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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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WAMC News
12:30 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Welch Leads Call For Clean Debt Ceiling

Congressman Peter Welch

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch joined with 186 of his Democratic colleagues in the House this week to send a letter he authored to the president urging support for passage of a clean debt limit. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with the Democrat about his efforts to keep the country from defaulting.

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New York News
1:47 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Lawmakers, Union Hope to Prevent Closure Of Saratoga County Prison

Members of NYSCOPBA gather to protest the closure of the Mt. McGregor facility.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

NOTE: This article has been updated to include a statement from the New York State Department of Correction and Community Services. The original audio has been removed.

Republican New York state lawmakers gathered with union members outside the Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility in Saratoga County Wednesday to announce legislation to halt the closure of prisons throughout the state.

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North Country News
1:01 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Environmental Permitting Affirmed for Potential Pipeline Use

Portland Pipeline terminal in Maine
Credit Rigby27/Wikimedia Commons

A Vermont Environmental official has upheld a ruling that Act 250 - the state land use permit - will be necessary if a pipeline company decides to change the flow of oil in a pipeline that cuts across a corner of the state.

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Hudson Valley News
1:46 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Report Highlights Alternatives To Proposed Water Supply Project in Rockland

Al Appleton
Credit WAMC/Allison Dunne

A report compiled for an opponent of a proposed water supply project in Rockland County, New York says a serious look at alternatives has been missing in the debate. The report’s author says a viable alternative to the more than $120 million project can be brought to the table.

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New York News
1:30 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Area Congressmen Hope To Avoid Shutdown

New York Congressman Paul Tonko holds a press conference against a possible government shutdown before heading back to Washington for debate over the budget.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Members of Congress are headed back to Washington to jump back into the fire as the U.S. Senate readies a budget that will likely be sent back to the House.  Unless both houses can find a compromise by Sep. 30th, disagreement over the debt ceiling and Affordable Care Act could bring the government to a shutdown.

The Republican-controlled House recently passed a budget with a provision to defund President Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act. The House plan likely will not make it through the Democrat-controlled Senate.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:25 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Herb London: Who Are We?

Here is a question that haunts America today. The distinguished historian Samuel Huntington has an answer based on founding documents and a national creed. But the answer of a decade ago seems weak, almost feckless, in a nation transformed by demography, educational inadequacy and historical amnesia. I readily admit this “new nation” is a new nation I don’t understand and am at a loss to describe. But try I will in any case.

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New York News
12:07 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Moreland Hearing Focuses On More Alleged Corruption

Credit Karen DeWitt

The second public hearing held by New York Governor Cuomo’s commission to probe public corruption featured testimony from long time government reform groups. Many brought more evidence that they say shows potential corruption involving money and politics.

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North Country News
4:30 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Entergy Begins Formal Notification of Nuclear Shutdown as Local Community Prepares for Economic Chan

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
Credit NRC/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

Entergy, the owner of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, has taken the first of two formal steps to notify the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the plant is shutting down.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:25 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Paul Elisha: Reluctant Remembrances

As the beloved piquant paradoxical pin-striper, Yogi Berra, used to pipe – “It’s like deja vu all over again,” it’s precisely that, just two decades or so later, with the same old cast of characters and a few new faces added.

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Hudson Valley News
1:08 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Sean Eldridge Announces NY Congressional Run

Credit Courtesy of Sean Eldridge for Congress

The race is officially on for New York’s 19th congressional district. Democrat Sean Eldridge has announced a 2014 run against incumbent Republican Chris Gibson.

Eldridge’s announcement arrived via video message posted late Sunday night. His widely anticipated run comes nearly two weeks after The Chris Gibson for Congress campaign’s launch of a web video entitled “Our Best Century Yet.” Eldridge, an Ulster County resident, is the founder of Kingston-based Hudson River Ventures, a small business investment fund focused on the Hudson Valley.

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