Capital Region News

Capital Region News
7:03 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Advocates: FBI Entrapment Is 'Inventing Terrorists'

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A Muslim advocacy group is out with a study critical of methods used by the federal government to identify, entrap and prosecute terrorists.

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Capital Region News
12:38 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Activist Challenges Albany Red Light Camera Plan

"You don't have to put up the red light (cameras)" ~ Jesse Calhoun
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In May, city officials took the wraps off a plan to bring red light cameras — which snap photos of vehicles illegally zipping under traffic signals — to Albany's most dangerous intersections. Citizens and politicians are now choosing sides. Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, an Albany Democrat, introduced the legislation that would give the City of Albany the green light to engage in a five-year demonstration program deploying automatic red-light ticketing cameras at as many as 20 intersections.

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Capital Region News
12:35 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Crude By Rail: Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness

The long lines of DOT 111 oil tankers parked outside of the Ezra Prentice complex in Albany are a constant reminder to some residents they are living in the shadow of potential disaster. Critics of crude oil transportation by rail are in pro-active mode when it comes to disaster preparedness.

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Capital Region News
10:08 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Siena President Leaving For Franciscan Post

WAMC's Alan Chartock with Father Kevin Mullen.
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The President of Siena College is stepping down.

Father Kevin Mullen, who has led the school since 2007, leaves August 4th to lead Holy Name Province. The New York City based organization represents the largest Franciscan community in the United States.

Mullen told a local media outlet Thursday that being a Franciscan is his primary concern in life - once in the city he'll be the order's public face with U.S. bishops, promoting Franciscan values and work. Mullen emerged as a candidate after a straw ballot was held in March.

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Capital Region News
6:55 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Pelosi Bus Tour Rolls On Promoting Women's Economic Issues: Locals React

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U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a busload of fellow Democrats are on a tour promoting a minimum wage hike, paid sick leave, affordable childcare and equal pay for men and women. The bus stopped in Albany Sunday. Local politicians and activists turned out to hear from the former Speaker.

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Capital Region News
12:41 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Schenectady Partners With Google

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The city of Schenectady is growing business by embracing technology in a partnership with a household brand.

Take one analog Electric City and one digital powerhouse and you get an initiative that gives small business owners web hosting, a custom domain name and free access to educational resources for a full year.

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Capital Region News
4:47 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Minority Leader Pelosi To Visit Albany Sunday With Rep. Tonko

Rep. Paul Tonko will join former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Albany on Sunday.
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Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  will join fellow Democrats in the Albany area on Sunday as part of a bus tour that is kicking off in Seneca Falls. Pelosi and Representatives Paul Tonko of the Capital Region and Carolyn Maloney from New York City are taking part in the When Women Succeed, American Succeeds: Women on a Roll bus tour. The visit is slated for 4:30 Sunday in Albany. The tour ending in Chicago will push for a minimum wage hike, equal pay, paid sick leave, and affordable child care.

Capital Region News
12:35 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Stop Predatory Gambling Founder To Speak In Region

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Albany, Schenectady, and East Greenbush are among the upstate communities that could one day host a casino, but Les Bernal says casinos are a bad bet.  Bernal is the National Director of Stop Predatory Gambling. He will speak tonight at a public forum at the First United Methodist Church in East Greenbush, a meeting organized by opponents of the East Greenbush casino.

Capital Region News
4:57 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Update: Bear Down In Albany

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The saga of the so-called "Albany Bear" has come to an end.

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Capital Region News
7:40 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Albany "Bear Watch"

These neighborhood children sparked public outcry to "save the bear."
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A bear up a tree in Albany has kept officials up all night -  

State Department of Environmental Conservation, City Police and local residents have been watching a young black bear who is high up in a backyard tree in a neighborhood off Whitehall Road. It's theorized the bruin made its way from Southern Albany County into the city by crossing the New York State thruway. After several spottings the bear was shot at least once then found refuge in the tree .

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