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A $7 million overhaul is getting started after a groundbreaking Thursday at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar.


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New York State Department of Transportation officials say work is nearly completed on the replacement of two critical bridges on one of the busiest stretches of highway upstate.  The $22 million project in the town of Colonie is on track to be finished by the end of the month.

Albany High School opened in 1974, and voters in Albany will be asked on election day to approve an almost $200 million renovation for the 41-year-old building that currently houses more than 2,200 students in grades 9-12. For more on the project, and what it could mean for taxpayers, we spoke with the president opf the Albany School Board President, Ginnie Farrell.

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Lawmakers in Albany County have passed legislation that penalizes operators of local crude oil storage and transfer facilities that fail to report spills in a timely manner.

Song For A City

Oct 13, 2015
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It's been said "there's a song for every city."

Residents and visitors are being encouraged to walk Albany via a network of 100 new “smart” signs ... 

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Over the Columbus Day holiday some local schoolgirls opted not to take a day off. They came away from a workshop having learned the most important lesson of their lives.

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

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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.

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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

Oct 1, 2015

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.

College of St. Rose

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.

County Legislator Dies

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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