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
4:31 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Tense Moments At Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a police bomb unit that pulled over a car with Massachusetts license plates in the city of Niagara Falls, New York, found nothing dangerous inside.

Police officials say a state police bomb disposal team used a robot to remove several items from the car Friday after it had been stopped earlier in the morning by officers checking out a report of a suspicious vehicle with Massachusetts plates.

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Science & Technology
2:29 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Cyber Attacks Can Happen Anywhere

America's "War on Terror" goes beyond the streets. Battles are being fought on a regular basis over the internet, from Chinese or Korean cyber attacks to hacks from groups and individuals within the United States.

As technology evolves and we become more reliant on the internet, the web presents a frontier of opportunity for mischief-makers, criminals and terrorists.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

NY Crowns Itself 'Yogurt King'

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York says it's now No. 1 nationally in yogurt production.
State statistics show New York producers churned out 692 million pounds of yogurt last year to take the top spot. California was No. 2 after producing 587 million pounds.

New York yogurt plants have nearly tripled production in the last five years.

New York is also the fourth largest milk producer in the country. Over the last five years, milk production increased by 1 billion pounds to over 13 billion pounds in 2012.

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Capital Region News
4:55 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Anti-Gun Group In Saratoga Demands Proof Of Insurance

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Citizens turned up the heat Wednesday on Saratoga Springs City Center, pressing officials to prove that the group holding gun shows there is properly insured.

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Capital Region News
3:50 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Schenectady Doctor Treated Marathon Bomb Victims

Dr. Kim Kilby as seen in nationally broadcast video and on the front page of Wednesday's Gazette.

Albany Medical Center’s Dr. Kim Kilby was among the hundreds of volunteers at Monday’s Boston Marathon, working close to the finish line in the primary medical tent when two massive explosions erupted nearby. She immediately raced to help the wounded. Capital Region Bureau Chief spoke with Dr. Kilby this morning by telephone. Click on the link provided to listen!

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Central New York News
10:46 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Utica businesses try to block food pantry from moving in

Some Utica business owners are looking to stop a food pantry from moving into their area.

Calling the idea "a step in the wrong direction," shop owners are expressing concern that "Feed Our Vets," a not-for-profit whose mission is to help homeless veterans, wouldn't be a good fit for downtown Utica's redesigned Genessee Street.

"Feed Our Vets" presently operates in a different downtown area, in a building that may be sold, which has prompted the organization to purchase a site.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

NY Safe Act Arrest via Social Media

New York's Gun Tipline led authorities to a man who tried to sell a deadly weapon over Facebook.

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Capital Region News
1:10 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Jewish World Ventures Into Digital Waters

Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down recently with Robert Titov, the Digital Development Director at the Jewish World. They discussed how the paper is adapting to cultural shifts away from traditional print media.

Listen to the interview by clicking on the link provided.  You can experience Robert Titov's work by visiting jewishworldnews.org ... you can follow them on twitter at @jw_news and join them on Facebook at jewishworldnews.

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New York News
4:56 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

No disclosure for Cuomo's girlfriend

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's government ethics board says TV star Sandra Lee can have many of the taxpayer-paid perks of being a governor's wife without requiring Gov. Andrew Cuomo governor's girlfriend to disclose financial information required of officials' spouses.

Spouses of legislators and top state officials must disclose some business relationships and financial interests to identify conflicts of interest.

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New York News
4:33 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

CSEA vs. Thruway Legal Battle Escalates

One of the state's largest unions has accused the New York State Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation of threatening layoffs to get union officials to agree to contract concessions.

Complaints have been filed with the New York State's Public Employment Relations Board. CSEA spokesman Stephen Madarasz confirms the union has charged the Cuomo administration with Taylor Law violations. The Taylor Law grants public employees the right to organize and elect their union representatives.

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