WAMC Northeast Report

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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
6:33 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

People's 'State of the State' 2014

Credit SOS coalition

With a focus on addressing income inequality for 2014, a coalition of political action groups gathered Tuesday at noon at the State Capitol State Street entrance for the 24th annual People's State of the State rally.

"Biden is here today. Obama will talk about income and equality. De Blasio will talk about income and equality. But where is our Governor in the most unequal state in the country on income and equality?" That's  Sara Niccoli with the New York State Labor Religion Coalition, leading the call at the People's State of the State rally.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Vermont Legislature Convenes Session

Vermont House Chamber
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The 2014 session of the Vermont Legislature has begun with legislators facing a $70 million budget shortfall and is expected to focus on how the state can combat the abuse of opiate drugs.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Springfield Casino Committee Dissolved As Licensing Decision Nears

City Council President Mike Fenton, who created three new ad hoc committees for 2014, and dissolved the Casino Site Committee

The city council in Springfield Massachusetts will have three new ad hoc committees this year. A special committee created two years ago to advise the council on casino issues has been dissolved

Springfield City Council President Mike Fenton announced appointments to 15 standing committees and assigned councilors to chair three new special committees that will be tasked with identifying new revenue sources for the city, examining workforce development efforts, and attracting young professionals to live in Springfield.

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New York News
4:45 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Biden And Cuomo Urge Importance Of Improving Infrastructure

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Vice President Joe Biden joined Governor Andrew Cuomo in Albany today to discuss rebuilding New York state and strengthening infrastructure affected by extreme weather.

Vice President Biden and Governor Cuomo held the press conference in the Red Room at the Capital building to discuss the work planned to make New York’s infrastructure systems more storm resilient, reflecting on the devastation brought on by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and Tropical Storms Irene and Lee  in 2011.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Polygamy And American Constitutional Law

A conversation on The Roundtable convinced me to address polygamy. A judge in Utah decided that state could ban formal legal polygamy but could not ban people living in comparable arrangements without formal legal sanctions. Some people argue that legalization of polygamy follows from constitutional protection of gay and lesbian relationships. If one consensual relationship is OK, therefore so are all the others. That is a mistake. The law does not work that way.

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Weather
3:45 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Cold weather has settled in, thanks to the much discussed "polar vortex."  Meteorologist Garett Argianas takes a look at the weather picture for the next few days. 

New York News
4:38 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Siena Poll: NY Consumer Sentiment Flat

A new Siena Survey finds  NY Consumer Sentiment Flat. The New York State Index of Consumer Sentiment increased 0.3 points in December, while the nation’s Index increased 7.4 points, according to the latest poll by the Siena (College) Research Institute (SRI).

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Blair Horner: The Opening Of The 2014 Session

This week, Governor Cuomo unveils his plans for the 2014 legislative session.  The State of the State allows the executive a unique opportunity to command public attention and to mobilize support for his proposals.  Typically, a State of the State address in the first year of any Administration focuses on the need for changes and reforms.  As the governor over time comes to represent the status quo, his or her rhetoric changes and the State of the State becomes a vehicle to extol the achievements of the Administration and to build on the image the governor is trying to project.

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New England News
3:46 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

New City Council President Sees Busy Year Of Legislating

Springfield City Council President Mike Fenton delivers his inaugural speech shortly after his 12 colleagues elected him unanimously to lead the council in 2014
Credit WAMC

A new year in municipal government began in Springfield, Massachusetts today with an historic ceremony at city hall.  The new city council and the new city council president are both “ firsts” for  Springfield

The city council sworn in Monday morning is the first in Springfield’s history where a majority of the councilors are black or Hispanic—a makeup that mirrors the city’s population which is 61 percent non-white.  The new president of the city council Mike Fenton turned 27 yesterday and is the youngest council president in the city’s history.

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Weather
3:45 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas gives us an update on the "polar vortex" which is gripping much of the nation - and heading our way.

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