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 England News
6:15 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Report Shows Reductions of Mercury and PCB’s in Lake Champlain

Mercury-PCB Report Cover

A report prepared for the Lake Champlain Basin Program has found encouraging drops in mercury and PCB contamination in the lake.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Mass. Coalition Targets Amazon in Push for Tax Fairness

A coalition of elected officials, business owners, and associations in Massachusetts is pushing for online retailers to begin paying the state’s sales tax before the fourth fiscal quarter of 2012 begins. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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Hudson Valley News
4:17 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Fare Hikes For MTA Riders With or Without PMT?

MTA

Metro-North commuters are being warned they may have to dig deeper into their pockets - a watchdog group is telling them to prepare for a fare hike of around 32 per cent - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's"Payroll Mobility Tax" or PMT - was approved by former Governor David Paterson in 2009 to avert service cuts as the MTA battled a record deficit. Last month, a judge ruled the PMT unconstitutional.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:45 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Karen Hitchcock : Election 2012 - The Democratic Education Platform and a Comparison to the GOP

In my last commentary I reviewed the major elements of the Republican education platform. Since then, the Democratic Platform has been passed, a platform which addresses a number of policy areas dealing with both K-12 and higher education, and not surprisingly, reflects a number of programs begun during President Obama’s first term in office.   

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New England News
3:44 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Great Barrington readying for second annual fly-in event

WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Richard Stanley, organizer of the second annual Great Barrington fly-in, which is scheduled for this Saturday.

WAMC News
6:15 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Entergy Sues Vermont Over Increased Vermont Yankee Generation Tax

Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

Two Entergy subsidiaries have filed suit against the state of Vermont over a new law that hikes taxes on the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant from 5-million to nearly 13-million dollars annually.

Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee and Entergy Nuclear Operations filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont seeking to overturn the legislation signed by Governor Shumlin that substantially increases the plant's annual tax bill.  Entergy Vermont Yankee Communications Manager Jim Sinclair.

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New England News
6:07 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Invasive Emerald Ash Borer Found in Berkshires

Emerald Ash Borer
courtesy NYS DEC

In the Berkshire County town of Dalton, state officials announced the first confirmed detection of an invasive insect in Massachusetts. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports...

Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the state Department of Agricultural Resources announced in Dalton that the Emerald ash borer has been detected in the Commonwealth. DCR Commissioner Ed Lambert…

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WAMC News
3:35 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Dr. Steven Leibo - The Sage Colleges

Yesterday’s violent protests in Egypt and Libya that led to the deaths of four U.S. State Department diplomats, including U-S Ambassador Chris Stevens, in the Libyan city of Benghazi were spurred in-part by a film that portrayed the Islamic Prophet Muhammad as a fraud and a womanizer.

This isn’t the first time those in Middle East have taken up arms against those who ridicule their pre-dominant religion, but it is one of only a few times in modern history that American diplomats have been killed as a result of protests.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Springfield Urged To Slow Casino Selection Timetable

Massachusetts Gaming Commission meets at Springfield Technical Community College
WAMC

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission clashed with Springfield city officials Tuesday over the city’s proposed casino selection competition.  The state and local timetables that would lead to the launch of a resort casino development in western Massachusetts remain at odds.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New York News
5:00 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

SUNY Plattsburgh Remembers 9-11 and Alumna Killed in Twin Tower Collapse

9-11 Memorial at SUNY Plattsburgh
WAMC

Students, faculty, and staff of the SUNY college here gathered at Hawkins Pond this afternoon, where a memorial to two alumna is placed. On September 11th,  Robert Sutcliffe, class of 1984, and William Erwin, class of 1992, died in the collapse of the Twin Towers.  

In front of the memorial, History Professor Doug Skopp remembers his late students.

Many of the students attending the college now were in elementary school when the Twin Towers were destroyed, including Student Association President Charles Sanchez.

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