Midday Magazine

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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 WAMC's National Productions, the BBC, Great Lakes Radio, 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.

Tune into Midday Magazine each weekday at Noon.

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Listener Comment Line
12:52 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Listener Comment Line - Week of January 26, 2015

Now it's your turn. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

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North Country News
12:45 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Conversation With Quebec Minister of International Relations

Quebec Minister of International Relations and Francophonie Christine St. Pierre
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Last year the Quebec elections resulted in the Liberal Party taking the helm of government following divisive campaigns that revived the debate over whether it should secede from Canada.  The sovereignty issue was among the topics that Quebec Minister of International Relations and Francophonie Christine St. Pierre discussed with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley during her visit to SUNY Plattsburgh on Thursday.

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New England News
12:23 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Mass. Lt. Gov. Makes Reassurance On Local Aid

Mass. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito met with Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse in his city hall office. It was her first stop on a statewide tour to meet with local officials to talk about the Baker administrations plans to strengthen state-local ties.
Credit WAMC

The administration of Governor Charlie Baker is seeking to strengthen ties between Massachusetts state government and local municipalities.  Baker’s first executive order as governor dealt with municipal relations.  

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New York News
6:05 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

USDA Revises Maple Syrup Grading Standards

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is adopting new grading standards for maple syrup to match international standards. Maple producers say it’s needed so that consumers have a better understanding of what they are buying.

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Hudson Valley News
1:55 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

DEC Selects Kiryas Joel As Lead Agency In Annexation Request

Credit Courtesy of Dusiznies blog

The New York state environmental commissioner has selected a Hudson Valley Hasidic Jewish village to lead the review of a request annexing just over 500 acres of land in the Orange County town of Monroe. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, the decision is controversial.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Sean Philpott-Jones: V-Ticket To Ride

I haven't been to Disneyland since my senior year in high school, and I've actually never visited one of the Disney World resorts. Frankly, I never really cared for the noise, the crowds and the artificiality of the Disney parks. The fact that one of these amusement parks is now the center of an infectious disease outbreak makes my aversion even more intense.

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New York News
12:47 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

New Report: New York’s Top 1% See All Income Gains Since Recession

The incomes of the top one percent in New York State were nearly 50 times more than the bottom 99 percent in 2012, according to new analysis published this week by the Economic Policy Institute.

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WAMC News
12:30 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

New Albany Law Dean Ouellette Lays Out Strategic Plan

Credit Albany Law School

Alicia Ouellette earned a law degree in 1994 from Albany Law School, and then began a career that included private practice, a stint as a Court of Appeals clerk and as Assistant Solicitor General in the New York Attorney General’s Office.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, January 29, 2015.

New England News
2:05 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Vermont Attorney General Discusses Legal Issues Facing State

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Vermont legislature passed a law last session requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods.  It was immediately challenged by major food producers.  Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell is defending the law. That was among the topics he discussed earlier this week with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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