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. 

Memorial Auditorium, Burlington VT
Burlington Parks and Recreation

Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium has been in disrepair for years.  Last fall, the Public Works Department and city engineers began inspecting its leaking roof, cracked support beams and rusty steel girders.  The mayor’s office has now confirmed that the city engineer deems the building unsafe for use or occupancy.

A picture of flowers and a butterfly.
Facebook: Project Native

An environmental nonprofit in the Berkshires focused on the stewardship of native habitats has come to an end.

Keith Strudler -The NFL’s Problem With Numbers

20 hours ago

As is often said, numbers never lie. People, on the other hand, are quite adept in the art. Particularly when it comes to numbers. It’s like Mark Twain popularized, there are lies, damn lies, and statistics.

Paul Caiano's Afternoon Forecast

20 hours ago
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

  Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the afternoon Weather Summary for wednesday, July 27, 2016.

   The opioid addiction crisis has become a major issue in a high profile local election contest in western Massachusetts.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

It is an annual meeting that brings together government, institutional, environmental, and business advocates to find solutions to issues of common interest across the Adirondacks.  The 10th annual Common Ground Alliance meeting last week reviewed a number of issues that could help the economy and environment within the Blue Line.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan

New York Governor Cuomo had a full schedule Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, aimed at showcasing some of his strengths, including supporting LGBT rights and helping the homeless. But first, he shared the stage with Hillary Clinton’s primary opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders.

Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast

Jul 26, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the WAMC evening regional forecast for July 26, 2016.

Rivers GM Mary Cheeks speaks with reporters on the casino construction site as Rush Street Gaming CEO Greg Karlin and NYSGC member John Poklemba look on.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The New York State Gaming Commission met Monday afternoon in Schenectady. They discussed horse racing and casino gambling before heading off to tour the under-construction Rivers Casino.

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     Springfield, Massachusetts was the site today for a good-natured election-themed promotion for the national release of a new children’s book.

We’ve looked at the way that our present system of campaign finance results in our being fleeced by businesses that use laws and regulations to protect them from competition and from lawsuits. Think about the repeal of legislation that regulated the financial services industry, or the NRA which got legislation to prevent funding for studies of gun violence, the companies that blocked state laws defining duties in their industries, the loosening of federal antitrust law, or a plethora of tax breaks. All of that was facilitated by grateful lawmakers, grateful for campaign help, contributions or expenditures, which made their elections or reelections possible

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 26, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, July 26, 2016.   

Blair Horner: A Closer Look At Nuclear In New York

Jul 25, 2016

When public officials reach for over-the-top metaphors, more often than not it’s an effort to distract the public from the question at hand.  Such was the case when Governor Cuomo argued that the state should spend billions of ratepayer dollars to shore up New York’s aging nuclear power plants.

Jason Caterina's Evening Forecast

Jul 25, 2016

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the evening weather forecast Monday, July 25, 2016.

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    A federally-funded study estimates it would cost $1.2 billion to add more frequent high-speed passenger rail service linking Boston, Springfield, Montreal and New Haven.  Advocates say the benefits to the region justify the large expense.

Asian Tiger Mosquito
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With cases of Zika reported in nearly every U.S. state, Connecticut officials are rolling out a detection program for the virus that’s been linked to birth defects.

Composite photo by Dave Lucas

Investigators are trying to determine why 24-year-old Rachael Mattice made up an abduction story that touched off a social media campaign for her safe return along with a multi-agency search and rescue effort.

NYSSBA

New learning standards being crafted for New York are likely to be similar to the Common Core standards they will replace, according to a new research report from the New York State School Boards Association.

Lt. John Fitzpatrick launches
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A multi-state, international Homeland Security training, water quality and boating enforcement exercise is under way on Lake Champlain.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 22, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, July 22, 2016.

The Springfield Sting logo in front of City Hall
WAMC

    The American Basketball Association (ABA) is bringing a team to the birthplace of the game.

Paladino, Trump's NY Chair, Reflects On RNC

Jul 22, 2016

Now that Donald Trump has accepted the Republican Party's nomination for president, party officials and delegates are heading home to begin the sprint to election day. Trump's chairperson in New York is 2010 gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, who spoke with WAMC News on Friday about the GOP's chances to carry New York.

Michael Kiser @MichaelWDWS / twitter

Once again, the University at Albany is saying goodbye to its president. Robert Jones announced his departure this week.

SABIC's Bob Basila Senior Director for Procurement for the Americas Region presents Berkshire United Way CEO Kristine Hazzard with a plaque commemorating the company's $1 million endowment gift at SABIC's Plastics Avenue facility in Pittsfield, Mass.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

SABIC, a major employer in the Berkshires, announced a $1 million endowment for the Berkshire United Way today ahead of the company’s exit from Pittsfield.

Moran Plant from south
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Burlington’s mayor and the developer of an old electric generating facility on the city’s waterfront have agreed to cancel a development agreement.  But the New Moran Inc. is being given a final chance to present a feasible project even as the mayor begins to assess other potential developers or destruction of the building.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

A day before the gates on Union Avenue open to the crowds of opening day at Saratoga Race Course, local business owners and public officials gathered for a Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Saratoga Springs.

Rabbi Dan Ornstein: Plato In The Dumpster

Jul 21, 2016

After my daughter’s recent graduation from an elite, liberal American university, I helped her to move out of her campus apartment.  Picking up some black bags of garbage, I asked her where I could leave them.  “You’ll see two pretty full dumpsters near the parking lot.  Just put them there wherever you find room,” she called to me from her kitchen.   Sweating in the late morning sun, I lugged the garbage bags out towards the two gigantic dumpsters.  Flowing over their tops, front, and sides were hundreds of plastic bags and cardboard boxes filled with junk, as well as some expensive looking items rather cavalierly tossed out by one of America’s most socially conscious student bodies:  lamps, computers, furniture, clothing, kitchen items, and books.  On the morning after they celebrated their graduations and pledged to make progressive change in the world, armed with their new degrees, these future leaders of society were throwing out what appeared to be used but perfectly good items, presumably to purchase newer, better ones.  As students, parents, and SUV’s tossed and packed, the mostly non-White maintenance workers, employees of the university, picked their way gingerly and quietly through the mountains of leftovers, retrieving for free other people’s refuse that they would likely never be able to purchase for themselves. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 21, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, July 21, 2016.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announces a crackdown on illegal sales of assault weapons Wednesday.
Twitter: @MassAGO

In the wake of recent shootings across the nation, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday announced a crackdown on what she says are illegal sales of assault weapons.

Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Donald Trump will formally accept the presidential nomination tonight at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and the New York delegation will be front and center. Jon Campbell, with the USA Today Network's Albany Bureau, spoke to WAMC News Thursday after the New York delegation breakfast and before tonight's big speech by Trump.

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