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
6:20 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Grant Supports Food Hub Initiative

The USDA is helping fund an effort to get products from local farms into the kitchens of large institutions in the region, such as colleges and hospitals.  Officials say the demand for food from closer to home continues to grow, but the infrastructure to supply it has not kept up.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
5:11 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Southern Berkshire Regional School District Searches for New Superintendent

The Southern Berkshire Regional School District is beginning its search for a new superintendent, and is enlisting the help of an outside group to assist in the search. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports….

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New York News
4:29 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

NY's new 46th Senate District: Three Democrats Vying For Party Line

Monica Arias Miranda, President & CEO, The Hispanic Coalition NY, worked for the Way and Means Committee from 2006 to 2010. She is running against fellow Democrats Cecilia Tkaczyk and Tom Dolan.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Three Democrats are vying for the party’s line in New York's new 46th Senate District — The winner of that race will face Republican state Assemblyman George Amedore in the November election. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Some observers take the position that the new 46th, spanning Ulster, Greene, Albany, Schenectady and Montgomery counties was custom-made for Republican Assemblyman George Amedore. Amedore could not be reached for comment, but Democratic hopeful Monica Arias Miranda stepped in to pinch-hit.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:35 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Blair Horner: September is a Big Month for Health Care Reform

Labor Day, the symbolic end of summer, has come and gone.  Schools have opened and children are off to new classes and teachers.

But this September is an important month for another reason: this is the month when New York, as well as all other states, must choose the “essential health benefits” that will be offered to those who lack health insurance.

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WAMC News
12:15 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

NY Submits More Than 400 Home Buyout Applications to FEMA

A car sits half-buried after massive flooding swept through downtown Windham, N.Y. from Tropical Storm Irene.
Ryan Delaney/WAMC

More than a year after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, New York State has forwarded more than 400 applications for property buy-outs to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  And state officials say there are more pending.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

As Economy Struggles Union Leaders Work For Democratic Votes

The Pioneer Valley AFL-CIO Labor Breakfast held at the Castle of Knights, Chicopee MA
WAMC

Union officials who gathered in western Massachusetts Friday for a Labor Day observance said they were energized by President Obama’s  Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention.  The task for the labor leaders now is to convince union households not to desert the  Democratic party as the economy continues to struggle.  WAMC”S Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:49 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Michael Meeropol: Thoughts on the Paul Ryan Candidacy for Vice President

Four years ago at this time, my commentary focused on the bizarre selection by Senator John McCain of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.  I was horrified that McCain would pick such an unbelievably unqualified individual for that position, just to help increase his chances of winning.  Everyone who has either read the book GAME CHANGE or seen the movie of the same name knows what a disaster that was.  (Luckily for us, it was a disaster for the Republicans not the country.) 

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Hudson Valley News
3:32 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Down To Earth & Down To Business: Columbia County Farm

Since the beginning of the recession, times have been tough for everyone. But as Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports, there’s one organic food business in Columbia County that's thriving…



When Gunther Fishgold bought his first pallet of organic cashews to sell in 1999, he was simply trying to make some extra money to support his organic vegetable farm and bakery in the Finger Lakes region during the winter slow season.


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WAMC News
6:15 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Advocacy Group Releases Scorecard on Vermont Legislative Votes

Vermont Statehouse
WAMC

The Vermont Public Interest Research Group has released its assessment of legislative votes over the past biennium.

The scorecard released by the advocacy group looks at votes on ten issues, including health care reform, clean energy and a fracking moratorium.  Vermont Public Interest Research Group Executive Director Paul Burns says it represents a range of their priority issues over the past two years.

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New England News
6:02 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Berkshire Voters Head to Polls in Democratic Primary

A sign outside of Pittsfield's Ward 5a polling place on the Sep. 6th Democratic Primary
Lucas Willard WAMC

Voters across Massachusetts are heading to the polls today to vote in the Democratic Primary. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a look at the races in Western Massachusetts, and filed this report…

In Pittsfield’s Ward 5A polling place, warden Fran Lysonski said that voters were coming in steadily throughout the day, and though participation is generally lower in primary elections than general elections, she expects a pickup before the polls close this evening.

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