Midday Magazine

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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.

It's always nice to hear what our listeners have on their minds. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 28, 2018
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, September 28, 2018.

Leaders in North Adams, Massachusetts have voted to withdraw the city police department from the state’s Civil Service system.

Route 9 looking north near Exit 20
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Travelers in our region headed to Lake George and its many tourist attractions often find themselves snarled in traffic, just miles from their destination. Now, the busy exit off the Adirondack Northway is being studied to reduce traffic congestion and increase safety for pedestrians. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports officials are looking for suggestions.

Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council has voted to reestablish a revamped homeless committee after a decades-long absence.

An oil tanker train passes through Plattsburgh (file photo)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A new report from environmental groups in the region warns of a potential resurgence of shipments of crude oil through the Adirondacks. Its recommendations include a call for a federal ban of oil by rail transport through the region.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation held public hearings Wednesday on its denial of a key permit for Competitive Power Ventures’ Valley Energy Center in Orange County. The natural gas plant’s operators are contesting the DEC’s decision.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast 9/27/18

Sep 27, 2018
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for Sept. 27, 2018.

From left to right: State Senator George Amedore, State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Amsterdam Mayor Mike Villa, Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The City of Amsterdam has won a transformative grant from New York state to make major upgrades to its downtown.

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Volunteers will fan out along the length of the Connecticut River in New England over the next two days September 28th and 29th to collect tons of trash.

Doctors James Allison of the University of Texas, Carl June of the University of Pennsylvania, and Steven Rosenberg of the National Cancer Institute
WAMC photo by Jesse King

Three trailblazing immunotherapy researchers have won this year’s Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research. 

Bill Owens: Quebec Provincial Election

Sep 26, 2018

The Quebec Provincial Election will be held on October 1, 2018 which is akin to our Gubernatorial election this November. There hasn’t been much in the US media about this election, other than the recent broadcast by Mountain Lake Public Television of a debate amongst the four main parties.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 26, 2018
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announces proposed Clean Water Resiliency plan
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Last week, Burlington, Vermont’s mayor and Department of Public Works officials announced an accelerated plan to renovate the city’s wastewater and storm water system after chronic problems with overflows this summer.  The $30 million plan went before city councilors this week, who have sent it to the November ballot for voter approval.

Supplies inside a former Code Blue Saratoga shelter
Paulina Phelps / WAMC

In the latest development in a long-running dispute, a judge has halted a proposal to construct an emergency homeless shelter in Saratoga Springs after objections from neighbors.

Josh Landes / WAMC

State and local officials gathered in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Tuesday for the groundbreaking of a project that has been in the works for a decade. 

Reps. Gibson and Tonko at Plug Power , Latham NY (February 2016)
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Many Republicans were hoping Chris Gibson would be running an election this fall. Instead, the former three-term New York Congressman from the 19th House district is teaching at Williams College in northern Berkshire County — as his successor, Rep. John Faso, tries to hold on to the seat. Gibson, who had explored a statewide run, is also working on the campaign of gubernatorial nominee Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess County Executive. Gibson spoke today with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

One of the defeated candidates in the seven-person Democratic primary for New York’s 19th Congressional District is involved in a new endeavor. Gareth Rhodes is executive director of Show Up 2018, whose motto is “Make America Yours Again.” WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Rhodes about his new role.

The recent cover of Time magazine put words and statistics to what New York teachers have been feeling for years.

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to University of Vermont students 9/24/18
Pat Bradley/WAMC

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was on the University of Vermont campus Monday to talk to students about climate change.  WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with the Independent about federal issues following his speech.  Attention in Washington is focused on whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh should be approved as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct, which Kavanaugh denies. Senator Sanders agrees with many Democrats that an FBI investigation is warranted.

Ralph Boyd Sr. (center) poses with members of Community Fathers Incorporated.
Community Fathers Incorporated

A beloved Schenectady activist died over the weekend.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 25, 2018
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, September 25, 2018.

Josh Landes / WAMC

Great Barrington, Massachusetts has made the guiding principles of one of its most famous residents a formal part of its identity.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department is striving to improve community relations. To this end, a few thousand residents are receiving surveys to fill out anonymously.

Rob Edelman: Trivializing Tragedy?

Sep 24, 2018

Near summer’s end, the ads for one particular film were invading TV stations. That film is OPERATION FINALE, set in the very early 1960’s: a fact-based thriller that centers on the effort to capture Adolph Eichmann, the infamous Nazi criminal, who had escaped to Argentina. Eichmann was responsible for the extermination of millions of Jews and, for sure, OPERATION FINALE is a sobering subject. It does acknowledge that anti-Semitism still was thriving in all its ugliness a decade-and-a-half after the end of World War II. But primarily, OPERATION FINALE is a by-the-numbers thriller. It stars a couple of name actors: Oscar Isaac, as an Israeli agent, and Ben Kingsley, as Eichmann. Back in 1982, Kingsley earned an Academy Award playing the title role in GANDHI, which proves that talented actors can wrap themselves around any real-life role.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 24, 2018
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, September 24, 2018.

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The Great Barrington, Massachusetts Selectboard meets again tonight.

    After a successful write-in campaign to secure the Democratic nomination in Massachusetts’ Hampshire, Franklin, and Worcester Senate District, Jo Comerford’s name will be on the ballot in November.

City of Albany

After years in limbo, the City of Albany has sold a parcel of land once earmarked as a target for landfill expansion.

Burlington City Council President Kurt Wright
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Burlington, Vermont City council will have a full agenda when it meets on Monday evening. It will decide whether a $30 million proposal to upgrade the city’s waste and storm water system should be put on the November ballot for voter approval.  It will also review a renovation plan for Burlington High School.  At the same time, Council President Kurt Wright says that a Charter Change Committee is reviewing the council’s procedural rules.

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