WAMC Northeast Report

Weekdays, 3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
with Brian Shields
Brian Shields

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 feature reports from WAMC News bureau chiefs...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 24 years as senior news anchor, host and reporter. 

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Hudson Valley News
8:13 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

NYS Senator Comments On Verizon Plan

A New York state Senator from the Hudson Valley is the latest to pen a letter to the Public Service Commission in opposition to Verizon’s Voice Link plan.

Verizon’s plan before the state Public Service Commission introduces language by which Verizon could discontinue its current landline service in certain areas and instead offer a wireless service known as Voice Link as the sole voice service. Democratic state Senator Terry Gipson says he wrote to the PSC this week urging it to reject Verizon’s request.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Governor Approves Essex County Sales Tax Increase

Credit Donkey Hotey/Flickr

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved a request that will allow Essex County to increase its sales tax by one-quarter of a percent.

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Sports
3:46 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Keith Strudler: A-Rod, The Yankees And The Playoffs

Perhaps the worst thing that could happen to the New York Yankees right now is that they actually make this year’s playoffs. It’s still a long-shot, with the Yanks some five games back and trailing three teams. But given their torrid pace of late, anything is possible. That may be particularly true if Alex Rodriguez plays like the Alex Rodriguez of old, long before he sat out this entire season recovering from hip surgery. He’s looked good so far, way better than the A-Rod that limped his way through last year’s playoff exit, barely able to hit the ball much less run the bases. This is all assuming A-Rod is allowed to play the rest of the season, which feels like a safe bet given his appeal from a 211 game suspension for his use of performance enhancing drugs.

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Weather
3:45 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Evening Forecast

Meteorologist Jason Caterina lays out the weather forecast for the evening of Wednesday, August 21, 2013. 

New England News
3:41 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Plan Unveiled For Spending Disaster Recovery Funds

Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have produced a plan for spending millions of dollars in federal disaster recovery funds.  It is the latest step in a long road to recovery from the June 1st,2011 tornado.

   Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno outlined at a city hall news conference Wednesday what he called an action plan for spending more than $13 million to build new housing, repair streets and sidewalks, remove blight, construct a new school and refurbish a park in neighborhoods devastated by the worst tornado Massachusetts has experienced in a half-century.

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New York News
3:23 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

GlobalFoundries Gets OK From Town of Malta To Expand

One of the largest companies in Saratoga County could be expanding, as local officials work to develop a new economic plan for the region.

At a meeting Monday evening, the Malta Town Board voted unanimously to approve zoning legislation to allow GlobalFoundries, a computer chip manufacturer, to expand by building a second facility.

The company had been working with the town since it submitted its proposal for the 575,000 square-foot Fab 8.2 project last winter.

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Hudson Valley News
9:19 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Two Groups Challenge Communications Tower Approval

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Two nonprofit groups have mounted a legal challenge to overturn approval for one cell tower that would replace two towers in Columbia County. They say the tower’s design would compromise views from an historic site.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Group Urging Repeal of Vermont’s End of Life Law

Governor Peter Shumlin signs Vermont End of Life Choices law on May 20, 2013
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

A group opposed to Vermont’s new End-of-Life-Choices law has begun running ads on local television stations urging its repeal.

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New England News
6:27 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

New Construction Techniques, Incentives Speed Bridge Replacement

Work continues to replace the Manhan River Bridge in Easthampton, Mass. It should reopen to traffic by the end of October.
Credit WAMC

A new state program has been successful in reducing the backlog of urgently needed repairs to Massachusetts bridges.  Innovative construction methods have reduced the amount of time it once took to make repairs.

   The Manhan River Bridge in Easthampton is one of the current projects in the  state’s 5-year- old $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program.   MassDOT  Highway Administrator Frank DePaola said the program prioritizes repairing structurally deficient bridges. 

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Capital Region News
6:23 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Sheehan Gets Union Nods; Outlines Economic Development Plan

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With three weeks until primary day, an Albany mayoral hopeful has unveiled her plan for economic development and job creation, while announcing new labor endorsements.

Saying that "Albany's best days are ahead of us," Democratic mayoral candidate and current City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan held a news conference in front of City Hall Tuesday, noting that since the recession ended in 2009, suburban tax bases have grown while Albany's has shrunk by nearly 7 percent.

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