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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New England News
12:15 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Transportation Bill Closes Budget Gaps For Regional Transit Authorities

PVTA buses in downtown Springfield MA
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The  $500 million tax bill approved this week by the Massachusetts House to fund transportation should address the immediate financial needs of the state’s 14 regional transit authorities.  But advocates for public transportation say it is a regressive approach that does not meet the demand for more bus and train service. 

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Weather
12:14 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the WAMC Midday Magazine forecast for Wednesday, April 10, 2013.  

Commentary & Opinion
12:07 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Herbert London: Basic Competencies and The MOOC Surge

It is difficult to know if MOOC’s (Massive Open On-line Courses) are a conspiracy to undermine the Academy or mankind’s final redemption, a way to open the avenues of higher education. However one sees it, millions of people are already taking on-line courses. There is a revolution taking place driven by technology and cost controls. Where it will end up is anyone’s guess, but ultimately the success of this innovation will depend on measured competencies.

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North Country News
12:55 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Chained CPI Proposal Under Fire

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Advocates across the nation and in Vermont are raising red flags over President Obama’s inclusion of a Chained CPI in the proposed budget proposal.  The system would use the Chained Consumer Price Index as the cost-of–living adjustment for Social Security, Medicare, veterans and other programs.  Opponents say it will in essence cut benefits to those programs.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Paul Elisha: And now a word from our sponsor...

When Marshall McLuhan penned his now immortal phrase:  “The medium is the message,” he could have added the ultimate truism of a then little-known Ellery Sedgwick:  “In America, getting on in the world means getting out of the world we’ve known before.”  Apparently, the world we’ve known, the American-bred world of ‘bigger means better,’ is now in full flight toward the target of Teensy-Weensy land, where everything of value will now be able to fit on the postage-stamp screen of a gadget grasped between thumb and forefinger and able to store or send the sum of any known or conceptualized quantity to an automated receptor of as yet undetermined size and shape.

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Weather
12:23 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13's Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the WAMC Midday Magazine forecast for Tuesday, April 9, 2013.  

Central New York News
12:06 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Utica Immigration Reform Rally Set For April 10

An immigration reform rally is set to go on Wednesday in Utica ... With the call for comprehensive immigration reform taking center stage on Capitol Hill, a group of Central New Yorkers is meeting in Utica Wednesday in a show of support. Utica Organizer and political activist Diane Berry says the local rally is timed to coincide with a larger one in Washington D.C.

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New England News
3:49 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Mass. Lawmakers Begin Debate on Legislative Leaders' Transportation Plan

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The transportation funding plan unveiled by Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts state legislature has been met with a mixed response, with Democratic Governor Deval Patrick threatening to veto the plan if certain objectives aren’t met and House Republicans criticizing the plan for raising taxes without making other reforms to government.

And lawmakers in the Berkshires seem to be equally as divided on supporting the plan introduced by House Speaker Robert Deleo and Senate President Therese Murray, both Democrats, last week.

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Hudson Valley News
3:38 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Federal Housing Agency Says Westchester May Not Administer Sandy Funds

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Westchester County executive has not complied with a fair housing agreement from 2009. Now, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says the county may not receive Superstorm Sandy disaster-relief money directly.  

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New York News
2:34 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Red Flag Alert For Upstate NY

The National Weather Service in Albany says dangerous weather conditions have made the entire upstate New York and Western Massachusetts area vulnerable to fire.

The term "Red Flag Warning" has been in the headlines recently.  City of Albany Fire Department Deputy Chief Joseph Toomey says spring is a prime time for brush fires because of the dry conditions:  New York's burn ban law, enacted in 2009, prohibits open burning within that window. During the ban, there are stiffer penalties along with added restrictions.

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