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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
5:57 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Pres. Obama's Pick for EPA Admin. Gets Praise in New England

President Obama’s pick for EPA Administrator is receiving praise from a range of groups including state governments, environmentalists, and industry representatives.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Herbert London: Civilizational Discontents

The barrier between barbarism and civilization is gossamer-thin, a layer of taboos that separates mankind from its base nature. An impulse to ascend is most often pushed into the armory of descent.

Nowhere was this more apparent than the recent Grammy Awards for musical “excellence.” Here were the half literate providing referential status to the half talented. Most of what I heard is dissonance. It was as if music is faintly related to the sounds emerging from electrified instruments.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Group Requests Hearing on Chemical Treatment of Lake Invasive

Eurasian Water Milfoil
Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The Adirondack Council wants the Adirondack Park Agency to hold a formal public hearing before deciding whether to allow the use of a chemical herbicide in a lake to kill an invasive plant.

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New York News
12:12 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Immigration Reform Emerges As Hotbutton Issue

This week, the Migrant Power Alliance launched a National Action against deportations. The group is calling on Democratic New York U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer to champion family unity and remove the punitive components of immigration reform.

Monica Arias Miranda of the Hispanic Coalition, New York says immigration reformists have been directing a lot of their efforts toward Schumer.

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North Country News
5:52 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Advocates Meet With Sanders to Discuss Vermont Sequestration Impact

Credit Mike Licht/Flickr

The automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration have begun and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is raising concerns about the potential impact on Vermonters. 

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Hudson Valley News
1:01 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

GE Agrees to Analyze Risks from Additional Hudson River PCBs

General Electric has agreed to analyze its potential liability in relation to recently-discovered PCBs in the upper Hudson River. GE will soon resume its remediation of PCBs it discharged into the Hudson decades ago, and at least one environmental group hopes the company will incorporate the additional dredging this year.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Paul Elisha: Time for Adolescent America to Grow Up

If we were to compare our nation’s growth to periods, like those of individuals, one might call America’s present period an apt match for – “The Terrible Teens!”  There is a definite national attitude of adolescent willfulness displayed by too many individuals, who seem to be straining against the slightest semblance of restraint of any kind.  One might describe the prevailing temper as one of national antipathy for any form of control.

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New England News
12:19 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Casino Operators Say They'll Draw Big Crowds Without Big Traffic Problems

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno plans to begin negotiations today with the two casino companies competing for development rights.  Top executives from MGM Resorts and Penn National Gaming gave assurances at a public forum on Monday that their projects will not cause monumental traffic problems.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said he appreciates that two world class developers are each prepared to invest up to $1 billion dollars  for economic development in downtown Springfield.

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New York News
12:15 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Cuomo tackles campaign finance reform in telephone town hall

Credit Times Union Website Crime Confidential Blog

With a new poll showing his favorability rating slipping, Governor Andrew Cuomo made an appearance by telephone last night to weigh in on fair elections in New York.  

Billed as a Fair Elections Telephone Town Hall with Governor Cuomo, it provided a vehicle for the state's top executive to argue his case for a campaign finance model that mirrors one in place in New York City.

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New England News
2:54 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Mass. Governor Signs Executive Order to Expand Business Opportunities for Wounded Vets

Friday, March 8, 2013 - Governor Patrick signs an Executive Order to help create business opportunities for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses across the Commonwealth in the Governor’s Council Chambers in the State House.
Credit Eric Haynes / Governor's Office

The Governor of Massachusetts recently signed an executive order to enhance opportunities for small businesses owned by disabled veterans. 

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