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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.

Springfield Fire Department

Firefighters in the largest city in western Massachusetts are now responding to emergency calls equipped with an opioid overdose reversal drug.

New York GOP Picks Molinaro For Governor

May 23, 2018
Marcus Molinaro
Karen DeWitt

Republicans meeting at the state convention in New York City nominated Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro as their candidate for governor Wednesday, and offered a scathing critique of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is seeking a third term in office.

Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe
Vermont Legislature

Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott called a special session of the state legislature to begin today. It comes after he promised to veto the budget and property tax bills presented to him, although he has yet to officially veto the fiscal plans.  On Tuesday, he nixed a number of other bills, including one that would raise the minimum wage, and a paid family leave measure.  Vermont Senate Pro-Tem Democrat/Progressive Tim Ashe says that move was an example of continued frustration the legislature has with the administration.

Courtesy of #NewburghStrong

United Way is continuing its supply drive for Newburgh residents following last week’s tornado. Tonight, a local taproom is donating all of its proceeds to United Way to help the city get back on its feet.

North Korea’s abrupt cancellation of talks with the South this week undoubtedly weakens prospects for a June summit with the United States and underscores the volatility of relations on the Korean peninsula. Moreover, this decision by Kim Jung-un was precipitated by the joint military activity between South Korea and the U.S. planned months earlier with the North Korean government fully aware of the maneuvers. Was Kim using this matter to secure certain negotiating advantages with the U.S.?

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 23, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

Greene County

The in-progress Skywalk project connecting two New York historic sites is the subject of a public meeting tonight in Greene County. 

        With five weeks left before the start of a new fiscal year in the largest city in western Massachusetts, public hearings have been scheduled to dive deep into a proposed budget.

NCAA lacrosse tournament logo

The University at Albany’s men’s lacrosse team has become one of the nation’s top programs in recent years, with player of the year award-winners and booming attendance. This year, UAlbany beat lacrosse giant Syracuse and notched its first No. 1 ranking. But on Saturday, the Great Danes are taking a big step forward: their first trip to the Final Four.

NY Dems Rally Behind State Senate Candidates

May 22, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Before New York Democrats gather on Long Island for their convention this week, many were in Orange County Monday to support a state Senate candidate. The newly reunited Senate Democrats are hoping to wrest control of the chamber from Republicans in November.

Wikimedia Commons/St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office

After the high school shooting in Florida in mid-February, President Trump suggested arming teachers as added security against such events, but the idea was largely rejected. A new documentary that will be screened tonight in Northampton, Massachusetts says in some school districts teachers are carrying guns, and in some cases so too are school bus drivers, custodians and other staff members. Kate Way, the co-producer and co-director of the film “G Is For Guns", spoke with WAMC's Brian Shields.

Vermont DMV Police vehicle
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York and Vermont are among 22 states participating in a “Border to Border” law enforcement campaign aimed at getting more people to wear their seatbelts.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 22, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Alexander Ciccolo of Adams, Massachusetts pleaded guilty to four charges related to terrorism Monday in connection with plans to attack college campuses.

Another Albany Skyway brainstorming session is scheduled for tonight.

    The former campaign director for the activist organization MoveOn has become the latest candidate for the State Senate seat once held by Amherst Democrat Stan Rosenberg.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

This month Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy was installed as the president of the New York Conference of Mayors. McCarthy stopped by WAMC last week for a chat with Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

Rob Edelman: Godard Mon Amour

May 21, 2018

Alfred Hitchcock never copped a Best Director Academy Award in-competition. Neither did Stanley Kubrick. Nor Howard Hawks, Orson Welles, Robert Altman-- not to mention Fellini, Bergman, Kurosawa. But Michel Hazanavicius did win as Best Director. This was in 2011, for THE ARTIST. His latest film, which has just opened theatrically here in the U.S., offers a point-of-view about another legendary filmmaker who never won an in-competition Oscar. That would be Jean-Luc Godard.


       The first worker cooperative commercial greenhouse in Massachusetts is about to begin production on what was once a badly contaminated industrial site in Springfield.

Facebook: Norman Rockwell Museum

The yet-to-open Lucas Museum Of Narrative Art in L.A. has acquired Shuffleton’s Barbershop, a Norman Rockwell painting at the heart of the controversy surrounding the Berkshire Museum’s art sale.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 21, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, May 21, 2018.

WikiMedia Commons

The Sage Colleges’ credit rating has dropped to the lowest among private institutions in the nation, according to a leading rating agency.

Paul Caiano

News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the regional midday weather summary for Sunday, May 20, 2018.

Repair Cafes Grow In the Hudson Valley

May 19, 2018

Repair Cafés are taking off in the Hudson Valley. From Beacon to Woodstock and Rhinebeck to Warwick, they are free community events where residents bring broken items and volunteer experts fix them. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with John Wackman, who organizes Repair Cafés in the Hudson Valley. He says the first one in the region began in New Paltz five years ago.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Foraging With Family Members

May 19, 2018
Lucy Gardner foraging for morels
Ralph Gardner Jr

I’d been told many years back that we had horseradish down by our stream. For all I know we still do but I’ve never been able to find it. Horseradish doesn’t even rank high on my list of condiments. But it was pleasant knowing that something edible grew wild on our property, that not everything that entered our stomachs required a cash outlay. 

Plattsburgh city attorney Dean Schneller reviews charter during special meeting of Common Council
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read called a special meeting of the Common Council Friday to review their duties and responsibilities as outlined in the City Charter.  But some clauses appeared to become less clarified as the discussion progressed.

Paul Caiano

News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the regional midday weather summary for Saturday, May 19, 2018.


An article published in Politico earlier this week revealed federal officials sought to block a report on PFAS chemicals, pollutants found in water sources in some local communities. The story is drawing strong reaction from environmental advocates and political leaders.

Nils Strand / Wikimedia Commons

It's time to give you the microphone. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Rogovoy Report 5/18/18

May 18, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include silent movies, Baroque music, psychedelic hard-rock, jazz, chamber music, and a whole lot more.