Capital Region News

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The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation, Parks, Agriculture and Markets, and the State Arbor Day Committee, joined state and local officials today for an Arbor Day tree planting event at Albany's Tivoli Lake Preserve.

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A new fund to support arts, education, and cultural programs in the City of Albany was announced today.

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  Two more suspicious fires in the Capital Region involving apparently vacant buildings. 

Two fires, blocks apart, in Schenectady overnight - flames shooting from buildings at 3rd and 6th streets lit up the pre-dawn skies - one of them, confirmed vacant, will have to be torn down. No injuries reported. Both blazes under investigation.

Meanwhile, officials say it could take years to redevelop the site of the massive Jay Street apartment fire in March that left four dead.

  Multiple defects have been found at Capital Region railyards in the latest round of oil train inspections. 

According to Governor. Andrew Cuomo’s office , the inspections showed 84 defects locally in the Colonie, Kenwood and Selkirk rail yards and on tracks between Fonda and Rotterdam.

Two critical defects (those are the most serious) were found after 107 tank cars in the Selkirk Rail Yard were checked. Two shipper violations were issued.

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The immediate crisis that resulted when a landslide interrupted the flow of the Normans Kill Creek between two golf courses is over, but environmental restoration is expected to take months...

A hillside near the Normanside Country Club in Bethlehem collapsed somewhere between 8 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday, blocking a significant length of the creek that separates the Normanside Country Club from Capital Hills Golf Course on the Albany side.

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A potential flooding disaster averted, Albany city and county officials continue to monitor the situation where the Normans Kill creek flows between two golf courses.

A hillside close to the Normanside Country Club in Bethelehem collapsed somewhere between 8 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday, blocking a significant length of the creek that separates the Normanskill Country Club from Capital Hills Golf Course on the Albany side.

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Pope Francis recently called the Armenian massacre the “first genocide of 20th century.” With many areas marking Genocide Awareness Month, the killings and their aftermath are being discussed tonight at Siena College.

New York has settled for $2.25 million a lawsuit filed by a family that claimed the staff at an upstate New York residential center beat a severely disabled 22-year-old with a stick, neglected him and left him malnourished before he died of pneumonia.

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An upstate county has closed a loophole in state law that could have allowed fracking waste to be dumped in local landfills.

While New York has banned the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing for extracting natural gas, the state allows landfills to accept out-of-state fracking waste, possibly endangering public health and the environment.

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A 54-year-old woman was struck and killed in a hit and run while crossing Central Avenue in the Town of Colonie, New York last night. The Times Union reports that Renee Bruneau was stuck by a vehicle between Madison and Hudson Avenues and was rushed to Albany Medical Center where she later died. Town police are asking for assistance in locating the owner of the vehicle which was traveling eastbound.

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