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 York News
5:19 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Reps. Tonko And Owens Talk Agriculture At USDA Roundtable

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

The U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted a NY Rural Roundtable Summit at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. The first of three to be held in Eastern New York, the summit brought together small business owners, farmers, and other community advocates to give participants a chance to learn about government programs and grants, and other opportunities available to help strengthen rural communities.

Lee Telega, NY State Director for USDA, Rural Development, said the roundtables aim to spread information on a variety of programs to those in less accessible areas.

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Sports
3:50 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Keith Strudler: UAlbany At "The Big Dance"

For all those in the Albany area that consider themselves fans of the U Albany Great Danes men’s basketball team, today is your day. Today is the day after your school’s first ever NCAA tournament victory, albeit one that came in the second-tier first round, or play-in game as it’s more commonly known, where the worst teams in the tournament play for the right to join the square field of 64. They handled Mount St. Mary’s last night, and early this morning landed in Orlando where tomorrow they’ll take on the #1 ranked Florida Gators, a team that’s won 26 straight and the SEC regular and tournament championships. For the sake of comparison, Albany did not win a single game against a team from a so-called “power conference,” even using the term loosely.

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Weather
3:45 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, March 19, 2014. 

New England News
6:31 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

New Rules To Govern Food Trucks In The Works

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With the warm weather months ahead the city of Springfield, Massachusetts is looking to regulate food trucks and similar roadside vendors.  It is an issue many municipalities dealt with years ago, but it has so far eluded the state’s third-largest city.

   City councilors in Springfield are working on the final details of an ordinance that would replace an archaic law and unenforceable rules that currently apply to food trucks and similar vendors. City Councilor Tom Ashe said he is optimistic the issue will finally be resolved after years of discussion and setbacks

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New York News
6:30 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

CNSE + SUNYIT = SUNY INSET

CNSE CEO Alain Kalyeros
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The Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is positioned to merge with the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica. A new college would be created.  A draft summary of the merger plan, obtained by the Utica Observer-Dispatch, says the new school would be called SUNY Institute for Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology, or SUNY INSET.  Expectations are the merged institution's Marcy facility would provide the Mohawk Valley with the strong, technologically trained workforce it needs to attract more high-end technology companies.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Bus Strike In Vermont’s Largest County Continues As Negotiations Stall

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The issue is a moving target even if the rides have stopped. Bus drivers in Vermont’s most populated county remain on strike as negotiators argue over potential meetings and city leaders consider potential actions.

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New York News
4:59 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

DREAM Act Supporters Vow To Fight On

Cardinal Dolan supports the DREAM Act.
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Supporters of Dream Act legislation say they were “set up” when a hastily arranged vote on the bill in the New York State Senate chamber late Monday led to the measure’s failure by just one vote. The focus is now shifting to Governor Cuomo. Backers say they will try to get the governor to put the measure into the state budget.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Let's Understand The Argument About Balancing The Budget

When the Bush Administration took us to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, they decided not to pay for those wars with taxes. In fact they insisted on giving people tax breaks, including those for whom war taxes would not have affected their lifestyles. The well-understood consequence was that someone else would pay for the wars. At the time the talk was that the next generation would have to pay.

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Weather
3:45 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening forecast for Tuesday, March 18, 2014. 

New England News
6:39 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

The Unjust Hanging Of Two Irish Immigrants Is Recalled To Denounce Prejudice

William O'Riordan,former Hampshire chief probation officer, speaks in front of the stone memorial to Dominic Daley and James Halligan. The two Irish immigrants were hanged in Northampton,MA in 1806 for a murder they did not commit.
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A St. Patrick’s Day observance in Northampton, Massachusetts honored the memories of two Irish immigrants wrongly convicted of a murder 200 years ago.  Participants said their story echoes in the civil rights struggles of today.

   About 50 people gathered in the cold for a wreath-laying at a stone monument on a hillside overlooking downtown Northampton.  It marks the spot where Dominic Daley and James Halligan were hanged in 1806.  Monday marked 30 years since Massachusetts officially exonerated them.

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