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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.

Herbert London: Europe’s Migration Cancer

Jan 27, 2016

Roberta Flack, years earlier, sang what has become the Europeans theme song “Killing Me Softly.” Despite the reported wilding spree of at least a thousand North African refugees who groped women at the New Year celebration in Cologne, Germany, despite allegations of two rapes, despite condemnation by Prime Minister Merkel, the mayor of the city has requested that women monitor their “code of conduct.” Apparently German authorities will contest to their last breath that tolerance dedication will not yield. This is the tolerance that kills, softly at first and violently in time.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 27, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The entrance to Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs has just as much character as the club itself. It’s easy to walk by the door on Phila Street. Go up the creaky wooden steps, and you’re in the same room where Bob Dylan and Sawyer Fredericks both cut their teeth.

City of Springfield

While some cities put up cameras at traffic intersections to spot motorists speeding through red lights, Springfield, Massachusetts is putting cameras in trees to catch people illegally dumping tires, mattresses, appliances, and garbage bags.     

City officials gathered Tuesday at Loon Pond, once a notorious illegal dumping site, to announce plans to double the number of locations that will be monitored continuously by motion-triggered cameras as part of an ongoing campaign against blight.

This is a map of Massachusetts highlighting Berkshire County.

As Governor Charlie Baker unveils his budget today, Western Massachusetts lawmakers are anticipating more details on his priorities. The Democrats saw pros and cons in the Republican’s first state of the commonwealth address.

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.