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 York News
6:07 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Pro-Casino Coalition Airs First Ads

Credit Triin Q's photostream Flickr

The first ad is out promoting the ballot amendment to build new casinos in New York.  It focuses on the benefits the casinos might bring, and not on actual gambling activity.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:57 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Karen Hitchcock: Universities as Economic Drivers - The Need For Cross-Sector Collaboration

 As part of the celebrations surrounding the recent inauguration of Dr. Robert J. Jones as the 19th President of the University at Albany, a program was presented on the topic: “Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers.” Universities and colleges have long been acknowledged as institutions which add to the economy of their regions, particularly in terms of their ongoing recruitment of new people to the area (faculty, staff and students), with a resulting boost to the local economy – restaurants, entertainment venues, retail, real estate, and on and on.  While important, this kind of economic impact is passive, deriving from the very nature of the higher education enterprise. However, universities can and, in my mind should, play a much more active and purposeful role in advancing the economic vitality of their communities.

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Weather
3:42 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas gives us the evening weather forecast for Thursday, October 24, 2013.

New York News
1:25 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Natalie Merchant Joins NYS To Combat Domestic Violence

Natalie Merchant at The Linda to announce new PSA's for the campaign against domestic violence in NYS.
Credit WAMC photo by Joshua Natoli

Recording artist Natalie Merchant appeared with anti-domestic violence advocates at WAMC’s Performing Arts Center The Linda Wednesday to promote a new public service announcement and video series on domestic violence awareness.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Hotlines across New York State received more than 25-thousand calls in 2012. New York is kicking off a public education campaign entitled  “Don’t Do Nothing,”  to encourage those who “see something” to “say something.”

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Hudson Valley News
10:23 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Candidate's Health Status Leads To Allegations In Mayoral Race

The Democratic candidate in a mayoral race in New York’s Columbia County alleges his opponent has attacked his HIV status rather than focusing on more substantive issues. The incumbent Republican mayor tells a different story.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

New York Agricultural Assessments Capped

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a law that caps agricultural land assessment increases.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Westfield State Funding Freeze Will Remain Until Dobelle Controversy Is Resolved

Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland does a television interview during a visit to Springfield, MA on Oct 23,2013
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The Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner addressed the controversy surrounding Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle during a visit to Springfield on Wednesday.  Richard Freeland also sounded an alarm about the state’s future ability to produce a properly educated workforce.

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Hudson Valley News
10:40 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

NYS DOS Comment Period On Coastal Zone Policies For Indian Point Soon Ends

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The comment period regarding New York State certification of coastal zone policies for the Indian Point nuclear power plant ends next week. An environmental group that wants Indian Point shut down contends the plant violates these policies while an Indian Point spokesman says the plant remains in compliance.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Adirondack Officials Call for Passage of Two Statewide Ballot Questions

On this year’s election day ballot in New York, there are two statewide propositions that impact the Adirondack Park. The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages is urging voters to approve both of the measures.

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New England News
6:17 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Utility Co. Starts Third Solar Project In Western Massachusetts

Solar panels at Western Massachusetts Electric Co.'s facility in the Indian Orchard neighborhood of Springfield, MA.
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A major utility company has started construction on a third large solar facility in western Massachusetts.  Despite being a northeast state Massachusetts has seen a boom in solar power over the last five years.

The new solar plant for Western Massachusetts Electric Company will contain over 13,000 solar panels that will generate 3.9 megawatts of electricity-enough to power more than 600 homes.  It is being built on a capped landfill on Springfield’s east side.  Company president Craig Hallstrom says it is the utility’s largest solar project so far.

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