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.

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
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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
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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.

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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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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.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for January 15, 2017.

Ralph Gardner Jr: The Second Avenue Subway

Jan 14, 2017
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Ralph Gardner, Jr.

These commentaries were conceived as celebrating the pleasures of country living, with occasional digressions. This is one of those occasions and one of those digressions.

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        The American Friends Service Committee of western Massachusetts will hold its 33rd Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Monday in Northampton.

Rogovoy Report 1/13/17

Jan 13, 2017

The weekend’s cultural highlights in the region include new and old play readings; a new music festival; photographs of Hudson’s garages and alleyways; Moroccan trance-dub music; a literary reading; the circus comes to town; and a whole lot more.

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It's your turn at the microphone.  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Dr. Carolyn Stefanco
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's recent proposal to provide free college tuition to state or city universities or community colleges has drawn a good deal of attention from those inside and outside the state's academic circles. Under the plan, free tuition would be available to New Yorkers whose families make under $125,000 a year. But what could it mean for private, independent colleges? Carolyn Stefanco is president of the College of St. Rose in Albany.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 13, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

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

MAyor Sheehan
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Since Albany’s Palace Theatre opened in 1931, it has provided a wide array of cultural events and served as a hub for the creative community. The building fell on hard times but interested parties kept it from the wrecking ball, restoring it and cementing its place as a city landmark. A deal in the works critical to the Palace's future is close to being finalized.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Monday’s announcement of an agreement to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County left local elected officials in a tailspin about tax revenues. They worry there is no way to fill what the Westchester County executive calls a gaping hole.

About once a year on average, I seem to create a bit of a stir with a commentary on breast cancer and screening guidelines. In those commentaries, I sometimes question the message that is given to American women about the utility of breast cancer screening programs. In the weeks that follow, both my email and my answering machine tend to fill up with people suggesting that I am wrong, sharing personal tales of invasive cancers that were detected only because of screening, and sometimes (although very rarely) hoping that a relative of mine is stricken with the disease.

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