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. 

Foreign Roots of the Tragedy in Florida

Jun 14, 2016

The tragedy in Florida is linked to issues abroad. One candidate sometimes suggests we could solve our problems by isolationism, keeping our troops home, and sometimes by wiping out our adversaries with overwhelming force. His adversary has won over American military leadership with a fairly hard-nosed approach to international politics meshed with the belief that part of America’s international strength comes from our ideological appeal and social justice. What’s going to work?

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A rainbow flag was raised in front of city hall in Springfield, Massachusetts today in an emotional ceremony to honor the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 14, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

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Schenectady County

A Schenectady man has been shot and killed by city police.

Taxi Drivers Protest Against Uber
Karen DeWitt

With the legislative session down to the wire, groups for and against bills including expansion of Uber ride services and ethics reform came to the Capitol to make their voices heard.

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The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history has prompted two New York lawmakers in Congress to call for the passage of gun reform legislation.

From left to right: U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, along with Rep. Elizabeth Esty address the shooting in Orlando.
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Political leaders in Massachusetts and Connecticut are reacting differently to this weekend’s shooting in Orlando, Florida.

Governor Cuomo recently unveiled a new effort to rein in independent expenditure “Super PACs.”  Independent expenditure “Super PACs” have run amok nationwide in the wake of the now infamous US Supreme Court case, Citizens United.  These Super PACs allow individuals and interest groups to spend as much as they want to help elect candidates or political parties, as long as they do not coordinate with the candidate or the political party. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 13, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, June 13, 2016.

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Two people with roots in western Massachusetts are among the dead in the Orlando nightclub massacre.

11th ward Albany city councilman Judd Krasher
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The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history has sent shockwaves around the world and throughout our region. Capital Region Muslims and public officials are jointly calling for peace after Orlando.

NY Rep. Urges Emergency Funding To Combat Zika

Jun 10, 2016
Zika Mosquito
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A New York congresswoman is calling for her colleagues to approve federal funds to combat the Zika virus. The head of the March of Dimes is echoing that call.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 10, 2016

  

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, June 9, 2016.

John Hendrickson, a special advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo on the NYRA reorganization board and husband of Saratoga socialite Marylou Whitney, recently left his seat.

The New York State Attorney General has sent a letter to Charter Communications, warning the firm that it cannot simply "re-brand" Time Warner Cable services when it takes over the company.

Gov. Cuomo
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Revelations that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration knew about elevated levels of the toxin PFOA in the water in Hoosick Falls a year and a half before they warned residents has led the Assemblyman who represents the village to call for a federal investigation, as well as a public forum to explain to residents the results of recent blood tests.

David Traynham, pastor of New Horizons Christian Church, at the lecturn, praising changes the city police department has made since Dontay Ivy died.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Local African American clergy, the NAACP, and some Albany city officials celebrated what they call an improving relationship with the police today on the steps of Albany City Hall. But  all was not harmonious.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 9, 2016

  

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, June 9, 2016.

Robert Klein with Fred Willard in "Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg"
Adirondack Film Society

The 15th Lake Placid Film Forum is being held this week.  After a few years of struggling, the event has regained its footing and is bringing notable films and filmmakers to the Olympic village.

 Alain Kaloyeros and Governor Cuomo
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Until recently, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, director of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, has been the darling of the Cuomo administration. But now, he’s one of the figures at the center of federal and state investigations into alleged pay-to-play schemes for economic development projects, and is increasingly on the outs with the Cuomo Administration. 

Keith Strudler: Searching For Answers In Sports

Jun 8, 2016

Perhaps the most instinctive human process is the need to know “why.” As thoughtful beings, we don’t simply accept our reality. We question it, often in vain. Whenever someone does something wrong, the first question we ask is why. Why did they do it, what made them act that way. It’s often a fool’s quest, since we frequently do things that lack reason. That’s the reality of life, which might best be summed as a series of mistakes, where each day we vow to make just a few less.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 8, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

http://broadband.masstech.org/building-networks/last-mile/program-unserved-towns / Massachusetts Broadband Institute

With broadband internet increasingly becoming vital to economic and social wellbeing, areas of western Massachusetts remain without robust access. In the meantime, the state agency tasked with making the connections has undergone leadership changes and the regional cooperative committed to the cause has released a new plan.

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Expectations for major ethics reform in the state legislature are low, even though both former leaders of the legislature are facing prison time for corruption. With just over a week to go before the session ends, only one measure — to take back the pensions of lawmakers who are convicted felons — seems to be in play.

During this pledge drive, amid disputes about media coverage of the presidential campaign, it’s a good time to review how we got here.

New York League of Conservation Voters Director of Public Policy and Government Relations Christopher Goeken
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Concerned about children's exposure to lead found in drinking water, lawmakers met with reporters today at the state capitol in Albany to discuss a last-minute push to require lead testing in all public schools.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 7, 2016

  

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday announced $5.5 million in projects to construct visitor centers at each entrance of the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world —  Walkway Over the Hudson. Cuomo made the announcement mid-bridge before a number of local elected officials and others.

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has been asked by two Western New York lawmakers to review governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development projects. The Comptroller says an ongoing audit is already looking at some aspects of the increasingly controversial project and other Cuomo Administration economic development initiatives that are currently under federal investigation.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 6, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, June 6, 2016.

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