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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.

Rogovoy Report 8/16/19

23 hours ago

The highlights of the cultural weekend in our region include cutting-edge dance; 19th century music; folk-blues; Shakespeare … plus a whole lot more.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

23 hours ago
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, August 16, 2019.

Nils Strand / Wikimedia Commons

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

Mayor Linda Tyer holds a "Tyer For Mayor" sign in front of a brick wall
Josh Landes / WAMC

As the Pittsfield, Massachusetts mayoral race heats up, incumbent Linda Tyer is making her case for a second term.

File photo: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed legislation Thursday to impose a penalty of life in prison without parole for acts of domestic terrorism, including mass shootings.

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    Massachusetts marijuana industry regulators are weighing public comments as they set rules that would allow for home delivery and the opening of so-called “cannabis cafes.”  

Midori Francis and Deirdre O'Connell  in "Before The Meeting"
Jeremy Daneil

It might sound odd to call a play about the pressure of an addict to stay clean – sweet, but that’s a good word to describe “Before the Meeting,” a play being given its world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 15, 2019
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, August 15, 2019.

Composite photo by Dave Lucas

Despite years of effort to improve the relationship between law enforcement and residents of Albany, mistrust remains. That’s according to a new survey from the Center for Law and Justice.

A brunette woman with a lime green jacket smiles in front of a grey background
City of Pittsfield

Saying she’s fed up with business as usual, Pittsfield, Massachusetts city councilor Melissa Mazzeo is running for mayor in this fall’s municipal election.

Ulster County Exec Signs Term Limits Bill

Aug 14, 2019
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County has a new law setting term limits for elected county officials and legislators.

Bryan Griffin: What Is A Human Right?

Aug 14, 2019

With the 2020 election cycle in full swing, we’re going to be hearing more discussion of exactly what the American government owes to its citizens as a “human right.” Many politicians will make lofty promises of adding things to this precious list.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 14, 2019
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

Next week, Albany will host the first Aurora Games — a multi-sport international competition for women. It comes during a challenging time for gymnastics. A high-profile figure from one of the sport’s darkest hours will be in Albany for the event.

Burlington City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

At their meeting this week, Burlington city councilors approved entering a contract with a private company that would sell the carbon offsets resulting from the planting of trees.

A man in a suit speaks to a cadre of seated politicans behind a desk on a stage
Josh Landes / WAMC

Meeting for the first time in five weeks Tuesday night, the Pittsfield City Council voted to accept almost $1.3 million in additional state money for the city’s school department.

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Later this month, the public schools in Holyoke, Massachusetts will start the 5th academic year under state receivership.

Courtesy of the Office of Congresswoman Nita Lowey

New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey held a roundtable discussion Monday on gun violence. She says she will be thinking about all the input and what can be done in the House. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the chair of the House Appropriations Committee about this and more.

Catherine Combs and Thom Sesma in "Ghost"
Jeremy Daniel

There is no question the Norwegian Henrik Ibsen, who wrote in the late 1800’s, was a great and prophetic playwright. This is especially true of his plays, “A Doll’s House” and “Hedda Gabler,”which featured strong independent women who were generations ahead of their time.

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The Albany County Legislature held a hearing and a procedural vote Monday on a controversial local law that would ban flavored tobacco products.

Burlington City Hall
WAMC Photo

The Burlington City Council has approved a resolution opposing the basing of any nuclear weapon delivery system at the Vermont Air National Guard Base. It comes a month before the first F-35 fighter jets are scheduled to arrive at the Burlington facility, which opponents fear will be nuclear capable.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 13, 2019
Paul Caiano
WNYT

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

A room full of seated people face a table of similarly seated people
Josh Landes / WAMC

There is plenty of confusion as locals consider the possibility of horse racing returning to Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Public comment is being sought in Massachusetts on proposed regulations for home delivery and social consumption of marijuana.

Courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority

The Rockland County Legislature has voted unanimously on a resolution to urge a New York state panel to provide discounted tolls for Rockland residents on the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

The two shootings in Dayton and El Paso have many similarities to many prior mass shootings. The manifesto left behind by the El Paso shooter is obviously very problematic, and by happenstance I was reading some material from Fordam University, which included a remembrance of Robert Kennedy’s graduation speech in 1967. Senator Kennedy said at that time, “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, crossing each other from a million different centers of energy, and daring. Those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” Those words are worth contemplating given today’s circumstances. We clearly need to get control in some fashion of automatic weapons, including better background checks and call out that Mr. Trump is a racist, and not as I jokingly said last week, a Trumpsapien, as the first step to addressing the issue of white nationalism.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 12, 2019
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, August 12, 2019.

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Experts from a number of areas are meeting today and tomorrow at the Albany Capital Center to consider how to make schools safe places to learn and how to prevent another Columbine, Parkland or Sandy Hook. The workshop is being held by the university at Albany’s School of Education and College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity of which Robert Griffin is dean. 

Tables full of well dressed people sit inside a tent with Mahaiwe banners
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center held its annual gala in Great Barrington, Massachusetts this weekend.

The federal National Survey on Drug Use and Health examines how Americans use and perceive drugs. According to the most recent data, Americans’ attitudes on marijuana use are changing.

Currently, 33 states have legalized some form of marijuana, including medical and adult-use. The Rockefeller Institute of Government has done its own analysis of the national data.

WAMC’s Lucas Willard spoke to Policy Analyst Alex Morse, who examined the state-by-state data.

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