooperation and compromise among the members of the House and Senate, and between the legislature and his administration had made Massachusetts stronger, resulting in record-low unemployment rates, higher student test scores, and progress in tackling a number of daunting problems including opioid addiction and family homelessness.

Karen Magee: The DeVos Threat To New York State

Jan 24, 2017

In New York State and our nation, public education is the great equalizer.

Unclear Future For Health Care System

Jan 24, 2017
President Trump
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There are still many questions and uncertainties about what the future holds for the Affordable Care Act, under the new Congress and the Trump administration. For a look at some of the possible scenarios, WAMC News spoke with Dr. Terry Weiner, provost emeritus at The Sage Colleges, and now a political science professor at Union College in Schenectady.

In advance of expected changes in federal immigration enforcement practices and priorities under President Donald Trump, advocates fear millions of people could be affected. Steps are being taken at state and local levels to stay fears of roundups and mass deportations.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 24, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

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   Massachusetts lawmakers are planning to vote for a large pay increase for themselves, other top elected state officials and judges.  A top legislative leader, addressing a business group in Springfield this morning, strongly defended the pay raises as long overdue.

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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy delivered his State of the City address last night. McCarthy, who has been mayor since 2011, touted progress within the city over the last few years. But some in the audience had hoped the mayor would address another issue.

Governor Andrew Cuomo outlines North Country budget initaitives
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined his proposed state spending plan to a North Country audience Monday, highlighting what he says are the plan’s benefits for the upstate region and announcing plans to enhance tourism venues in the Adirondacks.

Poughkeepsie Women's March Spans Walkway

Jan 23, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Sister marches to the March on Washington D.C. were held across the globe Saturday — from Boston to Budapest, from New York City to Nairobi. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports on a march that took place in her region, on the pedestrian bridge Walkway Over the Hudson.

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition named a new executive director at the end of 2016. Amber Besaw takes over for Adam Hinds, who is now representing the region in the Massachusetts State Senate.

Rob Edelman: Scorsese’s Silence

Jan 23, 2017

Other than documentaries and other odds and ends, Martin Scorsese’s films may be divided into two distinct categories. First, there are the big, flashy, splashy titles, from MEAN STREETS and TAXI DRIVER in the 1970s to THE WOLF OF WALL STREET four years ago. Then there are the quieter, more introspective films, including KUNDUN and THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, which examine various aspects of religion. And you can add to the second list SILENCE, Scorsese’s latest. The words that come to mind to describe SILENCE are: intense; serious; and sobering.

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, January 23, 2017.

   Adults in Massachusetts can legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use, and even grow up to a dozen plants at home.  But, it may be a while before people can go to a store in their neighborhood to purchase pot products.

David Nightingale: Niels Bohr (1885-1962)

Jan 22, 2017
Niels Bohr
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This essay is about Niels Bohr, so let's take ourselves to the small low-lying country of Denmark -- specifically, its capital, Copenhagen -- on the east coast, facing and close to Sweden.

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John “Jack” Diamond is now in his ninth and final year as mayor of Glens Falls. Recently, the Democratic mayor laid out his vision for 2017 in his last State of the City address. WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Diamond who described a “transitional” year ahead.

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