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Once again, the University at Albany is saying goodbye to its president. Robert Jones announced his departure this week.

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Since Albany’s Palace Theatre opened in 1931, it has provided a wide array of cultural events and served as a hub for the creative community.  Last week, the Palace took center stage at its own press conference, where officials announced an ambitious project to revitalize the old movie house, with the intent to position the Palace as a gateway to downtown.  But there are a few loose ends.

Earlier this year, Capital Region community, business, education and government leaders announced the University at Albany’s $60 million plan to transform the century-old former Albany High School building into a home for its new College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  On Monday, many of those leaders gathered once again at the old school to share with the public their plans to conduct a joint study to look at "improving connections to downtown campus."

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Calling it a hub of job creation and economic activity critical to the regional economy, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer visited the Port of Albany today. The New York Democrat announced a major push to secure a federal grant for the port he says will help upstate manufacturers export their products across the nation and globe via the Hudson River.

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The next two weeks are all about politics, but with a laundry list of unaddressed issues, Capital Region Democrat Paul Tonko says Congress shouldn't be taking a vacation.

Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox
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Some big names in New York law enforcement have announced the takedown of multi-state drug pipelines.

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A new University at Albany-led study finds that while local regulation helps reduce tobacco availability, there is increased concern about the rise of electronic cigarettes.

Palace theatre executive director Holly Brown says project timetables are being worked out.
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The not-for-profit corporation that operates the historic Palace Theatre in Albany today presented its vision for a $65 million renovation and expansion project.

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A national debate about the relationship between police and citizens has been raging in recent days. Now, an event featuring Albany police advising young people about interactions with the cops has gotten mixed response on social media. 

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Efforts to repair Troy's new City Charter are progressing. The City Council has advanced toward authorizing the document.

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Authorities are still learning about the shootings in Dallas that killed five police officers and wounded several more. That violence follows two civilian deaths at the hands of police this week that galvanized protestors.

 Pressing the cross button at the intersection of 787 and Bridge Street now stops traffic in all four directions, handing control of the intersection over to pedestrians.
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When a teenage pedestrian was killed crossing the dangerous highway that runs through his Hudson River city in June, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse said enough is enough. Now, Morse wants that stretch of 787 re-made into a boulevard.  Change is already on the way.

A Johnstown woman who had been missing since June 22nd has been found alive. Rachael Mattice returned to her home early Wednesday morning according to multiple reports.

The Troy City Council has decided to take a second look at the revised city charter that became effective last Friday.

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Another upstate New York locality is considering banning the sale of tobacco products to people under the age of 21.

The Troy City Council has decided to take a second look at  the revised city charter that became effective on Friday:

The Troy City Council has decided to take a second look at  the revised city charter that became effective on Friday:

In the wake of a historic Pride month for the nation, Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and local leaders gathered Friday to discuss issues facing the LGBT community. 

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In an effort to make a positive impact on the well-being of children in inner-city neighborhoods and on education in the Albany,  Albany Medical Center has formally launched what it calls “a ground-breaking community-based partnership.”   

Tomorrow, the public gets a first look at Albany's long-awaited "Complete Streets" design manual, which sets guidelines for the creation and installation of sidewalks, cycling infrastructure, crosswalks, road diets, traffic calming measures and more.

In New York’s Capital Region, "getting from here to there" has long meant traveling by car, bus or taxi. Times have changed: more people have taken to bike riding and walking — and that has raised new safety concerns.

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An Albany Pride flag that was burned outside of the city’s Damien Center is now being investigated as a hate crime by the FBI. 

Troy launches SafeCam initiative; allows private security cameras to be registered with police.
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If you’re in public, you’re probably on camera. The city of Troy is embarking on a new initiative called "SafeCam," geared to take advantage of private camera systems by incorporating them into the city's plan to solve crimes and other urban mysteries.

The third defendant in the University at Albany CDTA bus fight that made national headlines has accepted a plea deal. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was in Albany County Court Tuesday afternoon when 21-year-old Alexis Briggs read a tearful apology...

Skateboard pro Kanten Russell and local skaters brainstorm on proposed layouts for Albany's new skate park.
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Albany is home to a vigorous skateboard culture. The Washington Park tennis courts along Madison Avenue have long been the center of the local skating community, even though the pasttime was technically illegal for some 30 years.  Now, the city is going forward with an ambitious plan to build a skate park.

Construction work has been halted at an upstate New York high-tech manufacturing complex after old cylinders from the property's stint as a Cold War rocket fuel test site were discovered.

Two of the three University at Albany students charged with falsely reporting a racially-motivated attack on a CDTA bus in January were back in court Friday morning.

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If you have an assault rifle or illegal handgun,  you have a chance to turn it in.

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A Niskayuna, New York native is being touted as a hero following the mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando. 

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A Schenectady man has been shot and killed by city police.

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