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Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain.
Topics include: 50th Anniversary of Selma; ISIS/Iran; Delta flight goes off runway at LaGuardia; Harrison Ford's plane crash; Ringling Bros. to retire elephants; Daylight savings time and heart attack risk.
Schenectady fire officials are advising people to avoid downtown Schenectady this morning due to a massive fire at an apartment complex. Local area media reports the blaze started around 2 a.m.
The complex is located on Jay Street across from Schenectady City Hall, which is being used as a temporary shelter along with CDTA buses. At least seven people were injured from the fire, several of them seriously, including one man was taken to Albany Medical Center with a broken back after jumping from the fifth floor. Firefighters are also saying one person is unaccounted for. Schenectady City Hall will be closed for today.
In men’s basketball in the MAAC Tournament, No. 8 Siena beat No. 9 Niagara 71-54, No. 7 Saint Peter's bested No. 10 Fairfield 63-33, and it was No. 11 Marist over No. 6 Quinnipiac 80-74. The quarterfinals start on Saturday.