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
5:05 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Report: Smoking Still Leading Cause of Preventable Death and Disease in Mass.

According to a recently released report, smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Massachusetts, while the state also continues its struggle with illegal drugs. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

In a report by the Massachusetts Health Council, a statewide non-profit agency that includes over 150 health oriented organizations, tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable illness and death among Massachusetts residents – with 9,000 deaths attributed annually to tobacco use.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:54 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Paul Elisha: Playing God

If they haven’t discerned it before this, Americans must by now have realized, that the first freedom guaranteed by our Constitution is our most onerous and burdensome one: Religious freedom.  By now, Americans should have ascertained that every right is counter-balanced by a responsibility.  In this case, the right to religious belief and worship literally requires respect for others to enjoy a similar right, and if different, to refrain from any dissent, contrary persuasion or resistance.

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Capital District News
12:25 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Scott Waldman - Albany Times Union

The University At Albany is again facing questions about the extracurricular activities of some it its students after several were arrested last week in an alleged hazing incident resembling the torture technique known as 'waterboarding'.

For more on the incident, WAMC's Patrick Donges spoke with Albany Times Union education reporter Scott Waldman, who has been following the story.

WAMC's Patrick Donges speaking with Albany Times Union education reporter Scott Waldman.

Commentary & Opinion
12:30 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Rob Edelman: Heroes

Decades ago, you could watch any number of films-- dramas, action-adventures, Westerns, swashbucklers-- in which good was pitted against evil. There would be villains: men who were power-mad or consumed by greed, or who would readily commit violent acts. Ultimately, they would be quashed by heroes: men who were honest, stalwart, moral.

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WAMC News
12:40 pm
Sun November 11, 2012

Karen O'Keefe - The Marijuana Policy Project

Last week, the states of Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize the possession and use of marijuana for recreational use.

In our region, Massachusetts voters widely supported a referendum legalizing the prescription of marijuana for medicinal use.

For more on what these developments mean for the future of marijuana policy in New York State and across the country, WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke with Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies at the Marijuana Policy Project.

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New York News
12:15 pm
Sun November 11, 2012

Jon Campbell - Gannett News

The future of the New York State Senate is in flux after last week’s elections. Between the yet to be decided race in the 46th State Senate District and the importance of the chamber’s so-called Independent Democratic Conference, the question of which party will control the Senate will could remain unanswered as the calendar turns to 2013.

For more on how the New York State Senate could shake-out WAMC's Bob Barrett spoke with Gannett state government reporter Jon Campbell.

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New York News
12:10 pm
Sat November 10, 2012

David Lombardo - The Daily Gazette

The outcome of one Capital Region New York State Senate race could be the key to whether the Senate majority remains in the hands of Republicans, or flips to Democrats, giving Democrats full control of both legislative chambers and the governor’s office.

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Jobs/Economy
12:29 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Chipmaker Scoping Out Upstate NY



Could there be yet another computer chip manufacturer looking to build in Upstate New York? Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas explores the possibility.

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Election 2012
2:16 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Amedore-Tkaczyk NY Senate race : Winner To Be Determined

When the machine vote count was complete on election night, Republican George Amedore trailed Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk by 139 votes, leaving the outcome of a race that could decide which party controls the New York State Senate in political limbo.  Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports the final vote tally could take weeks...

Approximately 10-thousand  absentee and affadavit ballots ballots must be counted: Both sides will be in State Supreme Court in Montgomery County on Friday to determine how those votes will be counted.

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Capital District News
12:50 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione Secures New York State Senate Seat

Republican Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione was successful in her bid to represent the New York State Senate’s new 43rd District.

Marchione was flanked by supporters as she took to the podium at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs at around 11 p.m. Tuesday night to accept her election to the New York State Senate.  

Unofficial results show her winning with 47 percent of the vote over the 35 percent won by Democratic Claverack Town Supervisor Robin Andrews.

Marchione told those assembled the story of what she described as an unlikely path to victory…

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