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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 the BBC, The Innovation Trail, 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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Commuter trains could begin running on new high speed rail tracks in western Massachusetts with stops in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield as soon as the spring of 2017.  That was the prediction this week from the state’s top transportation official. 

Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollock said MassDOT will develop a memorandum of understanding with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission for a demonstration project on the Knowledge Corridor rail line.

"  We would see it as a pilot service," Pollack said.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 4, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, February 4, 2016. 

Sen. Schumer at the podium. (Plug Power, Latham NY Feb. 1, 2016)
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York Senator Chuck Schumer has been making headlines on several fronts -

David Sweat in Clinton County Court
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Convicted murderer David Sweat, who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York in June, setting off a 23-day manhunt, was back in court Wednesday. Sweat, who is already serving a life sentence for murder, appeared in Clinton Country Court to face sentencing for the breakout. 

This is a picture of Eagleton School attorney Eric MacLeish
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Representatives for an all-male special needs school in Berkshire County spoke Wednesday after five staff members were charged in connection with physical abuse allegations. Law enforcement continues to investigate.

WAMC's Midday Magazine broadcast from May 20, 2015.

This is a picture of Adams Hinds who is running for the Massachusetts Senate.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

A community organizer who spent time working for the United Nations is running for the Massachusetts Senate.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 3, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

From 2009 to the present, the Obama administration has been committed to the withdrawal of American forces from the Middle East, replaced by the management of regional state players. But this position is entirely ahistoric. From the Romans to the Crusades, from the Mamelukes, to the Ottomans, British and French, the Middle East never ruled itself or managed stability through nation states.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
Jared C. Benedict/Wikimedia Commons

With the clock ticking down for local school districts to prepare budgets, the Vermont House held a rare midnight session over the weekend to pass school spending legislation.

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