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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.


A Chinese company will receive a sizable tax break for building a $95 million subway car factory in Springfield, Massachusetts and creating at least 150 permanent jobs.  The Springfield City Council unanimously approved the deal after the company pledged its “best efforts” to fill most of the jobs locally.  

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The former estate of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Edith Wharton is debt free for the first time in decades.

Bill Owens: Kim Davis, A Conscientious Objector?

Sep 29, 2015

Kim Davis, County Clerk of Rowan, Kentucky, recently defied a court order to issue marriage licenses to any eligible person(s). She based her position on the concept that she was responding to a “higher power,” and therefore would not issue the licenses.


The Environmental Protection Agency has announced new regulations covering the use of pesticides by employees at farms, nurseries, greenhouses and in forests. Officials say the new standards will protect the nation's 2 million farm workers and their families from exposure to pesticides each year, exposures that can lead to sick says, lost wages, and medical bills. EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck says the regulations that take effect in 12-24 months have been updated for the first time in more than two decades.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 29, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, September 29, 2015.

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With an abundance of rain expected over the next several days in Albany and surrounding counties, there has been talk of possible flooding. But you may not know that a vast area including Albany already dodged a bullet this weekend.

Connecticut River Watershed Council

Thousands of people fanned out across the 4-state Connecticut River watershed this past weekend and picked up tons of trash and debris from the water and shorelines of the river and its tributaries.  The volunteer effort was part of the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s 19th annual Source to Sea Cleanup.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill spoke with the organization’s executive director Andrew Fisk.

Rod Edelman: Toronto Overview, Part 2

Sep 28, 2015

Each year, a smorgasbord of films are screened at the Toronto Film Festival. They include Canadian and other foreign-to-the-U.S. titles, low-budget independents, documentaries, and so forth. But these days, the films that garner the most attention are the big-budget, highly anticipated titles that feature top-of-the-line talent. Of course, the producers of these films are praying that their titles will charm the international critics and emerge from the fest with positive buzz and Academy Award hopes.

Librarians want to make sure that when we pick up a book at the library we have a full range of choices. The American Library Association has declared September 27th to October 3rd “Banned Books Week." For more we spoke with Barbara Jones, the director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association.

Collar City voters will vote tomorrow on a proposed Troy Public Library budget and elect new members to the board of trustees.