Brian Shields

Senior News Anchor

WAMC Senior Correspondent Brian Shields has been with WAMC for 23 years as senior news anchor, host and reporter.

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The debate for and against Boston's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics is well under way, with supporters now promising to bring the question to the voters in a statewide ballot referendum. Andrew Zimbalist, a professor of economics at Smith College, is the author of a new book Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting The Olympics And World Cup. He will be speaking later today at the College of Saint Rose in Albany. Zimbalist says the gamble is a long shot for Boston, with most cities losing. But he says there were two exceptions, Barcelona in 1992 and L.A. in 1984.

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WAMC's Brian Shields speaks with Nippertown's Greg Haymes about his March musical selections.



What began four decades ago as simple garden plots in city neighborhoods has grown into an organization that now not only grows fresh food, but delivers it to people in urban neighborhoods, and also provides nutritional information for young people. To reflect their growth, Capital District Community Gardens recently changed its name to Capital Roots. Amy Klein is the Executive Director.

The DREAM Act has once again passed the state Assembly in Albany. But once again the measure's future in the state Senate is uncertain. Supporters of the DREAM Act, which would allow the children of undocumented immigrants to receive college tuition assistance from the state, are more optimistic this year of the bill making it to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk. Steven Choi, the Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, is in Albany today for a rally and lobbying.

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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says consolidation will be at the foundation of his effort this year to trim the budget and save money. The Republican discussed his budget plans for 2015 after delivering his state of the county address Wednesday night.

Governor Cuomo has said he would risk a late state budget this year to get ethics reform passed in New York.

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There is a vacant space at the Albany County Nursing Home in the town of Colonie, but under a plan outlined last night by the county executive, that space could be used by the Albany Medical Center. The plan was detailed in the State of the County speech by County Executive Dan McCoy.

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Like most other cities, Troy, New York is dealing with tight finances. In his recent State of the City Address, Mayor Lou Rosamilia detailed budget cuts in city departments, along with several other measures, including a parking ticket amnesty to raise revenue. But luckily for Troy, this cold and snowy winter has not yet depleted the snow removal budget, according to Rosamilia.

As a member of the nation’s most prominent political family, Patrick Kennedy has enjoyed the privileges that come with wealth and recognition. But Patrick Kennedy is also familiar with the pain and stigma felt by families across the nation dealing with mental illness. Patrick Kennedy is bipolar, and a recovering alcoholic, a condition that came to national attention after an early morning accident in Washington, D.C. in May of 2006 when he served in Congress. Now out of politics, Patrick Kennedy is devoting his attention to mental health, and has formed the Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research in Washington, in partnership with former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher and Morehouse College. Kennedy says one of the goals is to end the stigma of mental health.

A grand jury has returned charges in a child murder case in the Capital District that shocked the public and the police. 

A murder indictment has been handed up in a case that began with a multi-state Amber Alert but ended with the discovery of a young boy's body.

The Albany County District Attorney's office says 20-year-old Tiffany VanAlstyne of Berne, in Albany County, is now facing charges of murder and manslaughter in the December strangulation death of her 5-year-old cousin, Kenneth White.