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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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It was a concept that started in Springfield, Ohio in 2005 when 12 World War II veterans were taken to Washington, D.C.  There is now a coordinated nationwide network that flies World War II, Korea and Vietnam from across the country to Washington.  There they visit monuments to those conflicts, remember their service and comrades who did not survive.  In this first part of our weeklong series on World War II veterans, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the North Country Honor Flight and the veterans it honors.

An attorney representing a group opposed to the construction of a Legoland theme park in New York has taken legal action, alleging that the process and an Orange County community are being hijacked. He also wants the court to halt a public hearing set for Thursday.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Dec 12, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, December 12, 2016.

Rob Edelman: Boomerang!

Dec 12, 2016

These days, director Elia Kazan is best-remembered for his classic, highly influential 1950s features, including A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, ON THE WATERFRONT, and EAST OF EDEN. However, one of his earliest screen credits is too-often overlooked, but is well worth discovering. It is titled BOOMERANG!, it dates from 1947, and Kino Lorber recently released it to home entertainment.

Donald Trump recently announced his pick for Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt.

David Nightingale: H.L.Mencken (1880-1956)

Dec 11, 2016
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After the 2016 US presidential election London's Observer quoted H.L.Mencken on democracy:

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents more and more closely the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

Ralph Gardner Jr.: The Hudson Valley

Dec 10, 2016

My grandparents bought our home in Columbia County in 1948. But I didn’t start visiting regularly until I was a teenager in the late Sixties. I’d walk deep into the woods to write bad poetry. Which I’ve come to understand is age appropriate behavior.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has told the state inspector general to launch an investigation into racial bias in the state prison system following an investigation by the New York Times. Prison advocates say the article has highlighted long-known facts, but critics say many of the accusations are based on hearsay.

Rogovoy Report 12/9/16

Dec 9, 2016

The weekend’s cultural highlights in the region include a seminal grunge-rock trio; an exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints; a rock legend singing Xmas songs; a jazz couple singing Silly Love Songs, a literary reading by four women authors; an art gallery show featuring a half-dozen women artists, and a whole lot more.

We lend an ear to what our listeners had to say. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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Voters in Massachusetts approved a ballot question on Election Day to legalize recreational marijuana and doctors in the state are concerned. At a recent meeting, the Massachusetts Medical Society passed resolutions on a number of issues including recreational marijuana, drug prices, aid-in dying and concussions. 

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Dec 9, 2016

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, December 9, 2016.

New York state legislature leaders have been discussing whether to hold a special session this month and take up, among other issues, pay raises for lawmakers. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with a few state senators to get their reaction.

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With the pressure to get a new budget in place bearing down upon Troy, Mayor Patrick Madden has devised a new fiscal package that would raise taxes 14.6 percent — about half his initial proposal.  Madden proposed it to the City Council Wednesday night in a bid to avoid layoffs and cuts in city services.

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Arguments were heard this week in state Supreme Court on whether cutting trees to create new snowmobile trails in the Adirondacks violate the "forever wild" clause of New York's constitution.  It could set precedent.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Dec 8, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, December 8, 2016.

SKS Bottle & Packaging began in 1986 in Saratoga County. After several moves, it ended up at a 10,000-square foot space in Malta. The company continued to grow, and in 2005, relocated to a 52,000-square foot space in Watervliet, in Albany County. That space has expanded again, to 102,000 square feet, and in 2015 a West Coast facility was built in Reno, Nevada.

Herbert London: Grand Strategy And Grand Illusion

Dec 7, 2016

Is it possible to detoxify the United States’ relations with Russia, China and the Muslim world? Is there a grand strategy that could maintain the honor of America and at the same time introduce stability in areas of the globe fraught with tension?

Seventy-five years ago tomorrow, Americans gathered around their radios as President Franklin Roosevelt spoke to Congress 24 hours after the nation was stunned by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. That "Day of Infamy" speech, FDR's first inaugural address and a number of other talks by the president are being restored and digitized by the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park. The library's director, Paul Sparrow, says the project is a partnership with AT&T and the National Archives and Records Administration.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Dec 7, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

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Clinton County legislators will hear from the public tonight on the 2017 budget plan.

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Public input is being sought for a climate action plan for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.  The Springfield Climate Justice Coalition is holding a series of community meetings.

Saratoga County Board of Supervisors
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In July, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced the 2017 tax cap would sit below 1 percent. The cap, which is 2 percent on tax levies or the inflation rate, whichever is less, was set at .68 percent. DiNapoli warned that it could present challenges for local governments.

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Pace University students in Westchester County have written to the U.S. Coast Guard commandant, petitioning him to withdraw the service’s proposal for anchorage sites in the Hudson River. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports the public comment period closes today.

Bill Owens: NAFTA - What Happens Now?

Dec 6, 2016

Much has been written in the Canadian press about the US/Canada relationship, particularly since the recent US presidential election, while the US press has largely ignored this relationship and instead has focused on the US/Mexico relationship.

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Rutland’s embattled six-term mayor already has his first challenger.  An economic development leader is the first to throw his hat into the race.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Dec 6, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, December 6, 2016. 

   The city council and the mayor in Springfield, Massachusetts are on a collision course over control of the police department.  The dispute could be settled in court.

An environmental group and organic farm in the Hudson Valley have filed a lawsuit against the New York state Public Service Commission. The two groups oppose state subsidies of upstate nuclear power plants. 

Rob Edelman: Ida Lupino

Dec 5, 2016

From the early 1930s through late 1970s, multi-talented British-born Ida Lupino acted onscreen and on television here in the U.S. She was at her best playing strong-willed, neurotic and cynical (but occasionally vulnerable) heroines in such films as HIGH SIERRA and THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT, both with Humphrey Bogart; THE LIGHT THAT FAILED, with Ronald Colman; and THE SEA WOLF, with Edward G. Robinson and John Garfield. And she is cast to perfection in ROAD HOUSE, released in 1948, which recently came to home entertainment from Kino Lorber.

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