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
4:00 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Federal Grant Aims To Assist Small Businesses In Northern Berkshires and Franklin County

Officials and members of the Northern Berkshire business and Franklin County business communities gathered in North Adams Friday to kick off a federally-funded initiative supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs.

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Weather
3:45 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the weekend forecast for Friday, July 19, 2013.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:40 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Audrey Kupferberg: Unfinished Song, British Art House Cinema Film

A few years ago, it was unusual to come across a film made for the post-sixty-year-olds.  Even among art house cinema films, the focus was pretty much on the thirty-somethings.  Then, in 1999, Tea with Mussolini and its aging cast of Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith received art house distribution and made some money.  Five years later, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith reteamed for Ladies in Lavender which also made a profit. 

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Hudson Valley News
9:02 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Riverkeeper Says Kingston Failed To Notify The Public In Time About Sewage Pollution

Credit eutrophication&hypoxia, flickr

Environmental group Riverkeeper is accusing City of Kingston officials of violating New York’s new Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law. Kingston’s mayor disagrees.

Tracy Brown, a water quality advocate for Westchester-based Riverkeeper, describes New York State’s new law.

She says in the case of Kingston, the discharge into Twaalfskill Brook, a tributary of Rondout Creek, was reported to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation by July 8, but not to the public until July 16, and via a press release. Here’s Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo.

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New England News
7:58 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Police Divers Suspend Search For Missing Teen At Berkshire County Pond

Recovery efforts Thursday morning on Greenwater Pond in Becket
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Police in Massachusetts have ended their three-day search for any trace of Jamie Lusher, a Westfield teenager who went missing nearly 21 years ago.

Since Tuesday, state police divers from New York and Massachusetts have been searching a section of Greenwater Pond in Becket, Mass – the place where convicted serial killer Lewis Lent Jr. recently admitted leaving Lusher’s body after killing him two decades ago.

The search was a cooperative effort between Massachusetts and New York State Police, and Massachusetts Environmental Police.

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New York News
4:42 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Cuomo: Build Back NY Better than Before

Launched in Albany Thursday, the New York Rising Community Construction program’s goal is to empower localities to develop and implement recovery plans after the damage done by storms Sandy, Lee and Irene, and more recently, by the severe flooding in the Mohawk Valley caused by heavy rains in late June. 

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Commentary & Opinion
3:46 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Dan Ornstein: Buying Two Stairways To Heaven

A few months ago as we drove to an appointment, one of my daughters and I bonded around the British rock band, Led Zeppelin's 1971 classic, "Stairway To Heaven."  With some uninterrupted time and the windows rolled up tightly in the car, we let loose.  Every word, melody change, and voice inflection of lead singer Robert Plant's that we could remember, we imitated.  We even tried to imitate those famous instrumentals that build the song up in a crescendo from a quiet renaissance style recorder solo to a battle of angsting, angry guitars and screaming lyrics.  Finally, we put our voices together to echo Plant's heartrending acapella solo: "And she's buying a stairway...to heaven."

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Weather
3:41 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

The heat wave rolls on.  Is the end in sight?  Garett Argianas will try to answer that question in his evening weather summary for Thursday, July 18, 2013. 

New England News
6:53 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Federal Court Decision Could Affect Biomass Industry

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not have the authority to put a "biogenic carbon deferral" into place in 2011 that would postpone regulating the carbon emissions from biogenic sources for three years.

The temporary deferral was set to expire in 2014, when EPA is due to release a decision on the future regulations of biomass energy after the results of a 3-year study on carbon emissions associated with bioenergy sources.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Debate Over Release of IBM Layoff Numbers

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Vermont officials are urging IBM to release the number of layoffs at its plant in Essex Junction, but the company claims state law allows the information to remain confidential.

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