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

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 27, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

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The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts is expected to cross the finish line of his 170-mile pilgrimage across his territory this afternoon.

Work begins today to develop a turnaround plan for the public schools in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  A temporary advisory group appointed by the Massachusetts education commissioner is scheduled to hold its first meeting.

Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester has appointed 18 people to the Holyoke Local Stakeholder Group, a temporary advisory body that will make recommendations for a district turnaround plan that will be developed in the next few months.

Pittsfield, Mass. – First things first.  “Butler,” playing at Barrington Stage Company in Pittfield, Mass. through June 13 is not a play about a White House butler- or any other butler.   Butler is the name of a major-general who inadvertently shaped the Union’s policy towards slavery during the Civil War.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 26, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

If you’re poor and live in the Capital Region, it’s better to be in Rensselaer County than in Schenectady County or Columbia County. Not only that, the younger you are when you move to Rensselaer, the better you will do on average. Analysts have found children who move at earlier ages are less likely to become single parents, and more likely to go to college and earn more.

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Veterans across the region were recognized over the Memorial Day weekend.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief reports on two events in Plattsburgh honoring those who have served the nation.

 In so many Hollywood combat films about World War II that were made during World War II, all Americans were portrayed as being united against a common enemy: the dastardly Nazis and heinous Japanese. These Americans even included individuals who otherwise would be the villains of the story. They were gangsters and other blatant lawbreakers who placed patriotism over greed, and who fought side-by-side with their fellow Americans.

David Nightingale: Robert Frost (3/26/1874 - 1/29/1963)

May 24, 2015

Long ago, looking for a particular physics text in a London bookstore, I found, not far from the "P"s for physics and philosophy, a Penguin paperback simply called 'Robert Frost' [Ref.2.]. Browsing through the book, I was completely taken. I really couldn't afford such, from my meager graduate assistantship, but knew I would have to buy it.