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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. 

Blair Horner: NY Budget Woes Are Coming To A Head

Aug 31, 2020

With the Congressional stimulus negotiations seemingly at a stalemate, the financial health of New York is looking more and more grim.  Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released a report earlier this month that calculated that the state had collected $3 billion less during the April-July first quarter than last year.  But last week, his message got darker.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 31, 2020

Meteoroglogist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, August 31, 2020.

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      The number of new COVID-19 cases in the largest city in western Massachusetts remains low, but officials are concerned that could change as local colleges welcome students back. 

Vermont Statehouse (file)
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott held his latest COVID-19 update Friday morning. Agency heads provided updates on several issues including a possible cluster of the coronavirus.

School Bus at Shenedehowa
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More schools around New York say they are scaling back on plans for in person learning and expanding remote instruction. They cite Governor Andrew Cuomo’s temporary 20% cut in state aid to schools, enacted to help close a pandemic related state budget deficit. Now, the attorney who won a court case over a lack of school funding, says the cuts might be unconstitutional, and is looking into seeking an injunction against them.  

Paul Caiano's Evening Forecast

Aug 28, 2020
Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, August 28, 2020. 

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Voters have been voting early and mailing in ballots ahead of the Massachusetts primary Tuesday. WAMC has this recap of the contentious Democratic race in the 1st House district.

Officials from Essex County, New York and a local rehabilitation and senior living center met virtually Thursday afternoon to discuss an outbreak of COVID-19 over the past two weeks that has led to four deaths.

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From confronting the mounting challenge of housing city residents to broken water mains, it’s been an unusually busy August in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. WAMC got an update today from Mayor Linda Tyer.

Professor Annalisa Scimemi
University at Albany

The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.24 million to a University at Albany biology professor to study how different types of memories are formed and stored at different times of the day. WAMC's Jim Levulis spoke with Professor Annalisa Scimemi to find out more about her work.

Paul Caiano's Evening Forecast

Aug 27, 2020
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, August 27, 2020.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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As schools in New York state grapple with reopening plans during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are also facing a temporary 20% cut in state funding that could become permanent.

Vermont House Chamber
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The Vermont Legislature reconvened Tuesday after a month-long break. Just before the virtual session, key House leaders discussed the priorities for the mini-session.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers COVID-19 update during April 6, 2020 press briefing
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling changes in CDC guidelines easing testing standards for Americans exposed to someone with COVID-19 “political propaganda,” and the Democrat says he won’t follow them.

Keith Strudler: Bubble Basketball Is Glorious

Aug 26, 2020

Last night’s Clippers/Mavs game withstanding, these NBA playoffs have been, well, outstanding. Perhaps there’s some inherent bias because after not watching sports for a few months, pretty much anything looks great. It’s like the first thing you eat after Yom Kippur ends – it’s always tastes fabulous. But with as much objectivity as can be assumed, we’re watching some really entertaining sports programming right now. And it’s just the first round.

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Residents of a Springfield, Massachusetts neighborhood joined with elected officials to praise the construction of a pedestrian underpass they believe will save lives.  

Paul Caiano's Evening Forecast

Aug 26, 2020
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

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The president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association is sharply criticizing the state’s planning for reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. As public school districts around the commonwealth plan for the fall semester, Merrie Najimy says state guidance has been lacking – and that Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to carry out testing only in districts with signs of the pandemic “recklessly creates false confidence.” While the state has pushed back the start of the fall semester to as late as September 16, Najimy tells WAMC that there are still crucial public health benchmarks Massachusetts has failed to address.

Chancellor Jim Malatras and President Alexander Enyedi walk past Hawkins Pond during the new SUNY chancellor’s campus tour
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Newly named SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras was at SUNY Plattsburgh today to tour the campus and review COVID-19 safety and screening protocols as students return to campus.

Stephen Gottlieb: Health Law Arrogance

Aug 25, 2020

There’s so much to talk about, but let’s go out for a walk or step into a shop. Unfortunately, some people pugnaciously claim the freedom to ignore health laws.

Paul Caiano's Evening Forecast

Aug 25, 2020
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, August 25, 2020.

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       A large lake in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts will be drawn down starting this fall to allow for repairs to a dam that state inspectors have categorized as “High Hazard.” 

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A nursing home and rehabilitation center in Plattsburgh is calling on the state to ease nursing home visitation policies it says are too stringent and unfair to residents and their families.

NY GOP Committee Chair Nick Langworthy
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New York State Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy is in Charlotte this week for the Republican National Convention. On Monday, New York’s 94 delegates were pledged to President Donald Trump as he was nominated for a second term. Trailing his Democratic opponent Joe Biden in national polls, Trump is scheduled to accept the nomination Thursday night. Speaking with WAMC’s Ian Pickus, Langworthy made the case for a second Trump term.

Newburgh Works On Arts And Culture Study

Aug 24, 2020
Newburgh Illuminated Festival
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Newburgh, New York has launched its first arts and cultural study. The idea is to use the study to better understand the city’s arts and cultural assets, and to understand the role they play in Newburgh.

Cuomo Sets New Rules For Absentee Ballots

Aug 24, 2020
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed executive orders that he says will help ensure safe and secure voting in November’s elections. 

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MASS MoCA Director Joe Thompson says he will step down from the North Adams, Massachusetts art museum after over 30 years on October 29th. Thompson is the sprawling museum’s founding director. It was first conceived in the late 1980’s and opened in 1999. Thompson will stay on as special counsel  to the museum’s Board of Trustees for another year, and Tracy Moore will serve as interim director. His departure follows a tumultuous year that saw sweeping layoffs at the museum due to COVID-19 closures in March. The museum reopened in July. Thompson’s exit also comes as he faces a charge of motor vehicle homicide related to a 2018 incident where a motorcyclist died after a collision in North Adams. Thompson has pleaded not guilty.

Thompson, 62, spoke to WAMC about his time leading the museum, as well as why he’s chosen this moment to depart.

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     Officials say Springfield, Massachusetts has achieved a positive milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic. 

New York has a long and deserved reputation for having one of the most dysfunctional elections systems in the nation.  Election after election, New York has ranked at – or near – the bottom in terms of voter participation.

Paul Caiano's Evening Forecast

Aug 24, 2020
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, August 24, 2020

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