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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.

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October 15, 2012

12:06 PM
Overture / Going Through the Motions
Artist : Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cast
Album : Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More, with Feeling
Composer : Christopher Beck/ Joss Whedon
ReleaseYear : 2002
Label : Rounder Records
12:23 PM
2 Wicky
Artist : Hooverphonic
Album : A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular
Composer : Callier, Geerts, B. Bacharach, H. David, P. Henry
ReleaseYear : 1996
Label : Columbia
12:45 PM
People Keep Asking Why
Artist : Seal
Album : Seal
Composer : Seal
ReleaseYear : 1994
Label : Sire

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Listener Comment Line
1:04 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of January 7, 2013

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Once again, we tune in and listen to what you had to say!  We roll back selections from this week's WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

North Country News
12:20 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Irene and Beyond Focus of Conference

Irene
Credit Courtesy NOAA

Vermont's continuing effort to recover from Tropical Storm Irene is the focus of a conference  at Norwich University today.  
    
Vermont Irene Recovery Officer Sue Minter says the Irene and Beyond Summit will not only discuss continuing needs due to Irene damage, but also begin to shape a statewide response system for future disasters.

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Saratoga
12:13 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Gun Show Will Go On In Spa City Despite Post-Sandy Hook Opposition

Photo from a previous Saratoga Gun Show.
Credit NEACA, Inc., NEACA Show Promotions

With gun control in the National spotlight, scores of protesters are expected to greet gun enthusiasts when they arrive at an upstate New York venue that's hosting a firearms show this weekend. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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New York News
3:03 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Mandate Relief is a High Priority for County Execs

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State-of-the-State speech Wednesday did not directly speak to unfunded mandates. Some county executives say that although mandate relief is important and very much needed, they did not expect the governor to talk about it. However, at least one did.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

North Country Officials Optimistic Following State of State

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Credit Pat Arnow

Governor Andrew Cuomo presented a broad agenda in his State of the State address on Wednesday. North Country officials were pleased with the Governor’s focus on the upstate economy and tourism.

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NY State Capitol
12:04 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

NY Activists' pre-SOS Rally: 'Ban Fracking Now!'

Dominic Frongillo, Deputy Supervisor and Councilor of the Tompkins County Town of Caroline
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

More than a thousand protesters chanting "Ban Fracking Now!" crowded into Albany's Empire State Plaza concourse where lawmakers had to pass on their way to Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there and files this report.

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New England News
4:49 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Pittsfield May Seek Revenues from Tax-Exempt Companies

The City of Pittsfield is in the process of forming a committee to explore a Payments in Lieu of Taxes – or PILOT – program – aimed at local non-profits, in order to possibly generate additional revenues for city services.

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Hudson Valley News
12:47 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Public Participation is the Heart of a Case Involving the NRC

An appeals court has ruled that public participation, nearly all the time, must be included when federal regulators consider granting safety exemptions to nuclear power plants. Monday’s ruling has to do with a fire-safety exemption that was granted for Indian Point 3. The case is Brodsky versus the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and it falls under the National Environmental Policy Act.  Former New York State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky argued the case on behalf of a group of plaintiffs, including the Sierra Club-Atlantic Chapter, and Westchester’s Citizens Awareness Network. In this week’s ruling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated part of a district court ruling involving an exemption to fire-safety rules. Here’ Nuclear Regulatory Commission Spokesman Neil Sheehan:

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Commentary & Opinion
12:36 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Herbert London: Fascism In America

Herbert London

It is often argued by critics of the Obama administration that it is socialistic,  i.e. expanding governmental authority over the means of producing and distributing goods.  Alas, there is something to be said for this point of view.  As I see it, however, a more accurate way to describe the Obama government is corporatism or a political system in which the principal economic functions are designated and given favorable treatment.  The most appropriate way to assign meaning to this phenomenon is fascism.

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New York News
12:20 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Congressman Bill Owens Discusses New Session

Congressman Bill Owens

Democratic Congressman Bill Owens has been sworn in to a new term as the new 113th Congress convenes.  On today’s Community Corner the Congressman talks about some changes he faces as he enters his new term - from a newly drawn district to a change in his committee assignment.

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