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 England News
6:00 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Broadband Funding Available to Berkshire Businesses

Small businesses in the Berkshires are being encouraged to apply for a grant that would allow them to expand their use of technology and broadband internet. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Between now and January 31st, some small businesses in the Berkshires are eligible to apply for funding that would serve to expand their use of broadband technology. The initiative is managed by the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation, or PERC.

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Hudson Valley News
4:34 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Rep. Hayworth Passes Torch to Maloney

Congresswoman Nan Hayworth
Credit WikiPedia

Congresswoman Nan Hayworth may be approaching the end of her term, but that hasn't changed her daily routine or her concern for her constituents. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Love her or hate her, Nan Hayworth has made her mark on Washington. The outgoing GOP representative from New York’s 19th Congressional District, rode in on the Tea Party wave two years ago. She was targeted this week by activists as part of a national day of action demanding that Congress avoid the fiscal cliff, extend middle class tax cuts and end them for the wealthiest 2% of Americans.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:24 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Stephen Gottlieb: Why We Need a Carbon Tax

I hope you heard Steven Leibo’s commentary last week. If not, you can find it by searching for Leibo's World Watch. He focused on the need for a carbon tax. I’d like to follow up.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Activists Urge Sen. Kerry To Stand Firm Against Benefit Cuts

Activists meet with Meghan Leahy ( back to camera) policy advisor to US Senator John Kerry (D-MA) to urge Kerry to oppose cuts to social safety net programs
Credit WAMC

Progressive activists are staging demonstrations and taking other actions across the country Monday to urge no cuts to social safety net programs be part of any deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.  In western Massachusetts they took the message to a district office of the state’s senior US Senator John Kerry.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

In demanding no cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, Jenny Daniell, an organizer with MoveOn, said they wanted to remind Senator Kerry that Main Street, not Wall Street,  won the last election.

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New York News
4:24 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Jobs Cut But NY Teacher Salaries Rise

State records show that teachers' and administrators' salaries across New York have risen slightly on average over the past two years, while more than 55-hundred classroom positions were eliminated. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports. 

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Commentary & Opinion
3:25 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Blair Horner: The Nation is Losing Control of the Tobacco War

Tobacco kills more than 400,000 Americans every year and costs the country about $100 billion in health care bills.  Despite successes in curbing tobacco use over the past four decades, it still is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.  

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Report Says Mass. Consumers Pay Millions for Lost Natural Gas

A recently released report shows that due to an aging infrastructure in Massachusetts, tens of millions of dollars worth of natural gas escapes into the atmosphere before consumers can use it to heat their homes. More from WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard…

Last month the Conservation Law Foundation released a report that said leaky pipes in Massachusetts contribute to a loss of $38.8 million dollars worth of natural gas each year. The losses they say are a public safety hazard, contribute to global warming, and force the customers to pick up the bill.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Murray Hears Concerns from Pittsfield Veterans

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray made three stops in Pittsfield today, including one at a Veterans home where he heard suggestions and concerns from vets. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

After making stops at Pittsfield High School and General Dynamics, a defense manufacturer, Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray toured facilities at Solider On – a non-profit organization that provides housing and services for homeless veterans.

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Hudson Valley News
4:52 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Orange County Officials Mull Over Harriman Treatment Plant's Fate

Troubles with an outdated sewage treatment plant have officials in Orange County looking for options and alternatives... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Last year, waters from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee overwhelmed the 40-year old Harriman treatment facility beyond anything seen previously, compromising its processing ability to the point where the plant was discharging more wastewater than allowable into the Ramapo River. Activists insist water quality vigilance must continue.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:20 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Karen Hitchcock: Higher Education at a Crossroads

Vartan Gregorian, the highly respected head of the Carnegie Corporation, is championing the convening of a national commission, established by the President, which would, in his words, “work on the challenges facing higher education” and which would include all sectors of postsecondary education  -   public and private, two-year and four-year  -   in an inclusive discussion of how our nation’s diverse system of higher education can best serve the needs of a more global and more technology – driven society.   Be it in terms of completion rates, or participation in STEM disciplines, or prepar

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