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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Hudson Valley News
9:01 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Salad Bars Are Donated To Two Newburgh Area Schools

Credit WAMC/Allison Dunne

Two schools in New York are the latest recipients of donated salad bars. The two Newburgh-area schools are now part of a national effort supported by First Lady Michelle Obama to help kids make healthy choices.

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New England News
6:36 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Democrats Look To Pickup Open State Senate Seat

Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh ( on left) with state Senate nominee David Bartley and Easthampton Mayor Michael Tautznik at a unity event in Westfield the day after Bartley's victory in the party primary
Credit WAMC

A city councilor from Holyoke and a State Representative from Westfield will square off in November in a special election to fill a vacant state Senate seat in western Massachusetts.  Democrats see it as a chance to add to an already commanding majority on Beacon Hill.

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New York News
6:02 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Ballston Shuts Off Its Water Supply From Saratoga County

Credit gulpwater.org

The New York town of Ballston recently voted to stop buying water from Saratoga County after testing revealed some concerns over water quality.

The town of Ballston buys water from both the Saratoga County Water Authority and the neighboring Town of Glenville. Recent testing revealed that treated water from Saratoga County contains an elevated level of chlorination byproducts. However, the levels are not higher than federal standards.

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Weather
3:42 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas shares the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, October 9, 2013. 

Hudson Valley News
7:48 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Steps Down

Credit William Marsh, courtesy of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

The artistic director and co-founder of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is stepping down. He has been the festival’s only artistic director.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

A Large Pay Raise For Springfield's Mayor Appears Likely

Credit City of Springfield

City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts have voted for a big pay raise for the mayor after years of on-again off-again discussion.  They’ve also given initial approval to raise their own pay, with little prior notice. 

   The Springfield City Council gave first-step approval Monday night via voice vote for a $40,000 pay raise for the mayor.  If final approval occurs at the council’s October 21st meeting, the annual salary for the mayor will be $135,000 effective in January 2014.  It would be the first change in the mayor’s salary in 16 years.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Is Cuomo's Corruption Commission Going Off The Rails?

Credit Karen DeWitt

News reports in recent days portray New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission on corruption as possibly going off the rails. Government reform groups say they are concerned and want some answers.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:59 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Our Stake in Each Other’s Welfare

Do we have a stake in each other’s future or only in our own? That is a central question of American politics. The Tea Party’s tossing of the entire American budget into the sea over the issue of Obamacare is an effort to say no, we have no stake in each other’s welfare. To claim a stake in each other’s welfare is socialism. Although the political waters warrant silence from many elected officials about it, that same cry has been leveled and is being leveled against other American efforts to help each other. Social security, socialism. Medicare and Medicaid, socialism. Indeed, there is no logical reason to draw the line there and many don’t. National parks, socialism. Veterans’ benefits, socialism. Head start, socialism. Why stop there? Public schools, socialism. Public hospitals, government health departments and laboratories, socialism. It’s all socialism in the heads of the true believers. So let me repeat that question – do we have a stake in each other’s future or only our own?
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Weather
3:45 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas has the evening forecast for Tuesday, October 8, 2013.

Hudson Valley News
6:54 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Government Shutdown Has NRC Set To Furlough Most Of Its Staff

If the partial federal government shutdown continues beyond Thursday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be operating with a skeleton staff. As a result, the NRC review process for the relicensing of one of the reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant could be delayed.

Some 90 percent of the NRC staff was to have been furloughed beginning Monday, but some leftover money is keeping the agency funded until Thursday. That’s according to NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan.

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