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
7:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Extradition Near For Suspect In Philippines Murders

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A former U.S. Marine with ties to the Capital Region, charged with killing a couple in the Philippines, says his extradition is official and that he looks forward to finally fighting the charges.

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Capital Region News
4:16 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Global Partner's Community Meeting Tonight In Albany

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Another community public information session to discuss Global Partners’ application to modify its existing air permit is being held tonight in Albany.

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Capital Region News
3:33 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Troy Budget Process In Turmoil

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Troy is wrestling with a proposed $66.1 million spending plan for 2015. The Collar City is trying to keep the books from falling in the red.

The State Comptroller's Office advised the city last Friday that a 2014 budget deficit could lead to the return of a financial control board, which would assume oversight of the city's spending. Officials say such an oversight could occur in 2015 once the city closes its books for 2014.

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New York News
1:14 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

NY Health Insurance Exchange Ready For 2015 Enrollment

New York's health exchange is gearing up for its second year. Officials are optimistic about the open enrollment period that begins Saturday.

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New York News
4:49 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Advocates Call On Cuomo To Push Minimum Wage Hike

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Supporters of a higher minimum wage want New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to push the issue in a lame-duck legislative session before Republicans take control of the state Senate next year.

Proposals to boost the wage to $10.10 an hour and allow New York City to raise it even higher will face significant opposition next year following big GOP victories in last week's elections.

Cuomo has vowed to support a wage increase and liberal activists say a special session this fall may be his best opportunity to make good on the promise.

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New York News
4:32 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Hall Of Fame Digitizes Film Of 1934 Japan Tour

Baseball cap worn during the 1934 tour of Japan by the American club's back-up catcher, Moe Berg.
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Home movie footage shot during a tour of Japan by American baseball stars 80 years ago has been digitized by the Hall of Fame.

Officials at the baseball shrine in Cooperstown say future Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx and his wife, Helen, shot the film during a 12-city, 22-game tour in November and December 1934. Among the other future Hall of Famers on the tour were Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Connie Mack, and Moe Berg, a big-league catcher who served as an American spy during World War II.

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Capital Region News
3:57 am
Wed November 12, 2014

'Joe For G.I.'s' Program Underway

A new program to provide coffee and coffee supplies to local veterans is taking off in the Capital Region.

The Office of Albany County District Attorney David Soares is rolling out "Joe for G.I.'s," collecting ground coffee for local veterans.

"For the month of November we're asking the public to donate coffee or any other materials related to coffee, stirrers, filters, creamers, donate those materials to us, the district attorney's office, we have several locations all throughout the county. We will be providing the coffee to our local V.A."

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New York News
6:27 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

New Flood Gauges For New York Rivers

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Areas along the Hudson, Mohawk and Oswego rivers will soon have new tools to warn of possible floods.  U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has set aside nearly $1.5 million for the installation of stream gauges in 23 counties.

A trio of storms named Irene, Lee and Sandy, changed the way New York feels about climate change.

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Sports
5:50 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Giants Memorabilia Suit To Be Heard In State Court

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A sports memorabilia dealer who sued the New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning for allegedly doctoring equipment to make it appear game-worn has scored a legal victory. A federal judge in Newark ruled Tuesday that Eric Inselberg can proceed with his lawsuit in state court.

The Giants had sought to have the case moved to federal court, claiming part of Inselberg's lawsuit involves federal patent issues.

Inselberg filed the lawsuit in January. He was among a group of memorabilia dealers accused of selling counterfeit jerseys following an FBI sting.

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Capital Region News
12:53 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Albany Observes Veterans Day 2014

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy waves to the crowd.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As they did in many cities across the region, people lined the streets of New York's capital today for the 59th annual Veterans Day Parade.  Albany's parade stepped off at the corner of Central Avenue and Partridge Street at 11 a.m. Marchers proceeded down Central Avenue past a reviewing stand on the steps of the old NYS Education Building.    

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