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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Weather
12:26 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, December 4, 2014.

New York News
12:09 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

NYRA Predicts Profit

The board of the often troubled New York Racing Association has revealed reorganization efforts are putting the organization back in the black.

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New England News
5:45 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Milne Discusses Legislative Gubernatorial Vote

Scott Milne (left) and Peter Shumlin (right)
Credit milneforvermont.org/Shumlin for Governor

In Vermont’s gubernatorial election, no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote. The state Constitution requires in such cases that the Legislature then choose a winner when it convenes in January. While at the Statehouse in Montpelier, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with some of the key players as the legislative vote looms.

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New York News
2:21 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Saratoga Springs City Council Approves Measure To Prevent Development In Greenbelt

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

At the public’s urging, the Saratoga Springs city council last night approved a measure that would prohibit development in the city’s protected greenspace.

Despite the snowy weather, city residents packed council chambers at city hall Tuesday evening to weigh in on a proposed change that could open the city’s Conservation Development District, also called the Greenbelt, to limited development.

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New England News
12:52 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Anti-casino Activists Look To Regroup

Steve Abdow, a western Massachusetts leader of the effort to repeal the Massachusetts casino law.
Credit WAMC

After a crushing defeat at the polls last month, casino opponents in Massachusetts are talking about becoming watchdogs over the development of the new industry they fought to exclude from the state. Steve Abdow, who was a western Massachusetts organizer with Faith for Repeal and Repeal the Casino Deal, said he and other activists talked earlier this week about future plans.    Abdow spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Herbert London: When Jewish Blood Is Spilled

Images of distinguished rabbis hacked to death in a blood soaked synagogues floor during a prayer service are about a hatred so deep that any rational discourse cannot assuage it. These images evoke memories of the Holocaust and the flight from Europe to a national home. Israelis’ are assailed by the same venomous loathing they sought to escape and the same international indifference to their plight.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

New York News
4:44 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

New York's Highest Court Begins New Year Down Two Judges

Gov. Cuomo's choice of judge is due in mid-January.

In January, New York’s highest court will have two fewer judges.  Only five of the seven slots will be filled, due to a mandatory retirement and delays by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Senate over confirmation hearings.

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Hudson Valley News
1:10 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

P-TECH Program To Launch In Poughkeepsie

Credit Courtesy of P-TECH

There’s a new academic partnership in the Hudson Valley to prepare at-risk high school students for jobs in technology. It launches out of Poughkeepsie in the fall of 2015.

The public-private partnership brings together Dutchess Community College, the Poughkeepsie City School District, and Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation. It is funded through the New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH, grant. Dr. Pamela Edington is president of Dutchess Community College.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Paul Elisha: The Founding Fathers And Religious Neutrality

Hard to believe, ours is a nation literally founded on a principle of church/state separation, when most current political emphasis, especially that of evangelically driven single minded, religionist zealots, seems obsessively focused on the opposite.  As this commentator noted in a two-thousand twelve essay, it was not hostility to Christianity that moved our founders to downplay it, it was the need to ensure religious neutrality.  The Treaty of Tripoli, an agreement between the United States and the Muslim Region of North Africa, signed in 1797, by then President George Washington and approved by the Senate, under John Adams, states flatly: “The Government of The United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian Religion.”

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