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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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New England News
12:10 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Mohegan Sun Will Seek Recount After Narrow Defeat Of Palmer Casino Referendum

An artist's rendering of Mohegan Sun's proposed resort casino in Palmer, MA
Credit Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

Mohegan Sun plans to ask for a recount of Tuesday’s referendum in Palmer where voters by a narrow margin rejected the company’s plans for a $1 billion resort casino.  If the results stand, it will leave MGM in Springfield as the only company left to apply for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.

The casino referendum was defeated by a vote of 2,657 to 2,564—a margin of 93 votes—according to final, but unofficial, results announced Tuesday night by the Palmer Town Clerk’s office. Turnout was an astounding 66 percent of the town’s registered voters.

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Hudson Valley News
2:49 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

NYS Senator Asks For Special Prosecutor In Putnam Case

A New York State senator is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor in a case of alleged child rape in Putnam County. The call comes in light of media reports that allege the Putnam County district attorney has been active in the case — after recusing himself.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Paul Elisha: Technology And Equality

As a nation organized by émigrés stirred by selfish design or desperation, should one expect out-comes according to what originally impelled them?  Hardly—and yet, much of what our visionary antecedents desired came to pass, despite selfish side-steps and stubborn reluctance, by single-minded saboteurs.  But when such hindrance becomes the stock-in-trade of those invested with responsible representation, just to gain political or financial profit or mere personal satisfaction --- honorable defenders must mount forceful opposition.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Kaaterskill Still Recovering From Irene & Lee

The CR47 bridge, December 2008.
Credit Penelope Queen

Climate change has claimed the Kaaterskill Creek as one of its victims. The deep impact from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee continue to affect the creek and nearby residents.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, November 5, 2013. 

Hudson Valley News
1:55 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Hudson Valley Investment Helps A Seed Library Grow

Credit Courtesy of Hudson Valley Seed Library

A Hudson Valley-based investment fund is backing a rather earthen company – a seed company based in Ulster County. 

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Rob Edelman: JFK Plus 50

President John F. Kennedy addresses Congress
Credit Public Domain

Back in September, a new film titled PARKLAND very quickly made the rounds of the film festival circuit, screening at Venice, Toronto, and elsewhere. Then in October, PARKLAND opened theatrically. Even before coming to movie houses, its November 5 DVD release date was announced. From a marketing standpoint, all of this makes perfect sense. That is because PARKLAND is an ensemble piece which recounts the chaos that occurred in Dallas, Texas, five decades ago this month, upon the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

It was a chilly weekend and it appears that the cooler weather will be with us for a while.  How long? Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano sheds some light on this question. 

New York News
12:14 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Long Evolution For Casino Gambling Ahead Of Tuesday's Vote

Credit Triin Q's photostream Flickr

On election day this Tuesday, if voters pass the proposed amendment to the state constitution to allow casino gambling, New York will become the 21tst state to legalize commercial Las Vegas-style casinos. Across much of the country nowadays, gambling seems like the natural state of things. But it wasn't always that way.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:43 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

David Nightingale: October/November

October transitions into November, and not all the leaves down yet. Some still hang, brown and a tinge of orange, waiting for real heavy gusts to decide for them, once and for all, and sweep them to their colleagues, to join the beige sacking that now covers our part of the earth.                  

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