Capital Region News

Police say a 38-year-old man was shot in the stomach at a suburban Albany shopping mall parking lot following a dispute that began earlier in the night.

Police in the town of Colonie say the shooting happened around 10 p.m. Thursday in the Colonie Center parking lot outside a movie theater entrance.

Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning
Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning

The city of Watervliet, just to the north of Albany, is a river town along the banks of the Hudson whose factories and mills have long since closed, a not unusual situation across the towns, villages and cities of upstate New York. As the city works toward a new economic future, two members of its 24-member police force were recently arrested, one in a drug investigation, the other on an underage sex charge. Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning says the arrests do not reflect on the city and its future.

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With two prominent racially sensitive cases dominating headlines in recent weeks, the Albany County District Attorney is hearing from an impatient community.

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Albany County leaders rallied round the mayor of Green Island this week to address what they say is a "flood insurance crisis" that threatens the community.

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The chairman of the Rensselaer County Legislature has been charged with grand larceny and filing dozens of false documents to improperly collect more than $15,000 of state unemployment benefits.

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A health alert after a part-time postal worker in the Capital Region was recently diagnosed with pulmonary Tuberculosis. 

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Albany Housing Authority apartments and homes will be "smoke-free."

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A tanker truck that had just taken on a full load of gasoline caught fire on Interstate 787 this morning.

Commuters will have to find new routes around Albany after an oil tanker caught fire Monday. City Hall says the fire is out as of midday, but the fire "in the northbound lane of I-787 just north of I-90 has closed the I-787 northbound and southbound lanes."

The Troy Charter Review Commission is seeking public input tonight.

An apartment building, a car garage, a veterinary hospital . . .. What do these businesses have in common?

Close Call In Albany

Aug 7, 2015
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It was a miracle of sorts on a busy Albany street. Two light poles collapsed Tuesday afternoon, falling into traffic, but no one was hurt.

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The political hopes of two would-be candidates for the Albany County Legislature have been dashed — at least for the time being.

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Retired Yankees great Derek Jeter is returning today to the Capital Region, where he briefly played in the minor leagues.

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A rally is scheduled for tonight in Schenectady’s Hamilton Hill neighborhood after the latest fatal shooting there.

Some hopeful candidates for seats on the Albany County Legislature have gone to court after being thrown off the ballot.

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Battling a long-held perception that there's no parking in downtown Albany, Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined the Albany Parking Authority and the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District this morning to herald free parking on the street and in city garages on weeknights and weekends in the downtown area.

A Capital Region police officer who was serving in the Watervliet School District is facing allegations he had sex with some of his students. Officer Joshua Spratt has been charged with having sex with two girls ages 16 and 17, while working as a school’s resource officer. The 12-year-veteran of the force pleaded not guilty in court yesterday.

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Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple’s son, Kyle Apple, was arrested for drunken driving early Saturday morning after a crash at Central and Colvin Avenues. The Times Union reports Kyle was found inside his disabled car with keys still in the ignition and engine running. The 21-year-old allegedly was found with an open can of beer, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

The candidates in one upstate mayoral challenge have agreed to run a “clean, positive” race.

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As Albany gets ready to reconfigure busy Madison Avenue, some city residents will rally Monday for protected bike lanes.

Capital Regional alternative weekly Metroland is for sale.

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the New York National Guard to bring the Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to World War I soldier Sgt. Henry Johnson of Albany upstate to be put on public display.

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On Monday, July 20, at 12:00 a.m., the red light cameras at the eastbound approach of Shaker Road and Northern Boulevard and the westbound approach of Washington Avenue and Quail Street will be fully operational and going “live.”

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With Mayor Lou Rosamilia deciding not to seek another term, the political scene in Troy is wide-open ahead of the fall elections. 32-year-old native Ernest Everett would like to see his beloved Troy make a big comeback. The Democrat announced his candidacy in Lansingburgh in the spring and believes he is the one who can unify the Collar City. Everett sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss his platform.

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The City of Albany’s Department of Youth & Workforce Services celebrated the opening of a new Youth Opportunity Office Thursday... WAMC's Dave Lucas was there and files this report.

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The rate of traffic crashes in the United States is about three times higher at night than in the daytime. Visibility is a large contributing factor to that statistic. But a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor is leading a study in the Capital Region that may revolutionize the way we drive at night. 

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Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy’s fourth “State of the County” tour gets underway next week.

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In August 2009, then-Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings announced that Tech Valley Communications and the city had received a state grant of 625-thousand dollars to expand Albany FreeNet, the free wireless Internet network. Now, six years later,  efforts to bring free or low-cost high-speed Internet to the residents of Albany have been moving along at dial-up speed.

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Newly appointed Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox appears to have the Common Council’s support ahead of a confirmation vote expected next month. 

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