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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.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Supporters of changing Saratoga Springs’ system of government are preparing for a narrow defeat after the counting of absentee ballots.

Burlington City Council meeting 11-6-17
Pat Bradley/WAMC

During its November 6th meeting, the Burlington City Council deadlocked while trying to choose a buyer for its cable and broadband provider Burlington Telecom.  So it passed a resolution asking the two finalists to develop a joint partnership.   If they failed, the council would reopen bids to two previous bidders.  At last night’s meeting, the council adopted a process to choose from among the original four would-be buyers.

Michael Meeropol: Start The Bandwagon Without Me

Nov 14, 2017

Forgive me if I do not join in the almost universal commendations for Senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker because they have made speeches attacking Trump.   Once more, I am sorry to say, the media has seized upon the latest bright shiny object in the sorry saga of the Trump Presidency.  Focusing on these two men and the speeches they made attacking Trump obscures the fact that they have both been reliable votes for the tremendous damage that Trump and his appointees are doing to the United States.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 14, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

An Amtrak train arrives at the downtown Holyoke, MA rail platform
WAMC

A new poll finds there is overwhelming support in Massachusetts for a high-speed rail passenger rail line between Springfield and Boston.

Katherine Carroll

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was in upstate New York Monday. He was joined by local lawmakers to hear from grain and dairy farmers.

Perdue joined Republican Congressmembers John Faso of the 19th House District, Elise Stefanik of the 21st, and Claudia Tenney of the 22nd. They toured the King Brothers dairy shop in Schuylerville and WestWind Agricultural supply in Schagticoke.

NRC Wants Indian Point To Fully Resolve Water Leaks

Nov 13, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently released its third-quarter inspection report for the Indian Point nuclear power plant. The Westchester County-based plant has experienced o-ring leakage on and off for years, and the NRC says efforts to resolve the issue have not been entirely successful.

Rob Edelman: Women And Men...

Nov 13, 2017

These days, cinematically-speaking, there is much emphasis on the unfair exploitation and much-overdue liberation of women. Quite a few such films were screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. Some were set in centuries past. MARY SHELLEY, for example, emphasizes the title character’s resolve to latch onto her individuality in a male-dominated society. Some were set in more recent times. BATTLE OF THE SEXES centers on the 1970s tennis match between Billie Jean King and super-chauvinistic Bobby Riggs. 

Protestors at the The Berkshire Museum Saturday
JD Allen / WAMC

The controversial sale of art from the Berkshire Museum’s collection was planned for today at Sotheby’s auction house in New York City – but late last week an appeals court judge approved a one-month injunction. 

Patrick Nelson
Nelson for NY/Facebook

Last January, Patrick Nelson became the first Democrat to enter the race against newly-reelected incumbent Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a Republican from New York’s 21st district.  It’s become a crowded primary field since then, spurred by discontent over Congress’ health care deliberations.  Nelson says health care remains the key issue across the district.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 13, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

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

NY Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul speaking with Karen DeWitt
Matt Ryan

New York’s Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul, is marking the 100-year anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the state. But, as the Democrat tells Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt, women still have a ways to go to gain true equality.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the midday weather summary for November 12, 2017.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Family Splitting

Nov 11, 2017

You might ask yourself, as I did, where’s the silver lining to having a two-hundred year old oak tree come crashing down on your pool house? Besides, luckily, being covered by insurance?

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the midday weather summary for November 11, 2017.

Rogovoy Report 11/10/17

Nov 10, 2017

The weekend highlights in our region include three different concerts featuring music by Bach; a Grammy Award-winning banjo and vocal duo, jazz, Mahler, spoken-word, and a whole lot more.

Artwork from a radio-related World War II propaganda poster for the United States
Public Domain / WikiMedia Commons

You listened.  Now, let's hear what you had to say!  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

"Rosies" To March In NYC Veterans Day Parade

Nov 10, 2017

With Veterans Day ceremonies scheduled all around our region, the one in New York City will include a focus on women — Rosie the Riveter to be exact. Anyone who visited the Dutchess County Fair this summer may have noticed two sculptures that highlight the Spirit of ’45, including Rosie.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 10, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, November 11, 2017.

Leadership of an Albany-area town changes hands - Yasmine Syed is the new town supervisor
Composite photo by Dave Lucas/WAMC

On Tuesday, voters in a Schenectady County town elected a Republican political newcomer as supervisor.

Wikimedia

Saturday, November 11th is Veterans Day, and in Massachusetts is has been declared “Jane Addams Day” by the state legislature.

Courtesy of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney's Twitter feed

Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a telephone town hall Wednesday night on the GOP tax plan. The Democrat heard what constituents think of the proposal that is slated to be voted on next week.

Democratic incumbents Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan cruised to victories in this week's elections. Here is a peek at what comes next in local government.

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In 1991, then-Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, a Republican, created the statewide Task Force on Hate Crimes. The group worked to expand the scope of the law and increase penalties for people who commit hate crimes before Weld disbanded it in 1997. Republican Governor Charlie Baker re-established the task force Monday. WAMC’s JD Allen spoke with one appointee: Dara Kaufman, executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 9, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, November 9, 2017.

Valerie Plante
Valerie Plante/Projet Montreal/Facebook

Over the weekend, Montreal residents elected the first woman mayor of that city.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The recent mass shooting at a Texas church is weighing on the minds of many. This week the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office held training events for residents curious about what to do during a shooting. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on a drill held at a local library on Wednesday.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Voters sent a loud message Tuesday in Westchester County. In a contentious county executive race that was considered a dead heat, Democratic New York state Senator George Latimer defeated Republican incumbent Rob Astorino by a much wider margin than polls predicted. Democrats also won several other local races.

Herbert London: The Bergdahl Decision

Nov 8, 2017

The Bergdahl military hearing at Fort Bragg has finally reached a conclusion. U.S. Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has received a dishonorable discharge, but a military judge ruled he will avoid prison time for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after abandoning his post in 2009.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 8, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, November, 8, 2017.

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