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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Politics
6:06 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Kolb Wants Legislature Back For Special Session

The Republican Leader of the New York state Assembly is calling for the legislature to return for a special session to wrap up some unfinished business.

The legislature adjourned at the end of June with no firm plans to meet again before next January.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb says there’s too much left to do to wait until next year.

“I definitely think we should go back,” Kolb said.  

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New England News
4:17 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Gun Control Hearing Draws Large Crowd

The 500 seat theater at American International College was filled to capacity at the start of Friday's public hearing by the Massachusetts Legislature's Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts legislators weighing dozens of proposals to reduce gun violence held a public hearing in Springfield today. They heard from people concerned about the loss of life, and also from people concerned about the potential loss of their livelihoods.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:47 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Michael Meeropol: A Creative Way To Force a Principal Write-Down of Underwater Homeowners' Mortgages

Six years ago I noted in a commentary that there was a very simple solution to the foreclosure crisis that followed the bursting of the housing bubble.  The solution is to force any financial institution that foreclosed on a property to permit the current homeowners to stay in the house as renters with the rent fixed at a current market rate.  A version of this idea was introduced in Congress in 2010.

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Weather
3:40 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

We get a detailed prognostication of weekend weather patterns from meteorologist Garett Argianas. 

New York News
2:26 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Advocates: NY Will Benefit From Affordable Care Act

Recently, President Obama declared healthcare costs are growing at the lowest rate in 50 years.

Uninsured Americans face major decisions on health coverage, and the deadline is fast approaching.
The good news for New Yorkers is, they will have access to plenty of personalized help in making their Affordable Care Act choices.  Susan Dooha with the Center for Independence of the Disabled-New York says the Act is opening the door for up to a million New Yorkers to gain access to health coverage, and they won’t have to go it alone.

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Hudson Valley News
10:43 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

NYS Senator, Assemblyman Join To Tackle Unfunded Mandates

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A state senator and assemblyman, both from the Hudson Valley, say they have a bipartisan solution to curb unfunded mandates. They also say they are banding together as outsiders and want their constituents to know about it.

About three months ago, Democratic state Senator Terry Gipson proposed a state constitutional amendment to prohibit certain unfunded mandates. He says the measure is a bold one.

He says making the case for his bill is stronger, now that he has found a partner in the Assembly – Republican Kieran Lalor.

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North Country News
6:59 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Vermont Community Expands Smoke-Free Policy to Include all Tobacco Products

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Many communities in Vermont prohibit smoking on town-owned properties. One community is moving one step further by barring all tobacco use on its properties.

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Arts & Culture
3:55 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Avenue Q"

 Last week I attended three plays about living life as a member of a minority group.  

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Weather
3:45 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas shares the evening weather forecast for Thursday, August 1, 2013. 

Hudson Valley News
7:46 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Hudson River Boat Crash Victims' Families Ask For Information

Credit Doug Kerr, flickr

The investigation continues into a fatal boat crash in the Hudson River on Friday. The families of the victims say the investigation should focus on lighting, not alcohol. But state authorities say lighting was in compliance. In the meantime, family members went from planning a wedding to holding funerals.

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