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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New York News
6:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Foundation Awards $300K To Support Arts And Humanities Programs In Columbia County Schools

Six public school districts in Columbia County, New York are receiving awards totaling $300,000 from a local foundation to strengthen arts and humanities programs.

The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation recently announced that the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation is donating the money to the Arts and Humanities Funds for the Hudson, Chatham, Germantown, New Lebanon, Ichabod Crane and Taconic Hills Central School Districts.

The money is being awarded to celebrate Columbia County-based artist Ellsworth Kelly’s 90th birthday.

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North Country News
4:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Governor Presents Tax Free Plan to Northern New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo discussing Tax Free NY at SUNY Plattsburgh
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is traveling across the state to build support for his Tax-Free New York initiative. This morning he was at SUNY Plattsburgh.

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Weather
3:48 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening forecast for Thursday, May 30, 2013. 

New York News
3:36 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Medical Marijuana : Support in NY Grows

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One-third of Americans now reside in a state where medical marijuana is legal. Lawmakers in Albany are considering a bill that would create a state-regulated medical marijuana program allowing seriously ill patients to have access to the drug under the supervision of a healthcare practicioner. Mental health and treatment professionals participated in a conference call to discuss the issue today.

Advocates say more than 600 doctors from across the state have pledged support to end criminalizing patients who use medical marijuana under professional supervision.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Speaks at Lake Champlain Conference

White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley speaking at ECHO-Leahy Center on Lake Champlain
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The ECHO-Leahy Center on Lake Champlain is hosting a two day environmental summit.  Scientists from across the region, and the country, are attending the meeting to find new ways to plan for clean water action.  Wednesday's morning session featured comments from an official from the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

The conference “Blue Water in the Green Mountains” is bringing researchers, academics, business people, politicians and national experts to discuss environmental strategies for the waters of Lake Champlain and beyond its Basin.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Hundreds Rally for Stalled NY Public Campaign Finance Bill

Supporters of public campaign financing rally at the New York State Capitol in Albany, May 29, 2013.
Credit Karen DeWitt

Hundreds gathered at the State Capitol to rally for public financing of political campaigns. The measure remains in limbo in the State Senate and Governor Cuomo faces questions on whether he’s working hard enough for the proposal to pass.
 
They came in busses from all over New York to give state lawmakers their message- big money is corrupting politics. They say the state should adopt New York City’s public campaign finance system, which allows candidates to match every dollar they collect in small donations with seven dollars of government funds.

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New England News
5:33 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Berkshire Lawmakers Seek Swift Action On Borrowing Terms Bill For $300M Transportation Plan

Since approving a $300 million transportation funding bill last week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently filed a terms bill, which if approved by the legislature, would provide funding to roads and bridge projects before the end of the summer work season.

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New England News
4:37 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Public Safety Officials Drill For Campus Shooting Incident

A sign alerts people to the public safety drill at Holyoke Community College
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Public safety officials took part in a statewide emergency preparedness drill today in Holyoke Massachusetts. It involved an unfortunately all too familiar scenario—a lone gunman on a shooting spree.

   The drill, involving a gunman on the campus of Holyoke Community College was a test of the coordinated response of local, campus and state police along with fire and emergency medical personnel. It was also a trial run for some new technology according to Holyoke Fire Lt Tom Paquin, who was the public information officer for the exercise.

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Weather
3:51 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas checks in with the evening forecast for Wednesday, May 29, 2013.

Hudson Valley News
7:06 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Report Shows High Quality of NYC's Drinking Water

Credit William Warby, flickr

A report from a Hudson Valley environmental group finds that the quality of New York City drinking water remains high, but there are potential threats that need to be monitored.

Riverkeeper has released a multi-year study evaluating New York City’s unfiltered drinking supply, a supply that comes from New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection watersheds

Kate Hudson is watershed program director for Westchester-based Riverkeeper.

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