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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 the BBC, The Innovation Trail, 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.

This is a picture of Images Cinema's marquee on Spring Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Helene Armet / Facebook: Images Cinema

A single screen movie theater in Williamstown, Mass. is marking 100 years of continuous operation this year.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 8, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, February 8, 2016.

United States Senate

The New Hampshire primary is set for Tuesday and all eyes are on the Granite State as presidential hopefuls are drumming up support.

David Nightingale: John Burroughs (4/3/1837 - 3/29/1921)

Feb 7, 2016

My younger son suggested an essay on John Burroughs, but I told him that probably everyone in the N-E knew more about the famous naturalist than I ever did. Apart from seeing a plaque at the top of Slide Mountain and a long-ago visit to his cabin, Slabsides, I knew very little.

This is a picture of a cougar

A number of environmental groups are hosting a presentation on the return of cougars to the Northeast in Pittsfield Saturday. Susan Morse is founder and science director of Keeping Track, which trains biologists, conservation planners and others to detect and monitor the status of selected wildlife species. Morse will lead the event at Berkshire Community College put on by the Trustees of Reservations, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Berkshire Natural Resources Council and the Berkshire Environmental Action Team.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 5, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, February 5, 2016.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Residents of Hoosick Falls have been dealing with undrinkable water and having their blood tested as of this week. Meantime, a temporary system is being installed to filter the chemical PFOA from the village water supply.

Ceremonial ground-breaking at the Rivers Casino $480 million residential-retail development project in Schenectady, NY (February 3, 2016)
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Builders of the Rivers Casino in Schenectady are sticking to an aggressive construction schedule as they plan to open sooner than previously projected.

Picture of marijuana plant
US Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee recently voted to approve a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. The idea is so controversial that even members of the same party are divided over the issue.


Commuter trains could begin running on new high speed rail tracks in western Massachusetts with stops in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield as soon as the spring of 2017.  That was the prediction this week from the state’s top transportation official. 

Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollock said MassDOT will develop a memorandum of understanding with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission for a demonstration project on the Knowledge Corridor rail line.

"  We would see it as a pilot service," Pollack said.