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Several horse deaths at Saratoga Race Course are placing pressure on the entities that oversee thoroughbred racing in New York to prevent injuries among equine athletes. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on new steps being implemented ahead of the season’s biggest race.

Recent events have brought new attention to police-involved shootings and how they are investigated in New York’s Capital Region. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the conversation surrounding a recent shooting in Troy.

Statue of J. Marion Sims on Fifth Avenue, on the wall of Central Park
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Critics want New York City to remove a statue in Central Park that honors a doctor who used slaves in developing a pioneering approach to treating physical problems women can develop after childbirth.

NY Test Scores Inch Up

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The results of this year’s Common Core related standardized tests show scores for New York’s school children inching up. Around one fifth of the children boycotted the tests altogether, due to continued controversy over the Common Core learning standards.

The Albany-Hudson Electric Trolley operated along the proposed trail corridor. The line transported millions of passengers over its three decades of service.
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The Albany-Hudson Electric Trail is a proposed 35-mile bicycling and pedestrian rail-trail path, running from the City of Rensselaer to the City of Hudson. Officials hope to have the trail operational by 2020.

Demonstrators march down Hoosick Street in Troy, New York. They headed to city hall to protest after 22-year-old Dahmeek McDonald was shot by police.
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The attorney for a 22-year-old upstate New York man who was shot and wounded by police during a traffic stop says his client wasn't armed at the time of the confrontation.

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The federal government is designating critical habitat for the Atlantic sturgeon in a step regulators say will help the fish recover its population.

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Heat or cool your home, or cut back on food and medicine? Area residents may be faced with that decision next spring.

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  New York state regulators are seeking public input on plans to expand the mountain biking trail system in the Adirondacks.

 

  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature public works project, a $4 billion bridge to be named after his father, is about to begin carrying commuters across the Hudson River in New York City suburbs.

Organizations dedicated to the fight against opioid addiction are planning for International Overdose Awareness Day later this month.

The Prevention Council of Saratoga County has announced a vigil for Thursday, August 31st at 7 p.m. in Saratoga Springs.  

The gathering in the Spa City’s Congress Park will come after a free Narcan Training event at the Saratoga Springs Community Library.

Police in South Glens Falls are investigating graffiti that read “Whites Only” that appeared outside a black resident’s apartment late Thursday or Friday.

Constitution Pipeline

New York's authority to block construction of a major natural gas pipeline by denying a key permit has been upheld by a federal court.

The state Public Service Commission approved the 838 area code last September to ensure there will continue to be enough telephone numbers to meet demand in eastern New York.
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If you haven't done so already, it's time to reprogram your cell phone and/or speed dialer to include the 518 area code.

The Northeast will experience a partial solar eclipse on Monday. To celebrate the event, universities and public libraries across the region will be hosting viewing parties.

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Services will begin this afternoon to honor former Schenectady Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett, who died earlier this week at age 71 after a battle with cancer. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports Bennett, who also served as a State Police Superintendent, is being remembered as a man who fought to restore the integrity of Schenectady’s police force.

Services will be held Friday and Saturday for Schenectady’s Commissioner of Public Safety Wayne Bennett, who died this week at age 71.

As summer nears its end and the tourism season in Saratoga Springs, New York is in full swing, local police are partnering on a two-week campaign to crack down on drunk drivers.

A legendary coach for the Adirondack Red Wings who led the former Glens Falls hockey team to two Calder Cup championships was celebrated today. Bill Dineen, who died at 84 last December, is now immortalized on the avenue in front of the city’s arena.

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State police say a truck driver from New York’s Capital Region was shopping online on his cell phone when his vehicle rear-ended a car, killing its driver.

Former 2010 New York gubernatorial candidate and Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino has been removed from the Buffalo school board, in a ruling by the state education commissioner issued Thursday. His attorneys are appealing.

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New Yorkers who sign up for individual insurance under the Affordable Care Act exchanges will see their premiums rise by an average of 14 percent, now that the Cuomo Administration has approved rate increases for insurers in the exchanges. One reason for the increase is worry and uncertainty over the future of the ACA.

A company at the center of investigations into PFOA contamination of water supplies in Hoosick Falls, New York and Bennington, Vermont has received proposals to provide clean drinking water to a similarly affected community in New Hampshire.

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Dozens of people including family members and friends of a man shot Tuesday night by Troy police marched to city hall today. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the crowd demanded answers as police continue to investigate the incident.

Police in Troy, New York are investigating an officer-involved shooting Tuesday night that injured a 22-year-old man. 

Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House
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When the New Year begins, Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House in Hudson, New York will have a new executive director. Tambra Dillon, currently the co-director at the cultural and arts venue on Warren Street in Hudson, will succeed Gary Schiro who has announced his resignation after more than 19 years on the job, transforming the abandoned municipal building into a thriving performance space and culture center.

The state capitol in Albany
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There’s growing pressure on a group of breakaway Democrats in the New York state Senate to reunite with the mainstream Democrats and form a majority to rule the Senate.

 Wayne Bennett
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A former New York State Police superintendent has died.

A press conference and rally in defense of immigrants got under way at 5 p.m. in New York City. Regional activists are taking part.

Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House
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After more than 19 years leading the transformation on an abandoned municipal center into a thriving cultural and arts center, Gary Schiro will step down at the end of the year as the executive director of Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House in Hudson, New York. 

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