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A restored World War II B-17 bomber is making week-long stops in Plattsburgh and Albany during a 50-city tour across the U.S. and Canada.

Fire on Madison Avenue in Albany
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Fire officials in upstate New York say multiple historic buildings have been destroyed in a fire.

Authorities say the fire started around 9 p.m. on Madison Avenue near Lark Street in Albany. Crews from Watervliet and Troy assisted the Albany Fire Department in containing the blaze.

Riverkeeper patrol boat Capt. John Lipscomb

Albany and Troy have reportedly been dumping sewage into the Hudson River and not reporting it in a timely manner.

A plan to update Albany’s decades-old zoning code could be put on hold.

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Albany police are currently seeking more information about a shooting that occurred early Sunday.

Nippers Pop Up In Albany

Jun 15, 2017
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A public art project based on Albany’s famous canine resident and local landmark Nipper the Dog has taken off.

Residents of Albany are being invited to meet their refugee and immigrant neighbors at a panel discussion Thursday.

Anja Adriaans, founder of "FAN" – the Friendship Albany-Nijmegen Association.
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The horrors of World War II and the humanity that emerged from it forever linked Albany with a city in northwestern Europe in a friendship forged with flowers.

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May Day has seen millions rally nationwide for worker and immigrant rights. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports from Albany’s “Day Without Immigrants” protest.

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The City of Albany is seeking input on a preliminary Request For Proposals (RFP) for a proposed solid waste transfer station.

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If you’ve been to Manhattan recently, you’ve probably noticed the blue Citi Bikes traveling along city streets. Now, CDTA is teaming up with CDPHP and a Brooklyn-based company to bring bike-sharing to the Capital Region. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard explains that customers will be able to choose where they’d like to see the bikes.

New York lawmakers are headed back to Albany to wrap up their work for the year.

The Senate and Assembly are scheduled to reconvene Monday to begin the last seven weeks of their annual legislative session. They've been on break for two weeks after blowing a key deadline and passing a $153 billion state budget several days late.

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Some new life could be in the cards for the old Tobin Packing Company grounds in West Albany.

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Police say a 27-year-old man has been fatally shot inside a car in Albany.

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When a water main breaks it can poke a hole in a municipal budget. Some local leaders are renewing their call for establishment of an emergency water infrastructure fund for New York.

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The once-Albany-based band Hand Habits returned this week as part of a tour behind a new record titled Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void), which was recently recognized by internet music publication Pitchfork.

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The Albany Symphony Orchestra unveiled its new season lineup Wednesday at the Palace Theatre.

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Nearly back-to-back weather systems in the last few days marked the return of typical Northeastern winter and its hallmarks: delays, closings, cancellations, snow emergencies and treacherous driving conditions.

Anti-abortion activists held rallies across the country yesterday, but many were met with counter-protestors.

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Many Albany residents were caught off-guard by the city's first significant snowfall in almost two years. They woke up today to find their cars had been towed away for non-compliance with snow emergency protocol.

The public focus on policymaking at the state Capitol has taken a backseat to the actions of the Trump Administration.  Almost from the minute the new President was inaugurated, his nonstop, frantic pace has captured the nation’s attention.

George Regan
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On Wednesday, George Regan announced that after 35 years, he is stepping down as director of the annual  Freihofer’s Run for Women, one the Capital Region’s biggest annual sporting events. Regan, who has overseen the race that brings thousands of competitors and fans to Albany every spring, brought his successor Patrick Lynskey to WAMC studios this week. The two sat down for a chat with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.


Some longtime residents think the calling Albany, Smalbany is a cheap shot. Others embrace it. Like our next guest.

With new and updated entries on everything from food, shopping, and the arts to people, history, and places to visit, The Smalbanac 2.0 is a wry, affectionate, and practical guide to New York State’s capital city and surrounding area.

Packed with information, the guide is perfect not only for visitors, new students, and those relocating to the area but also for long-term residents who want to get out of their comfort zones and explore the many hidden and some not-so-hidden treasures the area has to offer.

A local artist and writer, Christine Garretson-Persans has worked at The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center since 2004. 

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Mirroring last year's Albany State of the City address, last night’s speech by Mayor Kathy Sheehan was interrupted by the din of protestors.

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Despite non-stop protesting by disgruntled union workers and citizens calling for justice for Dontay Ivy, Albany Mayor Sheehan delivered her State of the City address Wednesday night at City Hall. This is raw audio of the entire presentation. More tomorrow, including a breakdown and reaction from others, including declared mayoral candidate Carolyn McLaughlin, on WAMC.

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Women's rights advocates marched to the New York state capitol on Saturday, part of a day of national protests.

Brendan Cox and his family walk away from Albany Police HQ to a waiting car on Henry Johnson Boulevard.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Police Department held a “piping out” ceremony today outside headquarters to mark the end of Chief Brendan Cox’s service. 

Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A nationwide search is being conducted for a new chief to lead the Albany Police department. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas takes a look back at the short tenure of Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox, who is being honored this hour as he leaves the job.

The 2016 Tulip Queen & Court
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The City of Albany has announced it is seeking nominations for the 2017 Tulip Queen and Court.

New York state's 10 economic regions will divide more than $700 million in new economic development funding grants. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced the awards Thursday in Albany. The cities of Troy and Albany are getting shares of that money.

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