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. 

The Northeast will experience a partial solar eclipse on Monday. To celebrate the event, universities and public libraries across the region will be hosting viewing parties.

      It has been an election season of surprises in Springfield, Massachusetts and voters have not even gone to the polls yet.

Alexander Karn
Colgate

Did last Saturday's violent and deadly confrontation in Charlottesville, Va. strengthen and embolden the neo-Nazi and white supremacist movements in the U.S., giving them a martyr status among their followers? Dr. Alexander Karn, an associate professor of history at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY who also teaches in Colgate's Peace and Conflict Studies program, says history leaves some clues on the best way to respond to hate groups and their events.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, August 18, 2017.

Photo by Patrick Garrett

The Democratic candidates for mayor of Albany debated for the first time last night ahead of September’s pivotal primary. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas caught up with them after the event.

#AlbanyDebate at The Linda, August 2017
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The Democratic candidates for mayor of Albany debated for the first time last night ahead of September’s pivotal primary.

JD Allen / WAMC

Starting in Hancock, Massachusetts, veterans began marching across the state today to bring awareness to a difficult issue: suicide among vets.

Senator Patrick Leahy
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Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy was the keynote speaker today at the Northeast Regional IDeA Conference.  More than 300 biomedical researchers from Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware and Vermont are in Burlington for the National Institutes of Health-sponsored meeting.  Senator Leahy says cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget are extremely dangerous to researchers.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 17, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, August 17, 2017.

Democrats Sheehan, Commisso and McLaughlin debate at WAMC’s The Linda Thursday 8 p.m. The debate will be simulcast on WAMC and NewsChannel 13.
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

Ahead of the pivotal September 12 primary, three leading Democrats aspiring to get the party nod in the race for mayor of Albany are debating for the first time tonight.

Former 2010 New York gubernatorial candidate and Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino has been removed from the Buffalo school board, in a ruling by the state education commissioner issued Thursday. His attorneys are appealing.

A biomedical conference that is held once a decade in Vermont began this afternoon in Burlington.

This is a picture of a hospital bed
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New Yorkers who sign up for individual insurance under the Affordable Care Act exchanges will see their premiums rise by an average of 14 percent, now that the Cuomo Administration has approved rate increases for insurers in the exchanges. One reason for the increase is worry and uncertainty over the future of the ACA.

Downtown North Adams, Massachusetts
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The 21st annual Downtown Celebration in North Adams, Massachusetts is under way at this hour. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with the city’s Director of Community Events Suzy Helme about what she calls age-friendly festivities.   

Keith Strudler: Both Sides

Aug 16, 2017

The other side. That phrase, or a variant thereof, has gotten an unusual amount of play in the past several days. We’ve been told, by the President, no less, to look at both sides when assessing blame. Most every mediator or manager wants to hear both sides before making a decision. No matter your posture or position, it seems there’s always the other side to consider, even if it sometimes seems intuitively one-sided. Like the world is round. Or ice cream is delicious.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 16, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

Dr. Peter Raven
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Dr. Peter Raven is a conservationist,  biodiversity expert and environmentalist. The president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden, he led the oldest operating botanical garden in the country for more than four decades.  Dr. Raven, who recently spoke at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York, says too many people have lost touch with how intertwined all things are with nature.

The state capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

There’s growing pressure on a group of breakaway Democrats in the New York state Senate to reunite with the mainstream Democrats and form a majority to rule the Senate.

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Students will begin classes on August 28th in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts after what officials described as a “summer blitz” of construction.

Stephen Gottlieb: The Dagger In The Heart of Labor

Aug 15, 2017

Last week I spoke about labor. Next week is the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s speech at the 1963 March on Washington. I intended to connect the two. After hate intervened in Charlottesville, that’s even more urgent.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 15, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

A press conference and rally in defense of immigrants got under way at 5 p.m. in New York City. Regional activists are taking part.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a measure that would create new penalties for people who make bomb threats against community centers. The action stems from bomb threats made to Jewish Community Centers in New York and around the nation last winter.

Downtown North Adams, Massachusetts
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It’s a five-way race for mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts. The preliminary election is in September.

WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

Democrats in Albany appear to favor incumbent Mayor Kathy Sheehan for another term as mayor. Figures are in from a new Spectrum News/Siena College poll.

Blair Horner: The State Of The Climate

Aug 14, 2017

Last week the nation’s top science agencies released a report on the planet’s deteriorating climate.  The report, State of the Climate 2016, by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made it official: 2016 was the warmest year in recorded history.  And it was the third year in a row that the record was set.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 14, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, August 14, 2017.

City of Springfield, Office of the Mayor

     There is widespread condemnation by elected officials in Springfield, Massachusetts over a social media post, attributed to a city cop, which mocked the dead and injured among the counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The former North Adams Regional Hospital is now the Northern Berkshire campus of Berkshire Medical Center.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Massachusetts Attorney General's office says the leaders of the shuttered North Adams Regional Hospital will not face penalties for failing to provide adequate public notice of their plan to close the facility in 2014. The call to reestablish a full-service hospital in North County have continued.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Today marked the end of an era in the Capital Region. The Saratogian, a newspaper that has been produced out of its landmark Saratoga Springs location for more than a century, is moving. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard visited the downtown building as equipment was being packed up.

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