WAMC Northeast Report

Weekdays, 3:30PM - 4PM and 6PM - 6:30PM

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. 

Officlas in hard hats tour Union Station
WAMC

Eight months away from the scheduled completion of the renovation of Union Station in Springfield, Amtrak officials toured the work site today with the goal of providing suggestions to make the $88.5 million publicly funded project a success.

Blair Horner: And In Other News

May 9, 2016

As New York’s ethics problems continue to dominate headlines, other important issues are getting short shrift.   Just one such issue is the quality of drinking water supplies – particularly those found in New York’s schools.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 9, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, May 9, 2016.

Reid Middle schoolers shovel dirt onto one of the 2,400 trees to be planted in Pittsfield.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

City and state officials recently celebrated a tree planting program in Pittsfield that is expected to add 2,400 trees throughout the city.

Vermont Railway engine
Pat Bradley/WAMC

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was in Burlington this afternoon to discuss a $10 million federal grant Vermont will receive to improve the rail corridor between Burlington and Rutland. 

Michael Meeropol: Of Trump And The Bernie Vote

May 6, 2016

My wife, Annie, and I just spent a couple of weeks in Europe.  Virtually every European we met asked us incredulously, “are we looking at a President Trump?”This was particularly true in Great Britain which recently debated keeping him out of the country because he is a purveyor of hatred. Returning home we were confronted with headlines that suggested the possibility that Trump could pick up some Bernie Sanders supporters because both men are “anti-establishment” and oppose “bad” trade deals that cost American jobs.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 6, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, May 6, 2016.

The event was hosted by Mayor Kathy Sheehan at Albany’s historic City Hall.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

This morning at Albany City Hall, The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and the Hudson River Valley Greenway announced 17 grants to cultural and historic organizations throughout the Hudson Valley.

a corner face off in the MassMutual Center
MassMutual Center

Fates can change quickly in sports. The fates of two New England cities with long hockey histories became intertwined this week, with one winner and one loser.

Two weeks ago, people in Springfield, Massachusetts were bemoaning the loss of the city’s American Hockey League team to Tucson, Az. and the likely end of almost 80 years of professional hockey in western Massachusetts.

" I think people really thought we were losing hockey, but now it seems we've been able to pull a rabbit out of our hat," said  Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

This is a picture of Shire City Sanctuary, a retro-fitted church
Jim Levulis / WAMC

An upcoming climate action and sustainability fair aims to unite Berkshire-area environmental activists, community members and businesses.

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
Wiki Commons

Federal regulators will have to redo an analysis of the economic impacts of a potential severe accident at New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant. That’s according to a ruling issued Wednesday being hailed by New York’s governor and attorney general.

College of St. Rose

An American Association of University Professors report out this week criticizes cuts and layoffs at the College of St. Rose in Albany, saying they resulted from “...a lack of responsible stewardship at the board and presidential levels, ” that undermined academic freedom and rendered tenure virtually meaningless.

Opponents of a planned fracked gas power plant in the Hudson Valley say they are hoping the US Attorney will investigate decisions made in the permitting process for the plan, now that it’s been revealed that the wife of a former top aide to Cuomo took payments from the lead engineering firm in the project, and that her husband is the subject of a federal probe.

Kent State-Jackson State memorial at SUNY Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

On May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University, killing four people and wounding nine.  Eleven days later, two students were killed and 12 injured when city and state police opened fire during a protest at Jackson State College.  SUNY Plattsburgh is among a few colleges that annually commemorates those events.

The Treasury Department’s recent announcement to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill drew a quick response from Donald Trump, who called it unbridled “political correctness.”

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 5, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers  the evening forecast for Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Sen. Hugh Farley
Sen. Hugh Farley

Longtime New York State Senator Hugh Farley, a Republican from the 49th district, announced this week he will retire to spend more time with his family after 20 terms.

Q Burke logo
Q Burke Resort

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed charges against two developers in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, accusing them of conducting a Ponzi-like scheme with EB-5 funds.

This is a rendering of wayfaring signs North Adams unveiled in October 2015.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Home to MASS MoCA and a number of studios and galleries, the city of North Adams is seeking a cultural district designation for its downtown.

Keith Strudler: Cinderella Soccer

May 4, 2016

If you’ve listen to my commentaries for any length of time, you’re fairly aware I’m no soccer savant. I watch the World Cup, and I’m old enough to remember Pele’s American conquest. But the vast majority of my soccer is tied to six and eight year olds playing for teams named after local hair salons and restaurants and, in one of the better strategic sponsorships of all time, a lice removal business.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 4, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

A spokesman for New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo says the governor still plans to pursue an ethics reform package during the remainder of the legislative session, after news of a federal probe into actions by Cuomo’s former top aide and the governor’s ongoing economic development programs.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s explanation of some of the circumstances of a U.S. Attorney’s probe into his administration has left some answered questions.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A state of emergency declared in the city of Newburgh Monday has been lifted after the city switched to a different water supply. Its usual water source is contaminated with PFOS.

Picture of marijuana plant
wikipedia commons

Vermont’s long-awaited move toward marijuana legalization will take even longer.  The Vermont House passed a resolution this afternoon that gutted a Senate bill to legalize the possession of small amounts of pot for recreational use.

Paul Murray went South as part of the Civil Rights Movement. For many years he has taught a course on the Civil Rights Movement at Sienna College and taken high school and college students on trips to see places made famous by the struggle for freedom and equality.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 3, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

Tents at a farmers' market keep the merchandise dry
WAMC

The new season for farmers’ markets is beginning in the northeast.

A new Siena College poll released this morning — the same day of former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's sentencing — finds corruption the most pressing issue among New York residents.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two New York state senators came together in Putnam County Monday to advocate for legislation to better hold banks accountable for both foreclosed homes and zombie properties.

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