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. 

City of Pittsfield

There is a $140,000 price tag to fix the historical Capitol theater marquee outside the Ralph Froio Senior Center in Pittsfield. But the city can’t decide if it should be budgeted for repair next year.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 17, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, April 17, 2017.

Governor Andrew Cuomo discusses budget in Lake Placid
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Lake Placid this morning to tout the benefits of the just-passed state budget for the North Country region.

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A second deadline passed this week with no offers to purchase and restore one of the most unique buildings in western Massachusetts.  Historic preservationists are left anxious over its fate.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 14, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, April 14, 2017.

Greg Haymes
Times Union

Greg Haymes of Nippertown is back with his April music selections.

This is a picture of the campus of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
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State Senator Adam Hinds met with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts undergraduate students and faculty last week to hear their concerns about the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts and for the Humanities.

After pulling out of a fiscal emergency and a scandal that cost the last CEO his job, the New York Racing Association will return from state control as a private non-profit. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports that’s good news for advocates in Saratoga Springs.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 13, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Beautiful" At Proctors

Apr 13, 2017
Julia Knitel as Carole King
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Schenectady - Sometimes you go to a Broadway musical and leave without ever hearing a familiar song. In “Beautiful – the Carole King Musical” you not only know every song, but if you are of a certain age, you will likely know what you were doing when you first heard them.

Congressman Peter Welch at St. Albans food shelf
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During Congress’ two-week Easter recess, Vermont’s lone House representative plans to travel across the state to hear what residents believe the impact of President Trump’s proposed budget will be.  On Tuesday, Democrat Peter Welch stopped at a food shelf in St. Albans to discuss how the potential  cuts could impact the service and other safety net programs.

The upper Hudson River has been given a new health assessment. Environmental group Riverkeeper, which has been patrolling the lower Hudson for decades, only began sampling north of the federal dam in Troy last summer. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chef Lucas Willard has details about the new report, which shows a river mostly healthy for swimming.

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A contentious proposal to build a Walmart Supercenter in Pittsfield was abruptly tabled at last night’s city council meeting.

Keith Strudler: The Importance Of Rest

Apr 12, 2017

So last week I had the flu. I’m saying this mainly in the dim hopes of garnering sympathy from the listening audience. It also made me keenly aware of the importance of rest. When you have the flu, you pretty much live your life one long nap to the next, in-between which you change sweat soaked shirts and complain to anyone that’s close enough to hear. But no matter what you do, or what medication you take, or what faith healer you call, the only thing that’s going to make you better is rest.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 12, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Chief Justice John Roberts spoke at RPI on Tuesday afternoon.
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U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts spoke Tuesday afternoon at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there.

Tim Kremer, executive director of New York State School Boards Association
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Now that the state budget has been passed, school districts in New York have a better idea on what to expect in state aid, as voters get ready to decide local school budgets on May 16. 

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The New York state budget includes $2.5 billion for clean water infrastructure, which lawmakers and environmentalists alike are cheering. And fueled by drinking water contamination in Hoosick Falls and Newburgh, there is companion legislation that requires nearly all public drinking water supplies in the state to be tested for emerging contaminants.

Stephen Gottlieb: Peace Corps And Legal Services

Apr 11, 2017

The Trump Administration hasn’t included the Peace Corps in its proposal for fiscal year 2018. It proposed cutting the international affairs budget by nearly a third.[i] It struck funding for the Legal Services Corporation which provides funds for poor people to defend what little they have. And, as we are all aware, it has advanced its war on truth by trying to cut the budget of National Public Radio. None of that will save much in the budget but it will damage the country and make life coarser and less secure for the people in it.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 11, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Good Government, Reform Groups Size Up NYS Budget

Apr 10, 2017

Good government and reform groups are weighing in on the New York state budget that the Senate passed Sunday. The $153 billion budget includes a variety of policies, which some say is par for the course and others say is too much in the wrong place.

More than a week after the deadline, Governor Cuomo and lawmakers finalized a deal to wrap up the state budget.  The roughly $160 billion budget was from a procedural point of view a mess.  But there was good news as well.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 10, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, April 10, 2017.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is running for a second term.

Storm Drain
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Emergency officials were keeping a close watch for flooding this week after steady rainshowers. But as WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, communities are largely breathing a sigh of relief.

Berkshire Country Day School

Berkshire Country Day School in Stockbridge, Massachusetts has raised $3.2 million from capital campaign contributions to fund the opening of a new library and learning center, and music performance hall. 

Downtown North Adams, Massachusetts
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Entries are now in for the 10th annual DownStreet Art project in North Adams. The jurors will start sifting through the applicants and commission 10 new community projects, performances and murals around the Western Massachusetts city. 

Michael Meeropol: A Proposal To Retrain Coal Miners

Apr 7, 2017

There are approximately 65,000 coal miners working today in the United States.  (Adding employment in coal fired electrical plants brings the number connected to coal to about 150,000.)   In 1985, the number of coal miners was 173,700.   By 2003 it had fallen to 70,000.   Donald Trump and Republicans have made a big deal about President Obama’s so-called “war on coal” and that propaganda had been very effective.   Republicans carried West Virginia and Kentucky against President Obama, and Donald Trump won Pennsylvania as well.  He parlayed his cynically false promise to bring back coal jobs into big electoral majorities in coal country --- carrying West Virginia for example with 69% of the vote.   And yes, coal mining jobs were at 65,400 in 2015 indicating that the downward trend in coal employment had continued under President Obama, though the major declines were much more precipitous before 2008.  (These numbers are available from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis).   Coal production on the other hand rose steeply from the late 1960s to 2008 reflecting increased productivity as strip-mining began to replace deep-shaft mining and equipment made the old pick and shovel image of a coal miner completely obsolete.   Total production was 1.172 million short tons in 2008 falling to less than 900,000 in 2015.  (The numbers are available from the U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Form 7000-2, “Quarterly Mine Employment and Coal Production Report”).    Though the fall has been blamed on the “war on coal” in fact it is the result of cheap natural gas as a result of fracking.   The only way to bring back coal jobs is to impose onerous taxation on natural gas so that utilities will cease switching over.   Imagine how well that would play with natural gas companies.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 7, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, April 7, 2017.

     Reaction was swift to President Trump’s announcement Thursday night that the U.S. had carried out a missile strike against Syria to retaliate for the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.

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