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
6:27 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Farmers' Markets A Welcome Sight After Long Winter

Credit WAMC

After a long harsh winter, spring has arrived in the northeast, heralded by the return of farmers’ markets throughout the region.

The Farmers’ Market at Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts opened for a new season Tuesday afternoon with more than two dozen vendors and a steady stream of visitors.

Bill Malloy of Springfield bought basil and plants for his home garden.  

" It's just super. It  really convinces you that spring is here. Everybody is having a good time and you get to buy food too."

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Reversing Suburbanization

Stephen Gottlieb discusses the suburbanization of America... 

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Weather
3:42 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, May 7, 2014. 

New England News
6:21 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Arbitration Awards For Casino Impacts Upheld

An artist's rendering of MGM's proposed resort casino in downtown Springfield,MA
Credit MGM Springfield

Two western Massachusetts communities that went through an arbitration process to obtain payments intended to offset the impacts of a casino in Springfield appear to have done better financially than municipalities that accepted offers from casino giant MGM Resorts.

   Longmeadow and West Springfield went to arbitration with MGM after failing to reach negotiated settlements with the casino company by an end-of- March deadline established by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.  By then MGM had reached surrounding community agreements with six other municipalities.

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New York News
4:37 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Bruno Re-Trial Begins

Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno was back at the federal courthouse in downtown Albany today to face trial for the second time before U.S. District Chief Judge Gary Sharpe.

A jury was selected Monday morning and opening arguments in his trial began just after 2pm. Prior to entering the courthouse, reporters tweeted that the 85-year old Bruno told them he was "tired"   -  and was looking forward to putting the long nine-year ordeal behind him.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Blair Horner: Environmentalists Advance NY’s Earth Day Agenda

 As Albany begins its post-budget agenda, it is remarkable how little the governor and state lawmakers discuss environmental issues.  There are the occasional news releases – lip service really – about green initiatives, but little about policies that seek to reduce the pollution.

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Weather
3:43 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, May 5, 2014. 

Capital Region News
7:00 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

DEC Will Monitor Air Quality In Albany's South End

Government officials and residents of Albany's South End neighborhoods have expressed concern about potential impacts related to crude oil transport and facilities in the area.  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is rolling out an air sampling plan to screen for specific pollutants in the community.

Aside from worries over spills or derailments that could result in untold ecological harm and potential civil disaster, strange odors occasionally waft through downtown Albany neighborhoods, a constant reminder that oil trains are parked nearby.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:51 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Michael Meeropol: “Unholy Alliance” That Denies Climate Change Puts Future Generations In Danger

I recently read an OP-ED piece on line that really made me angry.  It focused on the coalition challenging the scientific community on the issue of global warming.  It was written by Meredith Tax and entitled “Climate change and false gods: Moloch and the bible-punchers in the US” (It was posted on April 14, 2014 on the opendemocracy.net website.)

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Weather
3:43 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

  Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening forecast for Friday, May 2, 2014. 

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