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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.

Escaped murderer Richard Matt is dead. Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Malone, a village about 30 miles west of the prison and 50 miles west of Plattsburgh,  with law enforcement officers Friday night to describe the events that led to the death of the convict that escaped the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility three weeks ago.

MGM Springfield

A one-year delay in the opening of  the planned resort casino in western Massachusetts because of a major highway project will affect millions of dollars in payments and gambling revenue the state and city of Springfield are counting on.  It would also delay the creation of thousands of jobs.

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The corrections officer charged with aiding fugitives Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from the Clinton Correctional facility did not appear at a very short court session Thursday afternoon.  That was because his legal representation is changing and his court date was delayed.

Empire State Pride Agenda

The Empire State Pride Agenda scored a major victory almost exactly four years ago when New York legalized same-sex marriage. This week, the group’s executive director Nathan Schaefer was again celebrating after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. He spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus shortly after the ruling came down Friday.

Rogovoy Report for June 26, 2015

Jun 26, 2015

The cultural highlights in the greater region this weekend include gothic folk, early music, contemporary dance, political theater, musical theater, classic folk, and avant-garde performance art.

It's time to turn the spotlight on our listeners. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Stan Rosenberg is roughly six months into his first term as Massachusetts Senate President. The Amherst Democrat took the leadership position in January, the same month Republican Governor Charlie Baker was sworn to succeed Democratic Governor Deval Patrick. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis spoke with Rosenberg about his relationship with Governor Baker and some of the hot button issues in Massachusetts.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Newly appointed Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox appears to have the Common Council’s support ahead of a confirmation vote expected next month. 

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir is currently performing across the Northeast as part of its 2015 Atlantic Coast tour. The group known for its long history and varied repertoire is making a rare visit to Saratoga Performing Arts Center Monday, June 29th. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard caught up with   General Manager Scott Barrick.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 26, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, June 26, 2015.