Capital Region News

Capital District News
7:09 am
Tue April 24, 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
8:55 am
Thu April 19, 2012

MMA Goes Another Round in NY

The effort to legalize mixed martial arts, also known as ultimate fighting, in New York, got a boost in the legislature Wednesday. The Senate passed a bill to legalize the sport, by a vote of 43 to 14, and the Speaker of the Assembly opened the door to possible approval in his house.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he has “mixed feelings” about mixed martial arts.

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Capital District News
8:48 am
Thu April 19, 2012

NY Company That Makes Mushroom Packing Gets Award

An upstate New York company that makes biodegradable packaging material from mushrooms is getting an award from the Environmental Protection Agency.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

EPA regional administrator Judith Enck will present an environmental leadership award today to Ecovative Design of Green Island, near Albany. The company uses the "roots" of the mushroom — called mycelium — and plant matter to make soft blocks that are used to cushion products ranging from computer servers to furniture.

Capital District News
7:04 am
Wed April 18, 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.

Capital District News
7:10 am
Tue April 17, 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
8:12 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Fire Damages Five Houses in Albany Neighborhood

Authorities say at least five homes have been damaged by a three-alarm fire in an Albany neighborhood where the governor's mansion is located.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

Officials say the fire broke out around 8 p.m. Sunday in a 19th-century home and quickly spread to neighboring three-story brownstones in the neighborhood known as the Mansion District. Nearby homes were evacuated as firefighters attacked what one resident called a "wall of flame."

Another resident, Barbara Tibbs, lives at 58 Park Avenue…

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Capital District News
8:34 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Cuomo Orders NY Health Insurance Exchange

Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order to create a state health care exchange, required by the federal health care reform law, after the legislature failed to act.

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Capital District News
8:09 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Governor Cuomo Vetoes $640M of Legislative Member Items

Governor Cuomo has vetoed over half a million dollars of legislative member items, saying he’s following through on a promise to ban the funds, which have been used in the past to finance lawmakers’ pet projects. 

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Capital District News
7:02 am
Wed April 11, 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.

Capital District News
9:03 am
Tue April 10, 2012

NY Will Inspect Bus Lines with Poor Records More

One of the smallest and most overlooked items in New York's new state budget just could be a life saver. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports...

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature agreed to devote $1 million to change the way buses are inspected in New York following a bloody year on the road.

Instead of inspecting every bus several times a year, the state will switch to a "performance based" system in which companies with the worst safety records will be inspected more.

All companies will still get at least two inspections a year, even those with top safety records.

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