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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.

Springfield Police Department Headquarters on Pearl Street

        The city of Springfield, Massachusetts is paying a sizable sum of money to settle a police brutality complaint as debate continues over increasing civilian oversight of the troubled police department. 

The main sign outside of Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Josh Landes / WAMC

A bill in the Massachusetts statehouse is stoking a long-running disagreement in the Berkshires.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Following the Assembly, the New York state Senate voted 33-29 to allow undocumented immigrants to receive standard driver’s licenses. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo raised some last-minute objections, saying he fears that some data that the state Department of Motor Vehicles collects on the immigrants might be accessed by the federal government and immigration officials — but he has since signed the bill. 

Courtesy of Newburgh Enlarged City School District

The mayor of the City of Newburgh has his sights set on developing the waterfront, all while juggling ongoing water contamination issues and new staff members. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Democrat Torrance Harvey about the city’s direction.

POTUS again surprised us by withdrawing the threat of tariffs, at least temporarily, against Mexico on Friday evening, June 7. The puzzlement of the weekend, it was disclosed, that this agreement had been made many months ago, and raised questions about whether or not POTUS created a crisis in order to appear to have solved it.  It is highly unlikely that POTUS will be satisfied with whatever actions Mexico takes, so this will be an ongoing saga.  Speaking of the migrants, there are now reports that Central Americans are looking to Europe as it is both a safer trip and potentially more welcoming. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

23 hours ago
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, June 17, 2019.

This summer, Lee, Massachusetts will become the next Berkshire County community to host an adult-use marijuana retailer. Canna Provisions, which cleared its final regulatory hurdle in May, will soon open in the town of around 6,000 just off the Mass Pike. CEO Meg Sanders is the former head of Mindful, a Colorado chain of marijuana dispensaries. She says the company has hired more than 40 full-time employees to work in Lee. She spoke with WAMC about the investments her company is making in Lee and what it’s been like working with the town.

The Massachusetts State House
Jim Levulis / WAMC

         Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill to delay the start of a payroll tax to fund paid family and medical leave benefits for all Massachusetts workers.

Employees of the former St. Clare's Hospital rally on the Million Dollar Staircase.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Employees of the former St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady took their fight to get their pensions back to the state capitol today.

David Nightingale: United Nations

Jun 16, 2019
Flag of the United Nations
Public Domain / Open Clip Art Library/Wikimedia Commons

It’s sometimes said that the United Nations absorbs a lot of money, which it often wastes, is ineffective, and fails to prevent wars.  Let’s look at this.

Mankind’s urge to eliminate war can be traced very far back.

Greg Pollak
WNYT / Facebook

Ralph Gardner Jr: Family Meal

Jun 15, 2019
Gracie Gardner, center, surrounded by friends and Blue Hill at Stone Barns co-workers
Ralph Gardner, Jr.

Let me stipulate that the food was sublime, the service to match when we were invited to Blue Hill at Stone Barns last week by my older daughter Lucy and her fiancée Malcolm St. Clair as thanks for throwing their upcoming wedding.

Rogovoy Report 6/14/19

Jun 14, 2019

The highlights of the cultural weekend in our region include chamber music, desert blues, folk and bluegrass, theater, jamming … plus a whole lot more.

What say you? Let's find out! Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 14, 2019
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, June 14, 2019.

Turner Bradford explains new Durkee Street development plan
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Less than a month after presenting revised Durkee Street redevelopment plans, the developer was back before the Plattsburgh Common Council with a new set of plans Thursday night.

Composite photo by Dave Lucas

Authorities in the Albany County Town of Bethlehem continue investigating a fire at an apartment complex that killed one person and destroyed a building. 

Lodge of Elks No. 997

Almost 200 American flags are in a solemn array on a field in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
photo provided

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is also the President of the National Association of Secretaries of State.  In both roles, cybersecurity is his top priority, and he has testified before Congress on the importance of assuring election security.  The Democrat was in Boston last week as the keynote speaker at a conference titled “Building a New Cyber Security Paradigm.” Secretary Condos tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that Vermont began securing all its computer systems in 2013 and the state is considered a leader in cybersecurity.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 13, 2019
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Becky Meier points out the proposed E37 pipeline route.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

National Grid's proposed natural gas pipeline that would run from Bethlehem to North Greenbush was the subject of a public forum Wednesday night.

Richard Dewey

There is a new president and chief executive officer at the New York Independent System Operator, more commonly referred to as the state’s power grid. The board of directors recently appointed Richard Dewey, formerly the executive vice president, to lead the NYISO, which is based in Rensselaer. 

Mostly Modern Festival
Facebook: Mostly Modern Festival

The Mostly Modern Festival is in full swing at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. 

A group of people in costume as faeries stand in front of trees
Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival

A festival celebrating creativity, the arts, and faeries is set for Saturday in Adams, Massachusetts.

The Saratoga Springs City Center as seen from the steps of Temple Sinai.
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Parking in downtown Saratoga Springs, New York is always at a premium, never more so than during the summer tourism season. This week, city Public Safety Commissioner Peter Martin announced some parking changes in the Spa City. Several long-term spaces are changing to short-term, and long-term spots are being reduced in a move designed to aid downtown businesses. Martin detailed the changes — and discussed the city’s search for a new police chief — in an interview with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Bryan Griffin: The Government Grows By Design

Jun 12, 2019

The federal government is ballooning in size. Government grows itself by its very nature.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 12, 2019
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

City of Pittsfield logo.
City of Pittsfield

City councilors in Pittsfield, Massachusetts have approved a budget for the next fiscal year.

Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

An array of social service and government agencies throughout western Massachusetts have been enlisted to join the fight against homelessness.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Monday was the new Ulster County executive’s first day on the job. Pat Ryan won a special election April 30 following the departure of the county’s first executive, fellow Democrat Mike Hein, who joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration.