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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.

The Democratic gubernatorial primary candidate who challenged New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2014 announced Monday she is running for Congress.

Zephyr Teachout calls herself an Independent Democrat.

“This district is full of independent-minded people, whether they’re registered as Democrats or Republicans or not registered with either party,” says Teachout. “And I have shown, really throughout my whole career, that I’m willing to stand up and be independent and stand up against powerful interests, and I can do that in Washington as well.”

Albany City Hall at twilight, January 25, 2016
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Members of Dontay Ivy’s Family, Faith Leaders and #BlackLivesMatter Community Activists rallied before and during Albany Mayor Sheehan’s State of the City Address.

Rabbi Dan Ornstein: Sacred Study

Jan 26, 2016

A dear friend of mine recently moved with his family from Albany to another state.  Having tasted the bitter pill of friendships that die slowly, I worried about ours.  Would our fifteen-year relationship weather the wear and tear of distance, long pauses in communication, and the normal blunting of adult relationships caused by our respective distractions?  I am lucky to have friends with whom I could pick up the thread of a conversation after decades of not talking, as if we had just seen each other yesterday.  Yet with more years of my life behind me than ahead of me, I did not want to risk waiting too long to stay in touch with him, until it was too late to do so.

Dede Scozzafava presents budget plan to Essex County Supervisors
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Members of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet are fanning out across New York to outline his budget proposal before business groups, organizations and legislative bodies.  On Monday, Essex County Supervisors heard the recap and questioned key points of the plan.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will release his proposed state budget tomorrow for the fiscal year that begins July 1st.  

This morning, Eileen McAnneny, President of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, discussed the state’s fiscal health at a roundtable sponsored by the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill  spoke with McAnneny.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 26, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newchannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

Courtesy of Waterkeeper Alliance

A leading environmental law attorney says one of TransCanada’s lawsuits against the U.S. government for rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline could set a dangerous precedent for similar legal action under a trade deal not yet approved in the U.S. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Waterkeeper Alliance President Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., about the lawsuit and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Rob Edelman: Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next

Jan 25, 2016

Michael Moore is one of contemporary American culture’s most polarizing figures. Your response to his films more often than not will directly relate to your politics. But one thing is certain: Michael Moore craves attention. He yearns to be the focal point of the conversation, and his almost exhibitionistic presence in his various documentaries transcends their content. Such is the case in his latest film, which is titled WHERE TO INVADE NEXT.

Thirty-five years ago, an airport in the Hudson Valley marker the end of a long and troubling event in American history. January 25, 1981 was a cold Sunday at Stewart Airport, but it was a very warm and welcoming place as well. It was at Stewart Airport that the Americans who were held hostage in Iran for 444 days returned home. WAMC's Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross was there that day covering the events for a local radio station.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 25, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, January 25, 2016.