WAMC Northeast Report

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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 features reports from the award-winning WAMC News team, 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 25 years as senior news anchor, host and reporter. 

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As workers put finishing touches on a $330 million project that turned a Schenectady brownfield into a resort, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas joined other members of the media for a sneak peek at the area's new casino — just one week before the grand opening.

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New York Governor Cuomo’s economic development chair was grilled by state lawmakers at a budget hearing Wednesday, as some of the programs are embroiled in a corruption scandal that’s led to charges against several former associates of the governor.

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A hearing Monday on a lawsuit challenging New York’s plan for a rail to trail transition along the Remsen to Lake Placid rail corridor was delayed after the judge requested more information pertaining to ownership of land along the route.

Keith Strudler: Super Bowl Sadness

Feb 1, 2017

So in the grand scheme of American holidays, Super Bowl Sunday reigns supreme. With all deference to Thanksgiving and Halloween and even the 4th of July, nothing unifies this country in a singular activity like the Super Bowl. That activity being eating ourselves into a coma while watching a bunch of highly paid grown men wrestle for a pigskin. On Super Bowl Sunday, nearly half of this country does exactly the same thing at exactly the same time, invoking ritual and history, surrounded by friends and family. Compare that Labor Day. It’s not like we all go boating, or all picnic. Even on Christmas, it’s not like half of America goes to church as the same time. Besides, that’s not American holiday, but a religious one – although not if our current government has anything to do with it.

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       A pay raise package for elected officials in Massachusetts is expected to be finalized this week on Beacon Hill.   While pay raises for public officials are always controversial, this plan has drawn just token opposition.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 1, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

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Leaders of religious and civil rights organizations continue responding to President Trump’s executive order barring entry into the U.S. for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and blocking refugees for 120 days.

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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch held a roundtable in Burlington Monday with health officials and advocates to discuss the rapidly rising cost of prescription drugs.

Protesters at the New York State Capitol Tuesday
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Eight protesters were arrested outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office Tuesday, as they demonstrated for more money for legal aid services for New York's poorest.

Stephen Gottlieb: Polarizing America

Jan 31, 2017

I’d like to give my spleen a break for a week and talk about some of the dynamics that are polarizing  America, that neither side can solve because the problem is structural. Law has contributed with crucial changes regarding political parties, the media, the draft and residential segregation (which Brown did not prevent). I'd love to hear good suggestions for countering the polarizing effects of those legal changes.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announces her office is seeking to join a lawsuit brought by the ACLU to challenge President Trump's Executive Order on immigration. She was joined by immigrant advocates, representatives of the state's health c
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The Massachusetts attorney general is taking action to challenge President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 31, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

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Keeping with tradition, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other local officials headed to the state capitol in Albany Monday.

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A bipartisan push for a tougher animal rights law is on in New York state.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a crowd of cheering Planned Parenthood advocates that he’s proposing a constitutional amendment to put the protections in the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade into the state’s constitution.

For the longest time, the state Capitol has been rocked by scandals.  In recent years, those scandals have mushroomed: Both leaders of the Legislature have been convicted of corruption and face time in prison, and close aides and associates of the governor have been charged.

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        The first Democrat has formally announced a run for governor of Massachusetts in 2018.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, January 30, 2017.

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Westchester Legislators Work On Gun Show Regulations

Jan 27, 2017
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Westchester County legislators are working on a measure to strengthen gun show regulations. In the meantime, a state lawmaker from the county has introduced legislation to ban gun shows on public property.

Hilary Dunne Ferrone: Athletes & Philanthropy

Jan 27, 2017

Now that the National Football League playoffs have been battled and we’re racing toward the Super Bowl, I’m feeling nostalgic.  My first job after college was in the marketing and special events department of the NFL.  It was a dream job in many ways: not least because it was a fun product to market and it certainly presented iconic special events.  It may sound strange for a middle-aged woman to be waxing nostalgic about this particularly brutal sport, but as my career developed, I had the great fortune to work with athletes who wanted to do charitable work: it was through football players that I learned a lot about the emotions that inform a person’s desire to engage in philanthropy, and the potential pitfalls of this work.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 27, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast Friday, January 27, 2017.

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    The countdown is on to the opening of a new transportation hub in western Massachusetts later this year.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has delivered her last State of the City address ahead of the November election. Reviews were mixed — and potential rivals were watching closely.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 26, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, January 26, 2017.

Critics: Cuomo Administration Shorting School Aid

Jan 26, 2017
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Reactions Vary To Reported Orders At EPA

Jan 25, 2017

Agencies and organizations that rely upon federal funding from the Environmental Protection Agency wonder if their funding streams will be cut off. This comes amid reports Tuesday that the Trump administration would ban the EPA from awarding new contracts or grants as well as bar employees from providing updates on social media or to reporters.

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Officials from the New York Farm Bureau discussed the group’s top state legislative priorities and its response to the governor’s executive budget during a conference call this morning.

Opponents Want Pipeline-Related Permits Rescinded

Jan 25, 2017
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President Donald Trump revived the Keystone XL pipeline and Dakota Access pipeline with a highly publicized  executive order this week. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration has also acted, quietly, to further energy pipelines across New York.

Keith Strudler: Members Only

Jan 25, 2017

If you are of a certain age, or have parents of that vintage that enjoy telling stories, you are familiar with the incendiary and offensive expression, “No Jews, No Blacks.” It was a common refrain for certain beach clubs, restaurants, and country clubs of our American past, found commonly in wealthy enclaves where a white religious majority could exclude those deemed as others. In some regard, this exclusion could explain part of the political cohesion of the Jewish and African-American communities throughout American history. Even if they have often suffered disproportionately, many of even America’s most integrated Jews recognize a common history of discrimination.

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