Capital Region News

4:32 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Honored in Albany

Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings at the wreath laying, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Lincoln park. (2013)
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Hundreds of people gathered in Albany today at the Empire State Plaza for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance.

Dr. King would have been 84 years old today - the Albany observance in his honor took place in a time of hope and change far removed from the bittersweet days of America's non-violent civil rights movement. New York's Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights, Alphonso David, read from Governor Cuomo's official proclamation marking the holiday.

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4:46 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Hospitals Roll Out Flu-Season Visitor Guidelines

Albany Medical Center
Credit Rupert Millard

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New rules are being rolled out at Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Health Partners, Ellis Medicine, Saratoga Hospital and Glens Falls Hospital, to further protect patients from influenza and other infectious diseases. Implementation of the new guidelines began Friday at some of the hospitals and start Monday at others.

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4:49 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Charges filed in NY crash that killed 2 students

Dennis Drue, a 22-year-old Siena College student, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday to a 59-count indictment. Drue was released after posting $50,000 bail.

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2:39 am
Sat January 5, 2013

NY soldiers wed at airport before catching flights

A military couple has enlisted the help of a New York airport's staff to get married while awaiting flights to their respective military assignments. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more…

The Times Union of Albany reports that Caitlin Murray and Sean Whitney's spur-of-the-moment wedding occurred Thursday in the observation deck at Albany International Airport. The soldiers, both privates first class, decided to get hitched as they awaited separate flights, hers to North Carolina and his to St. Louis.

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4:35 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Official: Girl dies after upstate NY house fire

Fire officials say a girl has died after being carried from a burning home near Albany. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports

Niskayuna Fire Chief Dale Lingenfelter tells local media outlets the girl was found unconscious in a downstairs bedroom after a neighbor spotted smoke and firefighters were called to the house just before 8:30 a.m. Friday.

He says the girl, believed to be about 13 years old, died at a nearby hospital.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Lingenfelter says it's believed to have started in a kitchen.

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Capital District News
6:07 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

New York Army National Guard Dispatchs Helicopter and Crew to Tex-Mex Border for Law Enforcement S

A New York Army National Guard UH-72 Lakota light utility helicopter.
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The New York Army National Guard will send one of its two new UH-72 Lakota light utility helicopters-and an accompanying three-member aircrew from its Latham operations center to the Texas/Mexico border next week. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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2:31 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Concerns Over Child Poverty, Education in Schenectady

Credit WAMC Photo Composite by Dave Lucas

Schenectady joins Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Utica on the list of most impoverished school districts in New York State... Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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12:46 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Nala Woodard - Albany City Clerk

It’s been said that death and taxes are the only two guarantees in life , but being unable to find a parking spot in the city in Albany is also certain. But for some city residents, who live near the state capitol and the empire state plaza, which will change next month. After almost two decades of discussion, debate and court challenges, Albany will implement a permit system in certain designated areas, beginning January 15th.  Albany city clerk Nala Woodard is in charge of getting distributing parking permits for the new system.

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4:54 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Man pleads guilty in NY teen's death last summer

22-year-old Saratoga County man has admitted to being drunk behind the wheel when his sport utility vehicle struck and killed a teenage girl standing alongside a road last summer. WAMC’S Dave Lucas has more.

The Saratogian reports that Gavin Staulters of Milton pleaded guilty Wednesday in Saratoga County Court to a vehicular manslaughter charge stemming from the death of 14-year-old Kari Liedel on July 7. The teen was hit by his vehicle as she and a friend waited for another friend along a road near her home in Milton.

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7:24 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Morning Headlines with Judy Patrick

David Guistina talks with Judy Patrick, Editor of the Daily Gazette, about the morning's top headlines. 

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