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 York News
12:58 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Tim Kremer, New York State School Boards Association - Education in New York's 2013-2014 Budget

Education is always one of the main ingredients of the New York State Budget and this year is no exception. The New York State School Boards Association has looked over the spending plan and has found some good work, and a few areas in need of Improvement. Tim Kremer is the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association. He spoke today with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

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Weather
12:40 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Meteorologist Tim Drawbridge's Midday Forecast

Tim Drawbridge
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Newschannel 13's Meteorologist Tim Drawbridge gives the WAMC Midday Weather Summary.

Listener Comment Line
12:29 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of March 25, 2013

Kudos for Dr. David Nightingale,  a defense of SSI and a critque of New York's SAFE Act  - they are all part of what you had to say, as we hear in highlights from this week's WAMC Listener Comment Line.

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New York News
12:28 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Concerns Raised Over Pending Stafford Loan Rate Increase

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Last year students at colleges across the region, and across the country, became concerned that interest rates on Stafford loans were set to double. Congress blocked the increase - but it was not a permanent measure. Vermont Congressman Peter Welch is renewing his efforts to stop the rate hike.

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New York News
12:27 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Advocates: Medical Marijuana in NY closer than ever

This could be the year that New York joins the 18 other states including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Vermont, that already have medical marijuana laws on the  books.  

On Tuesday, New York State Senator Diane Savino and Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried, along with 68 other co-sponsors, introduced a bill to allow seriously ill patients in the Empire State to use medical marijuana legally with a doctor’s recommendation. Gottfried argues passage of the law is long past overdue.
 

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Commentary & Opinion
12:12 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Andrew Coates: Registered Nurses to the Rescue

In a small news article this week in the New York Times Nina Bernstein reported that a provision of the New York State budget to allow for- profit hospitals was been dropped after opposition from the Assembly leadership, specifically the intervention of Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, chair of the Assembly's Health Committee.

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New England News
11:02 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Republican Senate Candidates Debate In Springfield

The three Republicans running in the special election for US Senate in Massachusetts clashed over social issues and claims to fiscal conservatism  during a debate Thursday night in Springfield

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New England News
5:38 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Mass. Interim Commissioner of Department of Transitional Assistance Hears Concerns from Berkshires

DTA Interim Commissioner Stacey Monahan visits Pittsfield
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Massachusetts Interim Commissioner of the state Department of Transitional Assistance visited Pittsfield last night as part of a statewide campaign seeking public input on how to improve integrity and client services in the Commonwealth.

DTA Interim Commissioner Stacey Monahan stopped in Pittsfield Wednesday evening as just one several stops she is making soliciting comments from community members across the state. At the end of the multi-city tour, a report with all the information will be submitted to the legislature and Governor’s office for consideration.

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Hudson Valley News
3:56 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

An Agreement Is Reached On An Environmental Permit For The New Tappan Zee

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New York State has reached an agreement with two Hudson Valley environmental groups on a Department of Environmental Conservation permit needed for constructing the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge. The agreement also gives the groups a seat at the table in monitoring the construction.

The environmental permit is one of the last certifications the state needs to move forward with construction, and those involved with the project say it’s critical. Brian Conybeare is special advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo for the New NY Bridge Project.

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Commentary & Opinion
1:13 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

David Nightingale: Tom Lehrer (4/9/1928 - )

Tom Lehrer
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There've been musicians like astronomer Herschel, and there've been chemists like Borodin – but all my life a favorite mathematician has been Tom Lehrer, whose songs began to come out when he was a graduate student in the '50s.

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