Midday Magazine

Weekdays, Noon - 1pm; Weekends, Noon- 1pm

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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New England News
12:47 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Massachusetts Urged To Crackdown On Illegal Tobacco

Credit npr.org

Black market tobacco is big business in Massachusetts. Stricter enforcement and tougher penalties are needed to discourage illegal cigarette smuggling.  Those are the key findings of the nine-member Illegal Tobacco Commission, which was created last year by the state Legislature to look at the problem and recently issued a final report.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Massachusetts revenue commissioner Amy Pitter, who chaired the Illegal Tobacco Commission.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Canadian Pipeline Ruling Worries New Englanders

Portland Montreal Pipeline
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A ruling by the National Energy Board of Canada that will allow a pipeline to carry tar sands oil from Ontario to Montreal is raising concerns from New England environmental groups.

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Hudson Valley News
1:45 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Conservation Group Intends To Sue Over Oil Spill Response Plans

Credit Allison Dunne

A national conservation organization has put the U.S. Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency on notice that it will follow through with a lawsuit if oil spill response plans along the Hudson River are not updated.

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Money
12:56 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Survey Says Small Businesses Want A $10.10 US Minimum Wage

Credit Small Business Majority

A new survey of small business owners finds the majority favor an increase of the federal minimum wage.

It has been widely reported that Republicans contend President Obama's proposed hike to the federal minimum wage would be a job-killer. But that's not how Republican small business owners feel, if a new poll released by the Small Business Majority is any indication. 

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Listener Comment Line
12:55 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Listener Comment Line - Week of March 3, 2014

Our listeners opined on a variety of topics this week, as we hear in these highlights from this week's WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Andrew Coates: Facing Death And Hope

A man in his 90s became very ill and was brought to the hospital by ambulance. The emergency room physician called and asked me to admit the patient to the intensive care unit. I was upstairs in the hospital.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Rogovoy Report for March 7th, 2014

This weekend brings art openings, rock concerts, Afropop, classical music, and a whole lot more to the greater Berkshire region.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Over City Council Objections Mayor Moves Toward Appointing Police Commissioner

Credit WAMC

The mayor and the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts remain at odds over the future leadership of the police department. Councilors say they intend to consider establishing a five-member commission to oversee the department, while the mayor is intent on  keeping a single police professional in charge.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, March 7, 2014. 

WAMC News
12:35 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Kaprielian: Massachusetts Job Growth Best Since 2000

Rachel Kaprielian

Revised numbers out today show Massachusetts added 55,200 jobs last year, almost all of them in the private sector. State officials say it is the largest number of new jobs in a December-to-December period since 2000. The Massachusetts unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in January. The Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Rachel Kaprielian, said the job gains were varied.

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