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
6:30 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Snowy Owls Spotted Across Region

Snowy owls have been seen in greater numbers around Vermont recently in a rare visit from their normal Arctic habitat.
Credit D. Andrew Saunders / Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department

Scientists are calling it a rare event and birders are hoping for a greater opportunity to see a snowy owl as an irruption of the species occurs across the northern quadrant of the U.S.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Some Saratoga Businesses Not Fretting Over Race Track Admission Increases

Last week, the New York Racing Association’s Board of Trustees voted 10-1 to raise admission fees at Belmont and Saratoga. General admission would raise from $3 to $5, and a seat in the clubhouse go from $5 to $8.

NYRA Board member Rick Violette said he thought it was possible the increase could keep some racing fans away, but it’s necessary.

“It’s never the right time to raise prices, it’s never a time to ask for more money – but we are running a business, and sometimes you have to bite the bullet and raise prices.”

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New England News
6:08 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Impartialty Of Gaming Commissioners Questioned

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission
Credit Massgaming.com

Ethics questions swirl around the chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission as the panel inches closer to issuing casino licenses.  The head gaming industry regulator is now a defendant in a lawsuit by a major casino company

Caesars Entertainment filed a federal court lawsuit this week accusing Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby of discrimination against the company so as to boost a rival casino development where a former business associate of the chairman stands to profit.

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Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Nippertown's Greg Haymes' Weekend Music Picks With Brian Shields

Credit Times Union

A couple of Christmas songs and some other upcoming holiday shows...

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Weather
3:45 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Winter weather is headed our way. How much snow is in our near future?  Meteorologist Garett Argianas shares the latest predictions. 

Sports
3:44 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Albany Looks To Attract NCAA Action

The NCAA is taking another look at Albany, and now city and county officials are scrambling to provide necessary amenities and roll out the welcome mat. 

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Christie Speech Lockout Sparks Commentary

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
Credit New Jersey Governor's Office

New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie was in Burlington Wednesday night as the keynote at a Vermont Republican Party fundraiser. The event and access to Christie were closed to the media. The move sparked criticism from local television and newspapers and a commentary from a former Washington, D.C. reporter. 

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New York News
6:26 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Environmental Groups Weigh-In On NY DEC Draft Invasive Species Regulations

The Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle
Credit NYS DEC

Environmental groups are weighing in on proposed regulations by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to halt the spread of invasive species. 

The New York State Department of Conservation is currently accepting comments on proposed regulations that identify specific invasive species of plants, algae, animals, insects, and fungi and supply language on how those species should be handled to halt or limit their spread, which cause harm to native species in New York and beyond.

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New York News
6:24 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Albany County Bans Styrofoam Containers

Local politicians and environmental advocates stand behind Albany County Executive Dan McCoy at Bethlehem Town Hall.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The effort to go green in one upstate New York county got a big boost today as groundbreaking legislation that will change the way many fast food chains distribute their products was signed.

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New York News
6:07 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

"Coasters For Hope" Program Launches In Capital Region

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Local officials gathered with advocates for families of missing children to mark the launch of a new program to help find Capital Region missing persons.

At the DeCrescente Distributing Company in Mechanicville, Capital District Republican Assemblyman James Tedisco, Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy, and others announced “Coasters for Hope,” a new pilot program to help find missing persons in the Capital Region.

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