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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
12:20 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Mayor Submits Budget With Criticism of State Mandates

Plattsburgh NY City Hall
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The proposed 2013 budget for the city of Plattsburgh has been released.  The Mayor says “lack of meaningful reform” in Albany and an “underperforming pension fund” made it one of the most difficult to craft since he has been in office.
    

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Commentary & Opinion
12:15 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Paul Elisha: One long step removed...

Those Americans who find themselves dismayed at the current lack of ethical and statesmanlike leadership in our country, replaced by the plodding puerile purgatory of partisan political power peddled to the highest bidder, need to be reminded that it was one of New York’s earlier self-styled political heroes, who preempted the Jeffersonian model of : “equal and exact justice to all… of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political;” as he spelled it out in his first inaugural Presidential address.

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Hudson Valley News
9:30 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Many Voices One Valley 2012

Barbara Carvalho, Director of the Marist Poll, explains during a slide presentation that housing concerns are prevalent in the MHV region.
WAMC photocomposite by Dave Lucas

The Dyson Foundation and the Marist Poll have released a new study measuring the priorities of Mid-Hudson Valley residents ... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at Marist College for the official release and files this report

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It's the third in a series of reports about life in the Hudson Valley - “Many Voices One Valley,” targeted a 7-county area:   Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties.

84 percent of residents polled said they like living in the mid-Hudson Valley.  

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New England News
12:25 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Local Wellness Initiative Awarded $2 Million CDC Grant

The Go Fresh mobile farmer's market will expand its stops in Springfield because of a federal grant
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The Centers For Disease Control has awarded a $2 million dollar grant for a wellness initiative in Springfield Massachusetts.  The money will fund several efforts aimed at improving access to healthy eating and physical activity.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:00 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Rob Edelman: Canada’s Sweetheart

In the heyday of the silent film, almost a hundred years ago, Toronto-born Mary Pickford was known as “America’s Sweetheart.” Well, today, the moniker “Canada’s Sweetheart” easily fits Sarah Polley.

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Congressional Corner
12:50 pm
Sat September 29, 2012

Congressional Corner with Tim Vercellotti - Part 3

The race to replace retiring Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman is neck-and-neck. In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock wrestling executive Linda McMahon has improved after a 2010 drubbing.

New England News
4:20 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Vermont Veterans Home Avoids Funding Cuts

The Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, VT, previously at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal funding has had that funding restored after a passing inspection. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington was faced with a choice this month: fix deficiencies outlined by Vermont’s Division of Licensing and Protection, or lose all federal funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – or CMS.  If the funding were cut, Vermont’s Finance Commissioner said the state would not be able to pick up the bill.

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Hudson Valley News
12:38 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Hudson Valley horse owner puts spotlight on drugging

Susan Kayne

Susan Kayne, a Hudson Valley equestrian who created the TV series Unbridled andhosts Ireland Unbridled, was featured in a recent New York Times investigative report that uncovered rampant drugging in horse racing and the bureaucratic red tape that stands in the way of reform. The horse owner spoke with WAMC’s Alan Chartock about her case.

New York News
12:20 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Ski Area Will Not Open, Blames Lawsuits Targeting APA

Big Tupper Ski Area

The Big Tupper Ski area in the Adirondacks will not open this winter, and the people operating it say it’s due to lawsuits that are trying to stop a large development that includes the mountain.

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New York News
2:05 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Poll finds New Yorkers favor transition to renewable energy over fossil fuels

A new poll released today by Public Policy Partners (PPP) shows than an overwhelming percentage of New York voters favor clean, renewable energy sources over fossil fuels to power the state. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.


The poll comes out just as the Long Island Power Authority is deciding on new energy contracts that could include offshore wind, and just after NYISO released their “Reliability Needs Assessment” report showing New York could safely retire its remaining coal plants and reliably meet energy needs with clean energy and efficiency.

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