Capital Region News

Capital District News
7:13 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Morning headlines with Mike Spain of the Albany Times Union

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina gets the morning headlines from Mike Spain, associate editor of the Albany Times Union.

Capital District News
7:11 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Fracking Supporters Set to Demonstrate in Albany

Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to decide whether or not to lift the moratorium on hydrofracking in NY soon.
Dave Lucas

Supporters of using hydraulic fracturing to produce natural gas are set to demonstrate in Albany.

Hundreds of people are expected to rally at the Corning Preserve on the Hudson River and then march to a park near the Capitol for speeches by elected officials and labor leaders at midday Monday.

The technology known as "fracking" to free gas from deep in the Marcellus Shale is backed by industry and others who say it will be an economic boon for upstate New York.

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Money
12:00 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Tough Times Renew Interest In Local Currencies

Alternative currencies can be created by an individual, corporation, or organization, they can be created by national, state, or local governments, or they can arise naturally as people begin to use a certain commodity as a currency.
Dave Lucas WAMC

Before the U.S. Dollar was created in 1791, a variety of state-issued paper currencies and foreign coins comprised the US money supply. Fast forward to the 21st Century, where many modern communities are turning to "local currencies" as both a way to deal with tough economic times and boost local business. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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Capital District News
6:27 am
Tue October 9, 2012

NY Infrastructure Task Force Set to Meet in Albany

Traffic flows east on the Interstate 90 through the Seneca Nation of Indians Cattaraugus territory as seen from a bridge overpass in Irving, N.Y.
AP Photo by Don Heupel

A panel of government, labor and business leaders put together to push infrastructure projects in New York is set to meet in Albany.

The New York Works Task Force has a session scheduled for this afternoon.

Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed the 15 members to oversee ways of speeding up construction projects and rebuilding roads and bridges. The group also considers how to allocate infrastructure money around the state and help create jobs.

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Capital District News
12:20 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Soraya Darabi - Entrepreneurship and Digital Media

What do the CEO of a multi-national company and a 19-year-old in a dorm room have in common?

Chances are that they both spend time thinking about the intersections of technology, business, and social media, and whether or not they could be a part of the ‘next big thing’.

Soraya Darabi began her media career in her early-20’s as Manager of Digital Partnerships and Social Media at The New York Times, where she positioned the paper on the then fledgling, now ubiquitous, social networks like Facebook and YouTube.

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Capital District News
7:20 am
Tue September 25, 2012

NY Assembly Reprimands Worker Blogging for Silver

New York's Assembly majority says it has reprimanded a lower level worker who blogged in support of Speaker Sheldon Silver during a sexual harassment scandal.

Silver spokesman Michael Whyland says the worker was formally reprimanded and lost his internet access. Whyland says all Assembly employees are being reminded they can't use state time and equipment for political purposes.

The Assembly majority says Silver didn't know of the blogging and does not condone it.

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Capital District News
3:32 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

HUD Deputy Secretary Joins Capital Region Mayors In Housing Roundtable

Local Mayors flank HUD officials at the College of St. Rose in Albany NY
Dave Lucas WAMC

An Obama administration official was in upstate New York to join the mayors of three Albany-area cities at a roundtable discussion on helping distressed homeowners. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there and files this report.

Statistics show home sales gingerly improving nationwide - but government leaders believe too many families in upstate New York and across the country are unable to take advantage of interest rates that are at their lowest levels since the 30-year mortgage was created. They want change.

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Capital District News
7:29 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Morning Headlines with Judy Patrick

Judy Patrick

WAMC's David Guistina gets the morning headlines from Judy Patrick, editor of the Daily Gazette.

Capital District News
7:08 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Morning headlines with Mike Spain of the Albany Times Union

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina gets the morning headlines from Mike Spain, associate editor of the Albany Times Union.

Capital District News
7:03 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Soares Wins Albany District Attorney Primary

Soares wins primary for Albany DA
Dave Lucas WAMC

The primary showdown for Albany County District Attorney went to incumbent DA David Soares. 

Thursday’s primary voting marked the conclusion of a bitter campaign for the Democratic nomination for Albany County District Attorney. 

The battle raged on in mainstream media and thru blogs and social networks, where there was intense debate and quite a bit of old-fashioned mudlslinging.

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