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Albany police are currently seeking more information about a shooting that occurred early Sunday.

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A state of emergency was declared Saturday night after severe thunderstorms swept through the Town of Hoosick and Village of Hoosick Falls in Rensselaer County.

Police have arrested two individuals accused of manufacturing illegal methamphetamines at a Plattsburgh home. 

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The state of New York won't hand over identifying information about its voters to President Donald Trump's commission investigating voter fraud.

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A company based in the Capital Region has been awarded a $9.1 million federal contract to develop a new generation of living building materials.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and other officials will join the Amsterdam fire department later today renew efforts to pass legislation that would create a specialized cancer registry for firefighters. Schumer says firefighters are exposed to a range of harmful toxins and that for certain types of cancer, the risk can be 200 percent higher than the broader population. The New York Democrat is due to be in Amsterdam at 2:30. 

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WAMC's Jim Levulis speaks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about the end of a special legislative session in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo declaring a state of emergency in regards to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the expansion of ride-hailing services in upstate New York and Long Island.

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The New York state Legislature finally ended its 2017 legislative session, after the Assembly voted overnight on a privately negotiated omnibus bill, and the Senate finally finished on Thursday afternoon. The messy process drew condemnation from both sides of the aisle.

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The heat's turning up in the coming battle for New York’s 22nd Congressional District seat.

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New York’s Erie Canal is celebrating its 200th birthday. To mark the occasion, the Albany Symphony Orchestra is holding performances from the canal’s historic beginning in Albany to Lockport in Niagara County. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more on the series of events that kicks off this Sunday called “Water Music New York.”

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June 29 is the first day ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft can operate in upstate New York and Long Island. State lawmakers approved expanding the service beyond New York City earlier this year. 

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Officials across upstate New York are welcoming the expansion of ride-sharing services as a way to reduce alcohol-related crashes.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown joined Erie County District Attorney John Flynn and local law enforcement leaders Wednesday to praise the arrival of ride-hailing companies Lyft and Uber in upstate New York.

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has announced $4 million in state funding to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in buildings.

A group of state lawmakers from the Mohawk Valley is asking for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s help in pressing Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to introduce a relief package for a racino.

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Lawmakers came back to the state Capitol at the command of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who called an extraordinary session of the legislature at 1 p.m. Wednesday to deal with unfinished business. But, as the afternoon wore on, there were still no agreements on how to tackle the remaining items.

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This November, Saratoga Springs residents will have the chance to vote for a new city charter. This week the city’s Charter Review Commission approved a final document that change the city’s system of government from its unique Commission-style to a more conventional Council-Manager form.

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has a new president and chief executive officer.  Alicia Barton takes over from John Rhodes, who is the new chair of the state Public Service Commission. 

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Leaders in Saratoga Springs have made their pitch for three workforce housing proposals that aim to provide more apartments in a city desperate for workers and satisfy federal requirements for affordable housing.

Less than a week after they ended their regular session, New York lawmakers are returning to Albany to try again when it comes to extending mayoral control of schools in New York City. 

Dramatic testimony was given in the hearing on whether former New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino should be ousted from the Buffalo School Board. Paladino took the stand Tuesday, and apologized for racist comments he made last December regarding President Obama and Mrs. Obama.

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One week after the New York state legislature declared the 2017 session over, Governor Andrew Cuomo is commanding that lawmakers return for a special session at 1 p.m. Wednesday to deal with some unfinished business. 

The New York State Education Department hearing on whether Carl Paladino should be removed from the Buffalo school board for leaking private information in the board's executive sessions could conclude as early as Tuesday. On day three of the proceedings,, the petitioners seeking Paladino's removal rested their case, and the Buffalo businessman and former gubernatorial candidate's defense began.

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As the health care debate continues in Washington, Democrats in New York are sounding the alarm about what the Republican plan could mean for the state. Tonight in Hudson, the Capital Region expert panel on the American Health Care Act will hold a meeting to hear public opinions about health care, and what might happen in New York if the Republican plan becomes the law of the land. 

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When the legislative session ended on June 21, New York lawmakers left behind a lot of unfinished business, including a failure to act on ethics reform proposals in light of an economic development scandal in the Cuomo Administration.    

A hearing is scheduled to resume Monday on whether a one-time candidate for New York governor who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama and his wife should be ousted from the Buffalo school board. 

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Speaking alongside New York’s newest and first openly gay judge on the state’s highest court, Governor Andrew Cuomo praised Paul Feinman’s legal experience and also marked the occasion of his appointment to New York Court of Appeals on the same day as New York City’s annual Pride March.

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Researchers keeping track of loon populations in the Adirondacks are looking for help from volunteers.

New York state police are searching for two fugitives who are wanted for kidnapping and attempted murder in Tennessee.

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Officials say a teenager fell from a stopped gondola ride at an upstate New York amusement park, tumbling into a crowd of park guests and employees gathered below in an effort to catch the victim before she hit the ground.

A Johnstown woman who disappeared last summer and claimed she was kidnapped, setting off a massive search effort, has pleaded guilty to falsely reporting an incident.

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