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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Capital Region News
5:01 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Sidewalk Chalk Art: A Sign Of Spring!

Sidewalk chalk art is viewed as a public form of expression, but like anything else, beauty - and sometimes legality - is in the eye of the beholder.

If that beholder happens to be  a police officer who finds you with a piece of chalk in hand and your “art” on a public sidewalk, you might be in some trouble.

It’s one of those grey areas…

Albany Police spokesperson Steve Smith says there is no specific general city ordinance for using chalk on sidewalk.

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Commentary & Opinion
4:03 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

David Nightingale: 50 Shades of Grey

The 500 pp book “50 Shades of Grey”, by E.L.James – a pseudonym for the 50 yr old writer Erika Mitchell[ref.2] (who lives in London with her husband and two sons) -- has been variously slanged by critics. Despite these criticisms the book and its 2 sequels have been selling (last year) like wildfire, with the majority of the readers being women. So somehow, worldwide, there is a deep need.

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Weather
3:40 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas checks in with the evening forecast for Thursday, May 2, 2013.

WAMC News
3:33 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

A Chat With New York State Council On Divorce Mediation President Bobbie Dillon

Bobbie Dillon

Trying to make the pain of divorce a little bit easier is the goal of a divorce mediator. The New York State Council on Divorce Mediation is meeting in Saratoga Springs today through Saturday. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke with the group's president, Bobbie Dillon.

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Politics
7:58 am
Thu May 2, 2013

State Senate Stalling Cuomo's Abortion Rights Bill

Gov. Cuomo
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A key component of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2013 agenda appears in jeopardy, as the governor concedes he does not currently have enough votes in the state Senate to bring an abortion rights bill he has championed to the floor.

State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says a bill to put into state law the abortion rights protections in the federal Roe v. Wade decision won’t be voted on in the state Senate.

“We’re  not going to put in on the floor,” Skelos said. “In my opinion and the opinion of my conference, that bill is not moving.”

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Hudson Valley News
11:06 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

NYS Lawmaker Says Needed Funds Could Come From Film Tax Credits

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A New York State Assemblyman from the Hudson Valley has an idea about how to restore funding for not-for-profit programs for people with developmental disabilities. He admits there is some resistance to his plan, but insists opponents don’t see the big picture.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Nova Bus Secures Chicago Contract

LFS Smart Bus
Credit Nova Bus

A bus manufacturer in Plattsburgh has landed a contract to build 300 buses for the Chicago Transit Authority with an option for 150 more.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival Will Return to Berkshires

Members of MCLA’s The Allegrettos sang to welcome the announcement that the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival is returning for its second season beginning in June.

The festival, which will again feature special events and performances celebrating the African-American culture and heritage in the Berkshires, was first held in 2011, and was attended by more than 30,000 people.

Festival co-chair Don Quinn Kelly said that the festival will focus on making the special programs and events accessible to attendees of all racial and economic backgrounds.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:55 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Keith Strudler: Jason Collins

Until two days ago, Jason Collins was part of the answer to an obscure trivia question. That is, name the two sets of twins that played center for the Stanford Cardinal men’s basketball team. And the answer is Jason and his brother Jarron along with Brook and Robin Lopez. But now Jason Collins is the answer to a less sports wonky trivia question, kind of first row on Jeopardy. The longtime NBA cener will forevermore be known as the first openly gay male on a current roster in a major American professional team sport.

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Weather
3:46 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Meteorologist Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas joins us to deliver the evening weather summary for Wednesday,  May 1, 2013.

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