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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.

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

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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.

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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.

Authorities say a fatal shooting at an Albany bar popular with the LGBT community wasn't bias-related.

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Four people were shot in the wee hours of Thursday at a Central Avenue nightclub in Albany.

Breathing Lights

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This month and last, nightly from 6pm – 10pm, Breathing Lights has been illuminating the windows of hundreds of vacant buildings in Albany, Schenectady and Troy. Breathing Lights looks to transform abandoned structures from pockets of shadows into places of warmth. 

Concentrated in neighborhoods with high levels of vacancy, Breathing Lights was a winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge which engages mayors to collaborate with artists on developing innovative public art projects that enrich communities and attract visitors.

But even after the closure, there will be months of programming and events to continue the conversation surrounding the issues. To tell us more – we welcome project architect Barb Nelson, Lead Artist Adam Frelin and Judie Gilmore, the project director. 

The new downtown Albany convention center is expected to have an estimated economic impact of $36 million a year. But ahead of the facility's planned spring opening,  the Albany Convention Center Authority's finances are coming under scrutiny.

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One year ago, Albany revisited its musical past. Mid-1960s era local bands reformed to perform again. "Analog Fog" was such a success, they decided an encore was in order.   "Analog Fog II" is coming up later this month...

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It's that time of year again — crows are on the move and wildlife officials are right behind them.

The Albany Capital Center is 75% finished...
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A major development in downtown Albany that has taken years to come together is getting close to opening. Reports were given an exclusive glimpse inside the Albany Capital Center today. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas took the tour of what's shaping up to be a main attraction for the area.

Tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Shannon Holsey, President of Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, will provide remarks in honor of Native American Heritage Month at Albany City Hall in Albany, NY.

Albany is within the heart of the traditional territory of the Mohican people, who lived for thousands of years along the Hudson River. Displaced from their homelands, the Mohican people thrive today on a reservation in northern Wisconsin.

We are joined by Shannon Holsey and Bonney Hartley - Tribal Historic Preservation Officer based at Russell Sage College. 

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Take a walk through Albany’s warehouse district and you’ll notice some new businesses in the old brick structures. The strip has become a hotbed for craft beverage producers.

The Food Pantries for the Capital District is a coalition of 56 food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties. They provide funding, delivery, coordination of services and food drives, and education and training to their member food pantries. Their Executive Director will join us later on.

Their fundraiser, the Harvest Evening Celebration, will be happening next Thursday at Revolution Hall in Troy, NY.

To tell us more, we welcome the Executive Director of the Food Pantries for the Capital District, Natasha Pernicka. 

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After a close primary decided on absentee ballots last week all but decided a new city court judge, Albany's mayor today appointed him to a vacant city court judge position.

Former Commissioner of the New York State Office of General Services John Egan has died.

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