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The trucking company involved in the death of a 4-year old at a busy Central Avenue intersection in February is seeking to add the city of Albany and a crossing guard to a wrongful-death lawsuit. 

Albany Medical Center has announced a fifth location for its expanding EmUrgentCare division.

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An inmate who smuggled weapons into the Albany County Jail was apparently trying to organize a "jailhouse gang."

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Two Troy police officers are on the mend at Albany Medical Center following a shootout late Saturday night, the first time officers in the city have been shot in the line of duty in 40 years.

Strike Looms At Ellis

Aug 21, 2015

Hundreds of nurses at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady plan a 24-hour strike September 3rd if staffing conditions don't improve.  The nurses' contract ran out back in March 2014.

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The battle against the emerald ash borer, an invasive pest that has decimated thousands of tree across America, has moved to the city of Albany, where officials are scrambling to mount a counteroffensive.

Meet Anasha Cummings

Aug 15, 2015
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One Troy City Council candidate aims to kick civic interest and government participation into a higher gear by running on his own "Red Beard" ballot line in the coming November election. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently sat down with Anasha Cummings to discuss his candidacy and the potential he sees for the Collar City.

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Albany is trying to become a more modern city, with a new focus on downtown projects and housing and a conversation about transportation alternatives. Earlier today, activists delivered about 250 postcards to Mayor Kathy Sheehan from residents, business owners and visitors who want protected bicycle lanes on Madison Avenue.

Police say a 38-year-old man was shot in the stomach at a suburban Albany shopping mall parking lot following a dispute that began earlier in the night.

Police in the town of Colonie say the shooting happened around 10 p.m. Thursday in the Colonie Center parking lot outside a movie theater entrance.

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The city of Watervliet, just to the north of Albany, is a river town along the banks of the Hudson whose factories and mills have long since closed, a not unusual situation across the towns, villages and cities of upstate New York. As the city works toward a new economic future, two members of its 24-member police force were recently arrested, one in a drug investigation, the other on an underage sex charge. Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning says the arrests do not reflect on the city and its future.

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With two prominent racially sensitive cases dominating headlines in recent weeks, the Albany County District Attorney is hearing from an impatient community.

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Albany County leaders rallied round the mayor of Green Island this week to address what they say is a "flood insurance crisis" that threatens the community.

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The chairman of the Rensselaer County Legislature has been charged with grand larceny and filing dozens of false documents to improperly collect more than $15,000 of state unemployment benefits.

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A health alert after a part-time postal worker in the Capital Region was recently diagnosed with pulmonary Tuberculosis. 

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Albany Housing Authority apartments and homes will be "smoke-free."

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A tanker truck that had just taken on a full load of gasoline caught fire on Interstate 787 this morning.

Commuters will have to find new routes around Albany after an oil tanker caught fire Monday. City Hall says the fire is out as of midday, but the fire "in the northbound lane of I-787 just north of I-90 has closed the I-787 northbound and southbound lanes."

The Troy Charter Review Commission is seeking public input tonight.

An apartment building, a car garage, a veterinary hospital . . .. What do these businesses have in common?

Close Call In Albany

Aug 7, 2015
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It was a miracle of sorts on a busy Albany street. Two light poles collapsed Tuesday afternoon, falling into traffic, but no one was hurt.

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The political hopes of two would-be candidates for the Albany County Legislature have been dashed — at least for the time being.

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Retired Yankees great Derek Jeter is returning today to the Capital Region, where he briefly played in the minor leagues.

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A rally is scheduled for tonight in Schenectady’s Hamilton Hill neighborhood after the latest fatal shooting there.

Some hopeful candidates for seats on the Albany County Legislature have gone to court after being thrown off the ballot.

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Battling a long-held perception that there's no parking in downtown Albany, Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined the Albany Parking Authority and the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District this morning to herald free parking on the street and in city garages on weeknights and weekends in the downtown area.

A Capital Region police officer who was serving in the Watervliet School District is facing allegations he had sex with some of his students. Officer Joshua Spratt has been charged with having sex with two girls ages 16 and 17, while working as a school’s resource officer. The 12-year-veteran of the force pleaded not guilty in court yesterday.

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Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple’s son, Kyle Apple, was arrested for drunken driving early Saturday morning after a crash at Central and Colvin Avenues. The Times Union reports Kyle was found inside his disabled car with keys still in the ignition and engine running. The 21-year-old allegedly was found with an open can of beer, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

The candidates in one upstate mayoral challenge have agreed to run a “clean, positive” race.

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As Albany gets ready to reconfigure busy Madison Avenue, some city residents will rally Monday for protected bike lanes.

Capital Regional alternative weekly Metroland is for sale.

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