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Pope Francis recently called the Armenian massacre the “first genocide of 20th century.” With many areas marking Genocide Awareness Month, the killings and their aftermath are being discussed tonight at Siena College.

New York has settled for $2.25 million a lawsuit filed by a family that claimed the staff at an upstate New York residential center beat a severely disabled 22-year-old with a stick, neglected him and left him malnourished before he died of pneumonia.

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An upstate county has closed a loophole in state law that could have allowed fracking waste to be dumped in local landfills.

While New York has banned the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing for extracting natural gas, the state allows landfills to accept out-of-state fracking waste, possibly endangering public health and the environment.

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A 54-year-old woman was struck and killed in a hit and run while crossing Central Avenue in the Town of Colonie, New York last night. The Times Union reports that Renee Bruneau was stuck by a vehicle between Madison and Hudson Avenues and was rushed to Albany Medical Center where she later died. Town police are asking for assistance in locating the owner of the vehicle which was traveling eastbound.

  Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses of all Sizes, Homeowners and Renters in Schenectady are available beginning today. 

Low interest U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loans are available to the survivors of the March 6 apartment fire in Schenectady.  SBA personnel will be temporarily available at 105 Jay Street, Room 14, today through Thursday, April 23rd to assist businesses, homeowners and renters affected by the fire.  

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Funeral services were held today for an Albany man who died in police custody.  Donald “Dontay” Ivy died April 2nd after being tased during a confrontation with Albany Police.

Officials say the 39-year old Ivy was walking in the wee hours near his home along Lark Street and Second Street when three officers stopped him. At some point their interaction became physical, and Ivy was Tased. Family members said Ivy suffered from schizophrenia and had heart problems.

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Over the weekend, Family Promise opened a new day center along Albany's New Scotland Avenue. The appearance of the program in the upscale neighborhood has some cheering, others scratching their heads.

Funeral services are scheduled for this morning for an Albany man who died in police custody.

39-year old Donald “Dontay” Ivy died April 2nd after being tased during a confrontation with Albany Police. The incident is being investigated by police internal affairs. A separate probe has been launched by Albany County D.A. David Soares.

Calling hours are at 11 this morning followed by a noon funeral at Greater Saint John’s Church of God in Christ in Albany.

Ivy will be buried beside his mother in Graceland Cemetery in Albany.

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At the same time the District Attorney is launching an investigation, a rally is scheduled this afternoon at the University at Albany to protest the death of Donald "Dontay" Ivy, who died April 2nd after a confrontation with police in Albany's Arbor Hill neighborhood.

Travelers in the Capital Region have a new option. New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer unveiled Monday that JetBlue airlines is beginning flights out of Albany December 10th. 

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