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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.

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New England News
12:18 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Harness Racetrack Gets Nod For First Massachusetts Casino

A harness racing track has been chosen by Massachusetts gambling regulators as the site of the state’s first casino.  If all goes according to schedule, the casino that will have up to 1,250 slot machines, but no table games, will open just over a year from now.

       The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, in the most significant decision of its two years in existence, voted 3-2 on Thursday to offer a license to Penn National Gaming to operate a slot machine parlor at the Plainridge harness racetrack.  The track is in Plainville on the Rhode Island border.

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New York News
12:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

New York Lt. Gov. Duffy Announces Nano Utica Construction Ahead Of Schedule

The Cuomo Administration has announced a construction milestone at the so-called Nano Utica initiative.

On Thursday, New York Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy visited the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica to announce that construction is ahead of schedule on the Computer Chip Commercialization Center. Also known as Quad-C, the $125 million project is part of the Cuomo Administration’s Nano Utica initiative, led by the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany and SUNY IT.

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New York News
1:28 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Retracing The Steps Of Solomon Northup In Saratoga Springs

Solomon Northup
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The story of Solomon Northup, a free man lured from New York and sold into slavery in 1841, is now known by a worldwide audience thanks to the Oscar-nominated film 12 Years A Slave. The film, directed by Steve McQueen, shares the title of the narrative written by Northup after his rescue in 1853.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:47 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Sean Philpott: Opening The Black Box

In a study published earlier this week, researchers found that pregnant women who take acetaminophen -- a widely used drug found in such over-the-counter painkillers as Tylenol and Excedrin -- are at increased risk of having children with hyperkinetic disorders like ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

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New York News
12:30 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Owens Holds District-Wide Town Hall

Congressman Bill Owens
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New York Congressman Bill Owens held one of his periodic telephone town halls with constituents Wednesday evening.

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Weather
12:27 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, February 27, 2014. 

New York News
3:15 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Business Survey Shows Confidence In State And Local Economy, Anxiety Over Federal Policies

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The Plattsburgh North Country Regional Chamber of Commerce released its annual business survey and confidence index this morning. 

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Hudson Valley News
3:03 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

EPA Aims To Better Protect Farm Workers From Pesticide Exposure

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The Environmental Protection Agency wants to improve farm worker safety when it comes to pesticide use and has proposed revisions to its Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides first established in 1992.

Assistant Administrator for the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Jim Jones says the proposed revisions, which carry a 90-day public comment period, aim to protect the nation’s 2 million farm workers and their families from pesticide exposure.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Herb London: Global Citizenship

When President Obama visited Berlin a couple of years ago he raised the prospect of an idea that circulated throughout the twentieth century: world citizenship. Eminentos such as H.G. Wells and Bertrand Russell contended that unless humanity embraced this nation, it is doomed.

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New England News
12:34 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Transportation Projects Await Approval Of Bond Bill

PVTA buses in downtown Springfield,MA
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State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey is pressing the Massachusetts Senate to approve a transportation bond bill as a new construction season approaches.  The $12.7 billion bond bill approved earlier this month in a unanimous vote in the Massachusetts House includes funding for some long-sought projects in western Massachusetts.

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