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
6:03 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

W. Mass. Looks Back on Tropical Storm Irene

Hurricane Irene Approaches the Outer Banks
Courtesy NOAA

1 year after the remnants of Hurricane Irene flooded rivers and destroyed homes throughout the region, residents of Western Massachusetts are taking a look back at the progress the region has made in the on-going recovery. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports….

As in many areas in the Northeast, the rivers and valleys of Western Massachusetts flooded, destroying homes, businesses and infrastructure in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. Now one year later, some are reflecting about the impact of the storm and how it helped bring some communities closer together.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:34 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Blair Horner: Tobacco's Big Win in the Courts

A federal appeals court ruled last week that tobacco companies are not required to comply with the implementation of new graphic warning labels on cigarette packs, arguing that the law violated corporate free speech rights.  These warnings are required by the federal government and are supposed to go into effect next month.

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WAMC News
6:15 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Rally Planned to Express Concerns Over Vermont Public Service Board

A rally is planned this weekend to highlight concerns about the Vermont Public Service Board’s permitting and public access policies.

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North Country News
6:15 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Study Looks at Invasive Species Spread Hypotheses

A report has been published that assesses the accuracy of  scientific hypotheses that predict how invasive species will spread and affect ecosystems.

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Hudson Valley News
6:00 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Columbia County To Provide "Reverse 9-1-1"


Residents of Columbia County will soon have a Reverse 9-1-1 system in place... the new notification technology will be deployed as soon as possible. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports


This week the Columbia County Board of Supervisors agreed to implement a new CodeRed emergency notification system. Although widely reported as "a response to the TCI chemical fire in Ghent" - Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Tom Lanphear says plans were in the works before the fire broke out.


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New England News
5:55 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Mass. College Extends Financial Aid to Undocumented Students

A private college in Western Massachusetts has created a fund to award financial aid to undocumented students. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has details…

Illegal immigrants in Massachusetts are required to pay the out-of-state tuition price if they enroll in college, but now Hampshire College, located in Amherst, MA, has decided to provide financial aid for incoming undocumented students. Margaret Cerullo, a sociology professor from the college who worked on the fund, said that the endowment sends the message that education is a right for all people.

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WAMC News
6:15 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Vermont Officials Highlight Agricultural Recovery Since Irene

WAMC

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and state officials were at a farm in Middlesex Wednesday morning to highlight agricultural and farm recovery, and continuing relief efforts, since Tropical Storm Irene hit the state nearly a year ago.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

MGM Proposes $800M Casino Project for Springfield

MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO James Murren announces MGM's plans for a downtown Springfield casino.
Lucas Willard WAMC

Casino mega-corporation MGM Resorts International announced an $800 million proposal to develop a 10-acre hotel and gambling center in downtown Springfield. The announcement is the second company to propose a gambling facility for the Western Massachusetts city this week. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

MGM’s proposal would cost $800 million dollars and focus on developing Springfield’s downtown with a 25-floor, 250 room hotel, retail stores, restaurants, and an 89,000 square foot gambling space.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Alzheimer's Program At Soldiers' Home Draws Praise

WAMC

  The Patrick administration in Massachusetts is taking steps to address the growing problem of senior dementia. A new program at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke is helping veterans and their families cope with Alzheimer’s disease.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

   Bill McGill of Montgomery said he was stressed out a few years ago, when he realized his father..now 90…had been wondering off and might have Alzheimer’s disease. Having  him live at  the state run Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke has brought peace of mind.

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New York News
4:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

North Country Counties Join Yellow Dot Safety Program

NYS Sheriffs' Association

The Yellow Dot Program is a safety initiative being introduced across New York State.  Clinton, Franklin and Essex County sheriffs announced their participation in the program Tuesday morning.

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