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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New York News
6:30 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Center for Biological Diversity Sues to Protect Rare Songbird

Close-up of a Bicknell's Thrush
Credit Steve Faccio

The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a formal notice of intent to sue the  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for not responding to its petition to grant endangered species status to the Bicknell’s thrush.  The rare songbird is only found on mountaintops in northern New England, the Adirondacks and eastern Canada during the summer, and a few Caribbean islands in winter.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Despite Agreement, New York State Budget Talks Go On

Credit ..::WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas::..

Even though state lawmakers announced a budget agreement Wednesday, they spent the day Thursday trying to pin down details and print the bills in time to be through over the weekend.

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New York News
3:30 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Tom King, New York Rifle and Pistol Association - Challenging the NY SAFE Act in federal court

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Another lawsuit has been filed challenging New York’s new gun law, the NY SAFE Act. The court action was filed today in federal court in Buffalo by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association along with a number of other organizations. A separate lawsuit filed earlier challenging how the law was passed was dismissed and is now being appealed. Tom King, president of the 45,000 member New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, tells WAMC's Brian Shields that the new lawsuit is focused on the U.S. Constitution.
 

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WAMC News
3:30 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Afternoon Weather with Meteorologist Garett Argianas - 3/21/13

Your afternoon regional weather summary with meteorologist Garett Argianas.

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Hudson Valley News
7:14 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

NYS Assemblyman Writes to PSC, State AG About Proposed Utility Merger

Credit Christopher Sessums, flickr

A Hudson Valley assemblyman has penned a letter to the New York State attorney general with concerns over a proposed merger involving a local utility company. A spokesman for the utility company insists the merger is in the public interest.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

League of Women Voters Sponsors Series on Agriculture

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The Schenectady County League of Women Voters is holding a series of forums looking at the importance of agriculture and the future of the family farm.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Abortion Issue Is Tricky In Massachusetts Senate Race

Advocacy groups on opposite sides of the abortion  issue have endorsed candidates in the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.  Candidates  who favor limiting abortion rights have historically not done well in Massachusetts.

       Three of the candidates running for the Senate in Massachusetts have stated unequivocal positions on the issue of abortion rights.  Two other candidates have staked out greyer areas. The differences don’t divide along party lines.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

New York State Budget Talks Focus on Possible Gun Law Changes

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signs the NY SAFE Act on January 15, 2013.
Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Lawmakers originally planned to be passing bills by now, ready to wrap up the state budget and leave on a three week break beginning on Thursday.
 
But, instead of an agreement early in the week, each day lawmakers have found themselves discussing new issues , some of them totally unrelated to the spending plan. Most recently, talks have turned to whether to decriminalize public possession of marijuana in New York City, and walking back a provision of the recently enacted gun control laws.

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WAMC News
3:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Afternoon Weather with Meteorologist Garett Argianas - 3/20/13

Your afternoon regional weather summary with meteorologist Garett Argianas.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:23 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Keith Strudler: NCAA Tournament Picks

Yesterday was a two hour delay in our school district. That’s mainly because we’ve already used up all our snow days, so cancelling the whole day would have cut into spring break, and no one wants that. So in our two hours of free time, my five year old son and I did what most families did, I’m sure. We filled out NCAA tournament brackets. I did mine, and Sloan did his. If Sloan wins, he doesn’t have to put his clothes away for a week. If I win, well, there’s nothing on the table, but I’ll probably feel less guilty when I eat half his Halloween candy next year.

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