Capital Region News

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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Capital Region News
4:33 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

No Spin on CNSE Spin-off from UAlbany

CNSE's Dr. Alain Kaloyeros
Credit Dave Lucas (WAMC)

A proposal leaked last week by the Associated Press indicating the State University at New York may spin its fast-growing College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering away from the University at Albany, creating a 65th campus, was addressed by a CNSE official Wednesday.

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Capital Region News
1:44 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Meet Albany Mayoral Candidate Kathy Sheehan

Credit WAMC

This November, residents of the City of Albany will go the polls to elect a Mayor. Capital region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently sat down with Albany's Treasurer and Chief Fiscal Officer Kathy Sheehan,  the first person to launch an official campaign challenging incumbent Mayor Jerry Jennings.

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Capital Region News
10:47 am
Tue March 19, 2013

UAlbany makes U.S. Community Service Honor Roll

Peer outreach assistants and a community outreach associate offer health information in the lobby of Bliss Towers in Hudson, part of an award-winning project run by UAlbany's Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities in 2011-12.
Credit www.albany.edu

The University at Albany’s community service efforts to improve the quality of life in the Capital Region has earned the institution a place on the 2013 U.S. President’s Higher Education Honor Roll. Officials say that contributing to this national designation was the 39 percent student-service participation rate and three exemplar UAlbany programs including Albany, Hudson, Schenectady and Amsterdam, that address pressing community needs in the areas of minority health care, affordable mental health services and improved information literacy in low-performing and other schools.

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Saratoga News
4:52 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

'Skidmore Stalker' in court Wednesday

The so-called "Skidmore Stalker" has waived extradition and will be returned to Saratoga County. 

Authorities tell the Albany Times Union that 49-year old Lance Leonard appeared in an Atlantic City courtroom on Wednesday and declared he would not fight his return to New York. He was arrested earlier this month after allegedly threatening a Skidmore College student. The campus was locked down for a time after the threat was received.

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Capital Region News
3:56 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

NY proposes high-tech SUNY campus

University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A written proposal shows the State University at New York may soon create its 65th campus, spinning its fast-growing College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering away from the University at Albany.

The proposal obtained by The Associated Press is confirmed by two people familiar with the internal discussions. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to announce the proposal. It would have to be approved by the SUNY Board of Trustees, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature.

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Capital Region News
3:36 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Director Stricken

Credit albanypromusica.org

The founding director of Albany Pro Musica has suffered a major stroke.

Officials with the Albany Pro Musica board say David Griggs-Janower was stricken during surgery on Friday. After speaking with is family, a decision was made to give two performances scheduled for this weekend.

Concerts scheduled beyond this weekend are in question.

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Saratoga
4:24 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

2013 Saratoga Jazz Festival Line-up

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center has announced the lineup for the 36th annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, one of the most celebrated and longest running jazz events in the world.

Two-days and two-stages of live, world class jazz comes to Saratoga at the end of June. SPAC President and Executive Director Marcia White says this year's roster of artists is nothing short of electrifying.

The jazz festival will be held on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The festival will be topped off by a fireworks display

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