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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US News
1:31 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Immigration Attorney On Nonprofit Housing Centers For Immigrant Children

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The White House announced today that President Obama will seek congressional approval for more than $3 billion to deal with the growing number of children, who are alone and crossing the border illegally from Mexico into the United States. The federal government is also seeking applications from not-for-profit and other groups to set up centers to house the children. One of those possible centers is the former Kenwood Academy Convent in Albany. Eric Copland is an immigration attorney with Copland and Brenner, a law firm in Latham. He says this type of situation has taken place before...

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Paul Elisha: The Reformicons

On February 18th, 1860, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a feminist founder of the first Woman’s Suffrage Congress, in the United States, said this in a speech to members of the New York State Legislature: “The prejudice against color, of which we hear so much, is no stronger than that against sex.  It is produced by the same cause,…..The Negro’s skin and the woman’s sex are both prima facie evidence that they were intended to be in subjection to the white Saxon man.”

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New York News
12:44 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

4 in 10 US Homes Are Cellphone-Only As NY's Telecomm System Declines

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A coalition of consumer groups, organized labor and elected officials says New York state’s telecommunication system is in decline, while a new government survey says American households are increasingly disconnecting their landline telephones.  

The coalition includes groups like the AARP, Common Cause, the Working Families Party, several unions and dozens of elected leaders from around the state. It has filed a petition with the Public Service Commission seeking a "complete and public" review of the state's telecommunication system.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Court Rejects Challenge To Adirondack Club And Resort Project

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A New York State court has ruled against a challenge to the Adirondack Park Agency's approval of a proposed 6,200-acre, year-round resort development in Tupper Lake.

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New England News
12:29 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Funding Announced For Affordable Housing Projects In Massachusetts

Newly renovated apartment buildings in Springfield, MA that are part of a $75 five-year project involving 23 buildings with more than 300 apartments. The project is in the Outing Park Historic District
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has announced nearly $84 million in funding for 24 affordable housing projects across the state. New housing in western Massachusetts includes projects in Springfield, Northampton, Greenfield, Williamstown, and Pittsfield.

Governor Patrick said the newly funded projects will create more than 1,300 apartments and over 2,000 construction jobs.  It is part of an economic development strategy that has seen his administration commit more than $1 billion to the creation of affordable housing in the last seven-and-a-half years.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Jason Caterina
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

Hudson Valley News
8:54 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Parents Decry Student Loan Debt During Telephone Town Hall

A New York congressman from the Hudson Valley recently held a telephone town hall on what he calls the ongoing student debt crisis.

With federal student loan debt surpassing more than $1.2 trillion, Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held the telephone town hall for constituents of his 18th congressional district.

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New York News
1:57 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Oil Train Protests Recall Quebec Disaster

Pat Bradley

Public outcry against the so-called "Bomb trains" reached a fever pitch over the holiday weekend - as communities across North America marked the one-year anniversary of the crude oil train disaster in Quebec.  In the heart of a Canadian town, 47 people were killed, thousands had to be evacuated and dozens of buildings were destroyed.  

Names of the victims were read during several of the memorial gatherings in communities bordering rail lines where residents fear the next derailment, explosion or fire could affect in their neighborhood.

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US News
12:49 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Pres. Of Free Speech For People: Political Influence Of Corporations

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The co-founder and President of an organization dedicated to repealing the U.S. Supreme Court "Citizens United" ruling granting corporations the same rights as citizens in campaign finance matter, says the recent ruling on The Hobby Lobby case could give new energy to the effort. In "Burwell v. Hobby Lobby", the court ruled five to four that an employer may opt out of providing contraceptive coverage under The Affordable Care Act, based on religious objections.

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Arts & Culture
12:46 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Rob Edelman: Lost Children

The number of children who for one reason or another go missing not just in the United States but across the globe is staggering, maddening, and heartbreaking. The saga of one such occurrence is told in SIDDHARTH, a heartfelt, quietly shattering new film.

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