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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    In a first for a public school system in Massachusetts, the Springfield School Department is building its own food services center.

Keith Strudler: Learning From Major League Baseball

Dec 14, 2016

The low hanging fruit for sports commentary this week comes by way of Western Massachusetts, where the Amherst College men’s cross country team finds itself slowed to a halt because it was discovered team members had created a ugly newsletter that demeaned and dehumanized female Amherst students through describing their alleged sexual proclivity and faults. It’s the same juvenile crap we saw recently from the Harvard men’s soccer and cross country teams, begging the question, “Why are these college runners from elite universities so dense?” And I know that’s a simplification and really involves a discussion of privilege and what happens when you think you’re smarter than everyone else.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 14, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

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Parents, students, teachers and some community members are demanding the closure of an alternative school in Poughkeepsie. They gathered in front of the school Tuesday morning in protest.

Natural gas pipeline
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Two years ago, the state banned hydrofracking of natural gas within New York state’s borders. But a group of Cornell scientists who study the effects of climate change say New Yorkers are using more natural gas than ever.

Stephen Gottlieb: Lessons From A Century Of Voting Reforms

Dec 13, 2016

Let’s discuss voting issues today.  Well more than a century of experience has gone into the way we vote. That century should be a source of confidence and concern because none of us is old enough to remember why all the rules are in the statutes.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 13, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

In response to a mumps outbreak on the campus of the State University of New York at New Paltz, state, county, and school officials are joining together to hold vaccination clinics this week. 

Regents Call For $2 Billion In Additional School Aid

Dec 12, 2016

A committee of the New York state Board of Regents recommends spending $2.1 billion more on schools in the new state budget, saying it’s time to continue an effort begun a decade ago to funnel more money to the state’s poorest school districts.

Blair Horner: The Trump Administration Takes Shape

Dec 12, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has been revealing his proposed leadership team for the new Administration set to take office next month.  According to media reports, it appears that his nominee for Secretary of State will be the head of oil-giant ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson.  Of course, we do not know if in fact Mr. Tillerson will be the nominee, but the leaks of his nomination will undoubtedly trigger controversy.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 12, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, December 12, 2016.

Talks between Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York's legislative leaders are still continuing over whether to hold a special session before the holidays. The clock is ticking.

North Country contingent at Regional Economic Development Awards
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York state's 10 economic regions received more than $700 million in new economic development funding on Thursday.  The North Country is welcoming its $61.4 million dollar share that will go to 77 projects across the northern tier of the state.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 9, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, December 9, 2016.

Nippertown's Greg Haymes' December Music Selections

Dec 9, 2016
Greg Haymes
Times Union

It's a Santa theme for Nippertown Greg Haymes this month.

New York state's 10 economic regions will divide more than $700 million in new economic development funding grants. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced the awards Thursday in Albany. The cities of Troy and Albany are getting shares of that money.

Judge Issues Ruling In Belleayre Resort Case

Dec 8, 2016
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A state Supreme Court judge has ruled that New York’s previous Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner was justified in approving the proposed Belleayre Resort in the Catskills. A group that brought the suit is considering an appeal.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Police agencies across New York are increasingly turning to social media to assist in law enforcement and to kick public outreach up a notch.

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President-elect Donald Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and replace it with something else. While no one really knows what that means, one health care analyst with a prominent Albany think tank says New York could be billions of dollars in the hole as a result.

Bill Owens: Pass Preclearance Legislation

Dec 8, 2016

With all the rhetoric on borders and trade during this campaign season, there is something that Congress can and should do in the lame-duck session to bolster border security and economic growth.  Specifically, Congress should pass the bipartisan Promoting Travel, Commerce and Security Act, which would fully implement the 2015 US-Canada Preclearance Agreement.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 8, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, December 8, 2016.

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With the pressure to get a new budget in place bearing down upon Troy, Mayor Patrick Madden has devised a new fiscal package that would raise taxes 14.6 percent — about half his initial proposal.  Madden proposed it to the City Council Wednesday night in a bid to avoid layoffs and cuts in city services.

Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station
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A long term energy plan by the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that includes a nearly $8 billion dollar  subsidy to two upstate nuclear power plants is being challenged from both ends of the political spectrum, and a lawsuit has been filed to try to stop the deal. 

Burlington International Airport sign
Niranjan Arminius/Flickr

South Burlington city officials are considering conducting their own sound mapping of the Burlington International Airport in anticipation of F-35 fighter jets flying at the National Guard facility there.

Keith Strudler: Riches To Rags To Riches

Dec 7, 2016

This isn’t a story about Mike Rice. But it kind of is. Rice is the former Rutgers men’s basketball coach who was fired and publicly rebuked after it was revealed that he physically and emotionally abused his players – most memorably by hurling a ball at them and hurling homophobic slurs at them as well. This led to his release and what many assumed to be his exodus from coaching. Which has been somewhat true, as Rice is far removed from the big time college ranks from which he was removed.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 7, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

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City of Newburgh officials held their fourth public meeting Monday night on PFOS water contamination and New York state’s blood testing program. Some audience members voiced concern about the information not getting out to enough people. Officials say they will try other approaches, including through churches. 

The meeting with city, state and federal officials was held in Baptist Temple Church, where Byron Williams is pastor.

NY AG Recommends Fix To Restrictive Voting Laws

Dec 6, 2016
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
Karen DeWitt

New York's Attorney General has released a package of bills aimed at improving what he says is the state’s “arcane” and “ridiculous” voting laws that bar many potential voters from the ballot box.

Oceti Sakowin Water Protector Encampment
Dan Plumley, Adirondack Wild

On Sunday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied the easement permit for the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The pipeline controversy has brought thousands of protesters to an encampment at Standing Rock. One Adirondack resident was at the encampment when the permit denial was announced.

Stephen Gottlieb: Is Democracy In America Coming Apart?

Dec 6, 2016

I wrote Unfit for Democracy to warn that American democracy could collapse in coming decades. But the problems are coming home to roost sooner than I expected.

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