Midday Magazine

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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.

New York State Capitol
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The newly approved New York state budget includes a work around for the partial loss of state and local tax deductions in the federal tax overhaul.

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Officials in the city of Plattsburgh have joined a growing list of municipalities planning to sue pharmaceutical companies over the opioid crisis.

Rogovoy Report 3/30/18

Mar 30, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include comedy, chamber music, Louisiana swamp-pop, Spaghetti Eastern, and a whole lot more.

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Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 30, 2018
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, March 30, 2018. 

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In November, voters in Massachusetts will decide if they want to keep Charlie Baker as governor. With the first-term Republican preparing to defend his seat, WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes spoke with the three Democrats hoping to oppose him. In the first part of our series, we meet Jay Gonzalez, who served as state Secretary of Administration and Finance in the Patrick administration.

Josh Landes

A Berkshire County group marked the fourth anniversary of the sudden closure of North Adams Regional Hospital Wednesday.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 29, 2018
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos was in Washington this month to testify before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding election security.  He appeared not only as Vermont’s chief election officer, but as president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State.  He says anything that has a computer in it can be hacked.

Ken Lovett in the Senate lobby
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A highly unusual scene played out during a day of closed-door budget negotiations at the state capitol in Albany on Wednesday: Daily News reporter Ken Lovett was detained by New York State Police. Lovett was seen in social media photos being led out of the Senate lobby in handcuffs. 

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With closures of existing landfills on the horizon and waste management a continuing concern, Albany and Saratoga Counties have announced a multi-million dollar partnership to build a new biosolid waste facility.

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The project to remediate a former baby food factory in New York’s Mohawk Valley has received a major boost in state funding. 

Herbert London: The Ideological Crackup

Mar 28, 2018

The ideological crack-up between Left and Right was readily apparent when thousands of students marched against guns – guns that killed 17 Florida students in a violence that would awaken passion in even the most cold blooded. What it means, however, is seemingly less significant than the symbolism. Educators and politicians who should know better encouraged students to engage in protests. Mayor De Blasio in New York said students would not be punished if they left their desks to participate in the rallies.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 28, 2018
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Pittsfield’s City Council debated parking payments at its meeting Tuesday night.

This week, New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik led a delegation of North Country officials to Ottawa, Canada to discuss economic development ties. Following her meetings with Canadian officials, the 21st District Republican spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about a variety of federal issues. The Republican recently invited President Trump to visit Fort Drum, a large military base in her district. But Stefanik reports there’s been no response yet from the White House.

   Big changes are expected in Springfield, Massachusetts beginning later this year.

New York State Capitol
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Talks on the state budget were stalled just days before the March 30th deadline, as Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers continue negotiations. Groups pressing for additional issues that are in the governor’s budget plan have still not given up hope.  

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The Burlington, Vermont City Council approved a resolution Monday night on the controversial plan to base F-35s in the city. The council voted to forward the Town Meeting Day ballot item requesting the Air Force cancel the basing of fighter jets at the Air National Guard base at the Burlington International Airport.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 27, 2018
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

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In the waning days of budget negotiations, advocates are asking New York state leaders for more money for housing programs for people with significant mental health challenges.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Residents of the Saratoga County village of Ballston Spa could see a double-digit tax increase. But the mayor is assuring residents that the proposal will be changed.

Rob Edelman: One Past President

Mar 26, 2018

How many times have we heard our president, Donald Trump, label himself the all-time best-ever American political leader? In his view, the lone exception just may be Abraham Lincoln. But then again, maybe not. Well, now is as good a time as any to revisit American history and familiarize ourselves with the lives and times of other American presidents. Their histories have unfolded in plenty of documentaries; one, for example, is titled THE INDOMITABLE TEDDY ROOSEVELT. Its producer and director is Harrison Engle; it dates from 1983; its narrator is George C. Scott; and Flicker Alley recently released it to home entertainment.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Police and school officials are conducting an active shooter training exercise tonight at Albany High School. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 26, 2018
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, March 26, 2018.

New Cooperstown Mayor Discusses Plans

Mar 26, 2018
Ellen Tillapaugh
Ellen Tillapaugh

The Village of Cooperstown in New York's Otsego County is of course well known as the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, but the mayor-elect says there is a lot more to the village than Ruth, DiMaggio and Clemente. Ellen Tillapaugh is the deputy mayor, but on April 2 she will become the mayor after running opposed in this month's election.

Josh Landes

The three Democratic candidates running for governor of Massachusetts convened for a forum in Pittsfield Sunday.

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      Voting rights advocates hope to establish automatic voter registration in Massachusetts.

David Nightingale: Xi Jinping (1953 – )

Mar 25, 2018
Xi Jinping, prior to a meeting in Beijing China, Sept. 19, 2012
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Many of us know little of 65-year-old Xi Jinping, recently elected ‘President-for-life’ of China. His other titles are “General Secretary of the Communist Party of China”, and “President of the People’s Republic of China”.

The last two national champions in women’s college basketball will meet Monday night in Albany with a trip to the Final Four on the line.

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