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Protestors were joined by two students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Adam Alhanti and John Barnitt.
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Thousands of students across the country participated in another school walkout today — the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.

The City of Troy will honor its former Director of Operations, who was murdered three years ago, on Saturday.

A celebration of Albany's black history and tradition in music is coming up. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas previews this week's seventh annual Gospel Jubilee.

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When Neil Armstrong made his historic first step on the moon almost 50 years ago, the silicone rubber in his boots was made along the banks of the Hudson River in Waterford, New York, just north of Albany in Saratoga County. The plant, once owned by General Electric began operating in 1947, and is now Momentive Performance Materials. The plant was the scene of a strike from November 2016 until February of last year with health benefits a major demand of the workers.

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A search for a new chief to lead the city of Albany's police force is underway following three community meetings seeking citizen input.

As the Baby Boomers retire and turn to Social Security, staffers at Capital Region field offices are becoming overwhelmed. That's according to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, who was in Glenville, New York this afternoon.

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Someday in the near future, your glass of New York cider could come from apples grown in Albany's Washington Park.

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The University at Albany formally inaugurated its new president this afternoon.

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Officials in Albany are moving forward with a plan to radically remake Madison Avenue as a "complete streets" example. With warmer weather around the corner, the street-calming element of the so-called "road diet" is moving ahead.

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Albany County held its annual crime victim "Ceremony of Remembrance" today.

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The mayor of Troy has some changes in mind for the city police department. 

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden
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A significant parking overhaul in the city of Troy is set to begin next month.

Jake Ashby, Rensselaer County Legislator
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Voters head to the polls April 24th for special elections to fill 11 vacant seats in the New York state Legislature — including the 107th district Assembly seat formerly held by Republican Steve McLaughlin, who became Rensselaer County Executive. Two Rensselaer County legislators, Republican Jake Ashby and Democrat Cindy Doran, are vying for the seat. In the second of a two-part series, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief speaks with Jake Ashby.

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The city of Albany will be taking community input as it looks to hire a new police chief.

 In this photo dated March 2018, Cindy Doran stands near the St. Gobain plant on the river in Hoosick Falls, site of the PFOA contamination.
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Voters head to the polls April 24th for special elections to fill 11 vacant seats in the New York state Legislature — including the 107th district Assembly seat formerly held by Republican Steve McLaughlin, who became Rensselaer County Executive. Two Rensselaer County legislators, Republican Jake Ashby and Democrat Cindy Doran, are vying for the seat. In the first of a two-part series, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief speaks with Cindy Doran.

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Some closure has been reached in the case involving a March 2015 fire in Schenectady that left four dead and dozens homeless.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and her family recently returned from a volunteer trip to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria.  The mayor tells WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas the trip is one she will never forget.

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For the second year in a row, the city of Albany is receiving Capital City Aid after enduring a period of uncertainty before the final state budget deal came together. It’s not the full amount Albany was seeking.

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The county prosecutor says upstate New York police officers won't face animal cruelty charges for using their official vehicles to kill a rabid raccoon. 

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One of Albany’s leading arts institutions is moving to new digs, but staying downtown.

William I. Hitchcock is a professor of history at the University of Virginia and the Randolph Compton Professor at the Miller Center for Public Affairs.

In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents, behind the perennial top four: Lincoln, Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Teddy Roosevelt. In his new book, "The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s," historian William Hitchcock shows that this high ranking is justified. Eisenhower’s accomplishments were enormous, and loom ever larger from the vantage point of our own tumultuous times.

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Police and school officials are conducting an active shooter training exercise tonight at Albany High School. 

Assemblymember Pat Fahy Thursday night at the Albany Public Library for a community forum about the New York budget.
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With the  deadline for adopting the New York state budget days away, Albany area Assemblymembers John McDonald and Pat Fahy conducted a "community conversation" Thursday to bring constituents up to date.

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An Albany police officer has pleaded guilty to drunk driving and plans to resign from the force. Authorities say Shawn Dixon was intoxicated when he crashed his vehicle into a utility transformer near Park Avenue and Eagle Street in Albany around 5 a.m. on December 20.

Tierra Farm's Gunther Fishgold saved Albany's Madison Theater from the wrecking ball.
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Just like the movies themselves, Albany's Madison Theater has gone through several changes since it first opened in 1929.  Its most dramatic renovation is now in the works.

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Cohoes Police have traced a phone call threatening to shoot up the city’s high school Tuesday to a 15-year-old male student. 

The City of Albany’s Department of Planning and Development and the Capital District Transportation Committee are hosting a public meeting Wednesday to discuss the future of Washington Avenue near the University of Albany’s uptown campus.

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The CEO of the Capital District Transportation Authority is in Washington today to speak to Congress about federal funding for mass transit systems across the nation. Carm Basile is concerned that the $200 billion infrastructure funding called for by the Trump administration would be taken out of the funding now set aside for public bus and transportation providers such as the CDTA. 

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Albany's St. Patrick’s Day Parade is tomorrow. The 68th annual march, touted as a "family-friendly event" will carry on a number of traditions.

Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce
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New leadership came to the Albany County Legislature in January when Andrew Joyce was elected chairman, a seat his father held a quarter of a century earlier. 

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