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.

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

Earlier this month, the New York State Department of Environmental Consevation announced remediation work would begin at the Saint-Gobain facility on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls. The Superfund site is at the center of the PFOA water contamination issue affecting village water supplies. PFOA has been linked to ill health effects including cancer.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two senior level Department of Defense officials were in Newburgh Thursday to update the public about their efforts to address PFOS water contamination emanating from Stewart Air National Guard base. The forum followed the DoD’s visit to Newburgh in November, when it first addressed the community about the PFOS contamination uncovered in May 2016.

A render of the planned Mercy House facility at Bethesda Episcopal Church
Mercy House

The City of Saratoga Springs has boomed with investment and development in recent years. But not all populations have benefited.

Rogovoy Report 4/19/19

12 hours ago

The highlights of the cultural weekend in our region include the story of a 19th century heiress, 19th century piano music, Venezuelan jazz, and a whole lot more.

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

Jordan Sherman's Midday Forecast

13 hours ago

Meteorologist Jordan Sherman delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, April 19, 2019.

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Vermont Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont.  In an interview with WAMC Thursday, staff attorneys explained that the group is arguing that the Burlington Police Department has violated the state’s Public Records Act by requiring a city resident to pay a fee to access body cam video of an incident he witnessed. The ACLU claims government agencies are barred from charging for inspection of public records.  Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo had written a letter outlining fees that are authorized. He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley they also followed the ACLU’s body cam policy recommendations.

Leonard Hospital closed more than two decades ago, and is nowadays regarded as a danger, a nuisance and an eyesore in north Troy.
Pinterest

The City of Troy is moving ahead with plans to tear down the former Leonard Hospital building in Lansingburgh.

The Pittsfield Suns logo and a photo of Michael Lieberman
Pittsfield Suns

Pittsfield, Massachusetts’ collegiate summer baseball team, the Pittsfield Suns, is welcoming a new leader this season. Drawn from Division I, II, and III teams, the Suns call historic Wahconah Park home. They compete against eight other teams in the Future Collegiate Baseball League of New England. This week, Michael Lieberman – an 11-year veteran of summer college ball  – will take over as General Manager. Lieberman talked with WAMC about his life in baseball, and what to expect on and off the field at Wahconah this year.

Rockland Puts New Measles Order Into Effect

Apr 18, 2019

Rockland County, New York officials have issued a new order banning people exposed to measles from going to public places. This comes after a judge halted the county executive’s state of emergency April 5th.

Jane McManus: Woods' Second Act

Apr 18, 2019

When Tiger Woods won the Masters last weekend, it was a moment many thought would never happen again.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 18, 2019
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Vermont Supreme Court
GearedBull/Wikimedia

The Vermont Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case brought by the ACLU seeking the release of body cam footage. The group argues that the Burlington Police Department is violating the state’s Public Records Act by requiring a fee to access the records.

Jane Golub
Price Chopper Supermarkets (Facebook)

An influential Capital Region woman is being remembered as a trailblazer in business and philanthropy.

A playground full of children lies in front of the Conte Community School's concrete facade
Pittsfield Public Schools

Jake McCandless became the superintendent of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts public schools in 2013. As the city of around 43,000 puts together its budget for fiscal year 2020, McCandless is asking Pittsfield leaders to spend more on its school department. In 2019, the city spent more than $60 million on public education. Now, McCandless has floated a pair of proposed increases. He  spoke with WAMC about why he’s asking for more, and why that number has changed.

Bryan Griffin: Prudence And Total Cost

Apr 17, 2019

Every decision about our lives that we cede to the government has significant ramifications in the future.

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont announced on Tuesday that 16 people are facing drug trafficking charges following a three-day, multi-agency operation in the Brattleboro area.

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Striking images of the burning spire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday have been shared on television screens, newspapers and social media sites worldwide. Now officials are working to determine the extent of the damage and considering how to rebuild the roughly 800-year-old church.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 17, 2019
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

Seven workers holding signs stand outside a Stop & Shop.
Josh Landes / WAMC News

As unions continue to strike at Stop & Shop grocery stores around the Northeast, workers and politicians in Berkshire County are weighing in.

Historic Cherry Hill
Deborah Emmons-Andarawis

Volunteers and staff at Historic Cherry Hill in Albany’s South End have been struggling to restore the colonial home of the Van Rensselaer family for years. But there is hope renovations will be done by the end of the year. The museum opens for behind-the-scenes restoration tours in May.

John Faso: Defending The Electoral College

Apr 16, 2019

The last time I looked, the list of Democratic Party presidential candidates had grown to 18, reminding us of the GOP free-for-all with 17 candidates in 2016.

Tedra Cobb
Tedra Cobb for NY21

In 2018, Democrats in New York’s 21st Congressional District fielded up to 10 candidates. Former St. Lawrence County legislator and Canton resident Tedra Cobb won the primary and challenged incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik. But Stefanik easily survived the “blue wave” election as Cobb lost by 14 points. In her concession speech, Cobb promised she would run again.  On Monday, Cobb made it official. Cobb, whose rhetoric echoes the last campaign, tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley the issues haven’t changed.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 16, 2019
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

Republican Michael Stammel, chairman of the Rensselaer County Legislature
LinkedIn

The next mayoral election in the city of Rensselaer will be missing a longtime fixture on the ballot. Yesterday, we spoke with the city’s new mayor. Now, Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has part two of WAMC’s look at the race.

A Marist College professor is starting a 3,000-mile journey today. His solo walk begins in Portland, Oregon and he aims to wind up back on the Poughkeepsie college campus in late August. The Navy veteran is walking to raise awareness about veteran suicide and homelessness.

Christian Ryan, Jenny Strassburg in Cap Rep's production of "Shakespeare in Love "
Richard Lovrich

The production of “Shakespeare in Love,” which is at Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany through May 12, is a pleasing production. It has a delightful story that is well acted and impressively directed. It’s almost impossible to leave the production and not feel better than when you walked in.   

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 15, 2019
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, April 15, 2019.

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The next mayoral election in the city of Rensselaer will be missing a longtime fixture on the ballot. But as WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports, the new mayor wants to serve a full term.

The Pittsfield City Council office in city hall lists all 11 members of the council on its window.
Josh Landes / WAMC

With municipal elections coming up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, WAMC is taking the temperature on the city council that serves the county’s largest community.

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