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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Hudson Valley News
7:31 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Anti-Fracking Initiative Launches in the Hudson Valley

Natalie Merchant
Credit WAMC/Allison Dunne

In New York today, in Kingston, a new anti-fracking group announced its formation. A number of environmentalists and elected officials are on board with the initiative that stems from the Hudson Valley.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Adirondack Snowmobile Trail Lawsuit Allowed To Continue

Seventh Lake Connector Trail
Credit NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Protect the Adirondacks has received permission from the New York State Appellate Court to continue with a lawsuit challenging a state snowmobile trail building plan in the Adirondack Park.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Cuomo proposes empowering DA's to help fight political corruption

Credit Dave Lucas

New York Governor Cuomo and the state’s district attorneys are pushing for laws to make it easier to prosecute bribery and public corruption cases, in the wake of recent scandals in Albany.

The bills would make it easier for the state’s DA’s to prosecute cases of bribery, and politicians and others  involved in bribery schemes. It would also create a new crime of failure to report bribery. Anyone who does not blow the whistle if they discover potential corruption could be charged with a misdemeanor.

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New England News
5:25 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Advocates For Child Safety Back Window Guard Law

A child safety advocate demonstrates how to install a window guard during a news conference at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield
Credit WAMC

A bill filed in the Massachusetts legislature is aimed at preventing a leading cause of injury to children, falls from windows.   The bill was endorsed by child safety advocates at a news conference in Springfield on Tuesday. 

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Capital Region News
3:50 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Albany Mom Petitions HUD: Ban Police Training at Public Housing

Credit change.org

An Albany resident has started a petition to ask the federal Housing and Urban Development Department to ban police training in public housing.  

The power of social networking proved to be a force to reckon with after citizens in Albany's Arbor Hill neighborhood posted photographs of swat teams, fake bloodstains and shell casings on Facebook, after an Albany Police Department training exercise.

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Weather
3:21 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas checks in with the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

Commentary & Opinion
11:14 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Blair Horner: Back to the Future to Curb Health Care Costs?

The United States spends more on health care than any other nation on earth.  Yet, the U.S. has some of the worst health care outcomes of any nation in the developed world.  Why is that?  It’s due to the tortured way the nation runs its system.

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Hudson Valley News
8:54 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Rural Health Center in NY Rebuilds After Hurricane Irene

Credit Jasleen Kaur, flickr

In 2011, Hurricane Irene severely damaged a family health facility in a rural area of Ulster County. Nearly two years later, the health center has been rebuilt.

When the doctors at Maverick Family Health of Woodstock opened a new clinic - Maverick West - on Route 28 in Boiceville in February 2011, they did so as part of a mission to make quality medical care available to all reaches of rural Ulster County. Maverick Family Health Center co-director Dr. Randy Rissman says Hurricane Irene had other plans.  

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New England News
6:26 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Redevelopment Of Former Mill Site Begins

A new $8 million senior center is the first construction project at the former Facemate textile mill site along the Chicopee River
Credit WAMC

The redevelopment has begun of a once badly polluted former textile mill in Chicopee Massachusetts. A top Environmental Protection Agency official warned on Monday that federal budget cuts threaten future brownfields cleanup efforts in the region. 

An $8 million  senior center is being constructed on land along the Chicopee River that was originally developed during the early 1800s to manufacture textiles.  A groundbreaking , attended by more than  100 people, culminated a decade long cleanup project that officials described as a legal and environmental quagmire.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

NY Comptroller warns fixing local fiscal crises won't be easy

Comptroller DiNapoli meets with reporters
Credit Karen DeWitt

The New York state Comptroller kicked off a week-long forum at SUNY’s Rockefeller Institute to examine the plight of economically stressed local governments and school districts across the New York.  

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says the “new normal” for schools and local governments around the state is prolonged fiscal stress.  He says a combination of rising health care and pension costs, reduced state aide, and two-year-old property tax cap have put the squeeze on municipalities.

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