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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.

Tree trunks litter the ground with a stand of trees far in the background
Chris Matera / Massachusetts Forest Watch

Environmental activist Chris Matera is sounding the alarm over how Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s administration is handling the state’s forests. The founder of Massachusetts Forest Watch, Matera says the rising value of trees is leading to economic interests trumping ecological ones in the commonwealth – with dangerous consequences.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

19 hours ago
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, September 24, 2020.

The collaborative is expected to present its recommendations to the Albany Common Council early next year.

The City of Albany held another Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative meeting this week.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

After the recent discovery of an invasive forest pest near Lake George, a new effort is being launched to prevent the spread of the hemlock woolly adelgid.

Scott Karson: Seizing The Opportunity

Sep 23, 2020

I grew up in Great Neck, a suburban community on the North Shore of Long Island. And while it might seem hard to believe for some, at the time it was a hotbed of progressive thinking and concern for social justice.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 23, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

Film COOP logo

With more film and TV productions taking advantage of New York state tax credits to shoot upstate, a new film commission has launched in Otsego County. The Cooperstown, Oneonta, Otsego County Film Partnership, or Film COOP, aims to build on similar efforts in the Capital Region. Film COOP’s Board President is Greg Klein, an actor and journalist with The Daily Star. He spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Vermont Statehouse
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont Governor Phil Scott and members of his administration provided a COVID-19 update Tuesday. Among the key topics was the next step schools are taking in the reopening process.

A stone building with a colonnade lit by lights sits in front of a brick churck and a street lamp
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council approved an $8.5 million borrowing plan at Tuesday night’s meeting. The meeting also featured a councilor sparring with the mayor.

WAMC Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Residents in an upstate city burdened by environmental problems are getting ready to take on one more.

Fred Kowal: Test, Test, Test

Sep 22, 2020

The fall semester has started for colleges and universities across New York State. For me, the start of the semester has always been a time of excitement, as I prepared to meet new students in my classes and begin the process of sharing knowledge and wisdom with them.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 22, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

photo of Burlington Police logo on a podium
Photo - Pat Bradley/WAMC

Protesters have been camped out in a park adjacent to the Burlington, Vermont Police Department for nearly a month. They want the city to fire three police officers who were involved in past use-of-force incidents. Following an executive session Monday night city councilors emerged with a resolution that partially addresses protesters’ demands.

In an attempt to better understand how residents are experiencing the coronavirus pandemic, especially in communities of color, the city of Albany conducted an online COVID-19 Community Survey. Results are in.

Two wings of a concrete complex meet in a quad.

Positive COVID-19 tests remain low at Berkshire County higher ed institutions.

Courtesy of Women and the Vote NYS

An effort is under way for local filmmakers to capture voters in New York visiting suffragists’ gravesites in their communities on Election Day. The project is from “Women and the Vote New York State.” Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Linda Moroney about the project.

It was reported this week that US Industrial Production slowed to a modest increase of .4 %.  This follows months with gains of 3.5% and 6.1%.  This appears to be evidence that the initial surge of people going back to work has tempered somewhat and thus the decline in production.  If this continues, it does not bode well for the overall economy nor for a recovery on the employment front.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 21, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, September 21, 2020.

A crowd of young people mill in front of an entrance with "TACONIC" spelled out in metal over it
Pittsfield Public Schools / http://www.pittsfield.net/

Court documents detail sexual misconduct allegations against a baseball coach involving students at a Pittsfield, Massachusetts high school. A warning to listeners that this story contains details some listeners will find disturbing.

Albany County Legislator Carolyn McLaughlin, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Chief City Auditor Dorcey Applyrs, outside the NYS Court of Appeals building on Eagle Street.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany city leaders gathered for a vigil Saturday evening to honor the life and legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Whether it be a gorgeous IMAX film, an amateur home movie, or anything in-between, we’ve all experienced the value of a musical soundtrack while viewing beautiful scenes of nature.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina provides the weather forecast for Sunday, September 20th. 

Ralph Gardner Jr: Ways To Save Autumn

Sep 19, 2020
The Empire State Rail Trail at Kinderhook NY
Ralph Gardner, Jr.

A lot of people I know – make that everyone – are apprehensive as we head into autumn and then winter with coronavirus nipping at our heels and more essential organs. So as a modest public service I thought I’d offer some of the solutions I’ve come up with for coping with the season’s stresses, psychological as well as physical.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina provides the Regional Midday Weather Summary for Saturday, September 19th. 

Professor Stephen Clark
Albany Law School

Officials across the political spectrum today are recognizing the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at age 87.

Rogovoy Report 9/18/20

Sep 18, 2020

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include R&B, gospel, roots-music, outdoor dance, art, and a whole lot more.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

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

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 18, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, September 18, 2020.

Tedra Cobb at the People's Forum at SUNY Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Democratic candidate in New York 21st Congressional district is mounting her second challenge against Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. In her first campaign two years ago, Tedra Cobb emphasized heath care issues.  Speaking at WAMC’s North Country Bureau this morning, Cobb tells WAMC’s Pat Bradley that in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, health care remains her top priority.

Several leading New York elected officials held a Zoom session to launch "Vote WFP"
WAMC Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Several leading New York elected officials held a Zoom session to launch "Vote WFP" in a bid to keep the Working Families Party on the statewide ballot after November’s election.