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12:40 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Experts gather in Albany for global data conference

Today is the final day of the University at Albany-hosted International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance, which has brought experts and academics from around the world together. WAMC’s Alan Chartock recently spoke with several conference presenters, including Theresa Pardo, Director of the University at Albany Center for Technology in Government, and Dr. Nigel Shadbolt, professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Southampton. Pardo began by describing the aims of the conference.

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4:55 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Olympic Gold Medalist Jeff Blatnick Dead at 55

Olympic Gold Medalist Jeff Blatnick has died following complications from heart surgery - WAMC's Dave Lucas has more...

Blatnick passed away due to cardio-pulmonary arrest at Ellis Hospital on Wednesday.

A 1975 graduate of Niskayuna High, Blatnick survived a bout with Hodgkin's Disease , but went on win the gold in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. The cancer came back and forced his retirement, but his involvement in wrestling continued as a coach and commentator.

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Capital District News
6:59 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Morning headlines with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette

Judy Patrick

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

Capital District News
7:05 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Morning headlines with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette

Judy Patrick

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

1:12 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Global Foundries: All Is Well In Malta

Chip-fab manufacturing plant employees.

News in recent days that AMD - Advanced Micro Devices - is about to layoff 20 percent of its global workforce triggered speculation - along with rumors - about the impact this would have on the chipfab plant in Malta.  Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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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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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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