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City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard welcomed about two dozen residents who turned out for the first of two "community forums,"
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If voters in the City of Albany agree, students returning to classes at Albany High in the fall will go back to a building that no longer has a leaky roof.

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An Albany hilltowns woman who fatally injured her 5-year-old cousin and hid him in a snowbank while he was still alive has been sentenced to 18 years to life in prison.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other stakeholders launched the City of Albany’s “My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper” (MBSK) at City Hall, an initiative that will focus on improving opportunities of young men and women of color in Albany and reducing the levels of violence that far too many of them experience.

TPP Protesters outside the Federal Building, Albany NY
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A coalition of labor and civic groups gathered in downtown Albany today at the Leo O'Brien Federal Building to protest the Trans Pacific Partnership trade bill.

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Albany taxpayers will be responsible to pay off a newly settled lawsuit involving a city policeman.

Empire Of Almonds

Jan 5, 2016
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Amanda Zezima

A Capital Region woman turned her passion for health and nutrition into a business. She planted the seed of an idea and sprouted something called NutZez...

Thoughts Of Spring...

Jan 5, 2016

Although winter is just setting in, an upstate city is preparing for an annual rite of Spring.

The search for a missing Troy woman came to an end when police divers found her body Wednesday.

21-year-old Noel Alkaramla disappeared November 22nd on her way home from work. An autopsy Thursday confirm the body recovered from a submerged suitcase in the Hudson River was that of the missing woman. Police already had her 39-year-old stepfather Johnny Oquendo in custody on a parole violation.  They say he is the prime suspect.

As 2015 draws to a close, many of us will take to the highways - whether it's dinner and a night out, a visit to family, or a junket to an entertainment venue,  law enforcement officials urge one and all to 'stay safe.'

Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning
Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning

The mayor of Watervliet will be sworn in Wednesday for a third term.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

We’re looking back at some of the stories that dominated 2015 this week. The city of Troy made headlines on numerous occasions, including a wild campaign season after incumbent Democratic Mayor Lou Rosamilia announced he would not seek another term. That set off a four-way race for mayor of a city that has seen a booming downtown but also persistent problems with crime and poverty in other neighborhoods.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Rosamilia, who is about to hand the reins of city government to Democrat Patrick Madden .

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WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

If we’re lucky, each of us had a teacher or two who inspired us, mentored us, even changed our lives. Most of us wouldn’t be where we are today without them. 

Uber To Albany?

Dec 27, 2015
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New York state lawmakers returning to Albany in January will debate whether to allow Uber to expand into upstate cities including Buffalo, Albany, Rochester and Syracuse.

A priest who leads an Episcopal parish in suburban Albany has been charged with secretly videotaping a woman in a store dressing room.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The lack of snowfall across the Capital Region may help area cities' budgets.

Senator George Amedore with AT&T personnel and some of the mobile phones recently collected.
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For American soldiers stationed overseas during the holidays, nothing beats a phone call home.

First responders in Albany have a powerful new weapon in their arsenal to fight crude oil fires and prevent disasters involving liquid propane.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Government officials Wednesday announced that the City of Albany has received a foam trailer from the State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

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The presence of the chemical compound PFOA in the village water supply has residents of one community on edge.

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State regulators are expected to license three new casinos in upstate New York on Monday.

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Authorities are investigating the slaying of an upstate New York official who was stabbed while walking his dog.

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An individual who participated in a  foiled plan to kill Muslims with a death-ray gets justice.

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The Albany Police Department has received a grant to implement a key program to reduce recidivism and improve public safety.

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Schenectady is officially seeking an interim police chief.

Protestors gathered at the College of St. Rose in Albany to protest academic cuts announced last Friday by college president Carolyn Stefanco, who is dealing with a 9 million dollar deficit. 

"This is celebrating what the eTechnology is doing for our small- and medium-sized businesses."
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Albany has been named one of Google’s 2015 eCity award winners.

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The Director of the National Weather Service is in Albany today to deliver a talk called "Building a Weather-Ready Nation."

Hospitality Summit Update event photo.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As the massive Albany convention center project construction continues, officials presented an update on downtown Albany and its business scene this morning.

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If you live in Albany County and you're giving or getting a drone for the holidays, you have time to get it airborne before any "no fly zone" is imposed.  A bill before county legislators that would ban the devices has been grounded for the time being.

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Federal funding for fire departments looking to buy new equipment or train new firefighters is down, putting pressure on local departments to do more with less. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer recently concluded his annual 62-county tour of New York state in Rensselaer County, where he launched a push to increase grant programs for firefighters.

Gray Things Steve Colfer and Billy Cioffi at WAMC studios, November 2015.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

This weekend, Albany is revisiting its musical past. WAMC looks back at the 1960s when deejays ruled AM radio and local artists made history.

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