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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New York News
4:56 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Business Brisk at NY Gun Shops

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Sales of guns and ammunition at shops across New York State have been brisk today.

Gun shop owners saw increases in sales begin within a week of the Sandy Hook Elementary School incident, as talk spread about imposing stricter gun control measures. Sales are off the chart today: lines of vehicles along roadways leading to gun stores - citizens anxious to purchase equipment before Governor Andrew Cuomo's sweeping gun reform measures become law.

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WAMC News
3:22 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Afternoon Weather with Meteorologist Garett Argianas - 1/15/13

Afternoon Weather with Meteorologist Garett Argianas - 1/15/13

Your afternoon regional weather summary with meteorologist Garett Argianas.

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New England News
3:12 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Massachusetts State Government Seeks To Slash It's Energy Bill

Credit WAMC

Top Massachusetts officials have announced a program to reduce energy consumption. It targets the largest energy user in Massachusetts, which is the state government.

   Energy efficiency and conservation improvements will be made at 700 state owned facilities including more than 4000 buildings.  The initiative, called the Accelerated Energy Program, aims to complete all the work within the next 700 days, according to the Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and  Environmental Affairs, Rick Sullivan.

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New England News
11:07 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Williams College Holds Two-Day Celebration for Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photographs by Benedict J. Fernandez on display at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

A two-day series of events commemorating the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held at Williams College.

On the Williams College campus, programs were held throughout Sunday and Monday paying tribute to Dr. King. Ranging from a documentary film screening, lectures, a gallery exhibition, and a presentation with local school children, students, faculty and the public took the time to remember and reflect the actions of those in the civil rights era.

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Politics
3:47 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

NY Lt. Gov Duffy Addresses Women's Rights Rally in Albany

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy waiting to be introduced at a gathering of Women's Rights advocates at the Well in the Legislative Office building near the State Capitol in Albany.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York's Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy joined other elected officials and Women’s health supporters at the Capitol to boost Governor  Cuomo’s call for passage of a Women’s Equality Act.

Family Planning Advocates of NYS President and CEO Tracey Brooks was upbeat as she greeted some 400 supporters at  FPA's signature advocacy event for the start of the 2013 legislative session.  Women in pink scarves, and men wearing pink ties, felt particularly empowered by the Governor's strong pro-gender-equality message delivered within his State of the State address - 

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New England News
3:45 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

MassDOT Says $13 Billion Needed For Transportation Over Next Decade

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation issued a much anticipated plan Monday to improve public transportation, expand passenger rail and fix crumbling highways and bridges.  But, exactly how to pay for it all is left for another day.

  The plan calls for spending an additional $13 billion on transportation in Massachusetts during the next ten years. Governor Deval Patrick endorsed the plan  as” clear-eyed, non-partisan and fact based.”  He said the plan would keep the current transportation system operating and pay for what he called “modest strategic expansions”

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Commentary & Opinion
3:18 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Blair Horner: The Battle Over Smoking Continues

Blair Horner
Credit C.W. McKeen / The Post - Standard, 2006

  New York State – and much of the nation – has made tremendous strides in reducing smoking rates.  In the mid-1960s, nearly half of Americans smoked; today it’s roughly half that nationwide and lower still in New York.

The successes have come as the result of scientific findings that have linked smoking to lung cancer and other health problems.  Those scientific breakthroughs also identified the health risks faced by nonsmokers who were exposed to second hand smoke from tobacco products.

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WAMC News
6:20 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Judge Allows New England Coalition to Continue Complaint to Supreme Court

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
Credit Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

A federal court judge has denied a motion for an injunction by Entergy Nuclear that would have barred the New England Coalition from bringing an enforcement request to the Vermont Supreme Court.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Mass. Gov. Signs Bill Requiring National Background Checks for School Employees

A new law signed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will require all school employees in the Commonwealth to undergo both a state and federal background check. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The law signed by Gov. Patrick titled An Act Relative to Background Checks would require teachers and other school employees to submit to a national fingerprint supported background review. Prior to the passage of the bill, school employees in the Commonwealth had only needed to submit to a background check on the state level.

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New England News
4:58 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Hard Rock Pitches Casino Development At Big E Site

A rendering of the proposed Hard Rock resort casino at the Big E in West Springfield
Credit Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos

The competition to build a resort casino in western Massachusetts became more robust Friday. Hard Rock International unveiled plans for an entertainment complex in West Springfield on the grounds where the Big E agricultural fair is held.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill reports.

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