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Opponents and supporters of a planned Walmart store in Saratoga County packed into a public hearing Tuesday night.

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On February 1st, Zenith Care Health Group officially became the owner and operator of Saratoga County’s Maplewood Manor nursing home and not soon after, local media began reporting on staffing and quality-of-care issues at the 277-bed facility.

People voiced concern at two well-attended public meetings this month, but Zenith spokesman Aaron Lichtman said the community has been supportive of the company.

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of Northern New York toured the region today to discuss education issues with students and faculty. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard caught up with the freshman lawmaker in Malta.

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A Saratoga County village is preparing for its  annual film festival this weekend.

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Walmart has announced that it once again plans to build a new store in the Southern Saratoga County town of Ballston, but the presence of the retailer in the community may still prove controversial.

The nation’s largest retailer announced plans this week to build a new store in Ballston in a commercial development near the corners of Routes 50 and 67.

Walmart says the new store would bring with it 300 jobs, most of them fulltime positions.

A recently announced New York state grant program aims to form 16 public-private partnerships to prepare students for high-skill jobs. 

Leading companies across New York in areas of manufacturing, clean technologies, healthcare, and other sectors are teaming up with high schools and community colleges in an effort to train students for the high-skill jobs in their area.

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  New York Congressman Paul Tonko has unveiled legislation designed to introduce and strengthen engineering programs at schools across the country. 

Tonko, a New York Democrat, visited with school officials and students with the Ballston Spa High School Robotics team Monday.

The students were working together as part of a summer camp activity to program small robots to perform simple tasks such as following a line on the floor or moving around the perimeter of a table.