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. 

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.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 6, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

   Property tax bills will go up next year for the vast majority of homeowners, as well as businesses, in the largest city in western Massachusetts.   But Springfield city officials paint it as further evidence of a steadily improving economy.

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Karen DeWitt

New York lawmakers are considering whether to have a special session this month to vote on, among other things, a pay raise.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Disdain for a Donald Trump presidency and the fear of the future it could bring brought a variety of activist groups together in Albany over the weekend. The "anti-KKK Presidency Rally" was held in Townsend Park.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 5, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, December 5, 2016.

Blair Horner: A Special Session?

Dec 5, 2016

The talk of a special legislative session heated up last week.  State legislators – particularly those in the Assembly – were still smarting from the governor’s moves to kill their long-awaited pay increase.  In 2015, the governor and the legislature created a pay commission to establish whether lawmakers – and top ranking members of the executive branch – should get a pay hike, and if so how much.

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    The largest police department in western Massachusetts has opened an online portal to share real-time information about crime with the public. 

Rutland, VT
Doug Kerr-Dougtone/Flickr

The Obama administration has screened and admitted more than 12,000 Syrian refugees, and thousands more are due to arrive in the coming year. In what has been a controversial plan, the city of Rutland, Vermont is preparing to receive 100 refugees beginning early next year.  The group that coordinates resettlement of the refugees in Vermont is opening an office in the city and is seeking staff ahead of the refugees’ expected arrival.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Several structures in downtown Saratoga Springs were impacted by a fire in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving.

November 8 was a shock. I believed that Trump’s misogyny, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia and basic dishonesty would lead to a rejection by a large majority. I have come to agree with Greg Palast and others that years of Republican strategies to suppress the votes of members of the Obama coalition paid off in some key states. Palast persuasively argues that the election was actually stolen. For details see: http://www.gregpalast.com/election-stolen-heres/

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 2, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, December 2, 2016.

The American flag was raised at Hampshire College this morning, two weeks after the removal of the Stars and Stripes drew national attention, sharp criticism and protests outside the campus of the small liberal arts school in Amherst.

Representatives Mitzi Johnson (left) and Linda Myers
Vermont House

The majority Democrats in the Vermont House are expected to choose their nominee for Speaker this weekend while Republicans picked their nominee on Wednesday.  The selections mean the chamber will choose its third female speaker in the body’s history.

New York state Senate Democrats now have 32 votes in the chamber, which under normal circumstances would mean they hold the majority in the Senate. But it’s more complicated than that.

High-stakes testing — and the over-testing of students — have been a point of conflict in New York State for several years now.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 1, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, December 1, 2016.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pressuring state lawmakers to come back in December for a special session that includes a number of reform items to address recent corruption scandals. He says in exchange, they could potentially be rewarded with a pay raise.

file picture of skiing in Vermont
John Atkinson/Ski Vermont

The first East Coast World Cup skiing event in decades was held over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Vermont.  The successful women's giant slalom and slalom races have regional officials hoping more such events will occur soon.

Keith Strudler: The College Football Playoff Dilemma

Nov 30, 2016

Before this past weekend, things seemed pretty okay. It was all falling into place, more or less. I’m talking about college football, not America. Before Thanksgiving, we had four logical teams to take the four top spots in the college football playoffs, which were created to end our endless bickering about the BCS – a computer driven model of picking the two top teams for a winner take all finale. But then a funny thing happened. Michigan lost to Ohio State, which meant that the logical Big Ten representative could be on the outside looking in. And Ohio State, now the only Big Ten team with only a single loss, is not playing in the Big Ten Championship game this weekend, which pairs Penn State against Wisconsin, both two loss teams that will finish behind Ohio State in the playoff standings, even though one won the conference and Ohio State didn’t. And all of them will point a finger at Washington of the Pac-12, who with only one loss likely sits in the fourth and final spot, despite the perception that they just aren’t that good, at least not relatively speaking.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 30, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

First Night Saratoga marks the New Year.
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The New Year’s Eve tradition that packs downtown Saratoga Springs with performers, musicians, throngs of revelers, and fireworks, is just about a month away.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

On this last day of November, the Siena Research Institute has released its annual poll of New Yorkers’ holiday spending plans and attitudes about the holiday season, volunteering and charitable donations. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with pollster Don Levy.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A Poughkeepsie-based environmental group is calling on the U.S. Coast Guard to halt the rulemaking process regarding a controversial proposal for anchorage sites in the Hudson River. The call comes one week before the end of the comment period.

GlobalFoundaries, Essex Junction VT
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Green Mountain Power and GlobalFoundries have partnered on a new solar project that will help power the technology company and provide data to the Sandia National Laboratory.

Stephen Gottlieb: The Don In Giovanni

Nov 29, 2016

I don’t usually tell stories, but sometimes an ancient story seems to have contemporary relevance.

Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke at the Capital Region Sustainable Development Conference in Schenectady.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

This morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the HUD secretary spoke at the Capital Region Sustainable Development Conference in Schenectady.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 29, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening forecast for Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

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