Midday Magazine

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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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North Country News
5:55 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Business Expo Participants Express General Optimism In Regional Economy

Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce Business Expo
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce recently hosted its annual business expo. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley checked in with exhibitors regarding their feelings about the economy.

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New York News
2:20 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

To Keep Or Not To Keep: Oil Train Secrets

Credit WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

CSX is among U.S. railroads instructed to turn over details regarding volatile crude oil shipments to local emergency responders to assist teams in disaster preparedness.  CSX is asking New York State not to give the public any information about how much oil trains are carrying and what routes they will take.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:53 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Paul Elisha: Mother Of Exiles

As the present global mind-set continues to dominate the American psyche, from the acme of political policy to many ordinary areas of doing business, this commentator calls “Time-Out!”, for a look at where we are, how we got here, what it’s cost us and what our future portends. As the self-appointed market managers of the so-called democratic (small-d) idiom, we seem to have become habituated to catch-phrases that create a wide latitude of definition and too much room for inexactitude: like “National Destiny” and “Spheres of Interest;” both of which help to harbor inhospitable hanky-panky for the uncontrolled capture of money and power.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

Capital Region News
12:38 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Activist Challenges Albany Red Light Camera Plan

"You don't have to put up the red light (cameras)" ~ Jesse Calhoun
Credit Jesse Calhoun/youtube

In May, city officials took the wraps off a plan to bring red light cameras — which snap photos of vehicles illegally zipping under traffic signals — to Albany's most dangerous intersections. Citizens and politicians are now choosing sides. Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, an Albany Democrat, introduced the legislation that would give the City of Albany the green light to engage in a five-year demonstration program deploying automatic red-light ticketing cameras at as many as 20 intersections.

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New England News
12:28 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Drug Money Put To Uses For The Good

Hampden District Attorney and soon-to-be U.S. District Court Judge Mark Mastroianni announces $30,000 in grants from a drug crimes forfeiture program
Credit WAMC

Money seized from drug dealers in western Massachusetts is being used to do good things. The funds are helping keep at-risk youths off the streets and reuniting families torn apart by drug abuse.

   Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni has awarded $30,000 to two Springfield-based nonprofit agencies from the Drug Forfeiture Grant Program.  The fund consists of money and property forfeited by court order following a criminal conviction for a drug dealing offense.

   Mastroianni has given out $100,000 since starting the program two years ago.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Jason Caterina

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, June 9, 2014. 

Arts & Culture
12:22 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Rob Edelman: International Baseball

These days, more than ever before, baseball-- otherwise known as America's Pastime-- is a truly international sport. According to the Associated Press, 28.1 per cent of current major leaguers were born outside the United States. They hail from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Japan, South Korea, Australia... And the potential for finding big league talent outside the U.S. is examined in MILLION DOLLAR ARM, the story of a sports agent, played by Jon Hamm, who heads off to India in search of players who just might become the next fireballing big league hurlers.

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Capital Region News
12:35 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Crude By Rail: Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness

The long lines of DOT 111 oil tankers parked outside of the Ezra Prentice complex in Albany are a constant reminder to some residents they are living in the shadow of potential disaster. Critics of crude oil transportation by rail are in pro-active mode when it comes to disaster preparedness.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Mayor Berates Councilors For Micro-Managing City Business

Plattsburgh City Hall
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Plattsburgh’s mayor berated city councilors during their weekly meeting Thursday evening for what he says are their constant attempts to micro-manage city affairs.

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