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
6:12 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Clock Ticking On Corrections Center

The Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center is located in this building on Howard Street in Springfield that is going to be torn down to make way for the MGM casino
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Options are being reviewed for relocating a regional substance abuse treatment center for western Massachusetts that must move to make way for construction of the MGM Springfield casino.

Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe is looking at three locations for the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center ,which must move soon from its longtime home in a leased building that is in the footprint of the $800 million casino project in downtown Springfield.

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New England News
1:30 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Teacher Strike Bill Defeated In Vermont House

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Vermont House has killed legislation that initially intended to ban teachers' strikes and the imposition of contract terms by school boards. The measure, amended to merely mandate a study of collective bargaining between teachers and school boards, was defeated on the floor Thursday.

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Rogovoy Report for April 10, 2015

This weekend’s cultural highlights in the Berkshires include a modern dance company, several solo piano concerts, a string trio, and environmental film festival, and a contemporary raga ensemble.

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Listener Comment Line
12:48 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Listener Comment Line - Week of April 6, 2015

It's time to lend an ear to what you had to say this week. Here are highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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New England News
12:28 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

New Science Wing Gives Students Competitive Edge

Dr. Sherri Svedine-Gaskalka, who teaches chemistry at Springfield Central High School, in one of the 12 new labs in the 30,000 square foot science wing that opened earlier this year.
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Massachusetts is making a financial commitment to equip the state’s public schools with state-of-the-art science labs. The initiative comes as schools stress a curriculum heavy with science, technology, engineering and math, which is collectively called STEM.

A new three-story science wing with 12 new laboratories, multi-purpose preparation rooms, cutting-edge classrooms, and a greenhouse was dedicated Thursday at Springfield Central High School. The new wing cost $32 million. The Massachusetts School Building Authority covered 80 percent of the cost, or $25.6 million.

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New York News
12:27 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

White House Calls For End To 'Conversion Therapy'; LGBT Conference Kicks Off At UAlbany

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This week the White House announced opposition to so-called "conversion therapy." The disclosure coincides with the 20th annual Northeast LGBT College Conference set for tonight at the University at Albany.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, April 10, 2015.

Hudson Valley News
1:36 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Rockland County Legislator Proposes Drone Law

Rockland County Legislature Vice Chairman Jay Hood, Jr.
Credit WAMC, Allison Dunne

Technology is improving faster than public policy can keep up, and that fault line is arguably most obvious in the national debate over drones. Supporters point to drones’ efficiency, but others worry about safety and privacy. Some concerned residents turned out to a public hearing in Rockland County Tuesday to suggest some rewording to ensure proposed drone legislation is not overly restrictive.

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Capital Region News
1:34 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

UAlbany Rally Over Death Of Donald Ivy

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At the same time the District Attorney is launching an investigation, a rally is scheduled this afternoon at the University at Albany to protest the death of Donald "Dontay" Ivy, who died April 2nd after a confrontation with police in Albany's Arbor Hill neighborhood.

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New York News
1:30 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik Holds Constituent Forum

Representative Elise Stefanik
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Representative Elise Stefanik is in Plattsburgh today. The freshman lawmaker, home from Washington during a recess, began with a “Coffee with the Congresswoman” event where she discussed a number of issues with constituents.

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