Capital Region News

Capital Region News
1:19 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Obama 'Insiders' Share Stories

The federal government is in the fourth day of a shutdown that makes President Obama’s 2008 campaign promise of post-partisanship and a new era of government efficiency sound almost quaint. Three former members of the president’s inner circle were in Albany last weekend for The University at Albany Student Association's  "World Within Reach" speaker series.

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6:33 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Albany Conference On Human Trafficking

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According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. More than 70 percent are female and half are children.  Albany played host to a conference on human trafficking Wednesday.

The event at the University at Albany’s downtown Milne Hall was co-hosted by the college's School of Social Welfare and the State Office of Children and Family Services. Its purpose: to raise awareness about human trafficking and increase knowledge among students and community members.

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4:53 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

GE to lay off 200 workers in Schenectady

General Electric says it plans to lay off up to 200 salaried employees at its Schenectady-based Power & Water Division by the end of this year.

According to GE officials, the Fairfield, CT based company is eliminating the white-collar positions to remain competitive. While they wouldn't divulge the exact number of employees to be laid off, 15 hundred workers at the Schenectady steam turbine and generator plant will not be affected.

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3:25 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Albany City Budget Plan Unveiled

All eyes are on Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings as he takes the wraps off the proposed city budget for 2014.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings today released his 2014 proposed budget presentation.

Jennings, who is nearing the end of his 20-year term, unveiled a $171 million spending plan that reflects a 2-point-4 million dollar reduction in operating expenses from last year's adopted budget: the Democrat says 87 percent of the proposed budget, exclusive of debt service, is related to personnel costs.

Jennings says the city has been moving forward, despite what he terms "great challenges." The budget plan calls for an increase of 900 thousand dollars to the tax levy.

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11:46 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Obama Team To Speak At UAlbany

Three men very close to Barack Obama who assisted and advised him, crafting his campaign as he rose from freshman Senator to presidential candidate and beyond, will be in Albany tonight for a public event.

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3:44 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Arrests Begin In Holloway House Party Case

Newspapers attest to the fact that authorities have begun rounding up suspects in the Holloway house trashing.

The “grace period” former NFL player Brian Holloway extended to the youths who ransacked his Stephentown home to make apologies and amends is over – the arrests have begun – the young man who masterminded the house party is among those taken into custody .

Holloway, who played for the Patriots and Raiders in the 1980s, told the Associated Press he'll press charges against anyone who broke any law - quote "The parents had a chance and students had a chance to come forward, and only four did."

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4:48 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Big Win for GE in North Africa

General Electric  has announced that it has signed three contracts to sell about $2.7 billion in gas and steam turbine equipment to the North African nation of Algeria.

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12:27 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

UAlbany To Bring Scholar Daughters Of Desmond Tutu To Campus

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The daughters of renowned South African activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu will make an appearance at the University at Albany as part of a weeklong celebration at the college.

CLICK HERE to view the full schedule of Celebrate and Advance events at UAlbany.

The coming week will highlight UAlbany's strengths in research, scholarships, campus life, diversity and community engagement, as well as celebrating the formal inauguration of Robert Jones as the college’s 19th president.

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1:04 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Teen Party: From Social Media To Police Probe

Former NFL pro Brian Holloway is no stranger to social media, he's beta-testing his new site herleague.net - for women in football.
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As authorities continue to investigate damage from a holiday weekend party at former NFL player Brian Holloway's Rensselaer County vacation home, Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas looks into the Pandora's box of legal, moral and social issues opened when Holloway posted photos from partygoers’ social media sites on a website of his own...

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1:08 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Post-Primary: Albany Common Council In A State Of Flux

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Last week's Albany Democratic primary appears to show a shifting political picture reflected in the Common Council races. The contest shook the local poltical landscape, with a majority of winning or leading candidates riding to victory aboard the wave of progressive support for mayoral candidate Kathy Sheehan — a fact that hasn't gone unnoticed by those in higher circles, like Sheehan ally Congressman Paul Tonko.

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