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
12:45 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

It's A Cruel Summer...

Central Hudson spokesman John Maserjian says, as expected, electric usage is up across the utility's service area. Health risks include nausea or sickness due to poor air quality and possibility of heat stroke, which could lead to death. The experts advise drinking plenty of fluids and wearing lightweight, light-colored clothing.
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Forecasters say the Northeast is in for one of the hottest weeks on the books, and people are being urged to take precautions. High temperatures in many Northeastern cities through Friday will be in the 90s; 96 for Hartford, 95 in New York City and 92 in Albany.  Anthony Loconto is a National Weather Service meteorologist stationed in Burlington, Vermont. Loconto says oppressive weather is here to stay for a few more days.

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Science & Technology
4:39 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Robotic Spine Surgery: The Future Is Here

Some of the Littauer Surgical Team, pictured with Dr. Shen and the new technology.
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A small Fulton County Hospital is on its way to becoming a major destination for patients in need of back surgery.

Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville has purchased and received its first Renaissance Robotic System, a groundbreaking technology offering new hope for patients suffering from debilitating spine pain.

Renaissance is the only FDA approved surgical guidance system for spine surgeries, which will be performed by Dr. Jian Shen, who is responsible for bringing the technology to Gloversville.

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Capital Region News
3:25 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Does Apple have an 'i' on the Capital Region?

Tech website cnet.com hints that Apple may be interested in "buying into" a share of an existing chip fab plant on the GlobalFoundries campus in Saratoga County. Cnet says if Apple owned capacity at a fab, it would maintain control over design.  The Times Union reports Senator Chuck Schumer has been forging a deal between the iPhone maker and GlobalFoundries that would have the latter manufacturing computer chips for use in Apple devices.

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New York News
3:18 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

UAlbany-CNSE Split To Be Discussed...

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A rumored split of one of the Capital Region's largest colleges may be closer to fruition.

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Capital Region News
1:29 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

After The Zimmerman Verdict

Since a Florida jury cleared neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who faced murder charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, on Saturday, demonstrations on both sides have sprung up across the country.

Demonstrations large and small have been held in places like Burlington, Albany and Poughkeepsie after a Florida jury on Saturday night cleared Zimmerman of all criminal charges in the February 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin.

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New York News
4:41 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Siena Poll: Consumer Confidence Rising in Utica

Consumer confidence increased in eight New York state metropolitan areas in the second quarter, according to the latest Quarterly Consumer Sentiment survey from the Siena College Research Institute.

Central New Yorkers are more confident about their immediate financial wellbeing than at any time in years, according to the Siena poll released Thursday. Siena Research Institute Founding Director Doug Lonnstrom says the New York City region had the highest overall consumer confidence of the nine, while the Binghamton region ranked lowest.  Lonnstrom adds Albany is doing well.

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New York News
1:43 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

NY Citizen Justice Advocates On The Move This Weekend

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Citizen justice advocates have events planned heading into the weekend in a show of solidarity with those they believe are unjustly imprisoned...

Yassin Aref, the Albany imam convicted of material support for terrorism along with pizzeria owner Mohammed Hossain after a 2006 FBI sting, is preparing to file a new appeal asking for a new trial. This after Aref discovered significant new evidence about his case.

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Capital Region News
5:02 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Wednesday's Rain

Western Avenue & Quail Street just after 2:30pm Wednesday July 10 following a burst of rain.
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The Albany-area gets a quick demonstration of flash flooding … The National Weather Service defines a flash flood as "rapidly rising water that usually occurs within two hours of the start of high intensity rain." Wednesday afternoon In the city of Albany, it took little more than five minutes for mother nature to produce a small demonstration of the phenomenon.

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Central New York News
4:35 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Flood Victims Look To Government For Assistance

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo listens to details of ‎#flood damage in ‎#Mohawk at a meeting with local officials ‎#CNY
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The waiting list for federal funds to help homeowners and businesses rebuild in the wake of flooding across Central New York and the Mohawk Valley is growing.

The flash flooding brought on by the heavy rains of June 27 and 28 devastated many communities across Central New York. Residents in many flooded communities along the Mohawk River are waiting for help - looking to Albany and Washington for assistance in cleanup and rebuilding.

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Capital Region News
12:28 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

County Nursing Home Impasse Continues

Daniel P. McCoy is Albany County's fourth County Executive.
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The Albany County Executive has been on a mission to privatize the 250-bed Albany County Nursing Home, while county legislators have been heading in the opposite direction, trying to keep the facility not-for-profit and under county control.  

On Monday, the Albany County Legislature voted to authorize McCoy to retain a law firm to assist in formation of a local development corporation to manage the facility. McCoy says he cannot legally do that.

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