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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.

“I Love You,” Not Perfect But A Lot Of Fun

May 9, 2021
"I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change"
Sabrina Flores

The big news about ”I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” playing at Cohoes Music Hall weekends through May 23, is that it’s the first area indoor theater production in over a year. The good news is that though the material is inconsistent, it’s a well-performed, swiftly directed effort that provides a lot of laughs.

Alyssa Arcaya, acting chief of Drinking Water and Municipal in the infrastructure branch of the EPA.
Screenshot by Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The Rockland County legislature and a representative of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a virtual panel Wednesday amid concerns over the level of PFAS contamination in the county’s drinking water.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Learning To Navigate The Subway Again

May 8, 2021
New York City subway tunnel
Gwen Norton

New York City’s subway system is one of its undersung glories. Yes, that subway system. It may not be Earth’s most aesthetically pleasing environment but when the trains are running smoothly – I realize that’s a big “if” – there’s no speedier way to get from one part of town to another. Drop into the subway on the Upper East or West Side and you can be on Wall Street, at the lower tip of Manhattan, twenty minutes later.

Reid Kisselback
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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback provides the regional forecast for Saturday, May 8th, 2021. 

New York state Capitol
Karen DeWitt

The state Senate held a hearing this week on a measure that would seal conviction records for up to 2 million New Yorkers who have committed serious crimes and served time in prison for them. Senators heard from New Yorkers who were formerly imprisoned or on probation, who say they face barriers to housing and employment because of their convictions, have led to a form of “perpetual punishment.”  

Vermont Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray
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Vermont Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray is hosting a series of conversations on key issues affecting the state. Her most recent “Seat at the Table” looked at how Tax Increment Financing can help downtown development efforts.

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And now we lend an ear to our listeners. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Rogovoy Report 5/7/21

May 7, 2021

The cultural highlights for our region this weekend include chamber music, folk, blues, a virtual film festival … plus a whole lot more.

A Troy Police Department patrol vehicle
Lucas Willard / WAMC

After hours of discussion and weeks of community opposition, the Troy City Council Thursday night approved a budget transfer to hire six new community police officers. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 7, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, May 7, 2021.

Saratoga Hospital President and CEO Angelo Calbone
Photo provided by Saratoga Hospital

Newsweek has named Saratoga Hospital one of “The World’s Best Hospitals” in its ranking of 2,000 facilities across more than 25 countries. The 171-bed hospital ranked 162nd in the U.S. with a score of 66.7 percent. Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts and St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut also made the cut.

     Advocates have launched a new campaign for a so-called “millionaires tax” in Massachusetts.

Senator Patrick Leahy (file)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy recently joined the Vermont Chamber of Commerce for a virtual discussion on the economic future of the state.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Concerns over "racist myths" being perpetuated by an Albany Police detective have prompted the Chair of the Community Police Review Board to ask the Common Council to intervene.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 6, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, May 6, 2021.

A Black woman with glasses addresses a camera
Massachusetts Legislature / https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/3704

The Senate Committee on Reimagining Massachusetts Post-Pandemic Resiliency held its latest virtual hearing this week.

Zoom Screenshot

Legalization of recreational cannabis in New York and New Jersey is bringing intense regulatory scrutiny.

A white man in a blue shirt and red tie wears a cowboy hat in a Zoom chat window
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Almost a year after a federal lawsuit against the town police department set off a chain of scandals and resignations, Williamstown, Massachusetts municipal elections are coming up Tuesday. WAMC has the third of our select board candidate profiles.

Page from I-89 2050 Study
Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission in Vermont is crafting a plan to rework parts of Interstate 89 in the Burlington, South Burlington and Williston area.  A recent public meeting on the Envision89 concept led to a number of questions about the project’s potential environmental ramifications.

Two people, one with a mic, stand in front of a white building to address people standing in a gravel parking lot
Josh Landes / WAMC

Berkshire County’s smallest community held its annual town meeting Tuesday night.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 5, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

a tow truck

    A study by a consumer watchdog concludes that Massachusetts motorists are vulnerable to predatory tow truck drivers.

The New York State Capitol
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The New York State legislature on Tuesday approved measures that would require hospitals and nursing homes meet minimum staffing levels of nurses and other health care workers.

Burlington City Hall

The Burlington, Vermont City Council’s Board of Finance held a special session Monday evening to review two items. The panel reviewed the proposed 2022 budget, which includes some federal COVID relief funds, and discussed the status of a citywide property reappraisal.

We’re a year into the coronavirus pandemic and things are looking up at last.

sign welcoming people to Longmeadow

For the last six months, a committee in Longmeadow, Massachusetts has been researching issues of race in the predominately white Springfield suburb.

Zoom Screenshot

Discussion over public safety continued as the Albany Common Council convened virtually Monday night.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 4, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

A parking lot full of cars faces a small tent with people sitting at a table.
Josh Landes / WAMC

West Stockbridge, Massachusetts held its annual town meeting Monday night.

The US has decided to send millions of AstraZeneca vaccine doses overseas in light of the crisis which has developed in India, in addition to oxygen shipments are also being readied and the US is planning to do more for developing countries to confront the pandemic.  This is certainly a new development from the US perspective, in part, I suspect because we are beginning to see resistance to 2nd shots, but also, general resistance to the vaccine.  Certainly, it is not uncommon in the US to have vaccine resistance, this is just the latest forum in that ongoing battle.