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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.

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New York News
2:59 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Montgomery County Executive Looks Back On First Year

Credit Matt Ossenfort

Montgomery County, New York is celebrating its first year under a new system of government — and doing so under new leadership. County Executive Matt Ossenfort spoke to WAMC’s Lucas Willard about his first year in office and what’s ahead for the largely rural county.

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Hudson Valley News
1:22 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

HV Lawmakers Discuss Using Settlement Funds For New TZB

Credit WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday delivered his State of the State address and budget plan. Included were proposals for using some of bank settlement money for construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

Governor Cuomo unveiled how he would like to spend a one-time windfall of more than $5 billion in bank settlement funds. Here’s where he thinks some of it should go.

“We also propose using $1.2 billion of the settlement funds to protect Thruway toll payers for a year for the next year and to help finance the Tappan Zee Bridge.”

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New York News
12:33 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Math For America President On NY's Master Teacher Program

John Ewing
Credit Math for America

Attracting and keeping math teachers is the goal of the group Math for America. The organization says it was the model for New York's Master Teacher Program, celebrated at Thursday's State of the State by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Math for America President John Ewing says there are a number of ways to get math teachers into schools, and there are ways not to.

New England News
12:30 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Sanders Introduces Amendment To Strike Down Citizens United

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

Supports and opponents agree: it was a decision that changed American politics. Now, on the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United — which led to the rise of super PACs and millions in spending in election campaigns — Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a constitutional amendment to undo the ruling.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, January 22, 2015. 

Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Herbert London: The Foreign Policy Failures Of 2014

Despite administration claims to the contrary, 2014 was the year of failure on the foreign policy front. In every area of the globe chaos or instability reign.

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New York News
12:35 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt Previews Cuomo's Big Speech

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Three weeks after it was originally scheduled, today is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address. It was pushed back after the death of his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, on New Year’s Day. The speech set for 1:30 in Albany is being combined with the governor’s annual budget message. WAMC’s Ian Pickus got a preview from Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt.

WAMC News
12:30 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

#SOTU 2015 - NY Representatives React

Paul Tonko, Barack Obama
Credit WAMC photo by Jim Levulis

In his first State of the Union Address to a Republican-controlled Congress, President Barack Obama outlined an earnest agenda infused in Democratic priorities.   

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New England News
12:30 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Advocates Concerned About GMO Labeling Hearing

Credit Vermont Right to Know Coalition

The Vermont Attorney General’s office announced that the only public hearing on the state’s proposed genetically modified food labeling rules would be held Tuesday evening. But advocates are upset that it was poorly publicized and few, if any, people knew about the meeting.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Baker Says Massachusetts Faces Large Budget Gap

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has announced the state is facing a significant mid-fiscal year budget gap.  The announcement raises the likelihood of cuts to state services as the Republican governor begins his term.

        Baker said an agency-by-agency analysis has led his administration to calculate the state is facing a budget deficit of $765 million. He vowed Tuesday to work with his cabinet and the Democratic leadership of the state legislature to quickly fix the problem.

      Baker claims the shortfall is a result of the state spending too much.

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