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 England News
6:20 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Tornado Ravaged Park Reopens After $1Million Project

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A city park seriously damaged by the June 1, 2011 tornado that hit Springfield reopened today after a nearly $1 million improvement project.

City and state officials joined with residents of the Sixteen Acres neighborhood to praise the Camp Wilder Park renovations. Mayor Domenic Sarno said the park is an “urban oasis” in an area that had been ripped to shreds three years ago by the tornado.

" I almost had a tear in my eye coming in here today. To think of all the debris that was here and now look at this magnificent park. But, we always had a can-do attitude."

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: The Anti-Union Court

The Court decided yesterday in Harris v. Quinn that at least some of the employees who work under a collective bargaining agreement don't have to share in the costs of negotiating that agreement. The Court says it violated their First Amendment rights. How many unions and employees it will apply to is still unclear but this is not the first move the Roberts Court has made in that direction.[i] Sometimes the patterns matter much more than the individual decisions, whether good or bad.

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Weather
3:45 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Evening Forecast

Jason Caterina
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 

Capital Region News
6:59 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Albany Oil Spill Rattles Officials

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A relatively minor oil spill at the Port of Albany has apparently set the scene for a summer of scrutiny, with county officials putting crude-by-rail transporter Global Partners LLC under the microscope.

Albany's river port has emerged as a major hub for rail and barge shipments of crude oil. A series of incidents involving rail cars moving crude oil internationally has prompted concerns about spills and fires from some residents and environmental groups.  A weekend spill underscores those concerns.

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New England News
6:16 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Massachusetts Sheriff Honored At White House

Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe ( at left) seen here congratulating Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet on his recent retirement was honored at the White House for pioneering programs to help former inmates re-enter society
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The longest serving sheriff in Massachusetts was honored at the White House today for his pioneering work helping local jail inmates re-enter society.

Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe was honored as one of 16 so-called “Champions of Change.” The program was created by the White House  as an opportunity to highlight individuals who do extraordinary things to empower and inspire people in their communities.  Ashe was introduced along with the other honorees by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Blair Horner: The 2014 Legislative Wrap Up

Now that the 2014 legislative session is finished, the question is what got done?  During this session, high profile bills got passed – such as a new law allowing, in select circumstances, the medicinal use of marijuana.  Over the past four years, the budget was completed in time for the beginning of the new fiscal year, a streak unheard of in modern New York State history.

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Weather
3:45 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Evening Forecast

Jason Caterina
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, June 30, 2014.

New York News
6:30 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Congressional Panel Conducts First Review Of Sanders-McCain Veterans Bill

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Independent Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Arizona Republican Senator John McCain introduced a bipartisan bill June 5th intended to improve veterans’ access to health care and address problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. This week, the Senate and House Veterans Conference Committee met to discuss the new proposal.

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New York News
4:57 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Glens Falls Seeks Sale Of Civic Center

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Officials in Glens Falls have announced plans to sell the longtime city-owned arena.

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Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Herbert Wolff Reviews "Kiss Me Kate"

Recently, Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts – under the artistic direction of Julianne Boyd – has opened its summer season with a vigorous, winning Broadway-style musical.  Memorable recent productions have been Guys and Dolls in 2011…Fiddler on the Roof in 2012…On the Town in 2013.   This flair and quality continues with its current season-opener: the ever-popular Kiss Me Kate, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter.

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