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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.

dirt bikes
Springfield Police Dept

     There is a proposal in Springfield, Massachusetts to combat the problem of illegal dirt bikes by shutting off the fuel supply. 

Sen. Schumer and GlobalFoundries CEO Tom Caulfield
Jesse King

Saratoga County got some big economic news Monday when semiconductor giant GlobalFoundries announced it will move its headquarters from Silicon Valley to its Malta, New York campus. The move is being hailed by local officials who say it could lead to economic growth and related industries making the Capital Region home.

United States Census 2020 logo

By the slimmest of margins, just 89 fewer people, New York will slip from 27 to 26 congressional districts after next year’s elections, now that the 2020 census figures show the state’s population is not growing as fast as most other states.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Residents and environmental activists are concerned about plans to expand a solid waste permit in Albany’s South End.

New York State Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell
New York State Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell / New York State Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell

There are just about six weeks left before New York state lawmakers wrap up the legislative session in Albany. It comes after majority Democrats checked off a laundry list of priorities in the state budget passed earlier this month. Manhattan Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell, from the 69th district, says there’s plenty left to do.

The soft wood lumber dispute with Canada continues to hang around in trade corridors. The reality is that soft wood lumber is necessary to construct homes and the US produces 70% of what it needs (which may even be less if the Biden administration is successful in developing a program to build more energy efficient homes). Canada supplies the bulk of the remaining lumber, and thus, is a necessary economic partner in this process. Canadians hope that this gives them some edge in terms of reaching a resolution of this knotty issue.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 26, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, April 26, 2021.

A bald man with glasses and a beard in a blue shirt stands in front of a white wall
Jeffrey Johnson / https://www.facebook.com/JeffJohnson4SelectBoard-111745710962381

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 May 11th. WAMC speaks with one of the candidates for select board in the first part of a series on the election.

Outside on Main
Williamstown Theatre Festival

As we approach May, it becomes clear not only that there will be live theater this summer, but there is now clarity on how it will be offered.

Reid Kisselback
Photo provided for use by NewsChannel 13

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback provides his forecast for Sunday, April 25th, 2021. 

Reid Kisselback
Photo provided for use by NewsChannel 13

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback provides the regional forecast for Saturday, April 24th, 2021. 

Ralph Gardner Jr: Birding For Mental Health

Apr 24, 2021
The spring’s first Rose-breasted grosbeak in 2020
Ralph Gardner Jr.

Perhaps you’re familiar with eBird. It’s an online database run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology where you can record the birds you’ve observed and check out what your neighbors have been seeing. I know bird watching isn’t for everyone. Society has become increasingly riven and not just between Democrats and Republicans. But also between those who are passionate about birds and those who aren’t.

Mayor Miro Weinberger wins a fourth term on Town Meeting Day 2021
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The mayor of Burlington, Vermont held a periodic briefing on the impact of the COVID pandemic on the city this week.  It included an update on wastewater monitoring for the virus.

Rogovoy Report 4/23/21

Apr 23, 2021

The cultural highlights for our region this weekend include chamber music, drone music, virtual theater … plus a whole lot more.


Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.                                                                   

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 23, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, April 23, 2021.

      Efforts to combat climate change and to improve health equity in the largest city in western Massachusetts are getting a boost from a private philanthropy.

A "vote here" sign in English and Spanish on sidewalk
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

The New York State Attorney General’s Office is among those asking the Rensselaer County Board pf Elections to provide additional early voting sites in the City of Troy. 

One of the 10 turbines of the Berkshire Wind Power on Brodie Mountain.

With the region poised for an industry boom, Albany’s Center for Economic Growth recently held a virtual summit on offshore wind development.

This is a photo of BCC President Ellen Kennedy.
JD Allen / WAMC

Along with 14 other community colleges around Massachusetts, Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield will not require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the fall semester. WAMC spoke with college president Ellen Kennedy about why she signed on to a letter outlining the policy and more.

Lee Zeldin
Fox News

Several Republican officeholders who are interested in running for governor New York next year made their case to the state’s GOP county leaders at a meeting in Albany this week. The meeting came as Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has said he wants to run again, has been weakened by a series of scandals.  

The New York State Capitol
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Supporters of a measure to ensure more workplace safety during future pandemics are urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the bill, which was passed by both houses of the legislature this week. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 22, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, April 22, 2021.

State Senator Adam Hinds holds a microphone at an outdoor event.
Becki Joppru Connolly

State Senator Adam Hinds is the chair of the Senate Committee on Reimagining Massachusetts Post-Pandemic Resiliency. The body has already held two hearings this spring on topics ranging from equity gaps in healthcare data reporting to the cost of the digital divide in the state. More hearings are coming, and a report is expected from the committee by the fall. Hinds, a Western Massachusetts Democrat, spoke with WAMC about what he’s gathered so far from the process, and how the state can effectively respond to the revelations the hearings have uncovered.

The American Lung Association has released its latest State of the Air report.

screenshot of Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff visiting Community Health Centers of Burlington

The Second Gentleman of the United States, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, was in Burlington, Vermont on Wednesday.  Douglas Emhoff is helping the Biden Administration spread the word about the importance of vaccinations against COVID-19 especially in underserved and minority communities.

Audrey Kupferberg: The Last Vermeer And King Of Thieves

Apr 21, 2021
Audrey Kupferberg

So many films are based on true stories.  Most of the time, that hardly matters since the screenplays wind up being very far from the real-life events.  Often, what viewers cherish over strict retellings of history are entertaining stories which feature colorful characters.

DEC Researcher Chris Bowser holds a cup of glass eels and elvers
Lucas Willard / WAMC

For the 14th season, volunteers up and down the Hudson River estuary are searching creeks and streams for juvenile American eels. It’s part an effort coordinated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Cornell University.

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is pushing back against claims from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s spokesperson that a recent referral to the state attorney general is politically-motivated piling on.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 21, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, April 21, 2021.