WAMC Northeast Report

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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
3:17 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Blair Horner: From one cliff to the next

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

After long and contentious negotiations that extended late into New Year’s Day, Congress passed a measure to at least temporarily avert the most immediate consequences of the so-called “fiscal cliff.”  As you no doubt saw in media coverage over the holidays, on New Year’s Day Democratic and Republican leaders settled on a fared-down package of income tax rate increases for the well-to-do and did little on spending reductions.

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New England News
6:21 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Two Casino Firms Meet Deadlines

Two high powered casino operators competing to develop projects in Springfield submitted detailed proposals to the city and filed initial applications for a casino license to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Patrick-Murray Admin. Announces Millions in Job Training Grants for Mass.

A series of state-funded grants recently announced by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick aims to create hundreds of jobs and train thousands of workers in the Commonwealth. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Announced by the Patrick-Murray Administration, the wave of grants through the Workforce Training Fund aims to boost the Massachusetts economy by providing job training to over 6,300 workers, and producing an estimated 682 jobs. The $6.8 million is being divided among 87 companies in a variety of fields across the Commonwealth.

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New York News
5:56 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

NY advocates: mentally ill are maligned

Advocates say the mentally ill are far more likely to be victims of violence than to be attackers, faulting media reports and gun rights interests for perpetuating inaccurate stigmas following recent crimes. More from Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas

Harvey Rosenthal, executive director of the New York Association of Rehabilitation Services, says referring to the mentally ill with phrases like "violent psychotics" and "monsters" vilifies one-fifth of Americans who have various psychiatric disabilities.

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Hudson Valley News
6:57 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Putnam County Officials Say No to Releasing Gun Permit Records

Officials from Putnam County, supported by two state lawmakers, came together Thursday saying they will not release the names and addresses of legal, pistol permit holders in Putnam County, despite having been presented with a Freedom of Information Law request for the information. Their decision comes after The Journal News, a lower Hudson Valley newspaper, published such information from Rockland and Westchester Counties less than two weeks ago, using an online, interactive gun map.  The issue has since become highly controversial.

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North Country News
6:20 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Wind Tax Credit Approved as Part of Fiscal Cliff Vote

The recently passed fiscal cliff legislation included a one year extension of a wind tax credit, a welcome move for developers in Vermont.  The credit is being renewed at the same time that a pair of state senators are calling for a moratorium on wind development.

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New York News
6:16 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Saratoga Gun Show Will Go On

Credit M. Glasgow / Flickr

Last night, the Saratoga Springs city council passed a non-binding resolution urging exhibitors at an upcoming gun show to refrain from selling weapons similar to those used in the Newtown shootings. 

Susan Steer is a local nurse who brought the issue to a hotpoint following the Sandy Hook massacre.   Steer called the City Center and was told there was no plan to cancel the gun show. She began an online petition, which racked up hundreds of local signatures and comments in favor of calling off the event.

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New York News
5:45 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

VT and NY Seek More Review of Nuclear Waste Storage

The states of Vermont and New York are calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to do a more thorough study of the impacts of storing spent nuclear fuel on the grounds of nuclear power plants.

The Wednesday federal court filing from the two states is part of a process by the NRC that is soliciting comments on nuclear waste storage.

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North Country News
5:35 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Vermont Health Exchange Gets Conditional Federal OK

Vermont has won conditional federal approval for its plan to build a consumer-friendly health insurance marketplace, or exchange.

Vermont is now one of 17 states to have gotten word from a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that they are on track to have a health exchange ready for business by Oct. 1.

Robin Lunge, Gov. Peter Shumlin's director of health reform, says much work remains to get the exchange up and running.

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North Country News
5:25 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

2 Vermont Senators Want Halt to Wind Development

Two Vermont state senators are calling for a three-year moratorium on large-scale wind power projects in the state, and for giving energy projects more thorough environmental review.

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