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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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Commentary & Opinion
12:35 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Liz Benjamin - The Strange Bedfellows of Campaign Season

Two endorsements made yesterday in state Senate races proved - yet again - that old adage about the game of politics and the strange bedfellows its players choose as they seek to achieve, maintain or consolidate power.

The first came from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is now two for two, technically speaking, in bestowing his general election support on fellow Democrats.

Cuomo's first nod went to Sen. Joe Addabbo, one of the Senate Republicans' top targets this fall who is facing a spirited challenge from a GOP rising star, New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:25 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Paul Elisha: Great Spirit

If ABC-News journalist, Martha Raddatz had done nothing else, in last week’s highly charged and hugely watched Vice-Presidential Campaign Debate but to question both the incumbent and his opponent about their respective religious beliefs, she would have made a memorable contribution.  As it turned out, she made several of which this question was not only most revealing but for this observer, the most provocative.  While both Congressman Ryan and Vice President Biden expressed strikingly different views about their shared religious faiths, as Catholics, the most revealing aspect of their an

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New England News
5:29 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

$950,000 in State Aid Benefits Massachusetts Economic Development Councils

Nearly one million dollars in economic development grants were awarded to organizations across Massachusetts designed to assist in outreach and business expansion. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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Westchester
3:07 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Indian Point Re-Licensing Hearings Begin

Federal hearings are set to begin today on whether the Indian Point nuclear plant in Buchanan should be re-licensed for another 20-years. Environmental groups and the state of New York have assembled 10 challenges to the renewal. Riverkeeper held a briefing this morning on the Indian Point relicensing process...  Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:30 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Rob Edelman: No Trouble With Eastwood

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE, the latest Clint Eastwood movie, is as predictable as, well, any Hollywood movie could be. For one thing, the good guys and bad guys in the film are clear cut and, if you are accustomed to the typical “and-they-all-lived-happily-ever-after” Hollywood scenario, you can pretty much figure out where this film is headed.

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Invasive Species
12:30 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Help Entomologists Track Invasive Insects Using Your SmartPhone

Researchers are following the travels of two invasive species of insects as they make their way up the Hudson Valley - they're looking for citizen scientists to help track the creatures: Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

With the days growing shorter and evenings cooler, two species of insect join many others looking to use our homes as temporaty shelters to increase their chance of survival.

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WAMC News
12:29 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Health Officials Give Update on Meningitis Outbreak Investigation While Others Call for More Action

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated drugs manufactured by a Massachusetts company has claimed the lives of at least 14 people. Now federal and state officials are investigating but groups are calling for more action. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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WAMC News
12:20 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Company Plans to Truck Natural Gas to Vermont Industries

Rendering of NG Advantage Compressor Site
Courtesy NG Advantage

A new company has broken ground on the first facility in Vermont that will truck natural gas to businesses across Vermont that are unable to tap into pipelines carrying the fuel.

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Elections
12:20 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Gibson v. Shreibman in first of three NY-19 debates

Republican New York Congressman Chris Gibson faced off against his Democratic opponent Julian Schreibman last night in the first of three scheduled debates in the race for the state’s newly formed 19th Congressional District.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Three Casino Companies Apply To Build In Springfield

An artist's drawing of Penn National Gaming's proposal for a casino on Main Street in Springfield
Penn National Gaming

Three experienced casino operators stepped forward ahead of a Thursday night deadline and will compete in Springfield for the chance to  build a casino in western Massachusetts.  Each is proposing a development project totaling almost $1 billion.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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