Capital Region News

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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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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the New York National Guard to bring the Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to World War I soldier Sgt. Henry Johnson of Albany upstate to be put on public display.

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On Monday, July 20, at 12:00 a.m., the red light cameras at the eastbound approach of Shaker Road and Northern Boulevard and the westbound approach of Washington Avenue and Quail Street will be fully operational and going “live.”

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With Mayor Lou Rosamilia deciding not to seek another term, the political scene in Troy is wide-open ahead of the fall elections. 32-year-old native Ernest Everett would like to see his beloved Troy make a big comeback. The Democrat announced his candidacy in Lansingburgh in the spring and believes he is the one who can unify the Collar City. Everett sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss his platform.

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The City of Albany’s Department of Youth & Workforce Services celebrated the opening of a new Youth Opportunity Office Thursday... WAMC's Dave Lucas was there and files this report.

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