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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.

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

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A new law goes into effect on July 1st in Massachusetts that entitles most employees to earn and use sick time.  The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office is holding more than a dozen listening sessions and formal public hearings across the state on the new law.   A public hearing took place Friday t in Springfield.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its finalized Clean Water Rule on Wednesday, which it says will enhance stream and wetlands protection from pollution and degradation. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the decision comes after months of fierce debate.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, May 29, 2015.

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Pittsfield’s four-story Hotel on North is set to open Monday complete with a restaurant, bar and retail store.

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Newly appointed State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says her first order of business is to listen to parents, teachers and administrators around New York.

After years of planning and community discussion, the Saratoga Casino and Raceway has broken ground on a hotel expansion that officials say will help the destination stay competitive and create hundreds of jobs.

Herbert London: The Debacle In Ambar Province

May 27, 2015

The Islamic State dealt a crushing blow to the Iraqi army in Iraq’s largest province (Ambar), including the city of Ramadi – once home to nearly half a million people. What this victory revealed is the fragility of the Iraqi army, despite vigorous U.S. efforts to train it.

Dr. Margaret Smith of Cornell university joins WAMC's Ray Graf for a discussion on the basics of GMO's and Genetic Engineering.  

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Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders officially kicked off his presidential campaign in the city where he began his political career on Tuesday.

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