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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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September 26, 2012

12:06 PM
Another Country
Artist : Shadowfax
Album : The Dreams of Children
Composer : Greenberg
ReleaseYear : 1985
Label : Windham Hill
12:24 PM
Switch
Artist : Howie B
Album : Turn the Dark Off
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Island/ Polygram Records
12:39 PM
Love Theme
Artist : Moby
Album : I Like to Score
Composer : Moby
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Elektra

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New England News
12:20 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Impact Of Government Shutdown On Economy Seen As Minor,Reversable

The Massachusetts economy is already feeling the impact of  federal budget cuts.  Leading regional economists warn the federal government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling crisis could compound the problems.

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Hudson Valley News
1:21 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Officials In Ulster County Await Finalized Consent Order

Credit Doug Kerr, flickr

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced an agreement with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to reduce the impact of discharges into an Ulster County water body. The consent order awaits the signature of a New York City official before going into effect.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:25 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Rob Edelman: More Noir

I am a pushover for a solidly told 1940s-early 1950s crime drama shot in the film noir style. And by film noir, I am referring to those gritty, atmospheric, mostly post-World War II Hollywood films that depict the dark and woeful underbelly of crime and corruption.

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Hudson Valley News
4:20 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

NYS Senate Committee To Hear About Contingency Plans For Indian Point

Credit WAMC/Allison Dunne

A New York state senate committee next week will hold a hearing about a contingency plan if the Indian Point nuclear power plant were to be shut down. The committee’s chairman has concerns about the proposed plan, but does not want to see the plant closed. An environmental group does.

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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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