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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.


A rally is set for this Saturday in the Hudson Valley by opponents of a plan to build a new power plant near Interstate 84 in the community of Wawayanda. Pramilla Malick of Protect Orange County, and founder of Stop the Minisink Compressor Station, says the rally Saturday afternoon at Festival Square in Middletown is in opposition to the CPV Power Plant.


The owners of apartment buildings in Holyoke that are deemed to be “hot spots” for criminal activity will receive letters warning they must develop a security plan in collaboration with the local police or risk losing the building to receivership and possibly face criminal charges.

At a Holyoke City Hall press conference Monday, Mayor Alex Morse and Police Chief James Neiswanger held up a letter printed on red paper stock that was sent to the owner of a 40-unit apartment building where police were called more than 250 times in a six- month period last year. 

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

There’s been another fatal shooting in Albany. In the meantime, police have announced a change in taser policy.

The city stun-gun policy change comes in the aftermath of a pair of tasing incidents in Arbor Hill. April 2nd, 39-year old Dontay Ivy, a paranoid schizophrenic with heart problems, died at Albany Medical Center shortly after police tased him. The Albany County D.A. is investigating.

New Oil Train Rules Elicit Different Concerns

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The U.S. Department of Transportation Friday issued regulations aimed at improving safety for trains carrying crude oil and other hazardous materials.  The rules come following a number of oil train derailments in the U.S. and the deadly 2013 tragedy in Quebec.

Rob Edelman: A Sinner Treks To Mecca

May 4, 2015

Here in the United States, individuals from all backgrounds support gay rights and, most recently, gay marriage, which these days is in the news literally every day. With this in mind, an eye-opening, deeply personal new documentary, titled A SINNER IN MECCA, takes on extra-special meaning. Its director is Parvez Sharma, an Indian-born Muslim who is openly gay: a fact of life that puts his very life at risk.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 4, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast.

A comprehensive regional economic development strategy, “The Pioneer Valley Plan for Progress” was released this morning.   It is a ten-year update on a document the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission first produced in 1995. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the planning commission’s executive director Tim Brennan.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued long-awaited rules on oil train cars, which critics say are dangerous — prone to accidents and explosions near population centers. But New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says the new regulations don’t go far enough. The Democrat was in Menands this morning to unveil legislation that would tighten aspects of the DOT’s rules. Before the press conference, he stopped at WAMC’s studios to speak with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

David Nightingale: On Energy Independence

May 3, 2015

Let's look at the idea of Energy Independence, and the possibility of no further need for filling the coffers of sometimes unstable fuel-producing nations.