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
6:06 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Anti-Cancer Groups Want Candy Flavored Cigars Banned

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Anti-cancer groups are seeking to ban the sale of fruit and chocolate flavored cigars in New York State that they say are targeted toward children.

The products include chocolate, strawberry and, grape flavored cigars, which sell for under a dollar at common convenience stores. There are also, available on line,  gummy bear and cookie dough flavored chewing tobacco and other related products.  The Cancer Society’s Blair Horner says they aren’t candy, but are actual tobacco products aimed at kids and to get them used to using the addictive substance.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Williamstown To Apply For Cultural Designation

A view of Main Street in Williamstown
Credit Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The selectboard of Williamstown recently voted to allow the town to pursue a Cultural District Designation from the state of Massachusetts designed to promote economic development through the arts.

On Wednesday evening, the Williamstown selectboard gave the go-ahead for town residents to seek out a Cultural District Designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The designation is not a monetary award but includes signage and serves as a badge of honor in recognition of community efforts to promote the arts and humanities.

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New England News
5:26 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Gov. Patrick Announces Grants To Local Farms

Kosinski Farms in Westfield, MA
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick visited a third generation family farm in western Massachusetts  to announce a new round of grants to help sustain farm operations across the commonwealth.

   Governor Patrick announced grants totaling $700,000 to 11 different farms including vegetable farms, livestock operations, a cranberry farm and a goat dairy.  The grants, ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, will be used for infrastructure improvements such as new greenhouses and barns or to purchase energy- efficient equipment.

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New York News
4:20 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Phone Company Pushing Wireless Over Copper Line

The New York state Public Service Commission has approved a plan by Verizon to eliminate its landline service on western Fire Island off the south shore of Long Island. Critics fear the move seals the fate of the old copper line system.

The telephone has been immortalized in story and song, woven deep into the tapesty of 20th century social culture... but this is the 21st century, and some fear the landline is going the way of carburetors and VHS tapes.

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New England News
3:55 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Springfield Mayor Reflects On 2011 Tornado

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This Saturday, June 1st, marks two years since Massachusetts was hit by the worst tornado the state has experienced in a half-century.  The powerful storm carved a 39 mile long, half-mile wide path through western Massachusetts.  Three people were killed, dozens injured, and more than 1400 buildings damaged or destroyed.  Much of the devastation, but none of the deaths, occurred in the city of Springfield.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno as the city prepared to reflect on the 2nd anniversary of the tornado.

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Weather
3:29 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas lays out the weekend weather outlook in his evening forecast for Friday, May 31, 2013.

Arts & Culture
3:29 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Rogovoy Report for May 31, 2013

   Seth Rogovoy is back with a preview of interesting cultural events in the Berkshires and beyond. 

Hudson Valley News
9:52 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

CH Energy, Fortis Enhance Merger Proposal

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The companies involved in a proposed utility merger in the Hudson Valley have offered enhancements to the merger proposal. Opponents say they are too little, too late. The controversial merger proposal has led both sides to pound the pavement to tell their sides of the story.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Ad Wars Over Cuomo's Tax Free Zone Plan

Gov. Cuomo
Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been traveling the state, promoting his plan to create tax-free business zones at college campuses.  He’s also running ads, paid for by the State Democratic Party. Now, one of the state’s largest unions is countering that effort with its own message.

Cuomo has gathered local government leaders and business groups to the Capitol to demonstrate support for his idea to create the tax free zones at public colleges, some private universities and some state owned properties.

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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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