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
12:28 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

NYSUT 2013 Policymaking Convention in DC

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The New York State United Teachers Union is taking aim at what leaders call "New York's testing obsession" - they're in Washington for a three-day policymaking conference.  

At NYSUT’s annual representative assembly, delegates will debate and act on 65 resolutions, including one that addresses New York's rollout of the new Common Core curriculum.

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Capital Region News
3:50 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Albany Mom Petitions HUD: Ban Police Training at Public Housing

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An Albany resident has started a petition to ask the federal Housing and Urban Development Department to ban police training in public housing.  

The power of social networking proved to be a force to reckon with after citizens in Albany's Arbor Hill neighborhood posted photographs of swat teams, fake bloodstains and shell casings on Facebook, after an Albany Police Department training exercise.

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Central New York News
12:06 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Utica Immigration Reform Rally Set For April 10

An immigration reform rally is set to go on Wednesday in Utica ... With the call for comprehensive immigration reform taking center stage on Capitol Hill, a group of Central New Yorkers is meeting in Utica Wednesday in a show of support. Utica Organizer and political activist Diane Berry says the local rally is timed to coincide with a larger one in Washington D.C.

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Capital Region News
5:00 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

They Want To Be Mayor...

Mayoral hopefuls Joanne Yepsen, Marlon Anderson
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More hats are in the ring for area mayoral contests - races in the the cities of Saratoga Springs and Albany are heating up...

Saratoga Springs City Supervisor Joanne Yepsen announced her candidacy for mayor on Monday. The Democrat says the Spa City needs “a mayor who has a proven track record of putting partisan politics aside to do what’s best for the city.” 

The 54-year old Yepsen, a member of the County Board of Supervisors, lost in a 2010 bid for the 43rd state Senate seat against then-Senator Roy MacDonald. 

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New York News
2:34 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Red Flag Alert For Upstate NY

The National Weather Service in Albany says dangerous weather conditions have made the entire upstate New York and Western Massachusetts area vulnerable to fire.

The term "Red Flag Warning" has been in the headlines recently.  City of Albany Fire Department Deputy Chief Joseph Toomey says spring is a prime time for brush fires because of the dry conditions:  New York's burn ban law, enacted in 2009, prohibits open burning within that window. During the ban, there are stiffer penalties along with added restrictions.

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New York News
4:54 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

UAlbany Connecting With Communities

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The University at Albany has embarked on a program to strengthen its connections with the community.

UAlbany President Dr. Robert Jones "public engagement" initiative builds on a similar program that advanced the concept at the University of Minnesota, where Jones served most recently as Senior Vice President and spent a total of 33 years in academic and administrative leadership positions.

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New York News
3:47 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Canal Corps: Layoffs Will Hurt

In a dramatic turnaround, the head of the state Canal Corporation, now says Governor Andrew Cuomo's layoffs there will indeed mean a drastic reduction in operations along the canal system along with a corresponding drop in morale. In an email sent to employees Thursday, Canal Corp. Director Brian Stratton said Cuomo's layoffs would force the corporation to resort to a reduced operating schedule last employed in 1991. The director noted that "resources will be strained, and ... people challenged, like never before..."

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Capital Region News
3:42 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Albany Med Joins Nationwide Study of Pig Parasite Eggs as Potential Treatment for Crohn’s Disease

Human whipworm eggs.
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Albany Medical Center is joining a multi-center trial, testing the eggs of the pig parasite whipworm as a potential treatment for Crohn’s disease. 

Crohn's is a severe and debilitating form of inflammatory bowel disease.   For the trial, Crohn’s patients will ingest 7500 microscopic parasite eggs in a tablespoonful of salt water (called TSO suspension) every two weeks for 12 weeks. Another group will be given a placebo. In people, this special form of the parasite egg survives only about two weeks and does not cause infection.

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New York News
12:36 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Sign of Spring: Work Begins on NY Bridges

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As the weather warms up, construction crews are ramping up to tackle maintenance, renovation and rebuilding projects involving many of New York's highway bridges.

The Patroon Island Bridge in Albany is being prepped for a 145-million dollar renovation. The project appears on a list of 32 road and bridge initiatives released Tuesday by Governor Andrew Cuomo's office.

Decks will also be replaced on the Congress Street Bridge in Troy, the Western Gateway Bridge in Rotterdam and the Thaddeus Kosciuszko Bridge, also known as the I-87 twin bridges.

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Capital Region News
12:26 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Students Pitch-In For Clean Up

This weekend University at Albany Students will pitch in a neighborhood clean-up initiative.

On Sunday UAlbany students will be in the Pine Hills section of Albany to assist with the annual spring clean-up. Organizers say the event illustrates the cooperation between residents and the many students who live in the popular neighborhood.

The clean-up will be held from noon to 3 p.m., rain or shine, and will begin at the entrance to Albany's Ridgefield Park on Partridge Street, just below Myrtle Avenue.

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