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WAMC's award-winning daily news magazine brings listeners the latest in local, national and world news. Join Jim Levulis each weekday for the latest. The weekend edition is hosted by Lucas Willard. The work of the WAMC News team is complemented each day with news and features from the BBC 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's Midday Forecast

5 minutes ago
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, January 24, 2020.

Burlington City Council President Kurt Wright
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A write-in campaign has been mounted on behalf of an incumbent Burlington City Councilor who is not running for re-election because he would have to leave his job if he campaigns.

Stu Rosner / Boston Symphony Orchestra

This week, Boston Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Mark Volpe announced he will step down at the end of February 2021. He oversees the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, and Tanglewood, as well as the orchestra’s real estate holdings in Boston and the Berkshires. Volpe previously held leadership positions with orchestras in Baltimore, Minneapolis, and Detroit over his 37-year career.  During his tenure, the Lenox, Massachusetts campus of Tanglewood extended its schedule into a full-season program for the first time. He also led the organization as it dealt with the fallout of sexual misconduct allegations against former music director James Levine. Volpe spoke with WAMC about what he’ll carry with him from the experience, and what it’s like to lead an orchestra for 23 years.


  Legislation has been proposed to regulate short-term room rentals in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

Bryan Griffin: Good Government Needs Renewal

23 hours ago

As the Senate hosts the President’s impeachment trial, I think back to the process that brought us here.

View of Adirondacks from Lake Placid
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Michael Barrett was appointed executive director of the Adirondack Mountain Club in late September 2019, taking over for Neil Woodworth, who spent three decades leading the conservation and recreation group. Barrett is a Putnam County native who served as a foreign language interrogator for the U.S. Army and has worked in state government in New York and Missouri. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 23, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, January 23, 2020.

Bethlehem, NY Town Supervisor David VanLuven
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Bethlehem, New York Supervisor David VanLuven gave his State of the Town address Wednesday night.

Josh Landes / WAMC

Town residents gathered in Great Barrington, Massachusetts for a public forum on marijuana bylaws Wednesday night.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 22, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Berkshire lawmakers are reacting to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday.

Derek Jeter

Two offensive stars of a generation ago were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame Tuesday. One was nearly unanimous, while the other squeaked by in his last year of eligibility.

PSC Institutes Rate Hike Plan For Con Edison

Jan 21, 2020
Courtesy of Con Edison

The New York state Public Service Commission has approved a rate hike for Con Edison. The three-year plan approval is for an amount far less than what the utility proposed, but there is still opposition among Westchester customers.

John Faso: War Powers And Political Theatre

Jan 21, 2020

“This government wants Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead.”  So said Secretary of State John Hay in 1904 during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt.

Miles N. Davis
Miles N. Davis For Plattsburgh / Facebook

So far there are three candidates, all Democrats, running for mayor of Plattsburgh this year. They are Tenzin Dorjee, owner of a downtown restaurant, incumbent Colin Read, who is seeking his second term, and 22-year-old Miles Davis.  Davis, who attended SUNY Plattsburgh, is continuing his studies at Clinton Community College and hopes to eventually become a high school teacher. But Davis tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he’s taking a pause in his studies because he believes Plattsburgh needs a more youthful perspective in its leadership.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 21, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Law enforcement officials from Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties discuss the impact of bail and discovery reforms set to go into effect January 1st
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A Siena College poll released today measures New Yorkers’ thoughts on the state’s new criminal justice laws and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The children’s hospital at Westchester Medical Center has a first-of-its-kind facility to process pre-term human milk for extreme low birthweight babies. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the head of the new donor milk bank at the hospital in Valhalla.

Adam Schleifer is one of more than a dozen Democrats who want to succeed longtime Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey, who is not seeking re-election. Schleifer left his job as a federal prosecutor to join the crowded primary field for New York’s 17th House District. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Schleifer about why he’s in the race.

The US trade deficit is tumbling, the obvious cause being a decline in Chinese exports to the US as a result of the tariffs, rather than an increase in US exports narrowing the gap. Are our trade strategies working; it would appear not if our exports are not increasing.

A bearded white man in a sweater holds a pamphlet titled "Library of Things" in front of a wall of framed documents
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is the largest public library in the county – but its collection extends far beyond books. Outreach librarian Sam Reggio says the Athenaeum continues to grow its Library of Things, a collection of everything from tools and musical instruments to sleds and green screens that card holders can borrow for free. One item from the Library of Things is a seasonally appropriate device called a HappyLight.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 20, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, January 20, 2020.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas / WAMC

As Martin Luther King's life and legacy are celebrated across the country today, a Siena Poll indicates New Yorkers’ views of race relations have soured compared to a decade ago.

David Nightingale: Something Rotten

Jan 19, 2020

“Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark” says Marcellus in Act 1 of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and many people feel similarly about life now, here.

Vince DeSantis
Lucas Willard / WAMC

In November, Vincent DeSantis was elected to complete the remainder of former mayor Dayton King’s four-year term.

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback provides the forecast for Sunday, January 19th.

Ralph Gardner Jr: A Professional Organizer To The Rescue

Jan 18, 2020
Professional organizer Robyn Stein
Ralph Gardner Jr

Our basement is large. How large I can’t say because I never measured it. But there are two sections that we refer to as the new basement and the old basement. The new basement, fluorescently lighted, came with the addition to the house in the early 1980’s. The old, dank, dim hand dug basement dates to the mid-19th Century.

Marc Porter
City of Gloversville

The Chief of the Gloversville Police Department announced his upcoming retirement this week.

Governor Andrew Cuomo releases his state budget plan Tuesday afternoon, and he’s expected to detail how he will close a $6 billion budget gap. With resistance in the legislature to both new taxes and spending cuts, the governor may have to get creative to thread that needle.

The door of the Berkshire District Attorney's office.
Josh Landes / WAMC

On Monday, a senior staffer in the Berkshire County District Attorney office resigned in protest over what she described as a culture where politics took precedence over the law.