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. 

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The budget outlook in Massachusetts is growing darker. Economic uncertainty, including the recent vote by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union is having a ripple effect on Beacon Hill.

Stephen Gottlieb: Iftar

Jun 28, 2016

This is Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. We were invited to Albany’s City Hall for an Iftar, the evening feast after the sun-up to sun-down fast. Meetings aren’t polls and people put their best feet forward at public events. But I also know these folks. We greeted friends: a physicist, President of a Mosque on Central Avenue; an engineer who escaped repression in Iran, and ran a radio program to celebrate and protect American freedoms. We greeted a doctor whose daughter was my student and valedictorian at Albany Law, now working for the NY Attorney General. There were scientists, programmers, medical professionals, Sunni and Shi’a, Muslim, Protestant and Catholic clerics and public officials.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 28, 2016

  Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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The Rockland County executive announced Monday that the county is suing a water company and two state agencies, saying ratepayers should not have to bear the cost of a desalination plant that was never built.

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MGM Resorts International has suffered a setback in a bid to block development of a casino in Connecticut that would be a direct competitor to the $950 million casino the Las Vegas-based company is building in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Tomorrow, the public gets a first look at Albany's long-awaited "Complete Streets" design manual, which sets guidelines for the creation and installation of sidewalks, cycling infrastructure, crosswalks, road diets, traffic calming measures and more.

Not surprisingly, New York State’s political leadership has been crowing about the successes of the 2016 legislative session.  And there have been successes, as well as notable failures.  But in one key area, the governor and the legislature approved an important bill.  The bill requires that New York State schools will soon have to start testing for lead in drinking water.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 27, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, June 27, 2016.

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Former Assemblyman John Faso and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout hold commanding leads in a new Time Warner-Siena College poll released on the eve of New York's 19th district Congressional primary.

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After more than a year of negotiations between the top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. Senate Agriculture committee, a bill has been introduced that would preempt Vermont’s GMO labeling law days before it goes into effect.

Listener Essay: 'Outs' Win

Jun 24, 2016

This is a sad day for Britain and unfathomable for Europe. The morning after Brexit, the headlines make grim reading: “Pound sterling crashes to 1985 low”, “World stocks in freefall”, “The rage of the working class”, “Cameron resigns”, “Scotland must hold a new referendum”.  And Donald Trump touched down on his Scottish golf course to announce “It’s a great thing.”

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 24, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, June 24, 2016.

Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have taken steps to shore up the city’s severely underfunded municipal employee pension fund.

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Some residents in the city of Rutland were blindsided when the mayor and the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program announced in April that 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees would be coming to the city in October. Now, a petition seeking to put the issue before voters has been validated.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is urging state lawmakers to act on key bills dealing with energy and jobs before the two-year legislative session ends on July 31st.

Karen Magee: Lessons From Orlando

Jun 23, 2016

Like the rest of America, I woke up on the morning of June 12th to shock and horror.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 23, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, June 23, 2016.

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As the New York state Legislature closed its session last week, among the legislation it approved is a bill that implements a constitutional amendment voters approved in 2013.

Keith Strudler: The Olympic Silver Lining

Jun 22, 2016

Some people believe there’s a silver lining to everything. If you’re one of those people, which for the record I’m not, you might think this about the Russian Olympic Track and Field Team. At least they won’t get mugged at gun point in Rio, the site of the upcoming Summer Olympics. The same can’t be said for members of the Australian Paralympic Squad, two of whom did endure just that welcome from local residents that held the Aussie sailors up with a pistol. All in broad daylight, at 7:30 a.m., as onlookers passed by, like it was a common occurrence. Which right now in Rio, I’m led to believe it is.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 22, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

The third defendant in the University at Albany CDTA bus fight that made national headlines has accepted a plea deal. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was in Albany County Court Tuesday afternoon when 21-year-old Alexis Briggs read a tearful apology...

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, second from the left, tours the Greylock Mill redevelopment project in North Adams.
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Managers of a mill redevelopment effort in North Adams expect to see more activity starting this summer at what’s billed as a multi-use project.

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During an informational forum Monday in Newburgh about PFOS contamination found in the city’s drinking water supply, federal, state and local officials updated the public on actions being taken. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued the phosphorus pollution limits for the Vermont segments of Lake Champlain. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports on what the limits mean for the lake.

Stephen Gottlieb: Convicting The Innocent

Jun 21, 2016

I care about what happened in Orlando because the victims and their families are all members of the human family. And I cringe at the self-styled protestors who use God’s name in vain as an excuse for their own inhumanity toward the grieving families, who deserve to know that we care and share their grief.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 21, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has voted to extend a moratorium on new pawn shops for an additional three years.

Skateboard pro Kanten Russell and local skaters brainstorm on proposed layouts for Albany's new skate park.
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Albany is home to a vigorous skateboard culture. The Washington Park tennis courts along Madison Avenue have long been the center of the local skating community, even though the pasttime was technically illegal for some 30 years.  Now, the city is going forward with an ambitious plan to build a skate park.

Rep. Maloney Calls For Indian Point 2 Shutdown

Jun 20, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney stood outside the Indian Point nuclear power plant Monday morning, calling for the suspension of operations at Unit 2 and an immediate safety review at Unit 3. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, this comes on the heels of a problem with baffle bolts at the Westchester County-based reactor.

As the sun rose over the Capitol Saturday morning, state lawmakers put the finishing touches on the 2016 legislative session.  Like all other end of sessions, this one wrapped up with a flurry of activity.  Hundreds of bills were approved by both houses in a blur of legislative activities.

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