Capital Region News

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It has been a violent weekend with four shootings in the city of Albany, marring the Columbus Day holiday period.


Upstate New York officials who found out a planned natural gas pipeline could go through sites containing prehistoric artifacts have been barred from getting more details because of a federal law aimed at preventing looting.

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There were two major announcements Thursday at the University at Albany.

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Albany residents have a chance tonight to weigh in on a manual being drafted to make city streets safer.

The City of Albany and the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) are presenting the first of two public meetings to gather input into a policy and design manual that will lay down guidelines for the creation and installation of sidewalks, cycling infrastructure, crosswalks, road diets, traffic calming measures, bus pullouts and more.

Siena College today inaugurated Brother Ed Coughlin as its 11th president.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan revealed her proposed 2016 budget last night at City Hall.


The skeletal remains of more than a dozen 18th-century African-American slaves unearthed in upstate New York a decade ago will be reburied.

Homecoming Tonight For "Nightmare Code" Director

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A local filmmaker returns home tonight for a one-night screening of Nightmare Code, a psychological sci-fi thriller that looks at where technology could be taking us in the not too distant future. Mark Netter was raised in Delmar and attended Bethlehem Central High School before studying film and TV production at NYU. He is the director, co-writer and producer of Nightmare Code, which will be screened at the Spectrum in Albany.

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The University at Albany and Albany Law School have announced a deeper affiliation that officials say creates important new academic opportunities for students, novel research and grant prospects for faculty, and advances the region’s role as a leader in higher education and innovation.

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Pope Francis proclaimed the internet was a gift from God. Amanda Scarpinati might just be inclined to agree with that.  Scarpinati's four-decade search for a nurse who cared for her as an infant burn victim came to fruition in a matter of hours days, thanks to social media...

A former employee of an upstate New York college has been charged with stealing more than $250,000 in electronic items from the school.

Collar City voters will vote tomorrow on a proposed Troy Public Library budget and elect new members to the board of trustees.

The Troy mayoral race has taken a turn: Ernest Everett, who finished third in the Democratic primary, is facing felony forgery counts.

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Members of the Release Marquis Campaign rallied at Albany City Hall last night, calling for the Common Council to  unanimously pass a Raise The Age Resolution.

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Over the last few decades, Albany's College of St. Rose has expanded both its campus and its educational offerings. But there've been a few bumps in the road more recently.

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Sep 18, 2015
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Greene County residents are mourning the death of the former chairman of the County Legislature.

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As gun violence continues to plague Troy, city officials are once again urging residents to do their part to stop the bloodshed.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is sounding the alarm: federal funding that is supposed to be used to stop the spread of invasive species and pests like the emerald ash borer often has to be redirected to pay for fighting wildfire emergencies due to budget restraints.

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Efforts to curb gun violence in Albany had another airing at an Albany Law School forum Wednesday night.

A new law has appeared on the books in Albany County, apparently aimed at addressing any perceived threat to public safety by the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline.The so-called "blasting law" was hurried through the County Legislature.

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Microbeads – the tiny plastic pellets that come by the tens of thousands in bottles of face wash, toothpaste, and more – are on their way to being banned in Albany County. 

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In one of the toughest races on primary day Thursday, Albany County Legislature Chair Shawn Morse defeated Dianne Nolin for mayor of Cohoes. The de facto general election means Morse will succeed outgoing Mayor George Primeau — his uncle. Morse says the Hudson River city of 16,000 people north of Albany faces many challenges, and tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus he isn’t surprised he won the race.

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Plagued by staff cutbacks and a dropoff in admissions, Albany's College of St. Rose has accepted the resignation of a high-level administrator.

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It’s the final few hours of voting as today’s primary elections will winnow the field for November.

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Albany is bolstering its fire department with federal funds.

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People who take public transportation tend to be opinionated regarding service. They'll have an opportunity to air grievances and praises alike tonight in downtown Albany at a meeting on bus transit policy.

Albany Law School’s 18th president and dean will be inaugurated Thursday.


A busy interstate in Albany was backed up for about a half hour yesterday after a man jumped from an overpass.

Newschannel 13 is reporting that the 25-year-old man was taken to a hospital after jumping from Everett Road near Exit 5 on Interstate 90. The incident occurred just before 4 p.m. yesterday. The man was taken to Albany Medical Center.

His condition is currently unknown, but he is expected to survive.

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Back in January, Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar decided, unexpectedly,  not to run for a fourth term.  In a letter to county Republican Chairman John Rustin, Mahar explained he wanted to retire and spend more time with his family...

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In its third consecutive year under the state mandated tax cap, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy is offering up a 2016 budget with a zero tax increase. In what some are calling a political twist, the spending plan is out a month earlier than its customary release.