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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. 

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     An annual Black American heritage ceremony in the largest city in western Massachusetts honored two men recently promoted to public safety command positions – both historic firsts.

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This month, the Berkshire Natural Resources Council is carrying out a new effort across Berkshire County to speak with communities about conservation planning. The preservation nonprofit – formed in 1967 – protects and maintains more than 50 properties and 10,000 acres of land around the Berkshires. Three meetings will be held in each sector of the county to address the new conservation effort – in Pittsfield at the Berkshire Athenaeum on February 5th, in North Adams at the public library on February 6th, and in Great Barrington at St. James Place on February 12th. BNRC President Jenny Hansell spoke with WAMC about what the council is trying to achieve.

NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos
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New York state will implement a ban on single use plastic bags on March 1st.  Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos was in Plattsburgh Friday to talk about the governor’s 2020 proposed budget.  He also discussed the upcoming single-use plastic bag ban, telling WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley the transition is already happening in some communities.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 31, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, January 31, 2020.

New York state Capitol
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Two Capital Region state lawmakers are beginning a bipartisan effort to examine New York’s population loss. Meanwhile, a push is on to ensure the upcoming federal census leaves no one behind.

Albany Patroons Head Coach Derrick Rowland at Rivers Casino - Press Conference Jan 30, 2020
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The Capital Region’s longest-running professional sports franchise is back. The Albany Patroons are coming off a championship that capped a challenging season.

Ulster County Exec's Address Concentrates On Youth

Jan 30, 2020
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Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan delivered his first state-of-the-county address Thursday at his alma mater — Kingston High School. He focused on reinvigorating opportunities for the next generation.

Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington City Council has made its final decisions on whether three charter changes will be placed on the Town Meeting Day ballot.  One will not be forwarded to voters.

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The University at Albany hosted a panel discussion Thursday afternoon to raise awareness on what defines human trafficking and how the Capital Region is impacted by it.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 30, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, January 30, 2020.

    The largest city in western Massachusetts is making a change in its recycling program. It could have a ripple effect in other municipalities in the region. 

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Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan will deliver his first state-of-the-county address Thursday at his alma mater — Kingston High School. His address will focus on providing opportunities for the next generation. Ryan previewed his speech with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

This month, the Literacy Network of South Berkshire announced that it has a new leader.  The nonprofit also known simply as LitNet provides free educational support for adults. Diane Rosenthal is a veteran of the nonprofit world, with 25 years of experience under her belt. She has previously served as the Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers in Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut, and also for The New York Public Library Centers for Reading and Writing. Rosenthal spoke with WAMC about what she hopes to bring to the Berkshires – starting with an assessment of what strengths the Lee-based LitNet has.

Business Confidence Index poster
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The North Country Chamber of Commerce unveiled its annual Business Confidence Index Wednesday morning, showing that most businesses expect steady activity over the course of 2020.

Staffing shortages in the Pittsfield, Massachusetts police department and the role of resource officers in the city’s schools were discussed at this week’s city council meeting.

New York state Capitol
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A lack of information on how Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to cut $2.5 billion out of New York state-funded health care programs led to some tense moments at a legislative budget hearing Wednesday.

Keith Strudler: Losing Kobe

Jan 29, 2020

One of the realities and I suppose responsibilities of certain forms of fame is that people don’t simply like you. They feel like they know you. Like really know you, the way they know a sibling or a close friend. It’s known as a parasocial relationship, and I’d guess that the most obvious examples are professional athletes and famous musicians, exemplars of youth and vitality. Which makes it especially agonizing when one of these iconic figures dies young. Not only do we feel like we lost a close friend, but it also defies our ideals of invincibility. It’s what people felt when John Lennon was assassinated, or when Kurt Cobain died, or how I felt when Michael Hutchens of INXS passed away in a hotel room at 37. It’s also Thurman Munson, catcher for the Yankees who died in a private plane crash. It’s a sadness not simply over someone dying too young, but also with so much left to give, as if the sun suddenly turned off.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 29, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

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After a more than a 20-year career in politics in the largest city in western Massachusetts, State Representative Jose Tosado of Springfield said he is going to retire.

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New York Attorney General Letitia James has announced a $1 million grant for housing and code enforcement efforts in the city of Albany.

Stephen Gottlieb: Kangaroo Court For Whitewash

Jan 28, 2020

Republicans charge Democrats with trying to impeach Trump since the day he took office, never mentioning that Trump announced his intention to violate the Constitution’s prohibition on foreign corrupt influence, the emoluments clause, from day one. Democrats were apparently supposed to do their patriotic duty by lying down and rolling over. Now we’re involved in a trial of exactly what the clause prohibited – foreign corrupt influence, that affected our handling of national defense, and may have affected much more. Foreign corrupt influence is serious.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 28, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

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    The largest police department in western Massachusetts is taking steps to equip all its officers with body-worn cameras. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was at the site of a Newburgh lake where PFOS contamination was revealed in 2016 today, calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately take up PFAS legislation passed in the House this month.

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More than 100 people turned out for a  “global day of protest” in Albany’s Townsend Park on Saturday.

Blair Horner: Big Tobacco Strikes Back

Jan 27, 2020

On January 11, 1964, the U.S. Surgeon General issued his first report on the dangers of smoking.  Based on more than 7,000 articles relating to smoking and disease then available in the medical literature, the Surgeon General’s report concluded that cigarette smoking is a cause of lung cancer. 

Garett Argiansas' Evening Forecast

Jan 27, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, January 27, 2020.

A man in a uniform shirt and tie holds his hands up to his side in front of a fire truck and a table with an unzipped red bag full of medical supplies
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The Pittsfield, Massachusetts public schools will be outfitted with trauma kits purchased with state grant money by the city’s fire department.

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The Five College Consortium in western Massachusetts has received a $2.5 million grant to enhance Native American and indigenous studies.

New York Assemblyman D. Billy Jones meets with North Country law enforcement officials to discuss new bail reform laws
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New York state Assemblyman D. Billy Jones met with law enforcement officials in Plattsburgh Friday to discuss potential reforms to the newly implemented discovery and bail reforms.

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