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. 

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The Pittsfield City Council this week approved a $145 million budget for fiscal 2016, but for the second year in a row argued over capital expenditures with councilors warning of poor fiscal management and unnecessary spending.

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The police-community dynamic is poised to make a dramatic shift in Albany. The city and Albany county announced a plan today to reduce low-level arrests, recidivism, and racial disparities.

Two words — “sharp dissent” — are not normally used in the same sentence as “New York State Board of Regents.”

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 25, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thurday, June 25, 2015.

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A new library will be built in Schenectady to bring resources and programs to city children and families.

As the manhunt for escaped prisoners Richard Matt and David Sweat lingers into its 19th day, law enforcement has focused the search west of the Clinton Correctional facility.

I’ll admit this much at the beginning. There’s probably more that we don’t know about this story that what we do, which is a bad place to start offering analysis. So I won’t pretend to offer deep conjecture on the conflict between music magnate Sean Diddy Combs and UCLA assistant football coach Sal Alosi, who coaches Diddy’s son and UCLA defensive back Justin Combs, who, for the record, is a marginal contributor to the team. But, to get everyone up to speed, here’s what’s generally been reported. Apparently, dad wasn’t happy at how his son was treated at Monday’s practice, where apparently Alosi was pretty hard on Justin, noting he didn’t care who his father is. Sean, who of course was watching practice, as far too many fathers of adult children are want to do, followed Alosi back to his office. From there, it’s a bit more he said, he said. But it’s alleged that Combs both instigated a physical conflict, then proceeded to swing a Kettlebell at one of the team interns. And for the uninitiated, a Kettlebell is basically a giant iron ball with a handle, the newest fitness craze that I’m certain soon go the way of the Thigh Master and the Shake Weight. Because of that, and whatever else happened in the office, Sean Diddy Combs was arrested on three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery. Combs has insisted the charges are bogus and anything that happened was simply in self-defense of himself and his son, who, again, is a 21-year-old college football player.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 24, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

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There may be a rematch in the race for Vermont Attorney General.  Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan  has announced that he will again seek the Democratic nomination in 2016.  But incumbent Democrat Bill Sorrell has not decided if he will stand for re-election.

Karen DeWitt

Nearly one week after the New York State legislative session was supposed to end, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have announced a deal on all major end of session issues, including renewal of New York City’s rent laws and a related property tax cap, as well as a new tax rebate program for property owners.