Brian Shields

Senior News Anchor

WAMC Senior Correspondent Brian Shields has been with WAMC for 23 years as senior news anchor, host and reporter.

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The DREAM Act has once again passed the state Assembly in Albany. But once again the measure's future in the state Senate is uncertain. Supporters of the DREAM Act, which would allow the children of undocumented immigrants to receive college tuition assistance from the state, are more optimistic this year of the bill making it to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk. Steven Choi, the Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, is in Albany today for a rally and lobbying.

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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says consolidation will be at the foundation of his effort this year to trim the budget and save money. The Republican discussed his budget plans for 2015 after delivering his state of the county address Wednesday night.

Governor Cuomo has said he would risk a late state budget this year to get ethics reform passed in New York.

Albany County

There is a vacant space at the Albany County Nursing Home in the town of Colonie, but under a plan outlined last night by the county executive, that space could be used by the Albany Medical Center. The plan was detailed in the State of the County speech by County Executive Dan McCoy.

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Like most other cities, Troy, New York is dealing with tight finances. In his recent State of the City Address, Mayor Lou Rosamilia detailed budget cuts in city departments, along with several other measures, including a parking ticket amnesty to raise revenue. But luckily for Troy, this cold and snowy winter has not yet depleted the snow removal budget, according to Rosamilia.

As a member of the nation’s most prominent political family, Patrick Kennedy has enjoyed the privileges that come with wealth and recognition. But Patrick Kennedy is also familiar with the pain and stigma felt by families across the nation dealing with mental illness. Patrick Kennedy is bipolar, and a recovering alcoholic, a condition that came to national attention after an early morning accident in Washington, D.C. in May of 2006 when he served in Congress. Now out of politics, Patrick Kennedy is devoting his attention to mental health, and has formed the Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research in Washington, in partnership with former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher and Morehouse College. Kennedy says one of the goals is to end the stigma of mental health.

A grand jury has returned charges in a child murder case in the Capital District that shocked the public and the police. 

A murder indictment has been handed up in a case that began with a multi-state Amber Alert but ended with the discovery of a young boy's body.

The Albany County District Attorney's office says 20-year-old Tiffany VanAlstyne of Berne, in Albany County, is now facing charges of murder and manslaughter in the December strangulation death of her 5-year-old cousin, Kenneth White.

Alicia Ouellette
Albany Law School

Alicia Ouellette earned a law degree in 1994 from Albany Law School, and then began a career that included private practice, a stint as a Court of Appeals clerk and as Assistant Solicitor General in the New York Attorney General’s Office.

Times Union

Nippertown's Greg Haymes is here with his January musical selections. 

Math for America

Attracting and keeping math teachers is the goal of the group Math for America. The organization says it was the model for New York's Master Teacher Program, celebrated at Thursday's State of the State by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Math for America President John Ewing says there are a number of ways to get math teachers into schools, and there are ways not to.

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