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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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Hudson Valley News
1:33 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

County Legislator Raises Concerns About Water Issue In Rockland

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A Rockland County legislator says he is concerned that United Water New York waited too long to notify customers about a water quality problem over the summer. United Water says the water was safe, and its notification process within the law.

In July, drinking water in Rockland County turned cloudy. In other words, the water was turbid.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Cuomo Advises Sheriffs Not to Choose Laws to Enforce

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says law enforcement officials must enforce the gun control law known as the SAFE Act enacted earlier this year. But sheriffs say the law must be reworked.

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New York News
12:27 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Congressman Receives Business Award

(left to right) Ron Eidshaug, Chris Gibson, Heather Briccetti
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On Wednesday, New York Congressman Chris Gibson was at The Business Council of New York State office in Albany, where he received the Spirit of Enterprise Award recognizing his pro-business, voting record as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ron Eidshaug,  vice president of Congressional and Public Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, presented the award.

Gibson said he appreciates the support of the Chamber and the Business Council... The Kinderhook-based Republican elected in 2010 explained his No. 1 priority is growing the economy.

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Hudson Valley News
5:56 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Report Analyzes NYS Legislators' Personal Finances

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A few New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley rank high on a list of state legislators’ personal finances. In fact, a Westchester assemblywoman is number one for household income. The new report from good government groups is a first, and shows several lawmakers are making their money outside the legislative chambers.

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North Country News
5:50 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Congress and Peace Activists Gear Up for Syria Debate

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As President Obama expresses confidence that he'll be able to work with Congress to pass a resolution authorizing military intervention in Syria, in Vermont and Northern New York, representatives and peace activists want questions answered before any action begins.

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Hudson Valley News
2:07 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Ulster County Committee To Hold Public Hearing On NYS, NYC Water Issue

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The New York State Department of Health has not scheduled any public hearings since releasing in August a draft document that would continue to allow upstate water headed for New York City faucets to avoid filtration. A group of Ulster County legislators says it will hold its own public hearing, to compile comments on the controversial subject.

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1:04 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

CATO Report "The Work Versus Welfare Trade Off”

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Social workers across New York are “rankled” by a report from the libertarian CATO Institute that says people on public assistance have little incentive to find work because they make more than they would with a minimum-wage job.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Paul Elisha: Unions And The Future

At this depressing juncture of America’s ongoing history, if for whatever uncharitable reason, someone might want to provide an even more troubling vexation to dwell upon, the charge that ours is an anti-Organized Labor chronicle would turn out to be a truly fruitless choice.  A short stint of diligent digging by this commentator has turned up some interesting rebuttals.

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12:07 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, September 3, 2013.