WAMC Northeast Report

Weekdays, 3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
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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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Commentary & Opinion
3:46 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Dan Ornstein: Buying Two Stairways To Heaven

A few months ago as we drove to an appointment, one of my daughters and I bonded around the British rock band, Led Zeppelin's 1971 classic, "Stairway To Heaven."  With some uninterrupted time and the windows rolled up tightly in the car, we let loose.  Every word, melody change, and voice inflection of lead singer Robert Plant's that we could remember, we imitated.  We even tried to imitate those famous instrumentals that build the song up in a crescendo from a quiet renaissance style recorder solo to a battle of angsting, angry guitars and screaming lyrics.  Finally, we put our voices together to echo Plant's heartrending acapella solo: "And she's buying a stairway...to heaven."

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Weather
3:41 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

The heat wave rolls on.  Is the end in sight?  Garett Argianas will try to answer that question in his evening weather summary for Thursday, July 18, 2013. 

New England News
6:53 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Federal Court Decision Could Affect Biomass Industry

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not have the authority to put a "biogenic carbon deferral" into place in 2011 that would postpone regulating the carbon emissions from biogenic sources for three years.

The temporary deferral was set to expire in 2014, when EPA is due to release a decision on the future regulations of biomass energy after the results of a 3-year study on carbon emissions associated with bioenergy sources.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Debate Over Release of IBM Layoff Numbers

Credit ChrisDag/Flickr

Vermont officials are urging IBM to release the number of layoffs at its plant in Essex Junction, but the company claims state law allows the information to remain confidential.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Keith Strudler: Tyson Gay

If 40 is the new 30, then American sprinter Tyson Gay has a long decade ahead of him. Because at 30, he’s suddenly looking quite old, especially compared to the emergent track stars Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake of Jamaica, who at 26 and 23 make Gay look like at parent at a Taylor Swift show. Gay has certainly aged years in the past several days, when it was revealed that he tested positive for a banned performance enhancing substance. That has forced him to withdraw from next month’s world championships in Moscow, where he would have but faint hopes of topping a field that has since passed him by.

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Weather
3:45 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Newsflash: It's hot outside.  How long can this heat last?  Meteorologist Garett Argianas has the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Hudson Valley News
10:23 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Study Finds Ticks Linked To Encephalitis In NYS

Credit Courtesy of Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies

A recent study shows a link between a certain type of tick and a rare illness. The report shows the virus is on the rise in parts of the Hudson Valley and has spread to the Capital District. A disease ecologist in Dutchess County says there are more ticks carrying the virus on one side of the Hudson River versus the other.

Dr. Richard Ostfeld is a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook. He is one of the authors of a paper about ticks linked to encephalitis in New York State. Here’s why he and other scientists undertook the study.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Workshops Planned to Train Volunteers to Spot Aquatic Invasive Species

APIPP's training will provide instruction on how to identify and detect aquatic invasive animals, such as spiny waterflea, an aquatic invasive species known in at least five Adirondack waterways, including Lake George. Spiny waterflea congregates in masses, is a voracious feeder of zooplankton, and globs onto fishing lines. (Photo courtesy Emily DeBolt, Lake George Association)
Credit Emily DeBolt/Lake George Association

Groups working to control the spread of aquatic invasive species in New York and Vermont are planning training sessions to identify the animals in hopes of protecting the region’s waters.

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New England News
4:50 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Strong Turnout Reported For Springfield Casino Vote

Casino proponents and opponents seek the attention of voters arriving at the Springfield Boys and Girls Club where two polling places are located
Credit WAMC

Voter turnout is described as good for today’s casino referendum in Springfield Massachusetts. Voters will either endorse or reject an $800 million casino development proposed for downtown Springfield by MGM Resorts.

   Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola said it appears voter turnout is on pace to reach 25 percent by the time the polls close at 8 p.m.   That would be considered a good turnout, and a far cry better than three weeks ago when just 15 percent of the city’s voters went to the polls for the special election for U.S. Senate.

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Commentary & Opinion
4:04 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: The New Jim Crow

 While coming to record last week's commentary, I was listening to Michelle Alexander on Alternative Radio. If you haven’t heard her or read her book, The New Jim Crow, I strongly recommend it. Some of us knew the basic facts but she fills in the details and makes the argument brilliantly.

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