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2:59 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Upstate DA Likes 'Free College For Convicts'

Albany County DA David Soares tells the Albany Times Union he backs Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recently announced plan to fund college degree programs for prisoners.

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2:11 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

UAlbany Student Leaders Rail Against Fee

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A broad coalition of student leaders at UAlbany are united against A new fee to be imposed on all students.

Leaders of the University at Albany’s political groups announced their opposition to a proposed ‘campus life fee.’ College Democrat, Republican, and Libertarian Presidents oppose the newly announced fee meant to curb ‘boredom on campus,’ according to the University’s facebook page promoting the $60.00 per semester fee.

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4:56 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Albany Councilman Speaks Out Against 'Conversion Therapy'

Credit Judd Krasher

One form of so-called "conversion therapy" has captured the attention of an Albany councilman -

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9:06 am
Thu February 20, 2014

State Grant Funds Albany County Public Defender’s Office

Credit Albany County

Albany County has been awarded grant funding for the Counsel at First Appearance Project.  
 
The three-year grant of $656,000 has been awarded by the NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services. The statewide grant program helps the counties implement improvements in the delivery of legal services at a defendant’s first appearance before a judge or arraignment.  The intent of the grant is to make improvements in the delivery of indigent defense services to a defendant’s first appearance before a judge. 

Albany County is one of 25 across New York awarded funding.

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3:15 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Viewing Party For Fallon Debut As Late Night Host

Students at an upstate college are planning a TV "viewing party" Monday.

College of Saint Rose Students, faculty and staff will gather late Monday night at the Touhey Forum for a Student Association-sponsored viewing party to watch on the big screen and cheer as Saint Rose alumnus and Saugerties native Jimmy Fallon debuts as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” 

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11:58 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Dreaming Of Timbuctoo At Albany City Hall

Albany City Hall is hosting a Black History Month exhibit in its rotunda. "Dreaming of Timbuctoo" is a traveling historical installation that tells the story of a free black community in the 1840s Adirondacks.

Initiated in 1999 to help shed light on an important but little-known chapter in American and New York State history, "Dreaming of Timbuctoo" explores the nexus of history, land and meaning. 

Martha Swan is the executive director of John Brown Lives!, one of the organizations that helped bring the exhibit to city hall.

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1:19 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Trains, Oil, Albany: 2nd Community Meeting Held

Credit WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Concerned South End neighborhood residents spoke out Wednesday night in Albany about health and safety concerns surrounding Global Companies’ proposal to build seven oil heating facilities at the Port of Albany and increase the amount of oil being shipped through the port.  

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3:30 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Community Meeting About Port Authority Heating Oil Facility

Credit WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Albany residents alarmed about a plan to build a crude oil heating facility at the port of Albany have rallied their forces after meeting to discuss neighborhood safety issues -  they are meeting again --- tonight --- Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at Giffen Elementary School-274 South Pearl Street.  

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6:19 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Schumer To JetBlue: "Land Here!"

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer stopped by Albany International Airport February 10th to invite JetBlue Airlines to establish a first-ever presence in the Capital Region.
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Domestic fares at Albany are up 27 percent since 2008, and the number of passengers has fallen; many airlines have merged since the days Senator Schumer helped bring Southwest to the region. He believes now is the time to bring a new airline into the Albany mix.  "We're hoping that if Jet Blue were to come to Albany, they could add service to already popular routes. Routes like Washington, Orlando, South Florida or Tampa, and in doing so, connecting residents to more travel destinations."

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1:25 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

A Community Divided

Troy NY Mayor Lou Rosamilia and Pastor Willie Bacote
Credit WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

A community march sparked by a bar brawl in Troy has initiated debate and division in the Collar City and beyond.

Security and mobile phone videos of a late-January nightclub brawl seem to show police overpowering patrons at Kokopellis,  including the severe beating of one individual. Police say they followed procedure.

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