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A New York woman has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for lying to a federal grand jury about the fire that killed her ex-boyfriend and three of her children and left a fourth child with severe burns.

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The University at Albany's Rensselaer County campus is getting a curriculum upgrade and a new name.

The race for Albany City Court Judge has split local Democrats. The outcome of Tuesday's primary could chart a future course for the party.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In January, the Albany Common Council passed, at the request of Mayor Kathy Sheehan, a trash collection tax that applies to two-, three-, and four-unit buildings.  Two months later, the council re-examined the tax, ultimately voting 8-5 to keep the trash fee as is. The Council is re-visiting the thorny issue tonight.

The investigation into a pedestrian fatality on the stretch of 787 that runs through Cohoes has concluded. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse.

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Water restrictions continue in Albany as work crews press on with repairs to the infrastructure where a sinkhole opened up along South Lake Avenue.

The Port of Albany has become a critical component of the city’s revitalization.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says the plans are a demonstration of the growth the Palace is experiencing.
WAMC photo by Zeyna Reifenheiser

The city of Albany is awash in upgrades and expansion plans. And it's all good.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has appointed Judge Stephen Herrick to serve as Albany County Public Defender.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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Pedestrian safety has been priority one for Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse in the weeks since a teenage girl was struck and killed trying to cross 787.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The first phase of Albany's Madison Avenue “road diet” is now a reality.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on the latest step to make the Capital City — and one of its busiest streets — more bike-friendly.

At the conclusion of this week's town hall meeting at Albany's Ezra Prentice Homes, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Aaron Mair, the National President of the 2.4-million member strong Sierra Club. Residents of the South End public housing complex heard from top environmental officials Wednesday evening, sharing their growing concerns about diesel truck traffic and the presence of nearby Global Partners, which transports Bakken crude oil by railroad tracks that buffer the apartments.

Mair sees the residents’ struggle with air and noise pollution at the expense of quality-of-life as a glaring example of what some call "environmental racism."

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An Albany police officer has been arrested after he was caught on camera body-slamming a 15-year-old girl at a rehab facility.

Dorcey Applyrs
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Residents in Albany’s South End heard from top environmental officials Wednesday, the same day nearby Global Partners was criticized for air pollution. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended the meeting at the Ezra Prentice Homes.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

  Federal, state and local government officials were in Albany's South End Wednesday night where they met with residents to talk about health risks and other issues associated with oil trains. 


Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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The Hudson River city of Cohoes is holding a public meeting on the update of its Comprehensive Plan tonight at the Cohoes Music Hall. Mayor Shawn Morse met Tuesday with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss what's next for the Spindle City.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A local mayor and a Congressman joined forces to call for additional federal funding to remediate Brownfields today.

An Albany City Court judge has agreed to resign after 10 of 13 misconduct charges against him were upheld in an administrative proceeding.

An Albany City Court judge has agreed to resign after 10 misconduct charges against him were upheld in an administrative proceeding.

UAW president Tim Voght
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Today marked the 99th day 41 workers were locked out of their jobs at Honeywell Aerospace in Green Island after they refused to accept dramatic increases to their health care costs and the elimination of their pensions. There was support and solidarity present at a noon picket line rally outside the Honeywell building.

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Revenue collected to date from Albany's 35-strong red light camera network has all gone to the vendor that rents the devices to the city. City officials are OK with that.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As crews continue working to repair the broken water main at the site of a sinkhole on South Lake Avenue at Elberon place, the city of Albany is directing residents to conserve water.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Albany Wednesday, doubling down on her push to get legislation passed that she claims would bolster the manufacturing industry across upstate New York by creating a permanent program designating "Manufacturing Communities."

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The City of Albany has instituted mandatory water restrictions.

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Schenectady County has joined the five other counties in New York State that have banned the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.

Several people were taken to the hospital following an Albany car crash involving a funeral procession.

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A security breach at a company that provides ID cards for health insurance companies has exposed personal information of 3.3 million people.

The Albany Sinkhole, August 8, 2016
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Infrastructure issues continue to dog two area cities. Here's the latest on the Albany sinkhole and the Troy water main break.

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A boost for New York State tourism was launched today in downtown Albany.

Events are planned in Albany this evening to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the arrests of Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain, who were convicted of terrorism following an FBI sting. 

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