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Efforts to curb gun violence in Albany had another airing at an Albany Law School forum Wednesday night.

A new law has appeared on the books in Albany County, apparently aimed at addressing any perceived threat to public safety by the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline.The so-called "blasting law" was hurried through the County Legislature.

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Microbeads – the tiny plastic pellets that come by the tens of thousands in bottles of face wash, toothpaste, and more – are on their way to being banned in Albany County. 

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In one of the toughest races on primary day Thursday, Albany County Legislature Chair Shawn Morse defeated Dianne Nolin for mayor of Cohoes. The de facto general election means Morse will succeed outgoing Mayor George Primeau — his uncle. Morse says the Hudson River city of 16,000 people north of Albany faces many challenges, and tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus he isn’t surprised he won the race.

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Plagued by staff cutbacks and a dropoff in admissions, Albany's College of St. Rose has accepted the resignation of a high-level administrator.

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It’s the final few hours of voting as today’s primary elections will winnow the field for November.

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Albany is bolstering its fire department with federal funds.

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People who take public transportation tend to be opinionated regarding service. They'll have an opportunity to air grievances and praises alike tonight in downtown Albany at a meeting on bus transit policy.

Albany Law School’s 18th president and dean will be inaugurated Thursday.

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A busy interstate in Albany was backed up for about a half hour yesterday after a man jumped from an overpass.

Newschannel 13 is reporting that the 25-year-old man was taken to a hospital after jumping from Everett Road near Exit 5 on Interstate 90. The incident occurred just before 4 p.m. yesterday. The man was taken to Albany Medical Center.

His condition is currently unknown, but he is expected to survive.

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Back in January, Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar decided, unexpectedly,  not to run for a fourth term.  In a letter to county Republican Chairman John Rustin, Mahar explained he wanted to retire and spend more time with his family...

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In its third consecutive year under the state mandated tax cap, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy is offering up a 2016 budget with a zero tax increase. In what some are calling a political twist, the spending plan is out a month earlier than its customary release.

Schenectady police say they have made an arrest in connection an incident Wednesday evening at 1330 Union Street.

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Lawmakers in New York's capital city voted to approve legislation requiring Albany gun owners to secure their firearms in a safe or with a trigger lock whenever the weapon is out of their "immediate possession or control."

A new study released today gives Albany a “D” for small business friendliness, but do businesses agree?

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In the latest chapter of a long-simmering dispute, Albany County has taken two separate legal actions against so-called oil trains. The county executive says the intent is to protect residents' health and safety.

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10 years on, New Orleans and several other communities across the south continue to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina --- volunteers from all over the world came together to help rebuild --- including several from the Capital Region.

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The College of Saint Rose in Albany is facing a  $9.3 million deficit and has told faculty members to prepare for layoffs. The Times Union reports the college is seeing declining enrollment and incurred $4 million in operating costs last year. Additionally officials said 70 percent of the school’s property has a mortgage.  A  St. Rose spokeswoman said the college is working toward “a sustainable financial model.” 

Odd Dan Out

Aug 27, 2015
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On Wednesday night the Democratic candidates for Albany County Executive locked horns at a 'candidate forum' - but  Dan McCoy and Dan Egan have another Dan to consider...

An upstate newspaper has called it quits.

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In advance of the September primary, the Democratic candidates for Albany County Executive squared off Wednesday night before a packed house in downtown Albany in a "candidate forum."

Based on questions that were selected from cards filled out by audience members, topics included oil trains and green energy, substance abuse and addiction, veterans, seniors and the land bank.

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Some of the Troy mayoral candidates are weighing in on law and order after two police officers were wounded in a fatal shootout with a carjacking suspect over the weekend in Lansingburgh.

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The trucking company involved in the death of a 4-year old at a busy Central Avenue intersection in February is seeking to add the city of Albany and a crossing guard to a wrongful-death lawsuit. 

Albany Medical Center has announced a fifth location for its expanding EmUrgentCare division.

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An inmate who smuggled weapons into the Albany County Jail was apparently trying to organize a "jailhouse gang."

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Two Troy police officers are on the mend at Albany Medical Center following a shootout late Saturday night, the first time officers in the city have been shot in the line of duty in 40 years.

Strike Looms At Ellis

Aug 21, 2015

Hundreds of nurses at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady plan a 24-hour strike September 3rd if staffing conditions don't improve.  The nurses' contract ran out back in March 2014.

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The battle against the emerald ash borer, an invasive pest that has decimated thousands of tree across America, has moved to the city of Albany, where officials are scrambling to mount a counteroffensive.

Meet Anasha Cummings

Aug 15, 2015
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One Troy City Council candidate aims to kick civic interest and government participation into a higher gear by running on his own "Red Beard" ballot line in the coming November election. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently sat down with Anasha Cummings to discuss his candidacy and the potential he sees for the Collar City.

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Albany is trying to become a more modern city, with a new focus on downtown projects and housing and a conversation about transportation alternatives. Earlier today, activists delivered about 250 postcards to Mayor Kathy Sheehan from residents, business owners and visitors who want protected bicycle lanes on Madison Avenue.

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