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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New York News
7:00 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Free Associate Degree Available To 6K NY High School Students

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State officials say 6,000 high school students from across New York will be able to earn an associate degree at no cost under a program designed to land them jobs when they graduate.

Governor  Andrew Cuomo says  that 16 high schools have been selected to be part of public-private partnerships designed to prepare students for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing and health care. The students will earn both an associate degree and a high school degree under the state's Pathways in Technology Early College High School program, or P-Tech.

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WAMC News
4:43 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Ex-ranger guarded MLK; Recalls Historic Event

Gordon "Gunny" Gundrum of Grafton stands near clergyman and activist Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963, as King delivered his "I have a dream" speech.

The former National Park Service ranger who stood beside Dr. Martin Luther King during his "I Have a Dream" speech says the event was a life-changing moment, helping him realize "everyone has unalienable rights."

Gordon "Gunny" Gundrum of Grafton,  says his assignment to guard dignitaries gathered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963 gave him a front-row view of the historic event.

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New York News
2:53 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Remembering The March And The Dream

Community organizations, labor unions, and individuals from throughout the Hudson Valley and the Capital Region are coming together this evening to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Groups will assemble for a night of remembrance, celebration, and discussion for the future of the civil rights movement. They'll commemorate the march and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech.

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New York News
3:11 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Teach-In, Speak-Out on Citzenship: Public Forum On Immigration Reform

A public forum on immigration reform is taking place this evening in Hudson.

Immigration reform advocates want Washington to make sure that millions of families are no longer separated by what they see as unjust policies, that due process is upheld, and that protections are strengthened for all workers.

Democratic Congressman Bill Owens represents New York’s 21st district in the North Country. On WAMC’s Congressional Corner program, Owens said progress on immigration reform looks to be a slow-go.

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New York News
12:33 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Countdown To Affordable Care

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With some uncertainty and much anticipation, New Yorkers join all Americans in preparing for a monumental change in the nation’s health care. Proponents of the Affordable Care Act believe it should not be feared, but embraced. They aim to set the course of public perception in a friendly direction.

Public health exchanges are scheduled to begin operations October 1st. They were created by federal mandate to make affordable health insurance available to everyone.

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New York News
4:16 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

NY Health Exchange Lists Medical, Dental Insurers

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The New York Health Benefit Exchange has listed health and dental plans for individuals and small business owners that will be available for enrollment starting Oct. 1 and coverage beginning next year.

The exchange, established under a federal mandate, is expected to help enroll 1.1 million uninsured New Yorkers and includes subsidies for those who meet certain income thresholds.

It has also changed its name to "NY State of Health"

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Central New York News
4:12 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Feds: Billboard Along NY Thruway Must Come Down

A hilltop billboard overlooking the Thruway is coming down after seven years of conflict between local, state and federal officials.

The Albany Times-Union reports that the sign in Montgomery County advertising a Holiday Inn off Exit 28 in Johnstown is scheduled to come down next Monday. It was ruled that it didn't comply with the federal Highway Beautification Act of 1965.

The 100-foot-wide billboard was erected in 1959 and was grandfathered in when the law was passed. But state officials said the sign was no longer in compliance after it was rebuilt in 2006.

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Capital Region News
6:23 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Sheehan Gets Union Nods; Outlines Economic Development Plan

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With three weeks until primary day, an Albany mayoral hopeful has unveiled her plan for economic development and job creation, while announcing new labor endorsements.

Saying that "Albany's best days are ahead of us," Democratic mayoral candidate and current City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan held a news conference in front of City Hall Tuesday, noting that since the recession ended in 2009, suburban tax bases have grown while Albany's has shrunk by nearly 7 percent.

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Capital Region News
12:20 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

UAlbany Unveils New School of Business Building

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Days before students start another semester, the University at Albany cut the ribbon Monday on its state-of-the-art $64 million School of Business building and unveiled the State University of New York’s first four-year undergraduate degree program in digital forensics. Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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WAMC News
4:44 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

AP-NORC Poll: Parents Support Standardized Testing

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A new poll finds Standardized Tests have support among parents as a useful way to track student progress and school quality.

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