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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.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 23, 2015

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, November 23, 2015.

This is a picture of North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright
Jim Levulis / WAMC

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright will enter his fourth term in January after beating former Mayor John Barrett earlier this month. It was a contentious election that reignited the divide between the contenders and their supporters. In part one of a two-part interview, WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis spoke with Alcombright about his top priorities for the next two years.

In the second part of the interview airing, Alcombright talks about how he sees North Adams becoming a destination city.

a poster announces a tribute to Marine Gunnery Srgt Thomas Sullivan

     The Massachusetts Marine killed when a gunman attacked a military site in Tennessee earlier this year will be honored at a holiday tradition in his home town.

      The family of U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan will be grand marshals for this year’s “Parade of the Big Balloons” in Springfield.  Joseph Sullivan said the family, which has guarded its privacy, accepted the invitation of the parade organizers to show their gratitude for the outpouring of support from city officials and residents after his brother was killed last July.

U.S. Mint

Last week officials from the U.S. Mint and National Park Service met at Schuylerville Junior-Senior High School to unveil the new Saratoga National Historical Quarter. The coin, depicting the moment British General John Burgoyne surrendered to American General Horatio Gates at Saratoga in 1777, considered the turning point in the Revolution, is the last of the five new American The Beautiful Quarters put into circulation this year.

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Eric Schnitzer,  a park ranger at Saratoga National Historical Park, about the coin and the image chosen for it.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Motown The Musical"

Nov 21, 2015

SCHENECTADY - “Motown the Musical,” which is at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady through Sunday, lists almost 60 songs in the program. Each of them should be familiar to everyone in the audience because they were the heartbeat of the country during 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Tim Kremer

As New York state leaders work to fix the much-maligned Common Core education standards, one group with a seat at the table says standardized tests are causing anxiety among students — and now there’s data to back it up. The New York State School Boards Association and the New York Association of School Psychologists released a report Friday showing students, in many cases, internalize test pressure, especially during state tests. Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, discussed the report with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

It's time to lend an ear to what our listeners had to say this week. Here are highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

Rogovoy Report For November 13, 2015

Nov 20, 2015

This weekend our region boasts old and new classical music, art openings, theater, and rootsy blues.

An artists rendering of the proposed MGM Casino in Springfield, MA

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is scheduled to come to Springfield on December 3 for a public meeting where officials from MGM are expected to present a comprehensive cost and design analysis of the latest plans for a casino in the city.

MGM officials say the budget to develop a resort casino in Springfield has increased to $950 million -- $150 million more than the estimated investment when the gaming commission awarded a license for the project in June 2014.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 20, 2015

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, November 20, 2015.