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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Capital Region News
1:50 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Downtown Albany: Brace For Impact

Capitalize Albany is getting ready to roll out a new project that has big implications for Downtown.

On Tuesday at Ten Eyck Plaza, Capitalize Albany will unveil its Impact Downtown Albany revitalization strategy - a twelve month public/private collaboration.  Sarah Reginelli, Director Economic Development of Capitalize Albany, says there are currently about two dozen corporate contributors.

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WAMC News
6:37 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Schumer & Schneiderman Tackle Smartphone Crime

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Major cities across the Northeast are experiencing a spike in robberies, driven by crimes involving smartphones. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer are taking steps to discourage thieves from targeting the devices.

Every minute, 113 smartphones are stolen or lost nationwide, according to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who co-founded a partnership with the wireless industry called Secure Our Smartphones. The initiative has picked up support from 30 other state attorneys general.

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New York News
4:31 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Truckers Sue Over NY Thruway Tolls To Canal System

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A national trucking group has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the diversion of New York Thruway tolls for state canal maintenance.

American Trucking Associations says it sued Thursday in the Southern District of New York, claiming that the inflated commercial tolls violate truckers' constitutional rights under the Commerce Clause. The truckers want the practice to stop.

Legislation switching the Canal System to the Thruway Authority was enacted in 1992. The trucking group claims that the authority spent more than $100 million of toll money on the canals last year.

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Central New York News
4:27 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

315 Area Code Plans On Hold

The New York State Public Service Commission has announced it is putting on hold its proceeding to determine how best to create an additional area code in the 315 area code region.

The Commission made its decision based on a revised forecast from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), the agency responsible for administering area codes, extending the time needed to the third quarter of 2016 for a new area code in the 315 area.

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Capital Region News
12:45 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Albany Mayor-Elect Names Transition Team

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This week, Albany mayor-elect Kathy Sheehan named leaders of a transition team formed to foster a smooth shift leading to her inauguration on New Year’s Day.

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Capital Region News
3:44 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Guilderland HS Suspends YouTube Cyberbullies

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Authorities are investigating a case of Video Bullying involving a suburban Albany school.

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New York News
4:57 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

NYS: 197,000 Have Applied In Health Marketplace

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New York's new online health exchange reports 197,011 New Yorkers have completed applications to get insured, while 48,162 have subsequently enrolled in plans, nearly half in the government-funded Medicaid program for low-income New Yorkers.

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WAMC News
4:53 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Airlines Merger Gets The Green Light

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The Justice Department says it has reached an agreement to allow American Airlines and US Airways to merge, creating the world's biggest airline.

The agreement requires the airlines to scale back the size of the merger at Washington's Reagan National Airport and in other big cities.

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Capital Region News
4:50 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Kristallnacht 75th Anniversary Interfaith Commemoration

Kristallnacht 75th  Anniversary Interfaith Commemoration

Tuesday November 12, 2013 at  7:00 pm

Capital District Premiere- One Time Showing - Free of Charge

“As a Young Girl of Thirteen: Simone Lagrange Remembers Auschwitz”

At Page Hall, University at Albany downtown campus  135 Western Ave Albany NY

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WAMC News
3:39 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Papal Survey Tackles Contemporary Issues

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The head of the Roman Catholic Church has called for the faithful to be surveyed on issues facing modern families… 

In an unprecedented move to examine parishioners’ beliefs, Pope Francis is calling on bishops to measure what Catholics think about matters facing modern families, including many issues that go against the norm of the church. 

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