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
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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New England News
5:15 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Furloughs End For Civilian Employees Of U.S. Military

A C-5 on the flight line at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, MA.
Credit US Air Force

On the seventh day of the federal government shutdown, thousands of civilian employees returned to work Monday at a half dozen military bases in Massachusetts.

       The 270 civilian employees at Westover Air Reserve base in Chicopee went to work Monday as a result of a decision by the Secretary of Defense. Lt. Col. James Bishop, the chief public affairs officer at the base, said the civilians were notified over the weekend to come back to work.

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Capital Region News
4:30 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

TV Station to Petition: "Move on..."

Some of the signatures appearing on the online petition suggest that people signing it believe they are appealing directly to WMHT.

A mass email urging Capital Region residents to sign a move-on-dot-org petition directed at a local public television station is apparently without merit.

The email begins "Dear Albany MoveOn member" - it's from one Michele Scher, who started a petition on the left-leaning move-on-dot-org website regarding  Citizen Koch, the TV documentary about the Koch brothers and their involvement with the Tea Party, which, according to the petition, has been blocked from airing on WMHT. 

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Blair Horner: The Government Shuts Down, Will The Nation Default?

The big news of the past week has been the shutdown of the federal government.  The rationale for the gridlock has been well reported:  The House Republican Congressional leadership has decided to block funding of the federal government as its leverage to defund, cripple or delay implementation of the health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act.

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Weather
3:45 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, October 7, 2013 .

North Country News
6:30 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Abuser Gun Storage Addressed

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin wants to make it harder for domestic violence abusers to obtain confiscated weapons with proposals to help law enforcement store those firearms.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Lawmakers Host Forum On Lyme Disease Awareness

State lawmakers hosted a forum in Glens Falls to raise awareness of Lyme disease in upstate New York today. The forum featured presentations from experts on the disease and its transmission.

Attendees packed the auditorium at the Crandall Public Library to hear from a panel of experts on the increasing prevalence of Lyme disease in New York. Presentations covered the disease and current research on tick-borne illness, and suggestions were made about what the state and federal government could do prevent infection in humans.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Michael Meeropool: Crisis Prompts Fringe Groups To Push Medicare Cuts

If this commentary sounds like a broken record, it’s because the folks who are out to gut Medicare  --- the “let’s have a grand bargain and introduce more austerity” crowd --- have returned with a vengeance.   Because of the current stand-off between the President and House Republicans, the two leaders of the failed Simpson-Bowles Commission are back at it again.   Over the summer, the White House has hosted dinners with Senate Republicans in hopes that a new grand bargain can be reached.   Former Senator Alan Simpson and former Clinton Administration Official Erskine Bowles, in a recent OP

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Capital Region News
3:44 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Move Over, Watson!

RPI Student Ben Vreeland (with President Shirley Ann Jackson) was the winner of a campus contest to name the new supercomputer.
Credit twitter

A powerful new supercomputer is going online at the Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Thursday took the wraps off  AMOS - the Advanced Multi Processing Optimized System. It's an IBM supercomputer that the college is partnering with the famous WATSON supercomputer from TV Jeopardy! fame, making RPI one of the strongest research institutes in the nation.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:18 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Meeropol: Beware Cuts To Medicare Amid Current Crisis

Michael Meeropol
Credit Michael Meeropol

If this commentary sounds like a broken record, it’s because the folks who are out to gut Medicare  --- the “let’s have a grand bargain and introduce more austerity” crowd --- have returned with a vengeance.   Because of the current stand-off between the President and House Republicans, the two leaders of the failed Simpson-Bowles Commission are back at it again.   Over the summer, the White House has hosted dinners with Senate Republicans in hopes that a new grand bargain can be reached.   Former Senator Alan Simpson and former Clinton Administration Official Erskine Bowles, in a recent OP

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