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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.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Watching The Seasons Go By

12 hours ago

Before this March the longest uninterrupted stretch of time I spent at our home in Columbia County – dating back to childhood when my grandparents owned the place – was a week or two at a time.

The USS Slater is moored on the Hudson River at the intersection of Broadway and Quay streets in Albany, New York.
Jesse King / WAMC

The World War II-era destroyer escort docked in downtown Albany is about to head down the Hudson River for repairs. Making a rare voyage, the USS Slater is expected to depart for Staten Island at 7 a.m. Sunday. 

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Regional Midday Weather Summary for July 3rdt, 2020.

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

New rules regarding who can be held on bail in New York state took effect Thursday.

Burlington City Hall
WAMC Photo

Burlington, Vermont city councilors approved the 2021 budget Tuesday night with less than two hours to spare before the new fiscal year.

Absentee ballots from a ward's district stacked and ready to be processed
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Seeking a second term, the mayor of Plattsburgh has lost the Democratic primary. The Clinton County Board of Elections counted absentee and mail-in ballots for last Tuesday’s primary this morning.

Duane Todman Exhibit
Albany Center Gallery

A new exhibit at the Albany Center Gallery celebrates the life and work of the late Schenectady artist Duane Todman, who was fatally shot this spring.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Jul 2, 2020

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, July 2, 2020.

Rockland County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert and Rockland County Executive Ed Day talk about the Clarkstown COVID-19 cluster, July 1, 2020
Courtesy of Rockland County government

Months after the lower Hudson Valley became the first epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., Rockland County officials say a new COVID-19 cluster has emerged after a person who was ill with the virus held a party in June. COVID has since spread, and the county health commissioner says partygoers have not been cooperating with contact tracing. And officials are promising enforcement July Fourth weekend as they find out about more parties.

Chiquita D’Arbeau
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Housing Authority is getting a new Executive Director.

(Rye) Playland Park
Courtesy of Playland Park

A landmark amusement park in Westchester County will stay closed for the first time in history. The summer closure comes amid concerns about spreading COVID-19. Meantime, the number of positive cases from an outbreak at graduation events in Chappaqua is rising. 

Schenectady Police Badge
Facebook: Schenectady Police Department

Schenectady Police say the owner of a city ice cream shop was arrested on menacing charges for pointing a pellet gun at protesters outside his business Tuesday night. Demonstrations have continued outside Bumpy’s Polar Freeze since the weekend amid reports that the owner, David Elmendorf, sent text messages with racist slurs and said that he doesn’t hire Black people. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 1, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Bryan Griffin: The Values Of A Conservative

Jul 1, 2020

In 1964, future President Ronald Reagan was addressing a crowd of conservatives about the upcoming presidential election. He had recently switched from the Democratic Party, and this speech would launch him into national prominence. He told these conservatives:

The new fiscal year for Massachusetts municipalities started today, and Springfield has a new budget – minus some money for its police department. 

A white woman smiles
Massachusetts Cultural Council

Anita Walker has stepped down after 13 years as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The state agency doles out state and federal funding to non-profit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and individuals artists throughout the commonwealth. Walker spoke with WAMC about her career, from taking up the role in 2007 to how cultural work has changed over her tenure.

A white woman in a blue suit smiles while looking off to the right of the image
Williams College

Williams College President Maud Mandel says the liberal arts college in northwest Massachusetts will reopen its doors this fall. The school sent more than 2,000 undergrads home in March to finish the spring semester remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. WAMC spoke with Mandel to find out more about how Williams plans to safely carry out classes and student life under the threat of a second wave.

Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
Courtesy of Manhattanville College

A liberal arts college in the lower Hudson Valley is offering a new course this summer for incoming freshman on COVID-19. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with one of the professors who helped create the course.

Fred Kowal: What Have We Become?

Jun 30, 2020

How many must die to satisfy the malevolent narcissism of one man?

Saratoga Springs City Hall
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The COVID-19 pandemic has stressed governments across the globe by increasing their spending in some areas at the same time revenues are plummeting due to business shutdowns. The MRB Group surveyed 40 upstate New York governments – counties, cities, towns and villages – to learn how they are faring. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 30, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Champlain Centre mall logo on a podium
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Although New York’s North Country region is in Phase 4 of re-opening from coronavirus shutdowns, indoor malls remain closed. Officials gathered in front of the Champlain Centre mall in Plattsburgh Monday to call on the Cuomo administration to issue guidance to reopen malls.

Albany NY saw protests and civil unrest in the wake of the George Floyd killing.
WAMC photos by Jackie Orchard

A month after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, a Siena College poll finds New Yorkers are troubled by systemic racism and police behavior. But  they don’t support calls to defund the police.

the front door of Springfield Police Headquarters


       With a national debate raging over policing, some elected officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts say now is not the time to spend money for a police department shooting range.

Andrew Pallotta: Education - An Avenue To Equality

Jun 29, 2020

Our hearts were broken this spring by the killing of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, racial and economic inequalities within our nation were already laid bare. And with his death, the need for change took on new urgency. We at NYSUT were heartened that New York State lawmakers responded quickly to widespread calls for change by instituting criminal justice reforms in June.

8:46 Poster
Facebook: Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate New York

Seven Capital Region theatre troupes will come together Tuesday night in a collective response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand with Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region’s Arbor Hill Food Pantry Manager Andre Lewis
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited a food pantry in Albany's Arbor Hill this morning to help pack healthy meals for New Yorkers struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 29, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, June 29, 2020.

TROY – “8:46” is the title of seven short pieces of theater that will be digitally available at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 30.

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback provides the regional forecast for Sunday, June 28th, 2020.