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A Johnstown woman who had been missing since June 22nd has been found alive. Rachael Mattice returned to her home early Wednesday morning according to multiple reports.

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The Troy City Council has decided to take a second look at the revised city charter that became effective last Friday.

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Another upstate New York locality is considering banning the sale of tobacco products to people under the age of 21.

The Troy City Council has decided to take a second look at  the revised city charter that became effective on Friday:

The Troy City Council has decided to take a second look at  the revised city charter that became effective on Friday:

In the wake of a historic Pride month for the nation, Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and local leaders gathered Friday to discuss issues facing the LGBT community. 

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In an effort to make a positive impact on the well-being of children in inner-city neighborhoods and on education in the Albany,  Albany Medical Center has formally launched what it calls “a ground-breaking community-based partnership.”   

Tomorrow, the public gets a first look at Albany's long-awaited "Complete Streets" design manual, which sets guidelines for the creation and installation of sidewalks, cycling infrastructure, crosswalks, road diets, traffic calming measures and more.

In New York’s Capital Region, "getting from here to there" has long meant traveling by car, bus or taxi. Times have changed: more people have taken to bike riding and walking — and that has raised new safety concerns.

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An Albany Pride flag that was burned outside of the city’s Damien Center is now being investigated as a hate crime by the FBI. 

Troy launches SafeCam initiative; allows private security cameras to be registered with police.
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If you’re in public, you’re probably on camera. The city of Troy is embarking on a new initiative called "SafeCam," geared to take advantage of private camera systems by incorporating them into the city's plan to solve crimes and other urban mysteries.

The third defendant in the University at Albany CDTA bus fight that made national headlines has accepted a plea deal. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was in Albany County Court Tuesday afternoon when 21-year-old Alexis Briggs read a tearful apology...

Skateboard pro Kanten Russell and local skaters brainstorm on proposed layouts for Albany's new skate park.
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Albany is home to a vigorous skateboard culture. The Washington Park tennis courts along Madison Avenue have long been the center of the local skating community, even though the pasttime was technically illegal for some 30 years.  Now, the city is going forward with an ambitious plan to build a skate park.

Construction work has been halted at an upstate New York high-tech manufacturing complex after old cylinders from the property's stint as a Cold War rocket fuel test site were discovered.

Two of the three University at Albany students charged with falsely reporting a racially-motivated attack on a CDTA bus in January were back in court Friday morning.

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If you have an assault rifle or illegal handgun,  you have a chance to turn it in.

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A Niskayuna, New York native is being touted as a hero following the mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando. 

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A Schenectady man has been shot and killed by city police.

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The last of a series of neighborhood meetings about implicit bias was held last night at Albany’s Jewish Community Center.

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The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history has sent shockwaves around the world and throughout our region. Capital Region Muslims and public officials are jointly calling for peace after Orlando.

David Traynham, pastor of New Horizons Christian Church, at the lecturn, praising changes the city police department has made since Dontay Ivy died.
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Local African American clergy, the NAACP, and some Albany city officials celebrated what they call an improving relationship with the police today on the steps of Albany City Hall. But  all was not harmonious.

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State Supreme Court Judge Vito Caruso has picked a District Attorney to investigate a high-profile Schenectady traffic case.

Ben Barrowman at the finish line!
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The Tour de Cure is a series of fundraising cycling events held in 44 states nationwide to benefit the American Diabetes Association.  The local event, which ranks first in the state and second out of 90 tours in the U.S., is set for Saratoga Springs this weekend.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Police Chief Brendan Cox speak with reporters at City Hall, June 2, 2016.
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The United States Department of Justice will be keeping an eye on the Albany Police Department.  Albany’s force is being held up as a positive example.

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On Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, the International Center of the Capital Region, in conjunction with Global Ties U.S. and the U.S. Department of State, will be hosting a Women’s Empowerment Diplomacy summit in Albany.

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Eleven porcupines recently found clubbed to death in Albany and Schoharie counties have alarmed elected officials.

This is the site of the Troy water main break on the day after.
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Now that the nice weather is here, construction crews are a common sight. But in many cases, workers are digging up roadways to repair aging water and sewer pipes. Old infrastructure can create new challenges as well as inconveniences.

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Hoping to promote transparency about its precarious finances, the city of Troy has opened the books again.

Art Feder, farm child, on a makeshift tractor with its creator, farmer Genie Lucine, ca. 1939.
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In the early part of the 20th century, hundreds of recently arrived Eastern European Jewish families lived on farms in upstate New York. Their descendants are holding a reunion this October in Rensselaer County.

A wealthy New York man on trial for a fourth time since his wife disappeared in 2001 has been found not guilty of murder.

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