Midday Magazine

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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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New England News
12:15 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Gomez,Markey Clash In Final Senate Campaign Debate

Gabriel Gomez ( on left) and U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) shake hands following their debate in Springfield June 11,2013
Credit Dave Roback, the Republican Newspaper ( pool photo)

The two candidates in next week’s special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts faced off in their final debate last night.  It was wide-ranging and spirited.

      

       Veteran Democratic Congressman Edward Markey and Republican newcomer Gabriel Gomez exchanged barbs over each other’s records as both attempted to close the sale with voters heading into the final days of the campaign.

       Gomez, who continues to trail in the polls, almost begged voters to take a chance on him.

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New England News
7:00 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Excessive Rain Impacting Farm And Garden Crops

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Incessant rain over the past few weeks has saturated farm fields and garden plots.

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New York News
2:39 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

NY Legislative Spotlight On Human Trafficking

Over 27 million people are slaves today: more than during all 400 years of the transatlantic slave trade.
Credit globalhopenetwork.org

As the close of New York's legislative session draws near, advocates are pressing for passage of more effective anti-human trafficking legislation.  If you search "New York Sex Trafficking" on Google news, you'll find more than 12,000 recent articles. Awareness of the problem has resulted in the growth of public concern.

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Hudson Valley News
1:01 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Two Hudson Valley Congressmen Explain Their Farm Bill Approach

The Farm Bill, which contains the nation’s food stamp program, is slated to be voted upon this week in the House of Representatives. Two Congressmen from the Hudson Valley say their approach to the bill is for the greater good of agriculture in their region. However, their views do not sit well with many in their parties.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Paul Elisha: In The Ongoing American Saga, We All Have A Part To Play!

Back around 1934 or 1935, when this ancient veteran was in his early teens, my perennial friend and I would saunter the streets of our neighborhood, chanting the latest in ‘smart-aleck’ sayings: “I’m a peaceful guy and I’ll kill the first person who doesn’t believe me!”

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New England News
12:15 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Springfield Budget Bets On Casino Development

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno ( seated at right) and MGM Springfield President Bill Hornbuckle sign the host community agreement on May 1 2013.
Credit WAMC

The proposed budget for the coming fiscal year in Springfield Massachusetts is balanced with the help of $5 million from casino developer MGM.  The money was included in the budget presented by the city’s mayor even though a  Springfield casino is not guaranteed.  Casino opponents are crying foul.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno describes his proposed $571.8 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st as a “ hold the line” budget.

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Weather
12:08 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, June 18, 2013. 

New England News
5:48 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Berkshire County Planning Efforts Focus On Transportation, Life Sciences

Planning efforts surrounding economic development through the life sciences and transportation in the Berkshires are about to head into their next stages.

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is asking county residents to weigh in on planning efforts examining potential station locations for North-South passenger rail between Pittsfield and the state border with Connecticut, as part of a $240,000 federal grant. 

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New York News
12:59 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Growing Trend: Raising Chickens in City Backyards

Credit Gavin Schaefer/Wikimedia Commons

The idea of tending small flocks of chickens in urban and suburban areas is growing as more city leaders across the country pass regulations allowing residents to keep backyard chickens. 

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Weather
12:30 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano with the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, June 17, 2013.

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