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 Massachusetts Department of Transportation would be required to conduct a feasibility study on high-speed passenger rail service between Springfield and Boston under an amendment to the state budget that was passed unanimously by the legislature.

Keith Strudler: Durant’s Heel Turn

Jul 6, 2016

In professional wrestling, the term “heel” refers to the bad guy. The guy who plays dirty and usually hits someone with a chair. The “face,” or “baby face,” is the good guy, the hero. He’s the one we all cheer for and always does the right thing, at least by professional wrestling standards. Perhaps the most dramatic moment in the sport – and yes, I know it’s fake – is when a good guy, a “face,” turns into a bad guy. It’s called a “heel turn,” and it’s as predictable as an episode of Bar Rescue. Hulk Hogan did it, Stone Cold Steve Austin did it. If you’ve been in the square circle long enough, chances are you went from good to bad. And perhaps back again.

Jason Caterina's Evening Forecast

Jul 6, 2016

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the evening weather forecast Wednesday, July 6, 2016.

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A new law that took effect Friday in Vermont led to lawsuits attempting to stop its implementation and pending legislation in Congress intending to invalidate efforts to create a GMO labeling statute.

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A commemorative cross-country trip that is bringing attention to two early pioneers of the women’s rights movement is starting out from western Massachusetts.

More than 50 people will leave Springfield Wednesday morning on motorcycles for a trip to San Francisco to recall the journey made by two sisters from Brooklyn, NY 100 years ago this summer. In 1916, Adeline and Augusta Van Buren became the first women to cross the continental United States solo on motorcycles. 

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Jul 5, 2016

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The Vermont Attorney General’s office and state Human Rights Commission have issued a report offering guidance on gender-based pricing. The study by the agencies finds that women often pay more for products and services than men.

Rose Marie Mark rides the Berkshire Carousel in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Friday.
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Although it may sound like it, this is not a headline from the early 20th century: Hundreds of people turned out for the opening of a carousel in Pittsfield Friday. With much fanfare and a full house, the Berkshire Carousel started spinning its way into the history books.

Leave it to Julianne Boyd…founder and Artistic Director of Barrington Stage Company…to make her mark early in the summer theater season – a tradition that audiences in and around Pittsfield, Massachusetts, have enjoyed throughout the decade since she resettled her regional company there.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 1, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, July 1, 2016.

One clear priority for Gov. Charlie Baker in the final month of the two-year session of the Massachusetts legislature is a bill that revises or repeals hundreds of state regulations that impact how cities and towns operate.

In the wake of a historic Pride month for the nation, Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and local leaders gathered Friday to discuss issues facing the LGBT community. 

NY 18th Congressional District Race Is Set

Jun 30, 2016
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The congressional primary elections Tuesday decided November ballots in several contests, including in New York’s 18th District. A Democratic congressman seeking re-election to a third term faces a Republican who has never run for office, but who is no stranger to politics.

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The 39th annual Mayor’s Cup Festival and Regatta is just a week away.  The four-day celebration in Plattsburgh includes numerous events culminating in the largest sailboat race on Lake Champlain. Organizers were at the City Marina to provide an update on plans.

Garett Arganas' Evening Forecast

Jun 30, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, June 30, 2016.

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A social media effort to showcase the stories and successes of young people has taken root in the Berkshires.

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The developer proposing to site a Walmart Supercenter at Pittsfield’s former General Electric facility held a community meeting on its plans Tuesday. Those attending shared a range of opinions.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 29, 2016

  Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, June 29, 2016. 

Keith Strudler: Turning off the Train Wreck

Jun 29, 2016

Last week I told someone I was done writing about Johnny Manziel. His story went from journalistic to voyeuristic, which is where I vowed to get off. I didn’t want to chronicle one young man’s unstoppable fall from grace, even if that’s not exactly the right term. My conviction lasted for all of a few days, as I now find myself writing again on this very bizarre topic.

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Republicans have made their choice in New York’s 19th Congressional District: Former New York state Assembly Minority Leader John Faso has topped Andrew Heaney.

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Officials have announced a delay in the completion of a major transportation project in western Massachusetts.  But, it is seen as only a minor bump in what has been a decades-long, multi-million- dollar effort to transform Springfield’s derelict Union Station into a modern transportation hub.

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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.

Dave Lucas

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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