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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Commentary & Opinion
12:39 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Sean Philpott: Punishing The Promoters

Earlier this week, the US Justice Department announced that pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay more than $2 billion in fines and penalties for illegally marketing the drug Risperdal to doctors and patients.

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New York News
12:38 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Activist Fluke To Headline Regional Planned Parenthood Celebration

Sandra Fluke

In February of last year, Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke testified before Congress regarding religious exemptions to the birth control coverage in the Affordable Care Act.

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New York News
12:35 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Same-Sex Couple Vs. Wedding Venue

Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings signs documents for a same-sex couple during midnight hour marriages July 2011 at City Hall.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In 2011, New York became the sixth and largest state to sanction same-sex unions. Hailed at the time as a landmark moment for gay rights, the power of that law is being tested today.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, November 7, 2013.

Hudson Valley News
1:34 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Westchester County Executive Astorino Wins Re-Election

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino
Credit WAMC/Allison Dunne

Voters in the Hudson Valley stayed with Republicans in three county executive races. In Westchester, the incumbent Republican scored a decisive win in what was a closely watched and often bitter race.

Incumbent Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino thanked his roomful of supporters for his decisive win, in English and Spanish.

He said, “Many thanks for your support and help.” Democratic challenger and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson delivered a concession speech around 10:30 Tuesday night, surprising many with how early in the evening he conceded the race.

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New York News
1:01 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Joanne Yepsen Elected Mayor Of Saratoga Springs

Joanne Yepsen applauds as votes are tallied on election night.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Democratic Saratoga County Supervisor Joanne Yepsen has defeated Deputy Saratoga Springs Mayor Shauna Sutton — a Republican — in a close race that will make Yepsen the next mayor of the Spa City.

At the end of the election night party where candidates and supporters watched results come in, Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko introduced Saratoga Springs Democratic mayoral candidate Joanne Yepsen before a crowd of supporters.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Herbert London: The World I’ve Known Has Come To An End

There was a time not so long ago when I could select my own doctor. There was a time when I could choose my health insurance company. There was a time when everyone believed Marxism was a failure, an idea relegated to the ash heap of history. There was a time when class warfare occurred in other places far away, but Americans believed in opportunity, not sponging from others.

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Capital Region News
12:35 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Albany Voters Choose Kathy Sheehan

Mayor-elect Kathy Sheehan gives her victory speech at the Polish Community Center, Albany N.Y. 5 November 2013
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

There’s a new leader for New York's capital city. Kathy Sheehan ushers in a new era as Albany's first woman executive.

Shortly after 10 p.m., 20-year incumbent and outgoing Mayor Jerry Jennings took the podium at the Polish Community Center to thank fellow Democrats. Not considered a close ally of the new mayor-elect, Jennings sent out a call for unity.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Calnon Wins Plattsburgh Mayoral Seat

The city of Plattsburgh elected a new mayor Tuesday in a three-way race that featured two independent candidates.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano checks in with the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, November 6, 2013. 

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