WAMC Northeast Report

Weekdays, 3:30PM - 4PM and 6PM - 6:30PM

Northeast Report and Northeast Report - Late Edition are two half hour magazines of news and information, aired every weekday from 3:30PM-4:00PM just before All Things Considered, and again from 6:05PM - 6:30PM just before Marketplace.

Northeast Report features reports from the award-winning WAMC News team, plus commentary, arts news and interviews, the latest weather forecast, and an afternoon business wrap-up. The program is hosted by WAMC Senior Correspondent Brian Shields who has been with WAMC for 25 years as senior news anchor, host and reporter. 

Lake Champlain
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Officials from the U.S., Canada, New York, Vermont and Quebec were in Crown Point, New York this week to renew the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s management plan for the lake.

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National Endowment for the Arts Chairwoman Jane Chu toured the cultural district of downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts today to see and discuss how the city has grown its arts community. 

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Troy this afternoon, talking about the Trump administration’s proposed budget that would cut SNAP benefits by $193 billion dollars over a decade.

Ben Downing: In Defense Of The ACA

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Just about 2 months ago, my wife and I welcomed our son Malcolm into the world. Thanks to the miracles of modern science, we have the security of knowing Malcolm won’t have the genetic heart disease that killed my father at 52 and my brother at 26.

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Former New York Republican Congressman Chris Gibson was in Poughkeepsie Thursday, giving a talk on leadership. He addressed graduates of a regional leadership program and weighed in on the federal healthcare bills.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Legalized marijuana in Vermont will have to wait again. Among the vetoed legislation that the legislature reviewed during its special session on Wednesday was a bill to allow the use of marijuana by adults.  While the state Senate overturned the veto, the House refused to reverse the governor’s decision.

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The funeral for State Representative Gailanne Cariddi — who died of cancer over the weekend at 63 — was today in North Adams, Massachusetts. 

Operation Wrecking Ball Marks The Sixth Bust Since AG Announced Crackdown On Violent Drug Traffickers In Suburban And Upstate NY – Taking A Total Of 265 Dealers Off The Streets
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced the indictment of 19 people charged with conspiring to transport large amounts of narcotics from New York City to the Capital Region, for distribution purposes.

Bill Owens: Civil Discourse

Jun 22, 2017

A recent Wall Street Journal article by Gerald F. Sieb spoke to the issue of the loss of civil discourse, and recites as examples the body slamming by the newly elected Republican congressman from Montana, a Democratic state party chair hurling obscenities at the president and party dissidents, a speaker chased off college campuses, and town hall meetings where law makers are shouted down by hecklers. (Let me first note from personal experience that this is not new; this behavior reared its head in 2009 and 2010, executed then by Tea Partiers as opposed to what is now described as the radical left.)  I would add to that list these repugnant displays: Joe Wilson calling President Obama a liar in the House of Representatives in 2009, Kathy Griffin holding a severed head bearing a likeness to President Trump, and the birther nonsense relentlessly promulgated by Donald Trump during Obama’s presidency.  Trump’s most recent attack upon the London mayor is also very troubling.  Mr. Sieb points out how this denigration of civility has spread beyond politics to professional athletic contests, where athletes take what should be routine plays and raise them to the level of the acts of Greek gods, largely by mocking their opponents.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 22, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, June 22, 2017.

Paladino Hearing Begins In Albany

Jun 22, 2017
Carl Paladino heads to court on Thursday.
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A hearing on whether former 2010 gubernatorial candidate and Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino should be thrown off of his city’s school board began in Albany Thursday at the state education department. Controversial comments made by Paladino about President and Mrs. Obama last December are not the subject of the hearing, but they nevertheless became an issue.

Havidán Rodríguez is the 20th president of the University at Albany, the first Latino President of any SUNY institution.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A new president has been chosen to the lead the University at Albany.

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    There are rumblings the Boston Red Sox’s top minor league team may soon be looking for a new home.   Could the team end up in Springfield?

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Connecticut’s drug overdose crisis isn’t slowing down. Elected officials are raising the alarm.

Keith Strudler: NBA Draft Champions

Jun 21, 2017

Thursday is the NBA draft. You may or may not have known this, based on both your geography and relative interest in the sport. The draft isn’t for casual fans, those who enjoy the sport on occasion or perhaps when the games matter most – like the playoffs. The draft, for the NBA or any other sport, is for people who care how the sausage is made. It’s like people who watch CSPAN to see the party whip in action before a vote.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 21, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

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A brand new state-of-the-art outdoor public pool beckons swimmers in a western Massachusetts city that was forced to close the majority of its pools when hazardous PCBs were discovered.

Two lawsuits have now been filed over Trump’s violation of the emoluments clause.[1]

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 20, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Riverkeeper Expands Online Water Quality Data

Jun 19, 2017

An environmental group has expanded the number of locations where it and its partners test water quality. And the expanded information is now available at a centralized location online.

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Congressman Richard Neal visited Great Barrington, Williamstown and North Adams, Massachusetts Friday. The dean of the state delegation was in the Berkshires to make grant announcements.

“We work hard to make sure that only those who need assistance receive it and we will not tolerate those who seek to game the system.”
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In an effort to expose fraud involving Medicaid benefits and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payments, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple today announced the arrests of county residents on fraud charges .

New York State government does all it can to operate in secret: $150 billion budget deals are hammered out behind closed doors, multibillion hikes for electric ratepayers are engineered outside of public view, legislative agreements are finalized often minutes before the vote.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 19, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, June 19, 2017.

  With less than 2 weeks before the start of a new fiscal year in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, City Councilors are poised to approve a new budget, perhaps as soon as tonight.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Revitalization funding is on the way to 18 cities and towns across New York.

Maple tree tapped with tubing
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The USDA Agricultural Statistics Service issued its report on maple syrup production this week.  It shows that nationwide production this spring was up, with trees being tapped as early as January 1st.

Audrey Kupferberg: Zaza

Jun 16, 2017

Looking over the current crop of films available in theaters or on home screens, it is worth noting that a number of screen veterans are back in the spotlight, adding a strong late act to their respective careers.   Richard Gere is receiving very positive reviews as the complex and quirky title character in NORMAN.  Shirley MacLaine has scored points in WILD OATS and THE LAST WORD. Susan Sarandon,  Jessica Lange, and Christopher Plummer are among the veteran actors who also continue to have active careers. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 16, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, June 16, 2017.

Asha Burwell (Ariel Agudio standing behind her) outside the Albany County Courtoom after sentencing.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

On January 31, 2016, three women who were then students at the University at Albany set off a firestorm when they reported being assaulted in a racially-motivated attack during an early morning argument on a CDTA bus. A jury found two of them guilty of falsely reporting the incident. But today’s sentencing in Albany County Court may not be the last stop.

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