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Authorities say an ambulance transporting a Sloansville man to his home crashed on an upstate New York road, killing the patient.

Acting Police Chief Robert Sears
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The Albany Police body camera program is almost ready for prime time.  Tuesday night officials updated citizens during a community forum at the main branch of the Albany Public Library.

A second Albany mayoral candidate has released personal income tax returns.

Across the city of Albany, the political scene is heating up as the pivotal September Democratic primary approaches.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has announced a series of Solid Waste Management Plan Community Meetings, as the city landfill nears capacity.

A blind woman helped for years by her mini guide horse is now returning the favor by nursing the sick animal back to health.

Authorities say a man has been charged with driving drunk in the parking lot of the New York State Police Academy.

An upstate New York man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the beating death of a 63-year-old woman.

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A group of cyclists led by Mayor Kathy Sheehan celebrated Bike to Work Week Tuesday morning in Albany.

Superintendent Larry Spring says the extra funding will empower the district to hire more teachers, expand services and roll out new programs.
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One day before voters decide school budgets across New York state, Schenectady School District officials welcomed elected leaders to Mont Pleasant Middle School to discuss the impact of a significant funding increase.

State officials have started an internal investigation after guests and staff at an Albany hotel complained about late-night raucous behavior by a group of prison guards.

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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In recent years, The College of St. Rose in Albany has been experiencing conflict between the administration and faculty. The college has faced financial challenges even as it celebrates enrollment milestones.  Yesterday on Midday Magazine, we heard from St. Rose professor Angela Ledford about a recent faculty letter calling for the president’s removal. Ledford is vice president of the Faculty Association of St. Rose and vice president of the St. Rose chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

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In recent years, The College of St. Rose in Albany has been experiencing conflict between the administration and faculty. The college has faced financial challenges even as it celebrates enrollment milestones. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down with St. Rose professor Angela Ledford to discuss a recent faculty letter calling for the president’s removal. Ledford is vice president of the Faculty Association of St. Rose and vice president of the St. Rose chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan invites citizens to check out rezonealbany.com to get a better handle on the plan.
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In March, Mayor Kathy Sheehan released the final ReZone Albany draft — a long-awaited plan intended to simplify city zoning ordinance. Critics warn it could further deplete the financially strapped city's coffers.

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A popular state park that offers panoramic views of the Albany area has opened its new $4.3 million visitor’s center to introduce folks to the park's trails and to provide environmental education. 

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Some 78 people die each day across the country from prescription opioid-related overdoses and statistics show 4 out of 5 of heroin users started with prescription opioids.  Albany County now has a task force in place to battle the crisis.

With higher education becoming more expensive, students looking to maximize their college experiences are getting help from their schools.

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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.

Exclusion of susceptible students from schools/colleges affected by a mumps outbreaks (and other, unaffected schools judged by local public health authorities to be at risk for transmitting the disease) should be considered as one way to control mumps.
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The University at Albany is dealing with eight confirmed cases of mumps among the student body.

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This week, two former University at Albany students were found guilty of falsifying reports surrounding a racially-charged assault on a bus in January 2016. They were cleared of more serious related charges. Here's a look back on a case that made international headlines.

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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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Filling technology jobs in the Capital Region remains a challenge, but employers are seeing some improvement in hiring and feeling more optimistic about job growth, according to the latest Linium Hiring Index. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief with Linium Recruiting's managing director Miriam Dushane about the Spring 2017 survey.

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An Albany County court jury Wednesday afternoon found two former University at Albany students guilty of filing a false statement, but acquitted the pair of assault, attempted assault and harassment. 

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The perception of Albany as a sheltering place for the undocumented began around 2009 and has continued through the present day.  There has been ongoing debate over whether or not Albany is a “Sanctuary City.” 

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
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The Hoosick Falls village board, led by new mayor Rob Allen, has voted to cut ties with the law firm that had worked to write a failed settlement agreement with the companies deemed responsible for polluting water supplies with the chemical PFOA.

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AARP New York, the state Attorney General’s Office and the Albany County Department for Aging teamed up to host a free paper-shredding event for the public today.

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Sol Greenberg's trademark wavy silver hair and pipe once personified the office of District Attorney in Albany County. Greenberg died Thursday at age 95.

The UAlbany community partnered with Albany Medical Center to assemble "survival kits" to support victims of sexual violence at our annual We Care event in SEFCU Arena.
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Hundreds of volunteers gathered Monday evening in Albany to pack and deliver "survival kits" to victims who have undergone forensic testing in the aftermath of sexual assault.

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The area is mourning Capital Region Chamber of Commerce President, Chuck Steiner.

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