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 Valley News
2:43 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Two Catholic Schools In Kingston Will Stay Independent

Credit Joel Kramer

The New York Archdiocese has decided to allow two Catholic schools in Ulster County to remain open and separate. The move comes after one of the schools had been slated to close.

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New York News
1:30 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Katz' Attorney: "No Charges; No Story"

New York City Attorney Susan Chana Lask speaks to the press outside the Coeymans NY courthouse.
Credit Dave Lucas/WAMC

Westchester County assemblyman Steve Katz was to have been in an upstate court this morning to address charges of marijuana and speeding violations dating back to mid-morning on March 14 when his car was stopped by a state trooper along a stretch of the Thruway in the Southern Albany County town of Coeymans.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Southern Dogs Get Another Chance In Springfield

For several years, prospective pet owners in the Northeast have had the option to adopt dogs from south of the Mason-Dixon line. Reporter Tyler Unwin takes a look at the Dixie Dog Program, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Negative Response to Proposed Fee to Cross Border

Border crossing between Champlain NY and Lacolle, Quebec
Credit Andrei Tilin, Montreal, Quebec/Wikimedia Commons

The Department of Homeland Security is including in its 2014 budget a request for a feasibility study to charge people to cross the border.  Tourism, business and legislative interests in New York’s north country say the idea could harm economic ties between the U.S. and Canada.

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Weather
12:21 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Hudson Valley News
1:37 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

The NYS Assembly's Barrett Talks About Year One In Office

Credit Office of Assemblymember Didi Barrett

New York State Assemblymember Didi Barrett recently completed her first year in office. The Democrat, who represents a section of the Hudson Valley, spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about what she has accomplished so far and what is yet to come.

Barrett represents the 106th Assembly District, which includes portions of Columbia and Dutchess Counties.

She says she has been working on educating her colleagues about the Hudson Valley.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:33 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Herbert London: Terrorism We Encourage?

The two Boston bombers were born in Dagestan and despite their alleged grievance over the treatment of Chechens, never lived there. For law enforcement officials and counter-terror experts this radical view that inspired their heinous act is a conundrum. Even President Obama asked plaintively, “Why did young men who grew up and studied here, as part of our communities and our country resort to such violence?”

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Politics
12:32 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Tedisco: Give Voters Recall Power

Assemblyman Jim Tedisco
Credit (WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas)

Republicans in the New York state Assembly have a plan they say will help to root out the corruption scandals that have tainted the state legislature in recent weeks. They are calling for a constitutional amendment to allow recall elections in New York for all statewide elected officials, and members of the state legislature. Assembly Republican Jim Tedisco from the Capital Region joined in the announcement Wednesday morning.

For a constitutional amendment to become law, it must pass the legislature in two consecutive sessions , and be approved by the voters.

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New England News
12:31 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Report: Closing Skills Gap is Key to Economic Growth in Mass.

Credit taxcredits.net

A recently released report in Massachusetts analyzed and made recommendations on how to address the growing skills gap in education and workforce.

The report is titled Closing the Massachusetts Skills Gap: Recommendations and Action Steps, and is published by the Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public organization within the state’s Executive Office of Labor of Workforce Development.

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Weather
12:13 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano details the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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