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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Weather
12:25 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Jason Caterina
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, April 7, 2014.

New England News
12:59 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Nonprofit Organization Sets 10-year Plan To Revitalize Neighborhood

Members of the staff and board of Rebuilding Together Springfield
Credit Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together, a national non-profit that works to preserve affordable housing, has announced a multi-year effort in Springfield, Massachusetts to repair hundreds of homes in one of the poorest neighborhoods in America.   The work in the Old Hill Neighborhood started with the successful rehab of 25 homes on a single day last year.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Rebuilding Together Springfield Executive Director Colleen Loveless.

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New York News
3:27 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Washington County Residents Ponder Village Dissolutions

Credit Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Peter Gregg, a resident of the village of Greenwich in Washington County loves where he lives. He likened it to living in a Norman Rockwell painting.

“But the problem is that the taxes are too high,” said Gregg. “There’s a Town of Greenwich tax and a Village of Greenwich tax.”

Gregg said the taxes are “penalizing” to village residents.

Gregg, who edits the local newspaper The Greenwich Journal, recently submitted a petition to the village board to dissolve the village government.

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New York News
1:00 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

UAlbany Researchers Develop CSI Tool

Igor Lednev
Credit UAlbany

Researchers at the University at Albany are developing a fast, accurate method for crime scene investigators to detect and recover gunshot residue from a crime scene or suspect. The process has a promising future.

For years, New York's gun control lobby pushed hard in favor of a process that involves a gun's firing pin stamping cartridges with unique identifying numbers.

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Arts & Culture
12:55 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Rogovoy Report For April 4, 2014

This weekend brings jam-band music, folk-rock singer songwriters, and an all star trio of new-music virtuosos to the greater Berkshire region.

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Listener Comment Line
12:54 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Listener Comment Line - Week of March 31, 2014

The shootings at Fort Hood dominated the WAMC Listener Comment Line this week.  Here are highlights. 

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New England News
12:45 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

New York Town Seeks Input in Vermont Pipeline Review

Proposed Phase Two pipeline route
Credit Addison County Regional Planning Commission

Regulatory agencies in Vermont are reviewing a plan by Vermont Gas to bring natural gas to the International Paper plant in Ticonderoga Mill in New York.  Officials in Ticonderoga are asking the regional planning commission to consider their interests as that entity reviews the project.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, April 4, 2014. 

New York News
4:32 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Warren County Probation Director Seeks Body Armor For Officers

One Southern Adirondack county is beginning discussions on outfitting probation officers with bullet-proof vests.

Robert Iusi, Probation Director for Warren County, says last fall, the department began reviewing how it conducts home visits with respect to probation officers heading out into the field. The comprehensive review included probation and public safety officers, emergency services, and the input of the sherriff’s office.

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New York News
12:49 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

New Yorkers Tighten Purse Strings

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The recession may be over, but many New Yorkers say they still feel a pinch in the pocketbook, paying more for just about everything on stagnant salaries. For many it's another day, another bill. People in high places have heard citizens' cries.

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino has been holding a mirror to citizen sentiments with his campaign mantra.   "We're losing more people to other states than any other state in the country. 400,000 people in the last four years.  We are losing because we have the highest taxes in America. And it's not even close."

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