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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WAMC News
4:42 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Defunding Obamacare Pits Congressman Against Congressman

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With about a week to go before all employers must comply with certain elements of the Affordable Care Act and individual health exchanges open, tensions are rising as lawmakers in Washington find themselves embroiled in a  bitter battle over defunding "Obamacare."

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New York News
9:55 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

NY AG Seeks To Delete Fake Online Reviews

New York's attorney general is trying to dismantle what he calls a system of creating false online review for products and services.

On Monday, Eric Schneiderman settled cases with 19 companies that included $350,000 in penalties after a yearlong investigation into the fake plaudits sometimes called "astroturfing." The term is based on the synthetic grass used on sports fields.    Schneiderman says he found companies that filed false reviews on Yelp, Google Local, CitySearch and other websites.

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New York News
12:26 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

NY Gov: Don't Text While Driving

Don't Text and Drive - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was underlining that mandate in an appearance this morning at a Thruway rest area, as Thruway authorities plan to ramp up penalties for distracted driving.

Despite a beefed-up public awareness campaign and new laws combating distracted driving, New York State Troopers issued 21,500 tickets issued over the summer, compared to 5,000 last year.

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WAMC News
3:09 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

House Bill Snips SNAP

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47 million Americans are enrolled in SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or "food stamps."  Thursday, the GOP-led House passed a bill to cut spending for food stamps by $39 billion over 10 years. 

The defeat of the 2013 Farm Bill in the House back in June came as a wakeup call to some as cuts to SNAP became a major hurdle to progress in getting Congress to bolster farm and food programs.

In July, the House approved a measure dropping nutrition programs from the farm bill. No Democrats voted in favor of the revised House bill.

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Capital Region News
12:27 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

UAlbany To Bring Scholar Daughters Of Desmond Tutu To Campus

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The daughters of renowned South African activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu will make an appearance at the University at Albany as part of a weeklong celebration at the college.

CLICK HERE to view the full schedule of Celebrate and Advance events at UAlbany.

The coming week will highlight UAlbany's strengths in research, scholarships, campus life, diversity and community engagement, as well as celebrating the formal inauguration of Robert Jones as the college’s 19th president.

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WAMC News
6:30 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Push For Immigration Reform

The National Dream Act Coalition is demanding action from Congress and President Barack Obama to stop the foot-dragging on comprehensive immigration reform. The tone of the 11th-hour effort was set by Tuesday's appearance of President Obama on Telemundo.

More than 1,000 people are deported everyday under the Obama administration. Obama told Telemundo that he does not have authority to halt deportations, but advocates should not give up on reform.

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Capital Region News
1:04 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Teen Party: From Social Media To Police Probe

Former NFL pro Brian Holloway is no stranger to social media, he's beta-testing his new site herleague.net - for women in football.
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As authorities continue to investigate damage from a holiday weekend party at former NFL player Brian Holloway's Rensselaer County vacation home, Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas looks into the Pandora's box of legal, moral and social issues opened when Holloway posted photos from partygoers’ social media sites on a website of his own...

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WAMC News
3:19 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Advocates Speak Out About SNAP

Advocates for middle- and low-income families in New York are puzzled by the initiative in Congress to cut SNAP benefits. They want to save the food stamp program that keeps millions of Americans from going hungry.

This week the House will vote on a bill that would slash $40 billion from the SNAP program over a 10-year period. Advocates argue the cut would deny between 4 and 6 million people food stamps. The new legislation would also allow states to require SNAP recipients to work.

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Capital Region News
1:08 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Post-Primary: Albany Common Council In A State Of Flux

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Last week's Albany Democratic primary appears to show a shifting political picture reflected in the Common Council races. The contest shook the local poltical landscape, with a majority of winning or leading candidates riding to victory aboard the wave of progressive support for mayoral candidate Kathy Sheehan — a fact that hasn't gone unnoticed by those in higher circles, like Sheehan ally Congressman Paul Tonko.

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WAMC News
12:39 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Help Colorado

The Albany area chapter of The American Red Cross is helping support rescue operations in flood-ravaged Colorado.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Government officials estimate as many as 18,000 homes are affected by the Colorado flooding. Access to some communities remains difficult due to flood waters and damaged roads. As these areas begin to re-open, the Red Cross plans to be there to assess the damage, distribute relief supplies and support a recovery effort that will take months.

Local Red Cross officials are getting the word out that YOU can help by donating:

visit www.redcross.org,

call 1-800-REDCROSS

or

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