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. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 10, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, August 10, 2017.

A popular swimming pool in the Saratoga Spa State Park is closing early next week. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports New York officials will begin a $2.9 million renovation.

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

There’s some good news and some bad news from the New York state Comptroller’s office. The state’s nearly $200 billion pension fund is doing well, thanks in part to the booming stock market, but there are some worrisome signs for the future of New York’s finances.

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Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey has thrown his support behind the effort to get high-speed train service between Springfield and Boston.

Keith Strudler: The Wrong Finger

Aug 9, 2017

As it’s said, a picture can be worth 1000 words. I’m not entirely sure we’d need that verbosity to understand the intent of a photograph posted on the social media site Snapchat last week by the Atlee Little League Softball team. This group of 12-15 year olds had just advanced to the Junior League World Series by beating a team from Kirkland, Washington, who was hosting the tournament. The game was allegedly feisty and ended 1-0, which was something of a contrast to Atlee’s blowout wins up to this point. In fact, their run total to date had been 29-1, which, among other things, made for some pretty unwatchable softball.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 9, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

Torrey Hall fire damage
Ryan Wiklund, UVM Rescue

Last week, a fire broke out at the historic Torrey Hall on the University of Vermont campus.  The building houses the third-largest collection of botanical specimens in New England.  Scientists from across the world are praising the Burlington Fire Department for saving the majority of the collection.

The former EPA regional administrator under President Obama says scientists who leaked the report on further evidence of climate change to the New York Times should be commended as “whistleblowers."

Albany Planning Director Chris Spencer demonstrates “search ALBANY”
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The administration of Mayor Kathy Sheehan unveiled a new online GIS tool today that will allow the public access to City of Albany property and zoning information in real time.

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    Activists rallied in Massachusetts today to protest immigrant detention legislation filed by Governor Charlie Baker. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 8, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

Facebook: Peter Oleskiewicz

Candidates for mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts had until the close of business today to get their nomination signatures and papers to city hall to be certified. Mayor Richard Alcombright is not seeking a fifth term. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Peter Oleskiewicz, who submitted his papers today to run for mayor.

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    Heating systems that use woodchips and pellets for fuel could quality for the same types of clean energy financial incentives as solar and wind in Massachusetts under controversial regulations drafted by the Baker administration. 

     A final public hearing on the proposed rules was held today in western Massachusetts.

Every year, the American Cancer Society reviews each of the 50 states’ cancer-fighting programs.  The report, How Do You Measure Up, was released last week and identified some good news and bad for New Yorkers.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 7, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, August 7, 2017.

The New York State Senate

New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan is being praised across party lines for publicly admitting he has a substance abuse problem.

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Saturday marks the 80th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s first performance at Tanglewood, its summer home. Here's a preview of a theatrical adaptation of Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 4, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, August 4, 2017.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Young people who committed crimes in Albany County have completed a training and classroom program geared toward those at-risk.  A ceremony was held Thursday at the County Office Building.

This is the site of the Troy water main break on the day after.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A more than century-old water line under the streets of Troy that burst in January 2016, setting off a water crisis around the Capital Region, has been replaced.

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The state Board of Elections quietly voted this week to turn over some data on New York’s voters to a Trump administration panel looking at whether there was mass voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election. The move makes New York the first state to comply with the controversial request, after officials initially said they would resist it.

Hydrilla removed from watercraft
Jake Sporn

Boat stewards recently intercepted a vessel that had a fast-growing aquatic invasive species attached and prevented its incursion into an Adirondack lake.  While officials applaud the successful detection, the interception is also underscoring the need for more resources to prevent the spread of invasives across the region.

The Capital Region JCC Maccabi Games are a torch-relay away from Sunday's opening ceremonies at the Times Union Center.

Fred Kowal: President Trump And The Press

Aug 3, 2017

It’s one thing when a candidate attacks the media on the campaign trail, or a politician isn’t pleased by—or is critical of—a news story or report.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 3, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, August 3, 2017.

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A manufacturing business in Schenectady County is celebrating a new $1.9 million rooftop solar project. Meanwhile, New York state leaders used the occasion to mark the launch of a new program aimed at getting more businesses to embrace solar power.

New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Sam Kmack / New York Now

The often reticent New York state Assembly Speaker, Carl Heastie, showed a different side of himself when the lifelong Star Trek fan visited a museum in New York’s North Country that replicates the fictional Starship Enterprise.

farm tractor in field
WAMC/Pat Bradley

A recently released study by a University of Vermont researcher has found that the cost of health care and insurance is a risk to farm viability.

Berkshire Opera Festival

Last year, Jonathon Loy and Brian Garman brought Berkshire County’s opera scene back to life with a production of Madama Butterfly. It was the first full-scale opera production in the Berkshires in about a decade. WAMC’s JD Allen sat down with Loy and Garman to talk about the second season of the Berkshire Opera Festival.

Keith Strudler: Olympic Planning

Aug 2, 2017
Olympic rings
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Every now and then, I get into an argument with my mom about vacation planning. It’s usually because she wants to plan a trip a year in advance, and I have a hard time seeing past lunchtime. For a whole lot of reasons – two of them being my children – I’m not really good at long range personal planning. In other words, I barely know what I’m doing next week, much less next year.

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