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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.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for January 22, 2017.

Ralph Gardner Jr: The Norman Rockwell Museum

Jan 21, 2017
photo of the Norman Rockwell painting, "Triple Self-Portrait"
Ralph Gardner, Jr.

You may be familiar with the Danish word, spelled h-y-g-g-e, and pronounced “hoo-guh.” It was among the finalists for the Oxford Dictionaries’ 2016 Word of the Year. My wife, who spent her junior year abroad in Denmark, has been using it for years.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for January 21, 2017.

Thousands were marching up 5th Avenue to Trump Tower in New York City Saturday, one day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

As Women's Marches were about to begin in New York and across the country, WAMC's Alan Chartock called in from the staging area at Dag Hammarskjold park.

Women’s marches are happening across the country and around the globe today, one day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

One of the largest is in Washington D.C. University at Albany Journalism Professor and regular WAMC contributor Rosemary Armao made the trip and checked in from the crowds this morning. 

Former Democratic U.S. Congressman Bill Owens represented New York’s North Country from 2009 to 2015.

Rep. Richard Neal
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Among the attendees at Friday’s presidential inauguration and the Congressional luncheon afterward was Richard Neal of Massachusetts’ first House district. First elected in 1988, Neal was one of the senior Democrats at the ceremony as Republicans cemented control of Washington. Neal spoke about President Donald Trump’s address late Friday with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Money in a pants pocket
Flickr/Mike Schmid

One of the chief arguments over the state budget will be whether to renew an income tax surcharge on New York’s wealthiest, known as the millionaires’ tax.

Rogovoy Report 1/20/17

Jan 20, 2017

The cultural highlights in the days and weeks ahead in our region include a multimedia work-in-progress; a site-specific theater work inspired by Edith Wharton; a tribute to Elvis Presley’s enduring legacy; a tribute to the enigmatic jazz great Billy Tipton; and a whole lot more.

Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Forecast

Jan 20, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for Jan. 20, 2017.

Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Federal, state and local officials gathered Wednesday in Dutchess County to mark the establishment of the nation’s newest wildlife refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s first land acquisition for the six-state refuge is a 144-acre preserve donated by The Nature Conservancy. 

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy on a Rivers Casino bus tour. (Mar 16, 2016 )
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Early one morning in May 2016, as a Schenectady woman tells it, she was driving around looking for recyclables in trash bins, when a pickup truck began tailing her.  It turned out that the driver was none other than Mayor Gary McCarthy, who uttered words that frightened Sarah Dingley before following her. Dingley recognized the mayor, thought she smelled alcohol, and dialed 9-1-1. Now, a special prosecutor says McCarthy and the police made mistakes in handling the incident, but no criminal charges have been brought.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 19, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, January 19, 2017.

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones holds proposed budget
office of Assemblyman D. Billy Jones

New York state Assemblyman D. Billy Jones began his first term this month representing Clinton and  Franklin counties and three towns in St. Lawrence County.  The Democrat is in his district, the 115th, with a copy of the just-printed proposed budget from Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Jones says the Assembly was supposed to receive an overview of the spending plan directly from the governor, but the session ran late.

Members of the thoroughbred racing industry testified in Albany this week, urging lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo to re-privative the New York Racing Association. After months of delays, the governor has put re-privatization in his 2018 budget plan. 

Herbert London: Remembering Roy Innis

Jan 18, 2017
Roy Innis
Kishi2323 / Wikimedia Commons

He was a friend, a mentor, a hero and a courageous American. On Saturday, January 7, 2017 he passed this mortal coil. I am referring to Roy Innis, national chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality since his election to that post in 1968.

This is a picture of Adam Hinds
Jim Levulis / WAMC

State Senator Adam Hinds began his two-year term representing western Massachusetts earlier this month. He has taken over for fellow Democrat Ben Downing, who retired after a decade in office. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 18, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

 Police chiefs meet with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to discuss work on reducing the use of force in American policing.
Chief Brandon del Pozo

Burlington, Vermont Police Chief Brandon del Pozo was in Wisconsin on Monday. He and five other police chiefs from across the U.S. met with House Speaker Paul Ryan to discuss new training guidelines issued by the Police Executive Research Forum that are aimed at reducing the use of force.   Chief del Pozo explains that the Burlington department became involved after a fatal encounter in the city last year.

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       Massachusetts Health Quality Partners today reported the results of its latest statewide patient experience survey.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Karen DeWitt

Some state lawmakers are rejecting New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to extend a tax on millionaires. Cuomo spent Tuesday rolling out his spending plan to individual groups of lawmakers in private briefings, then at night, released details to the public.

I fell in love with the movies many years ago.  Going to see a film – even a sad drama – somehow left me with a feeling of empathy or a shared moment of humanity.  But a number of the art-house films of late 2016 with their emphasis on sadness and disillusionment simply leave me emotionally wrung out.

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Dori/Wikimedia Commons

A new report argues the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has positively impacted the health of residents across the Northeast.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 17, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is holding a post-election town hall in Springfield tomorrow evening.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Days before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, two organizations held an assembly in Beacon this weekend to kick off the formation of the Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone. 

Rob Edelman: Barry Jenkins

Jan 16, 2017

Of all the fine films that won theatrical releases this past year, one title for me stands at the very top of the pack. That is MOONLIGHT, directed and written by Barry Jenkins. 

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Jan 16, 2017

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, January 16, 2017.

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       A developer is being sought to purchase and restore one of the most unique buildings in western Massachusetts.  Historic preservationists are offering a financial incentive from a pot of casino money.

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Saratoga Springs is hosting a series of events dedicated to race and diversity in America.

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