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WAMC's award-winning daily news magazine show brings the listener the latest in local, national and world news. Join Brian Shields each weekday for the very latest.

The work of the WAMC News Team is combined each day with news and features from the BBC, The Innovation Trail, and Stardate. You can also get a regional weather forecast from Paul Caiano.

The listener also can hear commentaries offered by a range of commentators who span the political spectrum such as former New York Common Cause leader Paul Elisha, former Republican Comptroller candidate Herb London, Professor of International History and Politics Steven Leibo, as well as WAMC's own political observer Alan Chartock. Highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line are usually aired on Friday's edition of Midday Magazine.

The new president of Westfield State University has a plan for his first 100 days in office. Ramon Torrecilha became the 20th president of the 176-year-old school three weeks ago.

He came to western Massachusetts from California State University Dominguez Hills, where he held several senior administrative positions and was on the faculty.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Torrecilha.

Union College

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly on Saturday. The man known for his strong convictions and conservative stance was 79. Union College associate professor of political science Brad Hayes offered his thoughts on the outpouring of praise for Scalia from politicians on the right and left.

Zika Mosquito
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The Hudson Valley has its fourth case of Zika virus after a confirmed case in Putnam County. In addition, a number of U.S. senators are calling for further response to the outbreak. A Putnam County resident has been confirmed positive for Zika virus and a second resident is being tested. Putnam County Department of Health officials made the announcement Thursday, saying both residents had recently travelled out of the country. Dr. Michael Nesheiwat is Putnam County interim commissioner of health.

Rogovoy Report For February 12, 2016

Feb 12, 2016

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include Angelique Kidjo and Richard Nonas at MASS MoCA; reggae legends at the Colonial in Pittsfield; jazz and 10-minute plays in downtown Pittsfield; more jazz at Spencertown Academy; Georgia O’Keefe at Norman Rockwell Museum, and much much more…

Our listeners have their say! Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

The new Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago is visiting each of the 24 campuses that make up the state’s system of community colleges and state universities. At each visit he meets with staff, faculty, students, local community leaders, and elected officials. 

Santiago, who came to Massachusetts as a deputy higher education commissioner in 2013, was on the campus of Westfield State University Thursday and he spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 12, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, February 12, 2016.

Jim Brown
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In the era of glasnost, perestroika and the last days of the Cold War, music became a powerful force for change.  The new documentary Free To Rock looks at the spread of rock and roll in the 1980’s and 90’s and how it helped the Iron Curtain fall.  The film is being shown in Lake Placid this weekend and director Jim Brown explains that it took 10 years to complete.

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State education commissioner MaryEllen Elia made an appearance Thursday at the Early College Career Academy on the campus of SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, in southern Warren County.

This is a picture of a rendering of the proposed Mount Greylock Regional School renovation.
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School leaders detailed the $65 million Mount Greylock Regional School project during a public meeting Thursday ahead of votes in Williamstown and Lanesborough.

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