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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 city accepted the bid from Fontaine Bros. Inc., one of seven bids submitted to build the new South End Community Center.  Officials had set a $9.2 million price ceiling for the project, which is being paid for with federal disaster aid.  No timetable for the project has been announced, but a groundbreaking is expected this fall.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the project is a big step forward in the city’s recovery from the disaster.

Facebook: Environment Massachusetts

A pairs of reports by the advocacy group Environment Massachusetts highlight what it calls “game-changing” opportunities that can rapidly cut the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

He’s being remembered as an Renaissance man. We’re honoring Paul Elisha today at WAMC — a  WWII veteran, poet, professional musician and longtime voice on these airwaves who died Sunday at 92 after suffering a stroke.


In an age of smartphones and social media, more police departments across the country are considering equipping their officers with body cameras. Last week the Saratoga County Public Safety Committee approved two measures related to community policing, one of which would equip Sheriff's deputies with body cameras.

For three years, Niagara County been equipping its deputies with body cameras. WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Sheriff Jim Voutour, president of the New York State Sheriff's Association, about his department's program.

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It was a heart-wrenching story that broke a week ago: Police say a woman upset over a custody decision gunned down a state worker and three family members. During the vigil for slain Department for Children and Families worker Lara Sobel, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said negative rhetoric toward social workers must be curtailed and people should know more about what they do.

Rogovoy Report For August 14, 2015

Aug 14, 2015

Ballet, modern dance, indie folk, chamber music, jazz, theater and more. Our region has it all this weekend. Here are just a few selective highlights.

Time to find out what you had to say.  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Collmus Up Close

Aug 14, 2015
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There’s a new voice this summer at Saratoga Race Course. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Lucas Willard found out, much more goes into the job than just two minutes of action.

New York State Office of Victim Service

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week signed legislation extending victim benefits to the grandchildren of murder victims. The state will now reimburse grandchildren for the cost of counseling after a homicide. For more on the new law, WAMC spoke with Elizabeth Cronin, director of the New York State Office of Victim Services.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 14, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, August 14, 2015.