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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.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, who narrowly survived his reelection bid last November, announced Monday at the Statehouse that he will  not seek re-election to a fourth two-year-term. As WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the state’s political class is now feverishly looking ahead to an open race in 2016.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 9, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

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Clean energy advocates are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers to ramp up plans for large scale renewable energy beyond the $1.5 billion over 10 years proposed this month by the New York State Energy Resource Development Authority.

In the early decades of the last century, Ivan Mosjoukine was a top star first of the Russian cinema and then of the French cinema. He was a fine actor who exuded a special charisma, and Flicker Alley has recently released to DVD a ten-episode six-plus-hour-long Mosjoukine serial, the English title of which is THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY, that was produced in France between 1921 and 1923.

An Albany attorney recently took office as the president of the New York State Bar Association. David Miranda, a partner at the intellectual property law firm of Heslin, Rothenberg, Farley and Mesiti, took over June 1. Miranda spoke with WAMC News about several issues facing the bar, including a new agreement between the District Attorneys Association and the Innocence Project on legislation to regulate the videotaping of police interrogations.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 8, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, June 8, 2015.

Two prisoners used power tools to escape from the maximum security prison in Dannemora in northern New York over the weekend, spurring an unprecedented search and state bounty on the pair. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, even top officials acknowledge it was a daring plot.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A daylong summit on crude oil transportation is under way at the College of St. Rose in Albany.

Albany County hasn't had a major oil train disaster, but County Executive Dan McCoy, erring on the side of "safe, not sorry" called a community "Crude Oil Transportation Summit" to brainstorm and compare notes with officials who have had to deal with such calamities.  "We've never really had to deal with this type of emergency, and hopefully we never do. But we want to be prepared, if something, God forbid like this happens, that we handle it correctly."


U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for a new measure that will give states the authority to use more federal funds on local bridge improvement projects.

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2015 marks 33 years of Americade, when tens of thousands of motorcyclists pack into the Village of Lake George.

The weeklong celebration features demo rides, contests, and a slew of other events.

WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard brings us this piece featuring the sounds and cycles of Americade.