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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
2:28 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley Discusses National Consumer Protection Week

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley

March 3rd-9th is being recognized as National Consumer Protection Week, and state agencies across the country are doing their part to advise consumers about how to safely make a big purchase, protect themselves from fraud, and to understand their rights as consumers.

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WAMC News
12:40 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

NPR veep weighs in on sequestration cuts

Michael Riksen
Credit Steve Barrett/NPR

With sequestration now in operation across the country, many facets of federal spending are being curtailed. WAMC’s Alan Chartock caught up with Michael Riksen, Vice President of Policy and Representation at National Public Radio, to discuss the threat to public broadcasting.

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Hudson Valley News
2:36 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

A Group of Residents Raises Concerns About Proposed Central Hudson-Fortis Merger

Credit Christopher Sessums, flickr

The New York State Public Service Commission is reviewing the proposed merger of Poughkeepsie-based CH Energy Group -the parent company of Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation - and Canadian utility company Fortis, Inc.  A public comment period will close at the end of the month, and at least one group of residents from Ulster County has written with its concerns.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:37 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Paul Elisha: The 2nd Amendment, Still Fertile for Second Guessers

It’s time we stopped dancing around the obvious institutional source of the U.S. Constitution’s 2nd Amendment assertion of everyone’s right to own and utilize any kind of firearm and for any purpose.  The amendment’s explicit language has been twisted and stretched beyond any semblance of reason and sanity for the perverse purposes of profiteers, predators and promiscuous egocentrics.  For the safety and security of Americans of this and all future generations, it’s time to apply truth and principled logic to the cogent language of actionable law.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Overview of Vermont Town Meeting Day

Huntington, Vermont Town Meeting 2006
Credit Jared Benedict-redjar/Flickr

It is Town Meeting Day in Vermont, a time when school and community budgets are decided and community leaders are chosen in a centuries-old tradition of discussion and debate at town halls across the state.

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New England News
12:04 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Mohegan Sun Adds Amenities To Western Mass. Casino Project

Mohegan Sun officials continue to keep most details of their western Massachusetts casino project close to the vest.  Top officials from the gaming company addressed a public meeting Monday night  in Palmer attended by about 200 people. 

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Hudson Valley News
1:57 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

NYS and IBM Want to Prep Students for High-Skills Jobs

Credit Chris Dag, flickr

Governor Andrew Cuomo and IBM officials recently announced a public-private partnership they say will prepare New York students for high-skills jobs. The idea is based on a school in Brooklyn, highlighted by President Obama in his State of the Union speech.

The idea, say both the Governor and IBM officials, is to provide students with skills for careers in STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, while, at the same time, advancing regional economic development in New York.

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New England News
1:13 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Greenfield Public Schools to Discontinue Only Virtual School in Mass.

The only virtual public school in Massachusetts will be closed this June, after a school committee vote last week to not continue the school under a recently approved state law that hopes to expand virtual schools with stricter state oversight.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Conversation with Lake Placid Mayor

Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Lake Placid is best known for hosting the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Republican Craig Randall has been mayor of the Adirondack village for four years and is running unopposed for reelection.  On today’s Community Corner Mayor Craig Randall talks about managing the most famous village in the region.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Rob Edelman: Two Documentaries

Two different but not unrelated documentaries recently have come to DVD, courtesy of Kino Lorber and Kino Classics. One is current, and in fact is a Best Documentary Academy Award nominee. The other was made 43 years ago.

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