Capital Region News

Capital Region News
4:46 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Homeless Code Blue Program Begins New Season

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As the cold weather begins to move in, an Albany initiative is taking steps to ensure that homeless people have a warm place to stay this winter. 

The Homeless Code Blue Program begins November 15th: officials are seeking public support. Liz Hitt is Executive Director of the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society:   "Anytime the temperature drops to ten degrees or less, including the wind chill, we make sure that anyone living on the street has a safe and warm place to stay for the night."

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4:18 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Albany To Scatter American Crows

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Wildlife biologists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be conducting a non-lethal wildlife management project to disperse the Fall/Winter roost of American Crows from the city of Albany. 

Those non-lethal methods include pyrotechnics, spotlights, non-harmful lasers, and amplified, recorded crow distress calls. Several of these methods produce loud noises and flashing lights (similar to sirens and fireworks) that frighten birds and may be heard or observed by local residents.

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Capital Region News
12:54 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Urban Violence Claims Another Victim

Albany police cruisers appear as if they were guarding the makeshift corner vigil near 139 Quail Street.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As the city of Albany struggles to cope with a rash of gun violence and a perceived sense of danger on uneasy streets, there have been public discussions, candlelight vigils, makeshift memorials... and another murder.

On Monday, at approximately 3:45 p.m., officers answered a call at 139 Quail Street, a rough-hewn residential area not far from the state capitol and city hall downtown. Within a short time, a city block was marked with yellow crime scene tape and traffic in both directions detoured.

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Capital Region News
2:12 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Community Chat: Making Albany More Just And Equitable

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

How do you make a city more just and equitable? Begin  with a "community conversation".

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Capital Region News
2:07 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Capital Region Jobs Rising

Capital Region Job Market Soars in Past Week– Highest Weekly Number of Jobs in Over 5 years!

The local job market soars to a level of jobs we have not seen for over 5 years, fueled by employer confidence...

Job postings in the Capital Region were 2,477 vs 1,971  the week before, a 26.7% increase. The numbers surprised local job expert Dan Moran:  "I knew the market was poised for growth. I didn't expect this type of a jump. So that's really good news. So we've got a really very strong job market in the Capital Region, close to 2500 jobs out there, so that's very good news for job seekers and for the economy as well."

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Capital Region News
1:04 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Rensselaer Chosen As Emergency Fuel Site

The city of Rensselaer has been designated as the host of one of six “strategic fuel reserves” by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

With memories of the recent trio of devastating storms — Irene, Lee and Sandy — and disruptions they caused still lingering, the Cuomo administration has unveiled plans to centralize sources of gasoline and diesel fuel for easy access to emergency responders.  The program is being administered by the state Energy Research and Development Authority with $10 million in funding from the state Power Authority.

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3:55 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Shots Fired... Albany Reacts

Credit WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

Shaken by yet another round of gun crime in Albany, elected officials, community leaders and private citizens gathered together for a downtown brainstorming session Tuesday.

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3:36 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Free TV In Jeopardy

The picture is fuzzy as to whether the FCC will pull the plug on some over-the-air TV stations.
Credit Buy Clear TV / youtube.com

The U.S. government is auctioning off chunks of the broadcast spectrum - which could force some local television stations off the air, onto cable.

The same federal government cited in that ubiquitous "Buy Clear TV" commerical is planning to pull the rug out from under at least some of that "free over the air tv" ---

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12:15 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser Nov. 1 In Albany

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The public is invited to a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis research.

The historic Fort Orange Club in the heart of downtown Albany is hosting "Autumn Mix and Mingle," to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Donna Clark is executive director of the foundation. She says the November 1st event is an adults-only evening of wine and beer tasting and great food selection, and all for a good cause:

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4:59 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

The Madison Goes LIVE!

Credit The Madison

Albany's Madison Theater is going to feature live performances.
 

The Madison Theater's  live entertainment venue will open Saturday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.

Dan Laiosa is the Madison's general manager. He says "It's the final phase of our renovations at the theater"

The opening show features live jazz from the Nancy and Spencer Reed Quartet.

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