Capital Region News

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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Saratoga
7:55 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Vets' Hopes Of Saving USS Saratoga Scuttled

Former Navy sailors and New Yorkers with an attachment to the USS Saratoga say they're saddened by the news that the mothballed aircraft carrier will be scrapped instead of converted into a floating museum.

The Navy announced earlier this month that the carrier would be sold to a Texas scrap company for a penny. The ship will be towed from its pier near Newport, Rhode Island to Texas, where it will be dismantled and sold for scrap.

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Capital Region News
6:33 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

OccupyAlbany Sponsors Jobs Forum

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When does an activist group hold a jobs forum? When it believes the local community is threatened by casino expansion.  Operating under the premise that commercial gambling and casino culture are not the answer to the need for local economic development, OccupyAlbany is sponsoring a jobs forum to explore local job creation. Activist Jonathan Capra:  "The purpose of this forum is to get the community together and brainstorm about what we can do together to build new forms of economy, whether it be worker cooperatives or other ideas like that. I'd say the agenda right now is pretty open."

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Capital Region News
1:09 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

County Computer Stores Plate Reader Vehicle Data

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Electronic surveillance devices are everywhere, and some are not so obvious.

The intriguing headline of a newspaper article that may have slipped by over the Memorial Day holiday: "Big data is now watching you – 37 million entries capture movements of motorists in the Capital Region"

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