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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.

A bartender makes a drink at the Savoy Taproom in Albany, NY.
Karen DeWitt

Restaurants in New York, and the rest of the nation, are facing a dire winter, now that cold weather has ended most outdoor dining. Governor Andrew Cuomo has also placed further restrictions on indoor dining due to rising rates of COVID-19. 

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Pat Bradley / WAMC

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand tells WAMC she is “leaning toward” supporting a modified COVID relief bill championed by Senate centrists. The $908 billion proposal unveiled earlier this week would revive a special jobless benefit at a reduced level of $300 per week, among other things. Gillibrand says she views the package as a placeholder before the Biden administration and next Congress begin in January. Gillibrand talked about COVID relief, the presidential transition, and her priorities for 2021 with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Senator Becca Balint
Vermont Legislature

When the new biennium of the legislature begins on January 6th, the first woman to serve as the Vermont Senate Pro Tem is expected to be confirmed. During a caucus in November, Democrat Becca Balint won the nomination and with Democrats controlling the Senate, her election to the post is secure. Balint, a Brattleboro resident who is openly gay, is one of a cadre of women assuming top positions in the Statehouse in 2021.  She tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why she wants to be pro-tem of the Vermont Senate.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

21 hours ago
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, December 3, 2020.

CNA/City of Albany

An outside auditor has released its final report on racial bias in the Albany Police Department.

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

The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts has rescinded a ban on indoor dining.

Four angular white buildings sit along a tree-lined street
Mill Town Capital

This week, private investment group Mill Town Capital announced two new market-rate housing developments on Tyler Street in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The multimillion dollar project, which municipal leaders have praised, will see almost 40 new units built by 2022 in a city with an aging housing stock. WAMC Mill Town Capital CEO and Managing Director Tim Burke about the undertaking, and how it might impact a community which housing advocates say is in dire need of affordable, not market-rate, housing.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks to reporters
Jesse King / WAMC

As a federal shutdown looms, a group of Democratic and independent Senators are seeking to maintain funding for a federal program that provides food assistance to families. New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a press conference Tuesday to highlight the issue.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Dec 2, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

Vermont Statehouse
Pat Bradley/WAMC

During his regular briefing on the status of the pandemic in Vermont Tuesday, Governor Phil Scott expressed some optimism despite rising cases of the virus.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins
Jesse King / WAMC

Under a new program, the Albany Police Department will host regular discussions on police-community relations with city residents.

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A new poll finds a majority of Massachusetts residents say they are likely to get a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 when one becomes available.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Saratoga Springs City Council held a special meeting last night to pass an amended Fiscal Year 2021 city budget. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, city leaders are feeling a bit more optimistic about next year after recent national developments.

Riverkeeper's President Is Stepping Down In 2021

Dec 1, 2020
Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay
Courtesy of Riverkeeper

The president of Riverkeeper, an environmental group based in New York’s Hudson Valley, is stepping down next year. This comes as Riverkeeper has a new strategic plan in place, refocusing its mission. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Dec 1, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, December 1, 2020.


Equinor is an international energy company based in Norway focused on developing wind and solar power. Now, the company is looking to locate America’s first offshore wind tower manufacturing facility at the Port of Albany.

A white man in a fleece sits in front of a microphone
Josh Landes / WAMC

Alex Morse will not run for another term as mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts next year.

Proposed Amazon warehouse at former IBM site in East Fishkill, Dutchess County
East Fishkill Town Board meeting November 5, 2020/screenshot from youtube by WAMC, Allison Dunne

Dutchess County could be home to an Amazon warehouse. Officials say a former IBM site is a frontrunner as the retail giant considers locations across the country.

The Lenox Town Seal (founded 1767)
wikipedia.org / Wikipedia Commons

The town of Lenox, Massachusetts was pushed into the Massachusetts Department of Health’s COVID-19 “red zone” designation last week with an average daily incidence rate of 38.4 per 100,000. It was the only Berkshire County community given that high-risk designation through mid-November, with around 30 active cases.

Audrey Kupferberg: The Life Ahead

Nov 30, 2020
Audrey Kupferberg

It would take half this radio piece to explain all the awards that Sophia Loren has received over the decades.  Her film career in Italy and Hollywood blossomed in the 1950s when producer Carlo Ponti changed her name from Scicolone to Loren and redesigned her career.  They married in 1957.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 30, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, November 30, 2020.

Dave Lucas / WAMC

Unionized nurses joined by elected officials and labor leaders rallied outside Albany Medical Center on Saturday ahead of a strike planned for Tuesday.

A sign for Springside Park
Josh Landes / WAMC

A plan to remove unhoused residents living in city parks is set to go into effect in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Tuesday.

Reid Kisselback
Photo provided for use by NewsChannel 13

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback provides the regional forecast for Sunday, November 29th. 

Reid Kisselback
Photo provided for use by NewsChannel 13

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback delivers the forecast for Saturday, November 28th. 

Ralph Gardner Jr: My Antique Bottle Problem

Nov 28, 2020
Some antique bottles discovered in a 19th century dump at the writer’s house
Ralph Gardner, Jr.

During Phase 1 of the pandemic my wife turned her organizational skills to cleaning up our cavernous basement, a Herculean endeavor that took several weeks. For Phase 2 she’s tackling the garage.

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Democrats will have total control over the state Legislature in New York for another two years after a series of wins on election night — prompting questions about what next year’s legislative session will look like after the party’s command was affirmed by voters in November.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 27, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, November 27, 2020.

Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Summary

Nov 26, 2020
Paul Caiano

Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Bryan Griffin: Great Reset? No Thanks.

Nov 25, 2020

Remember in 2009 when then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Russia with a big, red, plastic button that she thought said “Reset”? Well, she presented it to her counterpart in the Russian Foreign Ministry only to be informed that the button read “overload” and was more reminiscent of an industrial emergency stop button than any sort of reset.