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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Arts & Culture
3:52 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The Secret Garden" At Capital Rep

The Secret Garden at Capital Rep

ALBANY - “The Secret Garden” is probably not the show you would think of as Christmas entertainment.  But as the Capital Repertory Theatre production illustrates, any musical about love, rebirth and reconciliation is ideal material for this holiday season.

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Weather
3:46 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, December 4, 2014. 

New York News
6:30 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Advocates Await Clean Power Plan Regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to implement new rules under its Clean Power Plan now that the public comment period ended on Monday. Advocacy groups across New York urged supporters to express the importance of the rules in reducing the impacts of climate change on the state and the nation.

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New England News
6:09 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Big Pay Hikes Proposed For Top Elected State Officials

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An advisory commission is recommending pay increases for all the top elected state officials in Massachusetts, including hefty hikes in the salaries for the governor, the House speaker and Senate president.  A fiscal watchdog is critical.  Legislators have reacted cautiously.       

The panel’s proposal, if adopted, would make the Massachusetts governor the second highest paid nationally—behind Pennsylvania – raising the annual salary from the current $151,800 to $185,000. There is also a recommendation for a $65,000 housing allowance for the governor.

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New York News
5:01 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Shenendehowa School District Approves Controversial Bathroom Policy

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A Capital Region school district has approved a new bathroom policy to accommodate transgendered students. The plan has energized supporters and opponents.

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Sports
3:52 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Keith Strudler: St. Louis Rams Protest

Perhaps the last thing the NFL needs right now is this. Just as league officials were looking for something, anything, to divert the national gaze from Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, they go from the frying pan to the bonfire. That oncoming train came in the way of the St. Louis Rams. During the introduction of Sunday's home game against the Oakland Raiders, five Rams exited the tunnel with their hands raised in the now familiar "Don't Shoot" pose synonymous with the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson, Missouri. These five athletes, all African-American, received far, far more attention than the reported 75 or so protesters outside the stadium doing the exact same thing, only for a whole lot longer. The on-field statement lasted all of a few seconds, before the Rams  proceeded to beat the Raiders by 52 points, which probably says more about Oakland than anything else.

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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.
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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
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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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