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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 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.

David Margulies is a writer whose plays offer a burning insight into contemporary relationships.   Many of his plays, like his Pulitzer Prize winning “Dinner With Friends,” tend to focus on couples struggling to hold on to a passion that once bonded them like glue.  

Four F-35 jets from Hill AFB make an unscheduled stop at the Burlington International Airport in May 2019
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On Tuesday, two Vermont National Guard pilots left for Texas to pick up the first F-35A fighter jets that will be permanently assigned to the Air National Guard facility in South Burlington. The basing of the planes has been controversial since the Air Force announced the decision six years ago.

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New York state legislators questioned state officials about the build-out of broadband internet service on Tuesday. The hearing at the state capitol served as an update on the state’s $500 million New NY Broadband Program.


The president of the Chicopee City Council and a former police officer turned high school vice principal will face off  for mayor of the second-largest city in western Massachusetts.

A spokesman for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says a plan to charge up to $45 for a requirement that license plates more than 10 years old be replaced is no longer going forward. The news comes after a Siena College poll finds New Yorkers strongly oppose having to pay for new license plates.

Brian Linden as Ben and Montana Lampert Hoover as Emily.
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It’s an open secret that most of the truly exciting and adventurous summer theater takes place in the second stages of the major theater festivals. 

Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Karen DeWitt

Corruption scandals have reached the top of New York state government in recent years, but there is one organization that wants to make sure the public knows that most government employees are dedicated, hardworking and honest. The State Academy for Public Administration will give its Rockefeller Award for distinguished public service to Democratic State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Wednesday evening in Albany. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 17, 2019
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

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National campaigns for Parliament and the leadership of Canada are now under way. And unlike U.S. elections, it’s a short campaign.  After 40 days, voters will go to the polls on October 21st.  There are several national parties in the mix but Conservatives and Liberals are expected to dominate the race.

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After a year of renovations, the public library in Colonie, New York has a new entrance. Officials gathered to cut the ribbon at The William K. Sanford Town Library on Monday. 


     Out-of-state casino gambling declined significantly after Massachusetts opened its first casino in the summer of 2015.

Karen DeWitt

The vaping industry is reacting to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s upcoming ban on flavored e-cigarettes – saying it is misguided and will force many small business owners to close their shops and lay off employees. Some are predicting legal action.

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Following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s emergency executive move Sunday to direct the state health department to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, health advocates say the move doesn’t go far enough, while the industry says the governor is overreaching.

A paper by Dr. Shawn Rosenberg speaks to the issue of how the human brain reacts to self-rule. His principal conclusion is that self-rule/democracy is in danger because citizens are not developing a critical understanding of the issues and lack the ability or are too lazy to expend the necessary energy and time to analyze the issues. He feels that this could be a death nell for democracy. Justice Gorsuch has also recently taken a similar view to Professor Shawn Rosenberg’s. In a recent interview, he indicated that he had concerns about the engagement of the American public on an intellectual level in the democratic process. Of interest, to me, was his statements that we all had to be prepared to listen to the other side, and to stop listening to only those who agreed with us. He seems to enjoy the raucous nature of politics. He also stresses that this requires work and sacrifice, not just in the military sense, but rather in time, energy and commitment to studying and understanding the issues, comprehending your opponent’s position and then seeking to come to the best resolution. I am not sure he actually practices the latter, as he seems to have certitude in his opinions.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 16, 2019
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, September 16, 2019.

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Next week, voters in Troy will decide on a public library budget proposal that includes a 6.2 percent increase to the tax levy.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order to direct the state health department to ban all flavored electronic cigarettes, in response to a vaping heath emergency that has sickened hundreds and killed six people.

The Amsterdam Free Library
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The Amsterdam Free Library, which is more than a century old, has been nominated for a spot on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places, as officials at the library are envisioning what the building could look like in the future.


The Massachusetts Democratic Party held its annual convention in Springfield Saturday, and the focus was on 2020.     

Ralph Gardner Jr: Milestones You Don't See Coming

Sep 14, 2019

There are all those well-known milestones – births, marriages, deaths. But then there are the ones that come upon you suddenly, that you hadn’t given any thought to, that nobody warned you about.

Greg Pollak
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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Greg Pollak delivers the Regional Midday Weather Summary for Saturday, September 14th, 2019.

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The New York state Department of Education has approved a new dual-degree nursing program between Siena College and Maria College. 

Flavored tobacco and e-cigarette products on the shelves of a Stewart's store in Latham.
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There’s new scrutiny over vaping products of all kinds, as the number of New Yorkers sickened with a disease that is so far related to some black market marijuana vaping products has now risen to 60. Hundreds of people across the U.S. have been sickened and five have died.

Some NYS Lawmakers Aim To Ban Flavored E-Cigs

Sep 14, 2019

Some New York state lawmakers hope to work on measures to ban flavored e-cigarettes and other related legislation when the next session begins in January. This comes amid concern over the recent rise in lung-related illnesses and, in some states, deaths related to vaping. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports the governor is also getting involved.

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The Adirondack Council issues an annual report assessing the oversight by government agencies, localities and others of the 6 million acre Adirondack Park. This year’s just released State of the Park report, “Challenged By Success,” finds that the rising popularity of the region is also highlighting challenges.  Council Executive Director Willie Janeway and spokesman John Sheehan spoke about the report with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.  Janeway says the surge in the Adirondack’s popularity caught many by surprise and is spotlighting the need to better manage the Forest Preserve.

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Let's roll back this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 13, 2019
Paul Caiano

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

Albany County DA David Soares; Schenectday County DA Bob Carney
Composite photo by Dave Lucas

District Attorneys across New York state are preparing for changes involving pre-trial evidence rules that include requiring prosecutors to share information with the defense much earlier in a criminal case.

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City of Pittsfield

On Tuesday, Pittsfield, Massachusetts voters will go to the polls for a preliminary municipal election.


The largest fair in the Northeast opened its gates in western Massachusetts to the public Friday morning.