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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A western Massachusetts hospital is taking part in a national study to help determine the best treatments for the youngest victims of the opioid addiction crisis.

Sheriff David Favro (left) and Aaron Heroux
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On Wednesday, the New York State Assembly passed a bill that will allow a transplant recipient to return to work.

The Lake George Alumni and Community Task Force is being put together to investigate construction work done at the high school in the 80s and 90s. What first began several months ago as a Facebook group of concerned residents is now forming into an organization that plans to investigate a possible link between the work and health effects described by former students and staff members.

SABIC's Brenda Petell announced the donation at the Berkshire Museum.
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A company that is slated to close its Pittsfield facilities is giving $90,000 worth of supplies to Berkshire County schools for math and science efforts.

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The Vermont Department of Agriculture has announced a series of public hearings on the final draft of new agricultural rules designed to protect water quality.

MaryEllen Elia: Changes To NY Assessment Tests

Jun 16, 2016

  

Earlier this year, the state Board of Regents and I made changes to New York’s assessments and teacher evaluations, which I shared with WAMC listeners at the time. We made those changes in response to feedback we received from the people who are impacted by our actions and decisions.

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Hoosick Falls residents came to the Capitol on Wednesday to demand hearings on the after crisis that has revealed high levels of a toxic chemical in many people’s bloodstreams. They did not get hearings but did get a private meeting with a top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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About a month before the racing season begins, fans gathered in Saratoga Springs today, rejecting a re-privatization plan for the New York Racing Association pitched by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The group is advocating for a plan passed this afternoon by both houses of the state legislature.

Opponents voiced their disapproval of the companies' requests at a Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities hearing Tuesday in Pittsfield.
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While activists are still celebrating the suspension of one major natural gas pipeline, they are also battling to stop another one in the Northeast.

There’s nothing more dangerous in sports, from a TV network perspective, than a live mic on the field of play. Perhaps better put, it’s a high risk/reward kind of deal. On the one hand, it can be really cool to hear what a defensive back says about an offensive scheme or a player matchup. On the other hand, it becomes pretty clear athletes use the entire dictionary on the field of play, including words you don’t learn in school – not in the classroom, anyway.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 15, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in the Hudson Valley Monday helping to promote the exporting potential of businesses. New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey joined her as did the head of a government credit agency.

Clinton County Government Center
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On May 10th, Democrats in the City of Plattsburgh chose Clinton County Legislator Colin Read as their candidate to run for mayor.  Read resigned his legislative seat, setting up a special election to fill the last year of the term.  County Democrats selected their candidate last week, but the candidate who was not chosen has decided to force a primary.

Foreign Roots of the Tragedy in Florida

Jun 14, 2016

The tragedy in Florida is linked to issues abroad. One candidate sometimes suggests we could solve our problems by isolationism, keeping our troops home, and sometimes by wiping out our adversaries with overwhelming force. His adversary has won over American military leadership with a fairly hard-nosed approach to international politics meshed with the belief that part of America’s international strength comes from our ideological appeal and social justice. What’s going to work?

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A rainbow flag was raised in front of city hall in Springfield, Massachusetts today in an emotional ceremony to honor the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 14, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

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A Schenectady man has been shot and killed by city police.

Taxi Drivers Protest Against Uber
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With the legislative session down to the wire, groups for and against bills including expansion of Uber ride services and ethics reform came to the Capitol to make their voices heard.

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The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history has prompted two New York lawmakers in Congress to call for the passage of gun reform legislation.

From left to right: U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, along with Rep. Elizabeth Esty address the shooting in Orlando.
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Political leaders in Massachusetts and Connecticut are reacting differently to this weekend’s shooting in Orlando, Florida.

Governor Cuomo recently unveiled a new effort to rein in independent expenditure “Super PACs.”  Independent expenditure “Super PACs” have run amok nationwide in the wake of the now infamous US Supreme Court case, Citizens United.  These Super PACs allow individuals and interest groups to spend as much as they want to help elect candidates or political parties, as long as they do not coordinate with the candidate or the political party. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 13, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, June 13, 2016.

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Two people with roots in western Massachusetts are among the dead in the Orlando nightclub massacre.

11th ward Albany city councilman Judd Krasher
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The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history has sent shockwaves around the world and throughout our region. Capital Region Muslims and public officials are jointly calling for peace after Orlando.

NY Rep. Urges Emergency Funding To Combat Zika

Jun 10, 2016
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A New York congresswoman is calling for her colleagues to approve federal funds to combat the Zika virus. The head of the March of Dimes is echoing that call.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 10, 2016

  

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, June 9, 2016.

John Hendrickson, a special advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo on the NYRA reorganization board and husband of Saratoga socialite Marylou Whitney, recently left his seat.

The New York State Attorney General has sent a letter to Charter Communications, warning the firm that it cannot simply "re-brand" Time Warner Cable services when it takes over the company.

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Revelations that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration knew about elevated levels of the toxin PFOA in the water in Hoosick Falls a year and a half before they warned residents has led the Assemblyman who represents the village to call for a federal investigation, as well as a public forum to explain to residents the results of recent blood tests.

David Traynham, pastor of New Horizons Christian Church, at the lecturn, praising changes the city police department has made since Dontay Ivy died.
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Local African American clergy, the NAACP, and some Albany city officials celebrated what they call an improving relationship with the police today on the steps of Albany City Hall. But  all was not harmonious.

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