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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.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:20 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Paul Elisha: Beware The American Military Monopoly

As a rising tide of irritation roiled what should have been an energetic second-wind, for gaining new fruit to enrich the electoral edge that OBamians have been thirsting for, this aging veteran was stunned to hear but a single voice raised to protest the temerity of military mischief-in-the-making… and that voice of a Republican rebel, at that.  To this ‘pro forma’ civil libertarian, we seem to be on the razor’s edge of a power move, by certain commanders of our various armed forces, toward an American ‘military monopoly.’

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Weather
12:07 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano joins us for the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

New England News
3:22 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Mass. Legislative Commitee Will Hold Hearing On Raising Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Massachusetts is currently $8 per hour, the rate was set in 2008 and does not adjust for inflation.

The federal rate is currently $7.75, but President Obama has requested that Congress raise the rate to $9 per hour and index the rate to inflation.

The bill, filed by Democratic State Senator Marc Pacheco of Taunton, would seek to raise the Bay State’s minimum wage to $11 dollars over three years. Pacheco said that although the $3 increase may seem dramatic, the amount more accurately reflects the value of the minimum wage in 1968 adjusted for inflation.

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Hudson Valley News
1:50 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Federal Elected Officials Eye National Park Designation For The Hudson Valley

Credit WAMC/Allison Dunne

A U.S. senator and two congress people from New York say they are working to protect the Hudson Valley as well as promote tourism and recreation. And they’re hoping to garner support to study the area for the potential to be designated as a national park.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and congressional representatives Nita Lowey and Sean Patrick Maloney, all Democrats, are behind three pieces of legislation they say would continue to shine a national spotlight on the Hudson River Valley region, from Saratoga to Westchester Counties.

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Capital Region News
12:23 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

U.S. Rep. Pushing Education, Early Education Initiatives

Congressman Paul Tonko reads to pre-K students in Albany, June 2013.
Credit Dave Lucas / WAMC

As another school year comes to a close, education and education funding remain among the top concerns for parents, teachers and public officials.

President Barack Obama's “Early Learning Days of Action” initiative was highlighted in New York last week as Congressman Paul Tonko read to 16 children enrolled in what's called "The Butterfly Class" at Albany Head Start. The pre-K students were delighted with Tonko's chosen work: "Welcome To Kindergarten" by Anne Rockwell.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:20 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Rob Edelman: Inspiration

Most movies come and go. They open theatrically, earn their box office bucks and, these days, end up in DVD obscurity. Few are truly memorable. Few are, to quote Humphrey Bogart in THE MALTESE FALCON, “the stuff that dreams are made of.”

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Weather
12:05 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, June 10, 2013. 

New England News
3:40 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Berkshire County School District Seeks to Strengthen Sex Ed Programs

Pittsfield High School
Credit City of Pittsfield

The Pittsfield Public School’s Curriculum Subcommittee has been meeting with district and community partners to address the city’s troubling teen pregnancy rate by expanding and strengthening programs both in and out of school.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:36 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Karen Hitchcock: Investing In The Future

In 1972, The United Negro College Fund, now known as the U.N.C.F., adopted what was to become one of the most widely recognized slogans in the country.  That still well-known slogan was : “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste.”  And now, this statement is being expanded upon in an effort to focus on the return people who donate to the fund can expect … to focus on such donations as investments in our country’s future.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

400 Years: Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign

Handshake: Oren Lyons, Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper and a Two Row Wampum expert is pictured outside Albany City Hall with Albany Common Councilmember Cathy Fahey
Credit Dave Lucas

There’s a growing movement to spread the word that the first agreement made 400 years ago between Native Americans and European settlers is not only still valid, but has relevance today. In 1613 in what is now upstate New York, the first agreement was consecrated between indigenous peoples and interlopers from afar.

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