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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 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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October 19, 2012

12:10 PM
Artist : John Whelan
Album : Celtic Reflections
ReleaseYear : 1996
Label : Narada
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Artist : Incubus
Album : Morning View
Composer : Incubus
ReleaseYear : 2001
Label : Immortal


New York News
12:15 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

New Group Takes Aim At Pro-Gun Law Pols

Credit Elvert Barnes/Flickr

A coalition of gun rights advocates and others are forming a new political movement, to get what they say are disaffected and disenfranchised New Yorkers to vote.

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New England News
4:28 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Pittsfield's Push For Revised City Charter Gets First Green Light From Lawmakers

At a recent legislative hearing, Pittsfield’s plan for a new city charter was given a favorable recommendation by a group of Massachusetts lawmakers.

Among those who testified to the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government Tuesday in support of a bill that would allow Pittsfield to pursue a new city charter were State Senator Benjamin Downing, State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, State Representative Paul Mark, and Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi.

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Commentary & Opinion
1:07 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Herbert Wolff Reviews Animal Crackers

Let’s see if I have the chronology right.  About 100 years ago, five brothers formed a vaudeville act.  Their names were Leonard, Adolph, Julius, Herbert and Milton.  Their stage names were Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Zeppo and Gummo.  The family name was Marx.  Their vaudeville schtick was on-stage outrageous behavior, off-hand wisecracks, and occasional music interludes.

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Hudson Valley News
1:03 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Rockland D.A. Talks About His Role On The Moreland Commission

Credit Rockland County District Attorney's Office

On July 2, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the formation of the “Commission to Investigate Public Corruption” under the Moreland Act. The commission’s first meeting is today. Of the 25 members appointed, one is from the Hudson Valley. Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:41 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Herbert London: Egypt About To Face Reality

The skies over Cairo were filled with celebratory fireworks as Egypt’s military officers removed president Mohammed Morsi, suspended the Islamic Constitution and installed an interim government presided over by a senior jurist. But these fireworks could be succeeded by a series of new fireworks that are distant from celebration.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Two Congressmen from Region Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Syrian Intervention

Republican Chris Gibson (left) and Democrat Peter Welch

Vermont’s Democratic congressman and a Republican representative from New York have submitted legislation that would restrict U.S. involvement in Syria. The two were on C-SPAN Wednesday morning to discuss their bill.

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12:25 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Newschannel 13 Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, July 10, 2013. 

New York News
12:13 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Past Moreland Act Comission Fell Short

Barbara Bartoletti

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission to investigate the legislature is not the first time a governor created a panel to probe state lawmakers. In fact, Cuomo’s own father did it a quarter century ago, with mixed results.

When Andrew Cuomo’s father, Mario Cuomo was governor back in the 1980’s, he also called on the powers in the now 100-year-old Moreland Act to appoint a commission to look into government corruption.

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North Country News
5:45 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

City Councils Take Comments on Fighter Jet, South Burlington Reverses Position on F-35

Credit USAF

The U.S. Air Force is expected to decide where it will base the new F-35 fighter jets by the end of the year. The Burlington International Airport, which houses the Vermont National Guard, is one of the preferred sites.  Two cities near the flight path for the proposed F-35 fighter jet held hearings last night regarding the Air Force plan to house the plane in Vermont. One of the city councils reversed a previous vote and will now support the new jet.

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Hudson Valley News
2:19 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Water Company Proposes Two Increases; NYS Senator Opposes Both

Credit William Warby, flickr

A Rockland County-based water company wants to raise its rates and impose a surcharge on customer water bills.  A New York state senator opposes both, while water company officials say the increases are needed to cover money already spent.

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