Dave Lucas

Capital Region Bureau Chief

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief.  Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.

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After months of discussion, Congress adjourned for the summer Thursday with no Zika legislation in sight.

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Authorities say much of the Northeast is experiencing drought conditions, with sections of New York and Massachusetts among the driest.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration is paying a former prosecutor up to $450,000 for his review of the Buffalo Billion project.

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Some big names in New York law enforcement have announced the takedown of multi-state drug pipelines.

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New York state is taking steps to address the illegal sale of the drug K2 following a mass overdose in Brooklyn that sent 33 people to the hospital.

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An outside review of New York's $178 billion pension fund for public workers shows it has been managed responsibly for the past three years but needs more staff and higher pay to continue the quality performance and cut costs for outside advisers.

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A new University at Albany-led study finds that while local regulation helps reduce tobacco availability, there is increased concern about the rise of electronic cigarettes.

At STAR Plaza: U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, Olive Niccoli, Sara Niccoli and NY State Senator Neil Breslin. Niccoli also made campaign stops the same day in Kingston, Athens and Amsterdam.
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New York State Police have been asked to investigate threatening online comments directed at state Senate candidate Sara Niccoli, whose Quaker faith prohibits her from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Palace theatre executive director Holly Brown says project timetables are being worked out.
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The not-for-profit corporation that operates the historic Palace Theatre in Albany today presented its vision for a $65 million renovation and expansion project.

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With the memory of the destruction of Hurricanes Irene and Lee still fresh five years later, government agencies are participating in a three-day drill to prepare for catastrophic flooding along the Mohawk River.

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The University at Albany has launched a new bachelor’s degree program in emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity.

A congressional committee chairman is threatening to subpoena New York's attorney general for records about his investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about global warming.

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A national debate about the relationship between police and citizens has been raging in recent days. Now, an event featuring Albany police advising young people about interactions with the cops has gotten mixed response on social media. 

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Under new policies that went into effect this month, thousands more low-income New Yorkers are now eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits.

It's been a bad few months for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature economic development programs.

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Citizens joined activists and community leaders in Albany chanting enough is enough.

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A landmark theater in Utica is headed to the auction block.

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Efforts to repair Troy's new City Charter are progressing. The City Council has advanced toward authorizing the document.

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Authorities are still learning about the shootings in Dallas that killed five police officers and wounded several more. That violence follows two civilian deaths at the hands of police this week that galvanized protestors.

New York auditors say Empire State Development Corp., which provides millions of dollars in tax credits to companies that promise to expand and add jobs, has been unable to verify that many companies met their obligations.

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Just before the major party conventions, there’s a new poll out from the Siena Research Institute. But if you’re ready for a break from politics, you’re not alone. This poll is about New Yorkers and their summer plans.

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Summer is here, with hazy, hot and humid days that can give way to dangerous storms. It’s also hurricane season — and as the Northeast has learned in the past several years, we’re not immune.   FEMA is helping people prepare for severe weather with a new smartphone app.

NYS Assemblyman McLaughlin addresses reporters at the State Capitol in Albany.
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Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Troy) spoke with reporters inside the first floor of the state Capitol.

New York lawmakers want all the state's medical examiners and coroners to share fingerprints and other information about their unidentified dead with a federal data center trying to match remains with America's missing.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is ramping up an end-of-session push for federal emergency funding to combat the Zika virus.

 Pressing the cross button at the intersection of 787 and Bridge Street now stops traffic in all four directions, handing control of the intersection over to pedestrians.
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When a teenage pedestrian was killed crossing the dangerous highway that runs through his Hudson River city in June, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse said enough is enough. Now, Morse wants that stretch of 787 re-made into a boulevard.  Change is already on the way.

The Troy City Council has decided to take a second look at the revised city charter that became effective last Friday.

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Another upstate New York locality is considering banning the sale of tobacco products to people under the age of 21.

The Troy City Council has decided to take a second look at  the revised city charter that became effective on Friday:

The Troy City Council has decided to take a second look at  the revised city charter that became effective on Friday:

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