WAMC Northeast Report

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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. 

Former Taft School will  be renovated as UVM's integrated center for the creative arts
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The University of Vermont Foundation, which manages private support for the college, announced a donation Thursday that will create an integrated center for the creative arts.

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The Lenox Chamber of Commerce opened a Visitors Center on Thursday for residents and visitors alike. The goal is to draw attention to outdoor recreation, business and cultural attractions in the Western Massachusetts town.

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An audience in Saratoga Springs on Thursday heard from a conservation group about a plan that places pressure on public officials to protect the Adirondack Park. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

At the moment New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has one eye trained on Washington and a potential presidential run. Much of what Cuomo does these days is actually about developing his national brand. The brand he wants is to be called a progressive. Cuomo is obsessed with the word. It is, after all, a rising tide for Democrats nationally.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 27, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, April 27, 2017.

Pittsfield School Committee
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The Pittsfield Public School Committee adopted a roughly $60.6 million budget last night under the city’s level funding. The budget cuts 75.6 full-time jobs from the school district. 

View of Lake Champlain from Plattsburgh southeast towards Vermont
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A report issued this month assesses the changing salinity of freshwater lakes.  It finds increased sodium chloride in the North American lakes studied, most likely caused by using salt to de-ice roadways.

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As Berkshire County public schools finalize their budgets for next year, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees is explaining why some schools are struggling due to a lack of state aid. The Pittsfield School Committee is scheduled to adopt its budget tonight.

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    Activists called today for workers to strike and businesses to shut down in western Massachusetts on May 1st, as part of what is expected to be a nationwide protest.

Keith Strudler: Humanizing Tiger Woods

Apr 26, 2017

Perhaps Tiger Woods isn’t that different from all of us. According to his agent Leigh Steinberg, Woods simply wants to be pain free, play with his kids, and go out in the backyard to have fun with his friends. He also said something about wanting to enjoy his boat, which probably creates some distance between us common folk. To achieve a pain free life, Woods just had back surgery, fusion surgery to be specific, to end back spasms and ongoing pain, which can be problematic for someone who makes his living twisting his body to propel a golf ball hundreds of yards at a time.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 26, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Activists are hoping to build grassroots support for the Massachusetts legislature to approve some form of a carbon tax to combat global warming. 

Nine western Massachusetts municipalities this spring are scheduled to vote on non-binding carbon pricing resolutions.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Richard Pree , who is a local leader of the national Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Dr. Robert Larner
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The man for whom the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine is named has died at age 99 in California.  Officials at the UVM Larner College of Medicine are remembering Dr. Robert Larner as a humble and generous benefactor who wanted students to benefit from his philanthropy.

New York state lawmakers and lobby groups say Governor Andrew Cuomo was in error when he said that there was no political will to enact reforms in 2017.

Kathy Sheehan
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The perception of Albany as a sheltering place for the undocumented began around 2009 and has continued through the present day.  There has been ongoing debate over whether or not Albany is a “Sanctuary City.” 

Stephen Gottlieb: Brotherhood

Apr 25, 2017

In the height of the Civil Rights Movement we used “brotherhood” to express our quest for more than tolerance, but for closeness as one human family. I’ve never found a gender-neutral term for that feeling, so I continue to use it but in a gender-neutral way – we are all family, cousins, a part of one community. As John Donne famously wrote in 1624, “never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.”

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 25, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

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     A program to restore the older housing stock in western Massachusetts through a series of neighborhood rebuilding projects is marking its 25th year this month.

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A fiscal watchdog group is questioning New York state’s century-old prevailing wage law for construction workers, saying it unnecessarily costs taxpayers billions of dollars a year in added expenses for big road, bridge, and other projects.

The $4.5 million project funded by MassDOT allows CSX Railroad to transport double-stack containers between Selkirk, NY and Worcester.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

As summer tourism season approaches, Western Massachusetts’ population will balloon with visitors from New York City. And that has some people in the Berkshires thinking about a better way to make the trip. 

Blair Horner: Earth Day, 2017

Apr 24, 2017

Earth Day was last week.  Earth Day is an annual event that started in 1970 and is an important opportunity for our society to examine how well we are protecting the environment.  And this year’s Earth Day occurred at a critical juncture: the planet is heating up as the result of human activities, most notably the burning of fossil fuels (oil, gas and coal). 

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AARP New York, the state Attorney General’s Office and the Albany County Department for Aging teamed up to host a free paper-shredding event for the public today.

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Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress held its annual “Across the Aisle” event Friday at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. New York Republican Congressman John Faso and Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney discussed infrastructure, college debt, the Hudson River, federal budget and more.

 Kris Anderson and Chris Foster in The Normal Heart
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One of the more notable things about the production of a “The Normal Heart” presented at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham through April 30, is that it generates a span of emotions ranging from compassion to outrage.  

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Sol Greenberg's trademark wavy silver hair and pipe once personified the office of District Attorney in Albany County. Greenberg died Thursday at age 95.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 21, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, April 21, 2017.

   With a date set for the public reopening of Springfield’s Union Station after a years-long restoration project, details have been announced for a celebration.

State lawmakers are due back at the Capitol Monday, following a two week break after they passed a budget that contained numerous other items, like free public college tuition for some middle class students and an expansion of ride hailing services. But what, if anything, do lawmakers still need to do before adjourning in June?

NYPIRG's Blair Horner and Toxic Targeting's Walter Hang present documents on unfinished oil spill clean ups in New York.
Karen DeWitt

Environmental advocates say that New York state officials could do a better job of cleaning up pollution sites caused by the fossil fuels industry that they say in some cases, have dragged on for decades. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s environmental aides are defending their record.

Plattsburgh International Airport new concourse
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Officials from across Clinton County and the North Country toured the newly completed terminal renovations at the Plattsburgh International Airport this week.

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