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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.

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Connecticut’s Secretary of State wants to repeal a statute that allows political parties to expel members for a “lack of good-faith party affiliation.” The so-called “party purging” is done by working with town voter registrars. Secretary of State Denise Merrill says her office recently learned about the statute. The Democrat spoke with WAMC’s Jim Levulis about her effort to repeal it.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 11, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, February 11, 2016.

Tom Hanks as James Donovan (inset) in Bridge of Spies
The Adirondack Film Society & the Lake Placid Institute for the Arts & Humanities

On Feb 10, 1962 a prisoner exchange occurred at the height of Cold War tensions between the U.S. and Soviet Union.  The two nations exchanged convicted Soviet spy Rudolph Abel and American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. Bridge of Spies, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, is based on the true story of the man behind the negotiations:  Brooklyn insurance lawyer James Donovan.   Donovan and his wife met and vacationed in Lake Placid and he is buried there.  His granddaughter Beth Amorosi says she, her sister and mother will talk about the Steven Spielberg film and James Donovan’s life at a screening Sunday in Lake Placid.

This is a picture of Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer speaking at Interprint Tuesday.
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Business and educational leaders met in Pittsfield Tuesday to detail available state-funded job training for an array of manufacturing fields.

The winds of change in Europe have circled back to the 1930’s as public attitudes have grown dark and bitter. It was recently reported that more than forty percent of European Union citizens hold anti-Semitic views and agree with the oft repeated claim that Israel is committing genocidal acts against Palestinians. In fact, there is the common refrain that Israelis are the new Nazis.

Dr. Tony Collins, president of Clarkson University
Clarkson University

There is a new member of the higher education community in the capital region. Clarkson University based in Potsdam, New York, is now in Schenectady. The Clarkson University Capital Region Campus at 80 Nott Terrace in Schenectady is the former Union Graduate College. Clarkson University President Dr. Tony Collins tells WAMC’s Brian Shields that the merger which took effect February 1st began to take shape just over one year ago.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 10, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, February 10, 2016. 

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Two of the presidential candidates on the outskirts of mainstream politics won big in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary.

Justin Johnson
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The Vermont Secretary of Administration has one of the most important and powerful jobs in the state, responsible for the largest departments of government, controlling all money and the budget. Essentially the state’s Chief Operating Officer, the Secretary of Administration chairs the governor’s cabinet and helps craft the budget.  Justin Johnson was appointed to the position by Governor Peter Shumlin in January 2015.  Johnson already had experience in government, but it came a world away. Before he came to Vermont, he held federal and municipal jobs in Australia.  Johnson explains how he landed in the Green Mountain State.

HV Assemblywoman Hosts Aid in Dying Forum

Feb 9, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York assemblywoman has introduced a bill to allow Aid in Dying and recently held her first forum on the topic. Amy Paulin, a Westchester Democrat, acknowledges the sensitive and emotional nature of the issue but remains hopeful about her bill becoming law.

Paulin, from Scarsdale, says her bill is newly introduced this legislative session and in its third form, adding more protections than in previous iterations.  

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