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
10:47 am
Tue March 19, 2013

UAlbany makes U.S. Community Service Honor Roll

Peer outreach assistants and a community outreach associate offer health information in the lobby of Bliss Towers in Hudson, part of an award-winning project run by UAlbany's Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities in 2011-12.
Credit www.albany.edu

The University at Albany’s community service efforts to improve the quality of life in the Capital Region has earned the institution a place on the 2013 U.S. President’s Higher Education Honor Roll. Officials say that contributing to this national designation was the 39 percent student-service participation rate and three exemplar UAlbany programs including Albany, Hudson, Schenectady and Amsterdam, that address pressing community needs in the areas of minority health care, affordable mental health services and improved information literacy in low-performing and other schools.

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New York News
4:59 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Positive News For Some New York Utility Customers

New York utility regulators have approved new electricity and natural gas delivery rates for National Grid.

The Public Service Commission says the company will be allowed to collect a total of $123 million more electric revenue and almost $9 million more gas revenue over three years.

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Science & Technology
11:40 am
Fri March 15, 2013

RPI student 7th recipient of Lemelson-Rensselaer Prize

Ming Ma, PhD Student, Materials Science and Engineering.
Credit RPI

We're all familiar with LED technology - Light-emitting diodes are used in applications as diverse as aviation lighting, automotive lighting and traffic signals. LEDs have allowed new text, video displays, and sensors to be developed, while their high switching rates are also useful in advanced communications technology.

An RPI student has been named the winner of a national competition for technological innovation...

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New York News
12:13 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

NY Gun Debate Gains Intensity

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The legal debate over guns and the safety of New York's citizens continues at a fever pitch in the wake of the Herkimer horror, where four people were shot yesterday.

The Central New York tragedy and Wednesday’s refusal by a state judge to block New York's tough new gun law, have kicked the gun control issue into overdrive.

A Siena College poll recently found New York voters, by a 2-to-1 margin, support the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, which included a broader ban on assault weapons and lower limits on the capacity of magazines.

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Saratoga News
4:52 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

'Skidmore Stalker' in court Wednesday

The so-called "Skidmore Stalker" has waived extradition and will be returned to Saratoga County. 

Authorities tell the Albany Times Union that 49-year old Lance Leonard appeared in an Atlantic City courtroom on Wednesday and declared he would not fight his return to New York. He was arrested earlier this month after allegedly threatening a Skidmore College student. The campus was locked down for a time after the threat was received.

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Capital Region News
3:56 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

NY proposes high-tech SUNY campus

University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A written proposal shows the State University at New York may soon create its 65th campus, spinning its fast-growing College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering away from the University at Albany.

The proposal obtained by The Associated Press is confirmed by two people familiar with the internal discussions. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to announce the proposal. It would have to be approved by the SUNY Board of Trustees, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature.

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New York News
12:12 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Immigration Reform Emerges As Hotbutton Issue

This week, the Migrant Power Alliance launched a National Action against deportations. The group is calling on Democratic New York U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer to champion family unity and remove the punitive components of immigration reform.

Monica Arias Miranda of the Hispanic Coalition, New York says immigration reformists have been directing a lot of their efforts toward Schumer.

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Capital Region News
3:36 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Director Stricken

Credit albanypromusica.org

The founding director of Albany Pro Musica has suffered a major stroke.

Officials with the Albany Pro Musica board say David Griggs-Janower was stricken during surgery on Friday. After speaking with is family, a decision was made to give two performances scheduled for this weekend.

Concerts scheduled beyond this weekend are in question.

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

NY AG Announces Multistate Settlement With Google

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today joined 37 states and the District of Columbia in announcing a multi-million settlement with Google over its unauthorized collection of data from unsecured wireless networks nationwide.

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New York News
12:15 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Cuomo tackles campaign finance reform in telephone town hall

Credit Times Union Website Crime Confidential Blog

With a new poll showing his favorability rating slipping, Governor Andrew Cuomo made an appearance by telephone last night to weigh in on fair elections in New York.  

Billed as a Fair Elections Telephone Town Hall with Governor Cuomo, it provided a vehicle for the state's top executive to argue his case for a campaign finance model that mirrors one in place in New York City.

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