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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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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Negotiations Underway With Casino Developers

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts are hoping to wrap up negotiations with would-be casino developers in time for a voter  referendum to coincide with the June 25 special election for US Senate. City officials are also considering how to spend the financial windfall they hope a casino brings.

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Arts & Culture
12:04 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Musicologist Dr. Neil Lerner Discusses the Sounds of Early Video Games

Credit Billy Hicks

In the 1970s, early video games had arrived. And although primitive by today's standards, they gradually grew in complexity and scope - both in terms of gameplay and sound and music. Dr. Neil Lerner, a musicologist at Davidson College in North Carolina, recently spoke with WAMC's  Lucas Willard about the influences on the sound of early video games.

Featured sound comes from:

Pong (1972) published by Atari Inc.

Circus (1977) by Exidy

Kangaroo (1982) by Sun Electronics

Space Invaders (1978) by Taito Corporation

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Hudson Valley News
1:08 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

NYS Assembly Hearing Focuses on Sandy Insurance Claims

Credit State Farm

A hearing began earlier today in New York City to examine how insurance claims were settled during Superstorm Sandy, and how they should be handled during future disasters.

Democratic Assemblymember Kevin Cahill, of Kingston, chairs the Assembly’s Insurance Committee.

Ellen Melchionni is the president of the New York Insurance Association, and is testifying at the hearing. She says her association has drawn up a disaster preparedness agenda, a list of suggestions for policymakers to improve the insurance-claims process. Here is one of the items.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:43 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Paul Elisha: Liberty and license in our democracy

With the aggressive and all-encompassing advent of computer-driven technology, to the seeming Nth degree, in American socio-economic activity, one wonders if reliable public enlightenment is still possible, via the welter of virtual warfare, between what was once the professional informational media establishment and the so-called ‘Social Media’ horde that now threatens to obliterate it?

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New York News
12:30 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Revised Emissions Agreement Cuts Acid Rain Pollutants

Credit National Parks Service

Eight east coast states, the EPA and several environmental groups have reached a revised agreement with one of the country's largest electricity producers to further reduce acid rain emissions from coal-fired power plants in the Midwest.

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Catskills Area News
12:16 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Prattsville Flood Recovery: A Progress Report

Credit Young's General Store, Prattsville NY

Most Catskill Mountain communities have recovered from the damage wrought by twin storms Irene and Lee nearly two years ago. Things are not quite back to normal for hard-hit Prattsville —  the town that, for a time, became a poster child for hurricane destruction in New York.

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New York News
1:54 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

White House Outlines How Budget Cuts Could Impact New York

Northeastern states are looking at some large cuts in federal aid for a variety of programs including education, military and environmental protection--- IF President Barack Obama can't come to a budget agreement with Congress by March 1st.

Late Sunday, the Obama Administration released a 50-state report, a concise list of "local effects" in the event the so-called "sequestration cuts" automatically kick in.

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Commentary & Opinion
1:51 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Rob Edelman: The Bad... And the Good

During the first months of each new year, movie theaters are overcrowded with generally dreadful films: throwaways with such less-than-appealing titles as A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD and BULLET IN THE HEAD or moronic comedies like IDENTITY THIEF that somehow clean up at the box office or well-intentioned films like SIDE EFFECTS, a murder mystery which also explores the issue of prescription drug abuse but is way too fanciful and crammed with plot holes. 

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New England News
12:32 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Community Programs Focus on Energy Conservation in Western Mass.

Residents of several Western Massachusetts communities will be able to participate in two separate initiatives designed to encourage energy efficiency.

Open discussions will be held in Lenox and North Adams this week for the public to offer ideas and gain more understanding of the area’s energy goals and of where the future of clean energy is headed.

That’s the goal of a collaborative effort between two organizations, the non-profit Western Massachusetts-based Center for Eco Technology, and the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission.

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New England News
12:17 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

White House Outlines How Budget Cuts Could Impact Massachusetts

Education and the military would take among the biggest hits in Massachusetts from the automatic cuts to the federal budget  that are  scheduled take hold this week absent a compromise between the White House and  Congressional Republicans.

The White House Sunday issued a report that said sequestration, as the budget cuts are called, would result in about 7000 civilian defense department workers being furloughed, reducing gross pay by more than $43 million.   Funding for military base operations would be cut by about $13 million.

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