Midday Magazine

Weekdays, Noon - 1pm; Weekends, Noon- 1pm

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.

Tune into Midday Magazine each weekday at Noon.

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New York News
5:45 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Congressional Colleagues Split Votes on Farm Bill

Vermont Democrat Peter Welch/New York Democrat Bill Owens

The U.S. House defeated the Farm Bill on Thursday afternoon. In our region, two Congressmen who had worked for years to obtain passage of the bill voted on opposite sides.

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New England News
2:47 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Pittsfield Complying With EPA Mandate To Upgrade Wastewater Treatment Plant

The City of Pittsfield has been mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to complete upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant, a project that is estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars.

Upon a revision of Pittsfield’s wastewater discharge permit for a plant located on Holmes Road, an EPA mandate from 2008 would require the city to restrict the amount of aluminum and phosphorus released in its treated discharge into the Housatonic River.

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Arts & Culture
12:45 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Rogovoy Report for June 21, 2013

Cultural guru Seth Rogovoy delivers a preview of this weekend's events in the Berkshires and beyond. 

Listener Comment Line
12:30 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of June 17, 2013

Praise for The Moth and fond farewells to Bob Barrett are to be found in highlights from this week's WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

New England News
12:25 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Plan Aims To Change Public Safety Perception Of Downtown Springfield

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts are implementing a plan to address what they say is a public safety perception problem in the city’s downtown.   It is important to existing business owners and to a possible future big business—a resort casino. 

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Weather
12:24 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano has a close look at the weekend weather in the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, June 21, 2013. 

New York News
12:21 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

NY Unemployment Falls to Lowest Level in Four Years

Some encouraging numbers are out concerning New York State's unemployment rate. Between April and May 2013, New York state's unemployment rate fell from 7.8 percent to 7.6 percent, its lowest level since February 2009.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Mass. Officials Warn Of Canine Parvovirus Outbreak In Berkshire and Worcester Counties

State officials in Massachusetts are warning of outbreaks of a potentially fatal disease affecting dogs in parts of Berkshire and Worcester Counties. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Michael Cahill, Director of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Division of Animal Health about the recent outbreaks of canine parvovirus.

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Hudson Valley News
1:52 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Former County Exec Dies; Elected Officials Talk About Her Influence

Credit Courtesy of Dutchess Democratic Women's Caucus

A former Dutchess County executive died Wednesday. She broke several barriers and, to this day, remains the county’s only woman and Democratic county executive to have held the office.

Lucille Pattison became Dutchess County executive in 1978 through a special election, after having served on the county legislature since 1973. The first woman Democratic county executive in the United States, Pattison was reelected for the next two terms, retiring in 1991. Marc Molinaro, a Republican, is the current Dutchess County executive.

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Capital Region News
12:31 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Two Upstate NY Men Arrested In Terrorist Plot

Credit wikipedia

It sounds like something out of a science-fiction movie: authorities foil a plot by two individuals to kill people with an x-ray gun that could be secretly fired from a moving van...

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