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6:59 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Car Sharing Comes To NY's Capital City

Dylan Card is a senior at UAlbany from Dryden, NY. Dylan is in one of the new Zipcars. He is the President of the Students for Sustainability organization on campus, and has helped launch several sustainable initiatives.
Credit Mark Schmidt/University at Albany

Car-sharing services are becoming more commonplace in the United States. Albany now has two, enabling mobility for drivers without the hassle of using an auto-rental company.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Legendary Announcer Tom Durkin Will Call Last Race Sunday

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Tom Durkin, longtime announcer at Saratoga Race Course, will call his last race Sunday. Today, in the Winners’ Circle beside the flat track, Durkin opened up about his imminent retirement.

On Friday morning, sitting beside New York Racing Association President and CEO Chris Kay, Tom Durkin was brief in his opening remarks. Sunday will mark an end to his more than four-decade career of calling horse races, from the sport’s lower-level tracks to the heights of the Classic races.

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New York News
4:51 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

SPAC To Increase Security After Assault

New York State Police will have a greater presence at Saratoga Performing Arts Center after a recent sexual assault at the venue.

State police will increase security as investigations continue on a sexual assault that took place at a concert on August 12th. SPAC is located within the Saratoga Spa State Park.

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Capital Region News
4:09 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

New VP Takes Helm at CNSE CMOST

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The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering / SUNY Institute of Technology has announced the appointment of a new Vice President of the CNSE Children’s Museum of Science and Technology.

Catherine Gilbert has been chosen to lead CNSE CMOST as it prepares to expand and relocate to the Albany NanoTech complex.

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Capital Region News
4:05 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Troy: More Officers On Beat Patrol

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Police have beefed up patrols in the crime-plagued "Collar City." 

Responding to a series of recent incidents, and resident's concerns about shootings and arsons,  Troy Police have suspended mandatory and optional training sessions to get more officers out on the streets. The move puts 20 additional bodies on the beat. Police Chief John Tedesco says officers have been added to the afternoon and evening shifts. The Narcotics Unit and other special terms are increasing their presence as well.  The police department's budget will increase, but officials couldn't say by how much.

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Weather
3:46 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, August 29, 2014.

Hudson Valley News
2:25 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Proposed Pipeline Expansion Prompts Indian Point Analysis

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has put out for public comment a draft environmental impact statement concerning a proposed pipeline expansion project in the Northeast. The expansion includes property belonging to the Indian Point Nuclear power plant.

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New York News
1:46 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Community Corner: NYS AMBER Alert Coordinator Gary Kelly

Earlier this month, New York State Police issued an AMBER Alert  in the search to locate two missing Amish girls who had been abducted in St. Lawrence County. The alert was called off after the girls were located.  To help explain how the public is informed and law enforcement is directed in the event of an AMBER Alert, WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with New York State Police Senior Investigator and AMBER Alert coordinator Gary Kelly.

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Capital Region News
12:50 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

A Tale Of Two Casinos And A City

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As established casinos across the Northeast close their doors or administer cost-cutting measures, New York is just getting into the game.  And although it won’t host a casino if its own, Albany has become a key player.

The mantra has been "jobs and the economy," and New York's capital is crossing its fingers, hoping for a windfall should a casino go up in nearby Rensselaer County.

Long before final word from the gaming commission, the casino siting process has local governments and residents taking positions and forming alliances to woo or shoo casino developers.

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Vox Pop
12:30 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Food Friday : Meet the Chef : Peter Platt

Credit Scott Barrow

Our region boasts some of the finest chefs in the country. And we want to get to know as many of them as possible here on Food Friday. Today we are on with Chef Peter Platt, co-owner and executive chef at the Old Inn on the Green in New Marlborough, Massachusetts.

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