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.

File: Governor Andrew Cuomo at Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

One day after beating actor Cynthia Nixon in Thursday's Democratic primary, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he received votes because he’s delivered on real issues that matter to people.

Rogovoy Report 9/14/18

Sep 14, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include roots music, blues, cutting-edge rock, contemporary classical, and a whole lot more.

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

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 14, 2018
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, September 14, 2018.

NY Attorney General Barbara Underwood
Karen DeWitt

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has stepped up her office's investigation into the Roman Catholic church's handling of sex abuse allegations.

Plattsburgh resident Ira Barbell talks to the City Council 9-13-18
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Plattsburgh’s mayor and common council held a public hearing last night on the mayor’s proposed 2019 city budget.  But no one commented on the $59 million fiscal plan.

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The largest state fair in New England, the Big E, is underway in western Massachusetts.

Ben Downing: A Place To Start

Sep 13, 2018

In 2012 and 2016, I joined with my colleagues to expand protections under Massachusetts hate crimes laws to our transgender neighbors, friends, co-workers and family members. Those two yes votes were some of my proudest in 10 years in the Senate. This fall those protections and progress will be on the line at the ballot box.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 13, 2018
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, September 13, 2018.

AHN

An Albany Catholic girls school has embarked on a major fundraising initiative.

Cuomo, Nixon Face Off As Primary Day Arrives

Sep 13, 2018
File: Governor Andrew Cuomo at Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Thursday is primary day in New York, and the hottest race is between Democratic incumbent governor Andrew Cuomo and challenger, actor and education advocate Cynthia Nixon.

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls
Lucas Willard / WAMC

UPDATE 9/13/18:

The communications office for NCEH/ATSDR tells WAMC "the communities for this project have not been selected at this time."

A spokesman for the New York State Department of Health tells WAMC it has reached out to ATSDR seeking clarification on the communities included in the study and has spoke to the mayor of Hoosick Falls about the issue. 

A spokesman for the office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the senator is "still looking into the proposal, but she is supportive of any proposal that can help communities affected by PFOA get more information on health impacts."
 

The federal government has proposed studying communities affected by PFAS contamination – like many in the Northeast. But residents of one community that is not on the list say the study is too short-sighted.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 12, 2018
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

Indian Point Unit 3 Is Shut Down To Fix A Leak

Sep 12, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Unit 3 at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in Westchester County was shut down late last week after a plant operator found indications of a leak. Officials say the small leak could have affected parts of a safety injection system. A constant critic of the plant says it’s just the latest in a long line of issues over the years.

Mary-Ellen Elia: What's New

Sep 12, 2018

I hope you enjoyed your summer and are looking forward to another productive school year.

I’d like to mention some of the recent changes the Board of Regents and I have made and are eager to see reflected in New York’s classrooms this year.

Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield City Council tackled transgender rights and celebrated the city’s championship Little League team at Tuesday’s meeting.

    A moratorium on marijuana stores in the largest city in western Massachusetts has been extended until the end of November. 

An EPA official meets with Hoosick Falls residents Tuesday.
Lucas Willard / WAMC

State and federal agencies met with the residents of Hoosick Falls Tuesday night, where an investigation into the presence of toxic chemicals in local water supplies continues. Officials hope to foster better communication between the people and government.

St. Joseph's Orphanage
Burlington Police Department

Vermont law enforcement officials were in Burlington on Monday to announce the formation of a task force to investigate allegations of abuse, including murder, at the former St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Burlington.

After the 9/11 attacks, James Halpern led the first team of mental health workers at Ground Zero. The founding director of The Institute for Disaster Mental Health at the State University of New York at New Paltz says he is offended by an ad that attacks Antonio Delgado, the Democratic candidate in New York’s 19th Congressional District. The super PAC ad shows the burning Twin Towers. Halpern says the context in which the image is shown dishonors the memory of the civilians and first responders lost that day. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Halpern about the ad and more. A warning: some listeners may find this story upsetting.

Some of the transmission towers at the Albany-area "antenna farm" in the Heldeberg Mountains.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Some upstate New York television viewers have eight more reasons to cut the cord.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 11, 2018
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

  A new multi-media campaign was launched this week in western Massachusetts to highlight the fact that many people in the region face hunger on a daily basis.

Cuomo Manages Controversies In Final Days Campaign

Sep 10, 2018
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Cuomo had been gaining momentum in the days leading up Thursday’s Democratic primary for governor, but two controversial incidents over the weekend could set the governor back in his race against challenger Cynthia Nixon.

Residents and community leaders are mobilizing in Albany to save a downtown pharmacy from imminent closure.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Residents of Albany's South End are stepping up efforts to keep a neighborhood pharmacy from closing.

Rob Edelman: Catchers, Spies, And Moe Berg

Sep 10, 2018

This year, six legends were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. None was Moe Berg. For the record, they were Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, Jim Thome, and Trevor Hoffman. However, during Induction Weekend, I could not help but think of Moe Berg. One reason was that the Hall continuously-- and justifiably, I might add-- celebrates the military careers and wartime service of its members, from Grover Alexander to Ted Williams. But to my knowledge, none of the new inductees-- or for that matter any baseball Hall of Famer-- accomplished what Berg did once upon a time. It was a remarkable achievement; it has nothing to do with singles, doubles, and triples; and his story is told in a new screen biography, titled THE CATCHER WAS A SPY, with Paul Rudd starring as Moe Berg.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 10, 2018
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, September 10, 2018.

Andrea Harrington

Once again, change appears to be on the horizon for the Berkshire District Attorney’s office. Attorney Andrea Harrington, of Richmond, Massachusetts, upset sitting District Attorney Paul Caccaviello and warded off Judith Knight to win the Democratic primary last Tuesday. With no Republican candidate running in November’s election, Harrington is poised to become the first woman to hold the seat. She sat down with WAMC to talk about her victory, the possibility of a fall campaign, and the future of the office.

David Nightingale: Camping

Sep 9, 2018
Volkswagen camper
grassrootsgroundswell / Wikimedia Commons

A son suggested, after the two young women who had purchased my pop-up camper had driven away, that I ought to recall a few trips.

Saratoga Museum Seizes On Supernatural Fervor

Sep 9, 2018
The Saratoga Springs History Museum
Hannah Gauthier

Now that September is here, Halloween decorations are going up and candy is on the shelves. But ghosts and ghouls are a year-round focus in popular culture, from films like “The Conjuring” to Discovery Channel’s “Ghost Adventures.” Haunted hotels and vacant buildings have become travel destinations for those seeking the supernatural and the phenomenon has touched New York’s Capital Region.

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