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12:17 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Capital City Battles Blight, Aging Infrastructure

Like so many other cities across the nation, Albany has had to deal with urban blight and aging infrastructure. When an old house along the city's storied Clinton Avenue crumbled, the mayor took immediate action.

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12:27 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

EPA/Amtrak Train Emissions Public Meeting Tonight

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Tonight, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck will host a public meeting to discuss Amtrak train emissions at the Rensselaer Rail Yard. The gathering is in response to residents' concerns about diesel smoke at the yard's Amtrak maintenance facility.

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10:01 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Anti-Casino Residents In East Greenbush More Confident

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Following a Wednesday evening Town Meeting , residents opposed to building an East Greenbush casino on Thompson Hill are more confident than ever that they can stop the proposal from going forward.

The Town Board told a packed house that the casino developers had withdrawn their planning application at this time due to a lack of material. The board previously voted unanimously to support the Capital View Casino & Resort to be built, now a zoning issue has emerged that could jeopardize the project

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4:53 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

County Will Pay For City Building Collapse

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The financially-strapped city of Albany will be spared the bill for clean-up after a house collapse.

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12:57 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

400 Teens Participate In Albany Work Camp

Reverend Dr. Miriam Leupold, Spencer Nally & Christy D'Ambrosio
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Some 400 teens and young adults are in Albany this week, attending a work camp that has taken on repair and painting projects throughout the city.   First Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a work camp in Albany through July 5th to provide small repairs and painting at 70 sites in the South End. 

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1:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

NY Court Upholds Communities’ Right To Protect Residents From Fracking

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New York State continues wait for final word on hydraulic fracturing, the controversial gas drilling method on hold since 2008.  Monday's Court of Appeals decision upheld communities’ right to use traditional local zoning laws to keep fracking out of their borders.

The New York Court of Appeals ruling came in two cases decided jointly:  one brought by an oil company and the other a dairy farm that wanted to lease its land, challenging the towns of Dryden and Middlefield’s decisions to ban the industrial activity there.

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1:03 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Three Found Dead In A Double-Murder Suicide In East Greenbush

East Greenbush police are investigating a double-murder suicide.

Police were dispatched to 58 Rockrose drive in the wee hours of Tuesday morning - a woman recently released from a mental institution attempted to take her own life and the lives of her two young daughters, ages 6 and 11. Responders found all three in "grave" condition - they were taken to Albany Medical Center hospital where they were pronounced dead. Autopsies have been scheduled. Time Warner Cable News reports the woman was overcome with grief after her son committed suicide in April.

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6:59 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Albany Oil Spill Rattles Officials

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A relatively minor oil spill at the Port of Albany has apparently set the scene for a summer of scrutiny, with county officials putting crude-by-rail transporter Global Partners LLC under the microscope.

Albany's river port has emerged as a major hub for rail and barge shipments of crude oil. A series of incidents involving rail cars moving crude oil internationally has prompted concerns about spills and fires from some residents and environmental groups.  A weekend spill underscores those concerns.

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12:39 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

US World Cup Fans Have A Ball At The Biergarten

US fans gather at the Biergarten to watch the World Cup
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Around the country Thursday afternoon, offices emptied out as Americans took an extended lunch break to cheer on the men’s national soccer team. Although the U.S. lost its match to Germany 1-0, the Americans are moving on to the knockout round. In Albany, the hottest spot for soccer fans has become Wolff’s Biergarten in the downtown warehouse district. During the World Cup, thousands have come and gone — with the intensity rising for U.S. games. WAMC News Intern Mike Allinger was there to capture the sounds of the match.

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12:35 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Albany Commissioner Of Recreation On 1609 Fitness Challenge

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Residents of Albany are being urged to get in shape this summer and win prizes at the same time. The 1609 Fitness Challenge is under way, and will continue into August, according to Jonathan Jones, Albany's Commissioner of Recreation, Youth and Workforce Services.

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