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WAMC Northeast Report

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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. 

Stephen Gottlieb: Blame And Public Safety

Nov 17, 2020

The Governor charged communities to re-examine their police departments, and several pieces in the local paper described the disproportionate treatment of African-Americans, ending up with the question whether police are racist. I like and respect the authors and there’s a lot of wisdom in those pieces but, to make progress, I question focusing on blame. Segregation was “inherently unequal” regardless of what the officials thought they were doing. Blame is about fault. I want improvement, not some Grand Inquisitor looking for purity. That makes everything harder.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 17, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

Springfield Police Department Headquarters on Pearl Street
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

Pressing for police reforms, the City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts has rejected a proposed contract for police supervisors.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivers COVID-19 briefing, with Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins, November 16, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

As COVID-19 cases increase across New York and the nation, Westchester County is no exception. In fact, the sharp uptick has the county executive and his team very concerned and working to keep any part of the county from facing the most severe of state-imposed restrictions.

Building Toward Racial Justice and Equity in Health: A Call to Action
Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey / mass.gov

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey released a report today identifying and exploring responses to racial injustice in health care.

As the nation – and the world – tries to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the fight to combat the ongoing climate catastrophe caused by global warming must be a priority. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 16, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, November 16, 2020.

Baystate Medical Center sign
Baystate Health

    COVID-19 cases are exploding exponentially in western Massachusetts.

Poll workers wearing masks count ballots
Pat Bradley / WAMC

In New York, absentee ballot counting is just getting underway in many counties, more than a week after Election Day. Because so many more people voted by mail, 8 close State Senate seats are undecided until the ballots are processed. It’s possible the new legislative session could begin in January before some of the races are decided.

Just because our ancient stories are myths doesn’t mean that they aren’t true.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 13, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, November 13, 2020.

Toll collector Stephanie Kwarta at NYS Thruway Exit 23 on Friday
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Overnight, the New York State Thruway will transition to a cashless tolling system. Friday was the last day of person-to-person toll collections. 

A scene from the Bright Nights at Forest Park light display
Spirit of Springfield

     Details have been announced for how the largest holiday lighting display in New England will go on this year with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. 

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Burlington City Council reviewed a number of items during their regular session and committee meetings this week.

The Wellness Trace app can be used to check the cleanliness of surfaces at Albany International Airport
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Officials have unveiled new technology they say will help travelers keep peace of mind during the pandemic at Albany International Airport.

WAMC File Photo

Environmental advocates from across New York are urging state legislators to preserve environmental funding they say is critical to the state’s economic and health recovery.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 12, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, November 12, 2020.

The gantry between exits 23 and 24.
Karen DeWitt

Overnight on Friday, the New York State Thruway will make the switch to all cashless tolling. By Saturday morning, cameras mounted on steel gantries above the roadway will extract the tolls from E-ZPass accounts, or send bills to motorists without one.

Cambridge Indians Logo
twitter @CCS_Indians

Schools, colleges and professional sports teams across the country have been transitioning away from using offensive nicknames and mascots based on racial identity. A graduate of a Washington County school is leading the call for his alma mater to do the same.

Military and service flags fly at the Plattsburgh Barracks Veterans Park before being lowered for the winter
Pat Bradley/WAMC

At the Plattsburgh Oval on the former Air Force Base, 13 flags representing veterans organizations and all military branches fly alongside the American flag from Memorial Day until Veterans Day. WAMC North County Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the annual ceremony today.

Picture of a judge's gavel
WikiMedia Commons

Community activists in Albany say a court needs to consider mitigating factors before a man accused of accidentally shooting his daughter appears before a judge this week.

Indoor dining at El Loco, where tables are socially distanced.
Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo is imposing new restrictions on bars and restaurants, and limiting the number of people at a home gathering to 10 or fewer, effective Friday. The governor says it’s due to climbing rates of COVID-19 in New York, as the nation breaks another record for the number of cases.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast 11/11/20

Nov 11, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

Keith Strudler: The Winter of Discontent

Nov 11, 2020

So perhaps the most pressing sports question in my household has nothing to do with the NFL, or the NBA, or about college football. It’s not about what happens to March Madness this year, or even if the Summer Olympics are still on. It’s about rec basketball. More to the point, will we have rec basketball this year?

Veterans honored at Springfield City Hall
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

   Massachusetts honored its military veterans today with virtual events and much smaller than usual Veterans Day observances.

Vermont Statehouse
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont officials announced today that they are temporarily suspending the state’s safe travel policy that allows some people to enter the state without quarantining from areas determined to have low numbers of COVID-19 cases.

Eugene Devine, Mayor Gary McCarthy
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy has appointed the city’s next Public Safety Commissioner.

Over the next few weeks, I’d like to address aspects of how we can heal from the damage of the Trump years. We’ll have to change the politics to communicate with each other, the economics to take care of the whole country, policies to protect the climate, gun rights to define where and when they belong, and we have to get to know each other better.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 10, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, November 11, 2020.

Chris Rosenquest observes absentee ballot count
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Chris Rosenquest will be the next mayor of Plattsburgh, New York.