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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.

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Hudson Valley News
1:14 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Eve Snowstorm Bears Down

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The first major winter storm of the season is hitting the region this hour on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Snow already covers the ground in some regions while other areas are just starting to see the changeover from rain and sleet at this hour.

Travelers looking to get out of town for Thanksgiving usually face heavy traffic, but this year, weather is the wildcard. Meteorologist Luigi Meccariello is with the National Weather Service out of Albany.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Herbert London: The Other Side of Technology

While the wizards of new technology wax lyrically about the wonders of technological development, there is another side, one often overlooked in the avalanche of new products. Clearly computers have changed our lives, opened new horizons of learning and have abbreviated research efforts, but there are hidden societal costs that are unnoticed or intentionally ignored.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

US Luge Athletes Prepare For World Cup Opener

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The USA Luge team is preparing for its first World Cup competition of the season. Members spoke by conference call from Austria with reporters Tuesday, including WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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New England News
12:27 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Construction Begins On New Health Education Center

Holyoke Community College trustees pose in front of the building that will be renovated to become the Center for Health Education
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Under a reorganization that started two years ago, the community colleges in Massachusetts are becoming regional workforce development centers.  Holyoke Community College is building a new facility to help meet the demand for skilled workers in the health care industry.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wedensday, November 26, 2014.

New York News
5:30 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Historic Building On Former Plattsburgh Air Force Base Sold

Old Stone Barracks November 2014
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The oldest building on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base has new owners and a new plan for its future. On Monday the new proprietors and plans for the Old Stone Barracks were announced.

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Hudson Valley News
3:18 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

NY Farm Bureau Tells EPA To Ditch The Rule

The comment period has closed for a proposed rule concerning the federal Clean Water Act. Before the deadline, the New York Farm Bureau barraged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a few thousand postcards. Meanwhile, EPA says there are several misconceptions.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Paul Elisha: The Still Missing Magic Ingredient

There’s no denying the heat of resentment that prodded America’s colonial rebellion to its ultimate break with British rule and the formation of a new system of governance, controlled and administered by an elected body of its citizens.  In retrospect, though, with the passage of several centuries for calmer contemplation, this should not condemn every aspect of the British system to infamy and avoidance.  In fact, a thorough study of our current system of governance shows it lacking a mode of service, not completely available within our three traditional branches of government, into which it’s divided.  Closer scrutiny in fact reveals a glaring need for its addition.  A management branch could re-revolutionize our current system of three governmental branches, all of which are held hostage to the insidious influence of a continuous cycle of elective politics.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Funeral Arrangements Announced For Bishop Maguire

Funeral arrangements have been finalized for Springfield Bishop Emeritus Joseph Maguire, who died Sunday at the age of 95.  A public prayer service at Saint Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, November 30.  The funeral at the cathedral will take place at 11 a.m. Monday December 1st.    Maguire was the bishop of the Springfield Diocese from 1977 to 1992.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with current Bishop Mitchell Rozanski.

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Weather
12:23 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, November 25, 2014. 

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