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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Weather
3:46 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

New England News
6:31 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Annual Consumer Report Points To Toy Dangers

Beth Ramey, MassPIRG consumer advocate, holds a " Grow Changer" toy that she said poses a choking hazard for young children.
Credit WAMC

With the holiday shopping season well under way, an advocacy group in Massachusetts is out with its annual warning about toy safety. The findings echo a recent report in New York: many toys on store shelves are simply unsafe.

The Public Interest Research Group released its 29th annual Trouble in Toyland report this week. Beth Ramey, a consumer advocate with the Massachusetts chapter of the national organization, discussed the report at a news conference Tuesday at the downtown Springfield YMCA, as a group of small children looked on.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Coalition Calls For Action On Universal Health Care

Single-payer advocates speak at the Vermont Statehouse 12-2-2014
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

A coalition of labor and consumer advocacy organizations was at the Statehouse in Montpelier today to call on Governor Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Legislature to take action and implement the state’s universal health care system. But critics of single-payer have said November’s closer than expected elections were a message from voters.

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Hudson Valley News
6:17 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Two Groups Call For Additional Federal Rule On Oil Trains

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An environmental group from the Hudson Valley and a national conservation group have petitioned the Obama administration to impose additional rules concerning crude oil transport by rail.

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New York News
4:44 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

NY Governor: Time For Feds To Act On Oil Trains

Albany Firefighters Drill For Oil Train Disaster May 8, 2014
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York has taken steps to protect residents and the environment from the risks posed by crude oil trains and says it's time the federal government does its part.

Six months ago, Cuomo tasked state agencies with improving and assessing New York’s capacity to prevent and respond to crude oil accidents. His administration is out with a report outlining state efforts to increase rail car inspections, improve oil spill response plans and expand training opportunities for first responders.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Libertarians On And Off The Court

Most Supreme Court justices are libertarians in some sense. But what kind and for whom varies widely.

We all believe we have rights to decide lots of things for ourselves. But what are the limits? The more “conservative” the justices and others are, the closer to the Tea Party, the only limits they recognize are force and fraud. Various conservative philosophers have been very plain about that. Regulations, almost all regulations, interfere with that freedom of action. 

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Weather
3:46 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

Hudson Valley News
6:35 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Clearwater Goes Indiegogo

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Forty-five years after Pete Seeger and friends launched the tall-ship Clearwater, the nonprofit organization that operates the sloop has launched its first “crowd-sourcing” effort to help fund a new sail and boom for the vessel.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Senator Schumer: Heroin 'Skyrocketing' In Capital Region

Senator Charles Schumer at the podium, Albany County Court House, December 1, 2015.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Albany today to lead the call for getting emergency anti-drug trafficking funding into the Capital Region.

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New England News
6:16 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Hundreds Say Final Farewells To "People's Bishop"

Western Massachusetts police chiefs were pallbearers for Springfield Bishop Joseph Maguire
Credit WAMC

Hundreds turned out today in Springfield for a final farewell to a beloved spiritual leader in western Massachusetts.

 The Catholic funeral mass filled with ancient rituals and symbols, hymns, and scripture readings was a moving tribute to the long life of the man known as the “people’s Bishop”—Joseph Maguire, who died last week at 95.

600 people filled Saint Michael’s Cathedral in downtown Springfield for the service, which lasted about 90 minutes.   Philip Waystack, a nephew of Maguire’s, said nothing made his “uncle Joe” happier than being among people.

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