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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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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New York News
2:53 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Numbers indicate NY economy on the mend

New numbers indicate economic recovery from the Great Recession is underway upstate - with a few exceptions - for the most part, the latest jobs and unemployment numbers offer hope.  Dan Moran, with career management firm NextAct of Colonie, says the job market has been flat but consistent.

State Labor Department analyst John Nelson said the economy is showing signs of improvement. At 7.4 and 7.7 percent respectively, Albany and Saratoga rank among the counties with the lowest unemployment rates in New York. Tompkins County, at 5.8 percent, was the lowest in the state.

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New York News
3:18 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

New York’s mercury recycling program one of worst in the nation

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NYPIRG has released a national report documenting the failures of a manufacturer-led thermostat recycling program across the country.

The report, Turning up the Heat II, contrasts the dismal performance of the industry’s voluntary collection program in New York and other states to those that have mandatory buy-back programs like Maine and Vermont.

New York ranks 37th in the nation in terms of per capita collection rates – down from 31st in the nation three years ago. 

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New York News
3:11 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Parents reject speed of Common Core, test implementation

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A new poll by New York State United Teachers shows a decisive number of parents say their kids haven't had enough time to prepare for standardized tests on New York state’s new Common Core learning standards.

NYSUT polled 400 parents about the new Common Core learning standards and upcoming standardized tests. Teachers say that students will be tested this month on material that has not yet been taught. State education policymakers acknowledge student test scores are expected to drop by as much as 30 percent.

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