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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.

Time for WAMC Listeners to take center stage. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Rogovoy Report for May 22, 2015

17 hours ago

The cultural highlights in the greater region this weekend include numerous museum exhibition and gallery openings, folk-rock concerts, chamber music, an adaptation of a theatrical classic, and a whole lot more.

New Yorkers gave overwhelming approval to their local school budgets this week with only a handful rejected. Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, has been watching education issues closely as another legislative session winds down in Albany. He says the school budget approval rate came as no surprise.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

17 hours ago
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, May 22, 2015.

A western Massachusetts city is taking a unique step – actually, steps -- to encourage a healthier municipal workforce.  Healthcare officials hope what the city of Chicopee is doing will spread to other cities and towns.  

Beginning next month employees of the city of Chicopee can earn a $25 a month cash bonus by just walking an average of 7,000 steps a day, five days a week.  Mayor Richard Kos said he hopes in the long run the wellness incentive program will help reduce employee absences and lower the city’s health insurance premiums.

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In an effort to cement its presence in the renewable energy market, General Electric is employing cloud computing and holographic technology to advance wind farms.

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Another company in the Southern Adirondack region has introduced plans to open a facility to grow and distribute medical marijuana.

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The Plattsburgh City Charter Commission held a public hearing Monday evening, during which a number of ideas and concerns over the possibility of changing the city’s form of government were discussed.  As a result, the commission may take another year to present changes.

Sean Philpott-Jones: Patents Over Patients

May 21, 2015

At a press conference in New York City yesterday,  a group known as the Institute for Medicines, Access and Knowledge (I-MAK) announced that it was filing legal challenges in Argentina, Brazil, China, Russia and Ukraine to invalidate patents on the hepatitis C drug Sovaldi. That drug was developed and is sold worldwide by the pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences.

As anyone who has turned on the radio at noon on Thanksgiving well knows by now, 50 years ago, a minor littering case in the Berkshires launched a chain of events that ended up a beloved song and movie: Alice’s Restaurant. Tonight, Arlo Guthrie will perform a concert at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield that will be filmed by PBS for an upcoming special. Guthrie is also celebrating the anniversary with a nationwide tour. Guthrie discussed the song’s legacy with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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