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Civic leaders are once again coming together to talk about issues facing the city of Albany.

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It has been a violent weekend with four shootings in the city of Albany, marring the Columbus Day holiday period.

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


A rally is scheduled for tonight in Schenectady’s Hamilton Hill neighborhood after the latest fatal shooting there.

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Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Leah Gunn Barrett, executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.

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By and large, American cities are far safer today than they were decades ago. But problems persist. In the first part of our weeklong series on urban crime, WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas surveys the landscape in Albany.

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In the final push before the end of New York's legislative session, the state Assembly has passed a piece of gun control legislation named after a boy killed in Saratoga County.

  T. C. Boyle has been called by the New York Times - "one of the most inventive and verbally exuberant writers of his generation." Boyle is the bestselling author of fourteen novels and nine short story collections.

His newest book, The Harder They Come, explores anti-authoritarianism and the bloodshed that can accompany it.

Prosecutors say two teenagers and a man have been arraigned on charges stemming from a fatal shooting in Albany earlier this month.

The Albany County D-A's office says a 16-year-old boy and two men, ages 18 and 24, were arraigned in state Supreme Court Wednesday morning on charges that include second-degree murder and attempted murder.

They're charged in the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Courtney Yates. Police say the father of six was hit by gunfire shortly after 1 a.m. on May 5 on Lark Street. Two other men, ages 29 and 33, were wounded.

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One dead person is dead and two others remain hospitalized after a Wednesday night shooting along the outskirts of Albany's Arbor Hill. A preview of summer violence?

In late October, 2014, shaken by yet another round of gun crime in Albany, elected officials, community leaders and private citizens gathered together for a downtown brainstorming session. At the time, Mayor Kathy Sheehan said:     "We learn when we listen and sometimes a community has ideas that are far better than anything that we can come up with in a conference room in city hall."