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.

Regional Economic Development Council
Regional Economic Development Council website

New York’s 10 Regional Economic Development Councils are presenting their 2016 proposals to the Strategic Implementation Assessment Team this week.  It’s the first part of the process that will lead to $750 million in development grants being awarded across the state.

Herbert London: The Reemergence Of Tribalism

Nov 2, 2016

For those who believe in a “one-world” thesis - the union of people in a harmonized legal system – these are unsettling days. Rather than singing kumbayah each morning, tribes are displaying a form of loyalty bred in the bone. In fact, tribalism is alive and well and driving political judgments across the globe.

Courtesy of Riverkeeper

New York state and local officials are co-sponsoring a forum Thursday evening on harmful algae blooms in the Walkill River. The event is aimed at heightening public awareness about a growing problem that spans the river in two counties.

There are three candidates in the race for New York's 43rd state Senate District. Running alongside Republican incumbent Kathy Marchione and Democrat Shaun Francis is Green Party candidate Joe Levy.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 2, 2016
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

U.S. and Canadian flags
Flanker/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

New dairy import policies being considered by Canada has prompted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to write the Canadian premier highlighting the negative impact on both countries if Canada implements a National Ingredient Strategy.

Courtesy of Spectra Energy

The company behind the AIM pipeline project has been given the green light to start operations. There are a few exceptions, mainly a new portion under the Hudson River.

Composite image by Dave Lucas

Come November 8th, voters in Massachusetts and Maine will consider making recreational marijuana legal for all adults. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on what impact electoral victories in these nearby states may have on New York State.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 1, 2016
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday forecast for Nov. 1, 2016.

It is no exaggeration to observe that ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE, Fred Peabody’s provocative new documentary, is extremely timely as it puts forth its point-of-view. That point-of-view may not be original, but it still is well-worth repeating and pondering. And that is that politicians tell untruths as frequently as the daily sunrise.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 31, 2016
Paul Caiano
WNYT

WNYT's Paul Caiano delivers the WAMC regional weather forecast for Oct. 31, 2016.

David Nightingale: Bricks

Oct 30, 2016
Stack of bricks
ArnoldReinhold / Wikimedia Commons

On a sunny mid-October Saturday, reading that the Hutton brickyard 'Market' -- Smorgasburg -- was closing down for the year, I drove to Kingston. I'd never visited the Hutton brickyard, but many times when putting my little Sunfish into the river at Kingston Point, had noticed all the broken bricks labelled 'Hutton' lying north of the beach.

Rogovoy Report For 10/28/16

Oct 28, 2016

The weekend’s cultural highlights in the region include a film festival, a world-renowned violinist, an orchestra, a performance artist, a folk-blues legend, and a whole lot more.

And now it's time to hear what you had to say. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Bertrand Stepping Down From Section 2 Athletics

Oct 28, 2016
Wayne Bertrand
Wayne Bertrand

Most students who play high school sports won't go on to a pro career or a college scholarship, but they often take with them memories and life lessons along with perhaps a few bumps and bruises. Wayne Bertrand is about to step down as head of Section 2 of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, which covers 95 public, private and parochial schools over a wide area of eastern New York. Before taking over Section 2 four years ago, Bertrand was the athletic director at Guilderland High School; and he started the new job by fixing some major financial problems.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 28, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, October 28, 2016. 

This is a picture of the inside of the Massachusetts State House
Jim Levulis / WAMC

For the first time in a decade, voters in the westernmost portions of Massachusetts are charged with the task of filling an open state senate seat.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Two candidates vying for the New York State Assembly seat that covers portions of Washington and Saratoga Counties met Wednesday night for a debate. 

Stearns Square Park
WAMC

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved $1.5 million for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts to create a restaurant development fund.

As New York’s attorney general this week released a report analyzing gun trafficking into the state, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence is holding its annual “Walk for Gun Sense” Saturday at Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie.

Colin Read (left) and James Calnon
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Less than two weeks before Election Day, the candidates for mayor of Plattsburgh debated Wednesday night.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 27, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, October 27, 2016.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Three candidates for New York’s 43rd state Senate District met for a debate Wednesday night in the Saratoga County town of Stillwater. 

 Albany County legislators Paul Burgdorf, Wanda Willingham, Norma Chapman, Legislature Chair Sean Ward (back), CE McCoy, Legislator Andrew Joyce  and AARP’s Derrick Holmes and Laura Palmer.
Albany County

Albany County has been chosen to join the World Health Organization’s Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.

Officials Detail PFOS Newburgh Blood Testing Program

Oct 26, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

About one month after the New York State Department of Health’s formal announcement of a PFOS blood testing program for Newburgh, state, federal and local officials were on hand during a public meeting Tuesday night to offer more details and answer questions.

Herbert London: The Radical Turn In World Affairs

Oct 26, 2016

The voice of an angry populace will be heard. Recent elections in Germany, Austria, and Spain suggest the migration of displaced Syrians across the continent is leading to political convulsions rarely seen since World War II. Some will describe it as the radicalization of conventional politics. Others will describe these convulsions as a safety valve for the Europeans obliged to deal with the migration issue. For many, any party willing to say “stop” will receive a hearing.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York's 46th state Senate district candidates presented their campaign issues and agendas last night at the Guilderland Public Library during a “Meet The Candidates” event.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Oct 26, 2016

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

Kate Collignon presents DRI report to local planning committee
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Local Planning Committee coordinating the strategy for Plattsburgh’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant heard an update from the state’s consulting team earlier this week.

        As the need for emergency food at pantries and meal sites in western Massachusetts continues to grow, a community forum on hunger is taking place this Saturday, October 29th.

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