Capital Region News

Capital Region News
4:57 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Albany Holds Out 'Casino Hopes'

Credit WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Even though the city of Albany is out of the competition to land a casino, the Common Council may soon get to vote on supporting one.

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12:26 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

#NMOS14 Tonight In Albany

A National Moment of Silence takes place tonight, with the country again debating race, violence and the role of the police.  The fatal police shooting of St. Louis-area teenager Michael Brown set off a wave of unrest and protests. Four unarmed black men have been killed by police in the last month, including Eric Garner, who died after being placed in a chokehold on a New York City street.

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2:07 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Upstate NY Casino Job Fair Next Week

Credit WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Though it’s far from having won the Capital Region casino license, Capital View Casino & Resort is holding a job fair Tuesday at the American Legion post on Columbia Turnpike in East Greenbush.

The company's Facebook page promises "Current employees from Saratoga Casino and Raceway and Churchill Downs, Incorporated will be on hand to discuss casino industry jobs and the required qualifications." No pre-registration is required.

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4:18 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Albany Establishes Flood Hotline

A telephone hotline has been set up for Albany residents impacted by Tuesday's flood. 

Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced that residents can call 2-1-1 for information about and referrals to assistance in the wake of the unprecedented storm. Working with United Way, the Red Cross, local government, businesses and nonprofit organizations, the Mayor says she's making sure that citizens have access to assistance with temporary housing, food, clothing, clean-up and more.

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2:16 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Aftermath: Albany Flood

Near Washington Park, Albany
Lainie Lucas

Fast moving waters across roadways caused numerous accidents and stranded vehicles as powerful thunderstorms passed over the Capital Region Tuesday evening.

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7:32 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Major General, Albany Native And RPI Grad, Killed In Afganistan

The Department of Defense confirmed the death of Major General Harold Greene, killed yesterday in Kabul after an apparent member of the Afghan security forces turned on him. Major General Green was born in Albany and is a graduate of RPI. He was commissioned in 1980 after graduation. He served as an Army engineer and rose to the rank of two-star general. An investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death will be undertaken. His remains will be sent back to the United States, although the timing of that flight is still undetermined. 

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8:42 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Albany Area "Rained Out"

Flooding took over Albany Tuesday evening.
Zach Malloy

 It was water everywhere Tuesday evening in the Albany area.  Fast moving waters across roadways caused numerous accidents and stranded vehicles as powerful thunderstorms passed over the Capital Region around 6 p.m.  Many highways and downtown streets were under water.  Several roadways closed as rescuers came to aid stranded motorists.  The rain overpowered sewer systems.  In Albany, water was seen gushing up from sewer grates along Hackett Blvd. Latham also was hit by severe flooding.  Meteorologists were warning more rain could fall later in the evening.

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3:30 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Albany County DA Launches Initiative To Combat Sex Trafficking

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Albany County has just launched phase one of an aggressive program targeting human trafficking and local sex trading.

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4:17 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Albany Tobacco-free Parks Ordinance Up For Vote Tonight

Credit wikipedia

The Albany Common Council could decide tonight to expand its smoking ban in city parks. If passed, the measure would carry a 50 dollar fine and go into effect immediately.

It is already against the law to smoke on playgrounds or ball-fields in the city. Back in 2012, the Albany Common Council approved a limited ban on smoking in areas of parks where children gather, including playgrounds, athletic fields and swimming pools.

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12:41 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Activists Mark 10th Anniversary Of Aref / Hossain Arrests

Credit Project SALAM

A rally is planned for downtown Albany late this afternoon to mark the 10th anniversary of the arrests of two Muslim men trapped by a government sting.

Activists have long insisted that the terrorism case against Albany residents Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain dating back to 2004 was more of a "frame-up" than a sting. The two are serving 15-year federal prison sentences for their involvement in an alleged money-laundering incident tied to the sale of a fake shoulder-fired missile.

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