Capital Region News

Television
1:44 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Jobs cut in News10ABC-fox23News consolidation

Ann Hughes (pictured here with John Gray) is one of the casualties of a local broadcast news merger.
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Television viewers in the Albany area may have been checking to see if they were on the right channel as familiar local news personalities began showing up on other stations.

Two Capital Region TV stations have merged their news departments.  Amy Cutler is one of WTEN ABC News 10's on-screen reporters now doing double-duty appearing on Fox's WXXA. Viewers got their first hint something was happening in December when Cutler appeared on Fox23 covering the Sandy Hook School Shooting in Connecticut.

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Troy
7:59 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Uncle Sam statues to decorate his NY 'birthplace'

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TROY, N.Y. (AP) — Uncle Sam statues will begin popping up this spring in the upstate New York city that lays claim to being the birthplace of the iconic symbol for the United States.

Thirty white fiberglass statues depicting a man with a goatee and wearing a tall hat were delivered last week to downtown Troy. Artists will decorate the life-sized statues, which will be installed on Troy streets in April.

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Capital Region News
8:30 am
Tue February 5, 2013

The Sage Colleges to name center after Newtown principal

Dr. Susan Scrimshaw, president of The Sage Colleges, congratulates bestselling author Anna Quindlen as she receives an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at The Sage Colleges' 95th Commencement, Saturday, May 12, 2012.
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TROY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York Capital District college plans to establish a new education center in honor of Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung, who was a doctoral candidate in the college's educational leadership program.

Hochsprung, five other educators and 20 children were killed in the Dec. 14 mass shooting at the school in Newtown, Conn.

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Technology
6:19 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Watson at Rensselaer

Flanked by the avatar of IBM's Watson computer, IBM Research Scientist Dr. Chris Welty (left) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute student Naveen Sundar discuss potential new ways the famous computer could be used. IBM donated a version of its Watson system to Rensselaer, making it the first university in the world to receive such a system. Rensselaer students and faculty will explore new uses for Watson and ways to deepen its cognitive computing capabilities
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In 2011, IBM's Watson supercomputer made national television history when it appeared on the "Jeopardy" program and knocked out two of the show's top champions. Now, the computer is in college.

RPI is the first university in the world to receive a Watson computer system from IBM - Just like the flesh-and-blood students who will work on it, Watson left home to sharpen its skills. Course work will include English and math. It will spend three years in Troy.

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Capital Region News
2:05 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

NY to auction used state office furniture

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — If you've had your eye on an old conference table, chairs or desk you once saw in a state office, this could be your big opportunity.

New York's Office of General Services is planning to auction surplus office furniture on Monday morning in Albany.

Registration and a preview are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. at the Harriman State Office Campus, but you can see some items in online photographs at www.nysstore.com .

The 328 lots include 18 vertical five-drawer legal metal file cabinets to a single wooden credenza.

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Saratoga
4:55 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Saratoga, NY-based operator buys Colo. Casino

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based raceway and slots company has purchased a casino in Colorado for $28 million.

Saratoga Harness Racing, Inc., which owns the Saratoga Casino and Raceway in upstate New York, announced Tuesday that it completed the deal to buy Fitzgeralds Casino Black Hawk in Black Hawk, Colo.

The new casino will be called "Saratoga Casino-Blackhawk."

The casino, open since 1995, was renovated in 2008 and has about 600 slot machines and 11 table games plus restaurants, bars and a banquet facility.

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Capital Region News
10:58 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Dunn Bridge Advisory

The Dunn Memorial Bridge connecting Albany and Rensselaer, N. Y.
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A reminder for motorists using the Dunn Memorial Bridge to cross the Hudson River .

Beginning Monday, lanes on the Dunn Memorial Bridge will be closed so workers can remove safety screening that was installed back in 2011 to protect peregrine falcon nesting boxes while construction crews worked nearby.

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Capital Region News
7:59 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

NY, gun show operator agree on monitoring rules

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York authorities and a major gun show operator have worked out new rules to make sure weapon sales are properly tracked and done safely.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Friday the "Model Gun Show Procedures" will be in place for this weekend's show at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

That show is run by the New York State Arms Collectors Association Inc., which also puts on the Syracuse Gun Show at the state fairgrounds in April.

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Capital Region News
4:28 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Clean & Green: Electric Power Rules!

An early 20th Century electric car and its modern counterpart.
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Electric technology has come full circle in two different ways affecting two upstate communities.

A power generation station in Columbia County that dates back to the 19th century has been restored to service. The Stuyvesant Hydro Electric Station came back online in December providing power to National Grid, albeit on a temporary basis. The facility is nearly completely rehabilitated.

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Niskayuna
11:56 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Upstate NY school district leaves lunch program

School lunch staff and students enjoy the new school lunch menu created to meet the new standards at the Yorkshire Elementary School in Manassas, VA on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.
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NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York school district is opting out of the National School Lunch Program as students throw out fruits and vegetables required under new nutritional guidelines.

The Niskayuna Central School District near Albany plans to opt out April 1. Officials in the suburban district say the number of students buying lunch dropped significantly this year and the program is running a $70,000 deficit.

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