Capital Region News

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The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has opened a new student-run pharmacy in downtown Schenectady. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was on hand for the ribbon-cutting.

Less than two weeks before New York’s presidential primary, the candidates are making plans to visit the Capital Region. Republican Senator Ted Cruz will be in Scotia this morning for a town hall event at Mekeel Christian Academy at 10:30 a.m. Doors open at 9:30.

Meanwhile, Ohio Governor John Kasich will be in Albany early next week after his stop in Brooklyn Thursday. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have both reportedly reached out to the Times Union Center in Albany for possible rallies. Former New York Senator Hillary Clinton was in Cohoes near Albany earlier this week. The New York primaries are on April 19th. 

Siena College has taken the wraps off a new bachelor's degree in nursing program. 

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Tuesday was a busy day for former New York Senator Hillary Clinton.
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Tuesday was a busy day for former New York Senator Hillary Clinton. The presidential hopeful trekked from Manhattan, where she appeared with Governor Andrew Cuomo, up to Albany where she met with Democratic lawmakers, then on to Cohoes. At stake: 274 delegates in the April 19th primary.

When New York lawmakers announced the state budget agreement last week, ethics reform was not part of the package. That’s likely to come up at tonight’s Albany Museum of Political Corruption roundtable discussion at the College of Saint Rose.

The campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are planning rallies today in upstate New York. 

A petition to overturn results of the troubled February 9th high school vote in Albany has been denied.

Wednesday at the Albany Marriot Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul launched “The Global NY Fund Tour”
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New York has kicked off a “Global NY” program created to help businesses expand to foreign markets.

 Mayor Kathy Sheehan told the crowd "what has happened with policing is the result of this country trying to do things on the cheap."
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Police and civic leaders gathered at the Center For Law and Justice in Albany today to announce the kickoff of a new diversion program.

A downtown Albany charter school is moving to more spacious digs.

Students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are challenging a university decision impacting the 125-year-old Rensselaer Union.

SUNY Poly Partnership with Japan's New Energy and Industrial Development Organization Drives Investment in and Installation of Emerging ‘Green’ Technologies at World-Class 'Zero Energy Nano' Building.
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This week, visiting Japanese officials toured SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s ZEN building in Albany. The innovative six-story structure will be home to education and business, while serving as a model for the U.S. construction industry.

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There is debate in Schenectady over town-and-gown issues between Union College and city hall.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Schenectday Mayor Gary McCarthy, Green Island Mayor Ellen McNulty, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Former Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, State Senator Neil Breslin, Assembly members McDonald and Fahy.
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With less a month to go before the primary on April 19th, Capital Region Democrats gathered last night in uptown Albany for a "Hillary for New York" organizing event.

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It was a long night at city hall as the Albany Common Council Law Committee held a meeting, public comment period and vote to repeal the new trash collection tax.

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A World War I dog tag belonging to a soldier from upstate New York has been found by a military memorabilia collector in France.

The College of Saint Rose has announced a tentative contract agreement impacting 160 adjunct faculty members.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul steps off a CDTA bus at the Rivers construction site.
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New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Schenectady Wednesday, touring the construction site at the new Rivers Casino and Resort.

Villages across New York are conducting elections today.

The Kate Mullany House at 350 Eighth Street in Troy, New York, Executive Director, Paul F. Cole
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In the mid-19th century, more than 3,000 women — almost half of Troy’s female industrial workers — were employed in the collar industry. (Hence the nickname "Collar City.”) One of them was a 23-year-old Irish immigrant: Kate Mullany.

The "Report Animal Abuse, Stop Domestic Abuse" initiative of the Albany County DA's "ACT" Animal Cruelty Taskforce aims to shine a light on domestic violence, by encouraging more residents to dial 9-1-1 when they suspect animal abuse.
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Albany County District Attorney David Soares has rolled out a new public service campaign with a dual purpose.

Albany's St. Patrick’s Day Parade is tomorrow. The city is pulling out the stops to make the 66th annual march a memorable and family-friendly event.

A Creighton Manning official addresses the gathering at Albany's College of St. Rose
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Albany is forging ahead with plans to radically remake a busy stretch of Madison Avenue. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at the College of St. Rose Wednesday night for a public meeting on the “road diet.”

Business owners and entrepreneurs in the Capital Region’s craft beverage, communications and hospitality industries have announced their support for the University at Albany’s plan to place a new engineering college in the heart of the city.

Burwell speaking at a UAlbany rally.
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WAMC News has updated its original headline on this post, which said "two of three UAlbany students" would face a school disciplinary hearing.

While declining to address this specific case, UAlbany spokesperson Karl Luntta said "in general, for all students who are referred for student conduct hearings, a decision will be rendered whether the students appear or not."

Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino is addressing several issues of concern tonight.

As infrastructure failures plague Troy, city leaders are working together to address the crisis.

A bronze statue of Albany's 73rd mayor Thomas Whalen III and his golden retriever Finn McCool in Tricentennial Park.
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With spring just around the corner, the current mayor of Albany is honoring one of her predecessors in office.

 A mixed crowd from millennials to baby boomers supported Bernie Sanders Saturday afternoon at Albany's Academy Park.
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New York’s primary day isn’t until April 19, relatively late in the campaign. But that’s not stopping some local activists from getting involved. On Saturday, a coalition of social and economic justice organizations rallied in downtown Albany to show support for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

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The Albany Common Council Law Committee meets tonight to discuss repealing the new trash tax law. The public is invited.