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Capital Region News
12:19 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

GlobalFoundries Planning Changes

Michael Relyea, President of the Luther Forest Technology Campus
Credit ..::WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas::..

Citizens turned out for a Monday evening public hearing regarding some amendments proposed by chip fabrication company GlobalFoundries for its Fab 8.2 project that will impact Malta's planned development district.  

GlobalFoundries is seeking amendments pertaining to clean room space, enlarging the fab's overall footprint, extending building height limits and revised traffic mitigation.

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Capital Region News
11:15 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Mayoral Candidate Picks Up Prestigious Endorsement

Credit WAMC

The prestigious EMILY’s List, regarded as the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, is endorsing Kathy Sheehan for Mayor of Albany. Sheehan is the fourth mayoral candidate EMILY’s List has endorsed in 2013.

Over the weekend Sheehan, currently Albany City Treasurer, picked up the endorsement of Albany political heavyweight Jack McEneny.

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Capital Region News
4:41 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Police Training Frightens Neighbors, Goes Viral, and Stokes Ire of NAACP

Facebook photos include SWAT team in action, spent shell casings and fake blood left behind in a residential area after a police training session.
Credit Facebook

What started out as a police training exercise has ignited community outrage and attracted the attention of the NAACP.

The Albany Police Department is taking some heat after pictures and complaints about what is described as a "training exercise" went viral on Facebook.

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Capital Region News
12:05 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Albany Mayoral Race Heats Up

Credit Sheehan For Mayor

This November, residents of the City of Albany will go the polls to elect a new mayor. The Democratic Party has dominated the Albany political scene for decades. There is one hat "officially" in the ring as a few potential candidates calculate their chances of making a run for office.

The future of New York's capital city has, for decades, been entrusted to the mayor - and for the most part, those who served were long-tenured: Erastus Corning 42 years, Tom Whalen for 10, and incumbent Jerry Jennings, who has been in office since 1994.

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Capital Region News
5:49 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Times Union - McEneny backs Sheehan for Albany mayor

Democratic Albany Mayoral candidate Kathy Sheehan
Credit Kathy Sheehan

ALBANY — Former New York State Assemblyman Jack McEneny has endorsed Albany city Treasurer Kathy Sheehan's bid for mayor,

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Capital Region News
5:42 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Exploding Albany manholes blamed on aging cables

Downtown Albany, NY.
Credit Flickr/Andy Arthur

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings says it's time National Grid reviewed the city's aging underground infrastructure, after the third incidence of exploding manhole covers downtown.

Fire officials and National Grid say an underground electrical fire sparked an explosion early Saturday that sent four manhole covers flying into the air in a downtown neighborhood. It was the third such incident in less than six months.

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Capital Region News
4:01 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

The Show Goes On At Landmark Albany Theatre

The Palace Theatre's new management team: Owen Smith, Kevin Johnson and Holly Brown.

The Palace Theatre, the grand cultural and entertainment facility that sits in the heart of downtown Albany, will soldier on. A new management team promises to keep the venue’s momentum, and traditions alive.

The RKO Palace's doors first opened in October 1931. Built during the Depression, it was the largest theatre in a city already noted for having several opulent movie houses. A nickel would buy an afternoon of entertainment.

The Palace was sold to the Fabian chain in the early 1940s. Fabian operated it until closure in September, 1969.  

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Capital Region News
11:59 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Debate : Albany SNUG Program

Albany community advocate Marlon Anderson at the WAMC studios, March 2013.
Credit Dave Lucas

The SNUG program was launched by the New York State Senate in 2009. The program aims to reduce gun and gang violence. SNUG, which is “guns” spelled backwards, came to Albany in 2010, but funding the program has been a struggle. Shootings dropped by 29 percent during SNUG’s first eight months of operation in New York's Capital city. Albany Common Councilor Barbara Smith, representing the 4th ward, hails the program as a success.

 

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Capital Region News
4:59 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Decision Promised on Porco made-for-TV Movie

An appeals court judge has reserved decision on whether to grant Christopher Porco's request to keep a made-for-TV movie about his life from being shown on cable televsion.

A New York judge had temporarily barred Lifetime from showing its made-for-TV movie on Christopher Porco, the upstate New Yorker serving 46 years to life after bieng convicted for the 2004 ax murder of his father and maiming of his mother. The cable network scheduled "Romeo Killer: The Christopher Porco Story" to debut on Saturday night and repeat on Sunday.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

League of Women Voters Sponsors Series on Agriculture

Credit WAMC

The Schenectady County League of Women Voters is holding a series of forums looking at the importance of agriculture and the future of the family farm.

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