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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Hudson
12:22 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

City Electricity Goes "Green" In June

A Columbia County city plans to become the first community in New York state to purchase its electricity as locally-produced wind power.

Researchers say that with a little effort, New York could get the power it needs from wind, water and sunlight by 2030. The city of Hudson is leading the pack for now with the announcement it will purchase electricity through retailer Viridian Energy. Hudson Mayor William Hallenbeck hails the move as a "win-win for the environment and for taxpayers."

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New York News
2:13 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

NY Film Tax Credits Pro And Con

The Tonight Show is coming home to New York - the late night program left for California in 1972, but the lure of state tax credits has proven irresistible to the NBC television network. The show is expected to generate more than 100 million dollars in economic benefits for the Empire State. But not everyone supports the film tax credit.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Herbert London: The Lady T. I knew

It is unlikely the world will ever encounter a Margaret Thatcher again.  Her courage, confidence in her views, power of persuasion are simply sui generis.

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Weather
12:34 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano joins us for the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

North Country News
12:30 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

DEC Warns Hikers of Muddy Trails in Adirondack High Peaks

Mud holes and exposed tree roots indicate heavy use of a trail to Brothers Mountain in the Adirondack Forest Preserve
Credit Anne LaBastille/U.S. National Archives/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation wants hikers to stay off trails in the high peaks of the Adirondacks.

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New England News
12:29 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

MassDEP Releases Updated Waste Management Master Plan

Credit Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has released its updated Solid Waste Master Plan, which aims to increase recycling and reduce the amount of trash sent to landfills. But some aspects of the plan remain controversial among environmentalists.

The new master plan released this week has a goal of reducing waste in Massachusetts 30 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. The plan will focus on controlling food waste, increasing recycling, and looking to new technologies to eliminate waste and reducing the toll on the state’s landfills.

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Hudson Valley News
2:48 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Rosie's Law Would Allow Judges To Decide On Witnesses' Use Of Facility Dogs

Credit Courtesy of the Office of Senator Terry Gipson

Two New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley are behind legislation that would grant judges greater leeway to permit facility dogs in the courtroom in an effort to help certain witnesses through difficult testimony.

Freshman Democratic state Senator Terry Gipson is sponsoring Rosie’s Law, named for the first assistance dog allowed by a New York court to accompany a witness during testimony. In this case, Rosie accompanied a girl known as Jessica during the proceedings, in a child and sexual abuse case, in Gipson’s district. Here’s Gipson.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Vermont Lawmakers Work Towards Adjournment

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont lawmakers have a heavy agenda this week as they work to end the session by Saturday.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:29 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Paul Elisha: This Is A Recording

When Scottish physicist James Clark Maxwell made the invention of the telephone possible, by unlocking the secret of electro-magnetic waves, in 1878, he playfully wrote of its humble appearance--- “Any disappointment was partially relieved, on finding it was really able to talk.”

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Weather
12:16 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summar for Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

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