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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.

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New England News
12:29 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Gambling Commissioners Hear Pros, Cons Of MGM Springfield Casino

Credit MGM Springfield

Supporters and opponents of MGM’s $800 million casino project in Springfield had a final chance last night to sound-off in front of Massachusetts gaming industry regulators.  The state gaming commission held a final public hearing in Springfield as it prepares to award the lone casino license in western Massachusetts where MGM Springfield is the only applicant.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

WAMC News
5:30 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Environmental Groups Say Budget Good And Bad

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New York’s environmental community is ambivalent about funding provisions for conservation and environmental programs in the finalized state budget.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Audrey Kupferberg Reviews "The Importance Of Being Earnest"

To celebrate their 50th anniversary season, Performing Arts of Woodstock is presenting Oscar Wilde’s play, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, at the Mescal Hornbeck Community Center right in the town on Rock City Road.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Paul Elisha: The Odor Of The Foregoing

Those who would pillory our current President with biased blame for every current ill, to which their own calculated intransigence has contributed, are at odds with political history.  Before they finagle with falsehood and fabricate pure political fiction, to capture unworthy vindication by voters, they should consult the 1978 edition of a tiny text, this commentator still finds invaluable.  It’s titled “American History At A Glance.”  This is a brief quote from Chapter 14, titled: “The Harding Administration.”

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New York News
12:44 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

NYS Public Campaign Financing Effort Limited To Comptroller

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York lawmakers are being criticized by good-government advocates for a budget agreement that tests public campaign financing only with the state comptroller’s race, and only for one year.

"The comptroller-only plan that was passed late last night is really very flawed."  Common Cause New York Executive Director Susan Lerner says it's back to business as usual with the governor's blessing.

The $140 billion spending plan signed Tuesday morning includes testing public campaign finance in the state comptroller race this year.

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World News
12:40 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Anti-Semitism's Role In Crimea

Professor Stephen Berk
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Did anti-Semitism play any role in the recent events in Ukraine, and Russia’s annexation of the Crimea region?

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Weather
12:25 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, April 1, 2014. 

New England News
12:20 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Gov. Patrick In North Adams To Talk Hospital; Coakley Due Tuesday Afternoon

Gov. Patrick in North Adams Tuesday.
Credit Jim levulis

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is in North Adams, talking about ongoing plans for North Adams Regional Hospital, closed since Friday afternoon.

Governor Patrick is still meeting with local lawmakers and leaders from the state’s public health department and Berkshire Medical Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Patrick says BMC has signed an application allowing the Pittsfield-based healthcare company to operate a satellite emergency facility at North Adams Regional Hospital.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Rob Edelman: Jared Leto, Pre-Oscar

Jared Leto was, for sure, the hands-down pick to win the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his memorable presence in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. But what is intriguing is the state of his screen career prior to DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. Before copping his Oscar, Leto had not made a film in five years and, furthermore, his previous effort was no small affair. It was an ambitious mega-budgeted sci-fi fantasy that, thematically-speaking, is reminiscent of such films as THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON and CLOUD ATLAS. Its title is MR. NOBODY and its director is Jaco Van Dormael, the esteemed Belgian filmmaker.

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