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 York News
4:44 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Should Body Cameras Be Required For Police Officers?

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President Obama’s call to equip police officers across the country with body cameras could change the way police interact with civilians, including those accused of breaking the law. Some experts say more study is needed before police agencies will know how beneficial body cameras can be and what the impacts really are.

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New England News
1:15 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Vermont Governor Appoints New Cabinet Secretaries

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced new administration appointments Thursday, filling two key cabinet positions.

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Rogovoy Report for December 5, 2014

This weekend’s cultural highlights include the opening of an exhibition by one of the region’s top outsider artists, a chamber music concert featuring Baroque holiday music; and a concert by the Diana Ross of the Hudson Valley.

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Listener Comment Line
12:45 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Listener Comment Line - Week of December 1, 2014

Our listeners spoke up on a range of topics this week. Here are highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano's delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, December 5, 2014. 

New England News
12:26 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Holyoke Studies Future Use For Mount Tom Power Plant

The end is near for the last coal-fired power plant in western Massachusetts. Mount Tom Station in Holyoke is to shut down by the end of the month bringing a victory for environmentalists and a quandary about what will become of the plant’s property along the Connecticut River.  

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Hudson Valley News
1:26 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

HV Congressmen Call On NY Governor To Sign Lyme Bill

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Two New York congressmen are the latest voices calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation concerning Lyme disease treatment as state lawmakers wonder about the holdup.

Hudson Valley Congressmen Chris Gibson, a Republican, and Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat, have teamed up to urge Governor Cuomo to sign legislation the state legislature passed in June that would essentially expand treatment options for patients suffering from Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses. Here’s Gibson.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Sean Philpott-Jones: Protecting Transgendered Youth

Two nights ago, the Shenendehowa Board of Education voted 4 to 2 in favor of a new policy designed to protect the rights and safety of transgender students. High school students in the district will now be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity. The new policy also allows all students, regardless of sex or gender, to access single-user bathrooms and private changing areas.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Sports Academy That Trains Olympians Makes Plea For Funds

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The National Sports Academy in Lake Placid says it must raise $400,000 this month or the school that trains Olympic athletes faces closure.

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New York News
12:42 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

#ICantBreathe #Ferguson Demonstrations Today

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A group of some 75 University at Albany students shut down part of Washington Avenue on Wednesday afternoon in a peaceful protest, joining thousands of other Americans turning out in a show of solidarity against what's  perceived as police violence targeting black men. Events already were scheduled for today tied to Ferguson, but with Wednesday's grand jury decision not to indict a white New York City police officer caught on video putting a deadly chokehold on Eric Garner, the number of protests has multiplied.

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