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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.

It's time for WAMC listeners to take center stage. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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The sixth and final season of dredging the upper Hudson River is now under way, part of an estimated $2 billion Superfund project.

Prior to 1977, GE discharged some 1.3 million pounds of PCBs into the river. A 200-mile stretch of the Hudson down to New York City was listed as a Superfund site in 1984. Cleanup was delayed amid opposition from GE and some residents. GE dropped public opposition after the EPA issued a decision calling for dredging in 2002. The cleanup finally began in 2009.

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A group of Australian clinicians were 10,000 miles from home in Plattsburgh this week as part of a study tour assessing patient delivery and payment systems.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 8, 2015
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, May 8, 2015.

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It is municipal budget season in Massachusetts. The mayor of Springfield  is proposing a budget that puts more cops on the streets and does not dip into the city’s cash reserves. 

Mayor Domenic Sarno, in a message that accompanied the release Thursday of a recommended budget totaling almost $600 million, praised the city’s finance team for producing a spending plan that prioritizes public safety, avoids layoffs, maintains core services and for the first time since 2008 does not touch the city’s cash reserves to balance the budget.

The 16th annual National Women's Health Week began on Mother's Day. The week is organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. The office's director Dr. Nancy Lee says it it important for women to take the time and the small steps necessary to maintain good health throughout their lives.

Sean Philpott-Jones: Love (And Sex), Canadian Style

May 7, 2015

There's a controversy brewing to the north of us. After Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that the most-populous Canadian province would update the sex-education curriculum used in public schools -- modernizing its sex-ed materials  to include discussions about gender identity, sexual orientation, masturbation and contraception -- conservative politicians and pundits were quick to condemn the changes.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 7, 2015
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, May 7, 2015.

When President Obama was a student at Columbia College he wrote a paper calling for the “end of nuclear weapons.” It was a time when there were similar calls for the elimination of these weapons of mass destruction; this was ostensibly an idealistic cri de coeur. Unilateral disarmament of the kind this movement demanded was seen as playing directly into the hands of a Soviet rival expanding its nuclear weapons capability.

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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced today that he is running for reelection. The republican served in the State Assembly before being elected County Executive in November 2011. A resident of Red Hook, who has also served in local government, Molinaro spoke with WAMC News today about why he wants a second term in office.

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