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
11:21 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Trouble With Wind Turbines

Residents in one Columbia County community have had it with wind turbines:  neighbors along Carson Road on Winchell Mountain in Ancram say they've been awakened in the middle of the night by noises as loud as foghorns or hovering helicopters, so intense that the windows in their houses rattle.

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New York News
10:15 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Report Sparks Parade and Rally in Albany

New York State ranks fifth in the nation in the gap between rich and poor school districts based on spending per pupil. That's the finding in a new report prepared by school reform advocates who will put on a parade and a rally in Albany today.

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Capital Region News
8:36 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Man Arrested For Bringing Gun To School

  Police on Monday arrested a man who took a concealed gun into the Doane Stuart School.  

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Capital Region News
5:02 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Albany Academy Celebrates 200th Anniversary

This afternoon Albany Academy launched a 15-month bicentennial celebration.  The symbolic chiming of the clock tower bells, rung for the first time in 84 years, commemorated the beginning of a third century of education at the Albany Academies. Students, parents, faculty and alumni gathered at the Boy's School Front Circle to mark the 200th anniversary.

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New York News
12:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards

The Viscardi Center today announced the recipients of a new international award designed to identify and honor people living with disabilities for their work and influence on the global disability community of more than one billion people.

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Catskills
7:50 am
Sun March 3, 2013

Day-Trippers: Head To Catskill

  

Looking for something to do today? A Cinderella story of sorts is taking place this weekend in the Catskills. 

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Capital Region News
7:43 am
Sun March 3, 2013

Housing Board May Face Re-organization

Saratoga County is highlighted in red.
Credit wikipedia.org

There's trouble ahead for a local Housing authority. 

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Capital Region News
12:02 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

UAlbany & Capital Region Leaders Support New SUNY Capital Plan Request

UAlbany President Robert Jones
Credit WAMC/Dave Lucas

The new president of the University at Albany is appealing to Capital Region business and community leaders to support a new five-year funding plan.

President Robert Jones presented a plan that calls for $293 million over five years for critically important capital improvements, renovations, and upgrades to the university’s aging campus facilities, spanning more than 5.8 million square feet.  He says the revitalization and renewal plan will preserve the university’s existing infrastructure while creating an estimated 2,500 Capital Region jobs.

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New York News
12:06 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

New Food Hardship Data Impacts NY

"Food Hardship" is a growing problem in America.  New data from FRAC - the Food Research and Action Center - shows 1 in 6 of us can't afford to buy enough food for ourselves or our families. Those studying FRAC's report blame the economy and say government isn't doing enough to fill a growing need.

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New York News
6:05 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

NY Gov Affirms Belief in Gun Law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Governor Andrew Cuomo says gun control is controversial, but the law he pushed through in New York has broad support and he believes it will save lives.

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