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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New England News
6:26 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Volunteers Will Participate In Repairing 20 Homes In Poor Neighborhood

Curtis Vaughn in front of his home on King St. in Springfield, MA. His is one of 20 homes that will undergo extensive repairs as part of a neighborhood revitalization project organized by a national nonprofit
Credit WAMC

A national non-profit announced plans today to repair and spruce up 20 homes on one street in Springfield, Massachusetts.  It is the third year of a 10-year plan designed to revive the housing stock in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the United States.

   The two story house at 124 King Street that was purchased by Curtis Vaughn’s grandparents in the 1920s  needs a lot of work.  But Vaughn, who lives in the house with a son and a daughter, said at age 82 he is unable to do the repairs himself and can’t afford to hire contractors.

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Sports
3:52 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Keith Strudler: March Madness In Indy

  For the NCAA and its vaunted Final Four of the men’s basketball tournament, the timing could have been better. Essentially on their way to Indianapolis, the site of the decisive three games of the 68 team tournament, it would be hard for any of the four remaining universities – Kentucky, Duke, Wisconsin, or Michigan State – to change their travel plans. And it would be even more difficult for the NCAA to change the site of these college basketball games, held in a football stadium, at the 11th hour, especially since Indianapolis is also the home of the NCAA headquarters itself and the site of many of its national championship tournaments. Not to mention the thousands of fans who are Indy bound for this Easter pilgrimage of sorts.

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Weather
3:46 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

Hudson Valley News
7:56 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

NY Congresswoman, FRA Head Discuss Rail Crossing Safety, Enforcement

FRA Acting Administrator Sarah Feinberg (right); Congresswoman Nita Lowey (left)
Credit WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey was in Westchester County today, at a rail crossing just miles from the site of a fatal Metro-North train collision with an SUV nearly two months ago. She was joined by a number of officials pledging their commitment to improve all facets of rail crossing safety.

Lowey, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, stood near the Metro-North crossing at Roaring Brook Road in Chappaqua.  

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Officials Review Flood Response Plan

A wall about 3 miles south of the Village of Au Sable Forks. The blue at the bottom of the wall indicates the water level during 2011 spring flooding. The top of the wall was the level of flood waters four months later during Tropical Storm Irene.
Credit Gary Ferris/American Red Cross

Irene and Lee were nearly four years ago, but memories of those storms remain clear for many people in our region. Last week, officials from the Adirondack towns of Jay, Keene and Black Brook met with emergency services and response personnel to review the plan of action in the event rivers should flood.

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New England News
6:21 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Holyoke School Chief Urges United Voice Against State Takeover

Sergio Paez, Superintendent of Schools in Holyoke, MA addresses members of the news media in his office.
Credit WAMC

With state receivership for the public schools in Holyoke, Massachusetts appearing increasingly likely, the city’s Superintendent of Schools is hoping for more time for an accelerated improvement plan to show results.

Holyoke school superintendent Sergio Paez said the recommendation by the state’s education commissioner that the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education schedule a vote on receivership was “difficult to accept.”

" I think the commissioner is doing his job to do what he thinks is best, however I don't agree with that recommendation," he said.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Stephen Gottlieb: Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama

In Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama, decided a week ago on March 25, 2015, the Supreme Court reversed and sent back the lower court decision. The federal district court had thrown out a challenge to Alabama’s 2012 redistricting. That court held that the redistricting was not a racial gerrymander. The Supreme Court said the lower court used the wrong standard.

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Weather
3:46 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Hudson Valley News
7:31 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Lawsuit Aims To Halt Demolition, Rebuild Of Orange County Government Center

Michael Sussman, attorney
Credit WAMC, Allison Dunne

A lawsuit brought by three Orange County residents against the county executive and a county legislator seeks to halt the demolition of an architecturally significant building. That building, the Orange County Government Center in Goshen, has been the subject of debate for more than three years.

Goshen attorney Michael Sussman represents the plaintiffs. He says the suit seeks injunctive relief to halt the demolition. Sussman also alleges it’s a waste of taxpayer money.

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New England News
6:13 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Kennedy Institute To Open In Boston

The full-scale replica of the Senate chamber at the Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
Credit WBUR

The newest attraction in Massachusetts was dedicated today at an event headlined by President Barack Obama.  A who’s who of political heavyweights praised a civic education center that was conceived by U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy. 

President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and a host of top national, state and local politicians attended Monday’s formal dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston.

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