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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     Republicans in the Massachusetts Senate want to reimburse cities and towns for the state-mandated costs of last year’s early voting program.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy delivers his 2017 State of the County message.
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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy delivered his State of the County address Monday night. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports from the downtown county office building.


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The countdown is on to the public re-opening of Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts following a $95 million dollar restoration.

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The New York State Assembly held a hearing Monday on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to spend $8 billion in subsidies to keep three upstate nuclear power plants operating for the next twelve years. But no one from the Cuomo Administration showed up.

A few months ago, Governor Cuomo held a news conference with the U.S. Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, to announce a new initiative: to make public college tuition free for families whose incomes were no more than $125,000.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 6, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, March 6, 2017.

To satisfy a commitment to build market-rate housing in downtown Springfield, MGM has now apparently decided to redevelop a long-vacant building located just a block from its resort casino project.

Congressman Peter Welch meets with immigrant and refugee community
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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch held a roundtable discussion in Winooski this morning with refugees and immigrants who have settled in the Burlington area.  The Democrat wanted to learn about their challenges during the resettlement process and what contributions they feel they are making to their new home.  The roundtable comes at a time of national debate over immigration policy.

On February 21, David Brooks wrote an OP ED for the New York Times entitled, “This Century is Broken.” 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 3, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, March 3, 2017.

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Yesterday we told you about the controversy swirling about the planned new name of a gay bar in Winooski, Vermont.  The failure of the Pride Center of Vermont to condemn the owner’s plan to name it Mister Sister led two board members to resign. One is Bailey Cummings, who is upset that the center is not taking a position. She says the bar owner has not been listening to the community’s concerns.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 2, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening forecast for Thursday, March 2, 2017.

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New York’s health care system is bracing for big changes in the Affordable Care Act. No one knows for certain how it will be altered, but it will almost certainly cost the state a significant amount of money.

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One of the biggest downtown construction projects in years, the new $78.5 million Albany Capital Center has opened. A ribbon-cutting was held Wednesday.

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A wine bar in Winooski, Vermont has closed to remodel and reopen as a gay bar.  But there has been an outburst of controversy over its planned new name, which some say has historically been a slur against transgender women.

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Montgomery County, New York Executive Matt Ossenfort was scheduled to deliver his State of the County address Wednesday night.

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Reform advocates are taking exception to remarks made by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said there already is enough oversight of potentially corrupt activities in Albany.

Keith Strudler: Hey Congress, Stay Away from Sports

Mar 1, 2017

In case after last night you didn’t hate Congress enough, or didn’t have enough reasons to believe they were sanctimonious wind bags that have less conviction than a wet noodle, maybe this will do it for you. This week, members of that elected body decided to give an ethics lesson, which in itself is rich. That lesson, served in the form of both lecture and discussion, went to the international Olympic community, including members of the IOC and the World Anti-Doping agency that were there in person. It came from House members on both sides of the isle from a bunch of sub-committees I’ve never heard of. And it came after Michael Phelps and shot putter Adam Nelson told the legislators about the lack of institutional control around Olympic doping and, in particular, pointed a finger at the freak show that is the Russian Olympic program, where doping has run far and rampant – and for years unchecked.

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   There is a diversity gap in the public schools in Massachusetts. As the student population in the state has grown more diverse over the last several years, the state’s teaching corps has remained predominately white.   Some school districts are trying to close the gap.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 1, 2017

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

The state capitol in Albany.
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Just one month before the New York state budget is due, numerous interest groups are converging on the Capitol, asking that they be included in the budget.

Leaders of the New York Farm Bureau are in Washington this week for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Advocacy Conference and to meet with the state congressional delegation.  New York’s largest agricultural lobbying organization has a number of priority issues, and it outlined the top three on a conference call with reporters this morning.

      As President Donald Trump delivers his first speech to a joint session of Congress in prime time tonight his job approval ratings are historically low. 

Stephen Gottlieb: Choose Life

Feb 28, 2017

I want to focus on a serious issue that is being ignored in favor of all kinds of fake news and grandstanding. In college, I took a course on demography. That means we were looking at the explosion of population in parts of the world, which then leveled off, but at much higher levels than before. Everything we are struggling with in this twenty-first century is related to that explosion of population.

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As often happens this time of year, reporters were summoned to a hockey arena in the region today to learn about a franchise’s future. But this time, professional hockey is staying in Glens Falls. The ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder, which have called the Civic Center home for two seasons, will soon come under local ownership.

Garett Argianas' Afternoon Weather Forecast

Feb 28, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening forecast fr Monday, Feb. 28, 2017.

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In his first major address since being inaugurated last month, President Trump will speak to a joint session of Congress tonight. The Republican is expected to detail his legislative priorities for the coming year. The speech comes at a time of flux in Washington as the upstart White House shakes up the federal government. Dr. Leonard Cutler, an expert on presidential power and intelligence-gathering, is chair of the political science department at Siena College.

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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and state Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker were in Newburgh today, giving an update on the PFOS drinking water contamination that surfaced some 10 months ago. Maloney announced he will reintroduce legislation to require a federal study on long-term health effects of PFOS and PFOA exposure. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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A new poll finds that in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s approval numbers are rising, while President Trump’s are sinking.

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Cleanup and damage assessment continues in the western Massachusetts town of Conway where a tornado touched down over the weekend.

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