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12:52 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

David Nightingale: August 2014

It's still summer time, but there've been a few unwelcome yellow leaves in our road.

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New York News
11:54 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Report: New York Can Do More To Prevent Smoking

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new report from the American Cancer Society says New York state needs to do more to prevent smoking. 

The Cancer Action Network at the American Cancer Society analyzed the state's efforts to combat cancer through screenings, tobacco taxes, smoking bans and restrictions on tanning booths.

While the state won high marks for breast and cervical cancer screening programs and restrictions on where people can smoke, the group says the state should reverse recent cuts in funds for programs to prevent tobacco use.

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New York News
11:51 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Scale Will Matter For NY Casinos

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Less may be more when it comes to opening casinos in New York amid an increasingly competitive gambling environment.

More than a dozen contenders are proposing upstate casino projects. Developers say they've carefully studied the local market to ensure they don't overbuild.

That's a problem that's happened elsewhere as gambling options grow and customers favor casinos within a few hours' drive. This year, four casinos are closing in Atlantic City after facing increased competition from smaller casinos in nearby states like Pennsylvania.

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Hudson Valley News
9:29 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Riverkeeper Holds Beer-Naming Contest

The public has a chance to a name a new beer in the Hudson Valley.

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Hudson Valley News
9:24 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Orange County Receives HUD Funding For Storm Recovery

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Three years after Hurricane Irene hit the Hudson Valley, a New York Congressman and other elected officials announced more funding for Orange County for recovery efforts.

Elected officials stood in Middletown Thursday to announce $11.5 million in additional Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief funding for Orange County. Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney says he pushed through a lot of bureaucratic red tape to secure federal investment, and worked with HUD to reallocate funds to fulfill unmet Hurricane Irene recovery needs.

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Capital Region News
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.
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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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