WAMC Northeast Report

Weekdays, 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition are two half-hour magazines of news and information, aired every weekday from 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. just before All Things Considered, and again from 6:05 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. just before Marketplace.

Northeast Report features reports from the award-winning WAMC News team, plus commentary, arts news and interviews, the latest weather forecast, and an afternoon business wrap-up. The program is hosted by WAMC's Associate News Director Jim Levulis. 

Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington City Council met on Tuesday this week, its regular session delayed one day due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  City councilors had a full agenda that included a review of items that will appear on the Town Meeting Day ballot in March.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Pittsfield, Massachusetts’ Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

20 hours ago

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, January 23, 2020.

A glass of water

An environmental group believes the class of toxic chemicals at the center of contamination crises in communities like Hoosick Falls and Newburgh can likely be detected in all major water supplies in the United States.


Thursday night, Massachusetts State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa of the 1st Hampshire District is making a visit to Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The Democrat is the co-lead sponsor of a bill calling for Massachusetts to adopt a single-payer system that would offer Medicare For All in the state. Sabadosa was invited to speak by fellow Democrat and 2nd Berkshire District State Representative Paul Mark in Pittsfield at Tavern on the A. First, she talked with WAMC.

Some French wines affected by tariffs
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Vermont Democratic at-large Congressman Peter Welch was at the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski Wednesday to decry a proposed 100 percent tariff and urge the Trump Administration to revoke current tariffs on imported French wines.

Morning workouts at Saratoga Race Course on July 11th, 2019
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With the industry under intense scrutiny, an anti-doping bill for horse racing is advancing in Washington.

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Over the past few months, several New York state GOP senators have announced they would not seek re-election. The latest came this week: Republican James Seward.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 22, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

Keith Strudler: Say Yes To The Hall

Jan 22, 2020

New York Sports fans finally have a reason to celebrate, if only for a moment. And for someone that admittedly hasn’t played sports for New York or anyone for some time. That’s because beloved former New York Yankee Derek Jeter was just voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot. Also voted into this year’s class was Larry Walker, who made it in his 10th and final year on the list. That is the largest group voted in since 2016, which also had two inductees.

Photo of Vermont Statehouse in winter
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivered his budget address on Tuesday afternoon, emphasizing familiar themes of fiscal discipline and the need to address Vermont’s demographic changes.

Cuomo Proposes Medicaid Cuts In Budget Plan

Jan 21, 2020
Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking in Saranac Lake
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Governor Andrew Cuomo released a $178.6 billion budget proposal Tuesday. He detailed plans of how to deal with a $6 billion budget deficit largely caused by increased costs for Medicaid, as well as plans to legalize the adult recreational use of cannabis in New York.

More than two dozen College of St. Rose graduates are pledging to halt donations to the school over media restrictions, they're urging fellow alumni to join them.

Stephen Gottlieb: Cry The Beloved

Jan 21, 2020

ALL our office-holders have sworn to protect and defend our country and our Constitution. Some of us fought and died for it. We’ve argued about the meaning of the Constitution because we cared what it meant for America. We’ve fought over amendments to the Constitution to make it better but also to preserve the strengths of our heritage.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 21, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

This year, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region is offering a broader array of volunteer services to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County District Attorney David Soares has kicked off his re-election campaign.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts politicians and political observers are preparing for Republican Governor Charlie Baker’s State of the Commonwealth address tomorrow. WAMC took a look at what they’re expecting to hear on Tuesday.

The centerpiece of Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address was the call for voters to approve an environmental bond act.  Dubbed the “Restore Mother Nature Bond Act,” the governor’s plan proposes that the state borrow $3 billion to address serious environmental problems tied to global warming.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 20, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, January 20, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking in Saranac Lake
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is ready to release his state budget plan on Tuesday, and public school spending will likely once again be an area of contention, as the state faces a $6 billion budget gap.

U.S. and Canadian flags
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A revised trade deal linking the U.S., Canada and Mexico was approved by the Senate Thursday, finalizing a years-long effort to update the pact.

One of the longest-running events in the region that honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr takes place in Northampton, Massachusetts on the national holiday for the civil rights leader.

Audrey Kupferberg: Little Women

Jan 17, 2020

Greta Gerwig’s film adaptation of Little Women is quite the critical success.  Gerwig started out as an actress in indie mumblecore films.  Mumblecore is a term coined fifteen years ago for slice-of-life films made on almost no budgets at all with naturalistic acting, real sets, and situations that seem to be made up as the camera records them.  Lacking production values and big-name actors, the best of them still hold audience interest, even though Hollywood-style professionalism and polish are absent.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 17, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, January 17, 2020.

Superintendent Jeff Simons discusses school start times at a community forum in the Howard L. Goff Middle School cafeteria.

If you have teenagers, you know it can be difficult to get them out of bed and off to school in the morning. Now, there's a growing movement to move high school start times to later in the morning.


The New York State Sheriffs’ Association is rolling out a new "Crime Suppression Initiative."

Democratic Dutchess County legislators want to expand certain protections to probation officers. This comes after a probation officer suffered a near-fatal dog attack in 2018 while checking on a probationer.

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission is an independent commission that was created by the 2002 Help America Vote Act. It helps elections officials administer and promote citizen participation in the voting process. The group held its annual summit this week in Washington to discuss preparations for the fall elections. Vermont’s Secretary of State delivered the welcoming comments to the group.

Ben Downing: Time To Double Down

Jan 16, 2020

In 2008, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (CEC) was created to help develop the solutions, markets and companies to help solve climate change. The hope was Mass would capture the economic benefits of reducing our impact on climate change. The CEC has done just that, supporting the growth of the clean energy industry to 111,836 jobs and helping Mass begin to meet its climate goals. Despite these successes, the future of the CEC is in question, while its mission is more important than ever.