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New York State's Health Department says the average level of the toxic chemical PFOA in the blood of 2,000 Hoosick Falls residents was about 10 times that of the general population.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls
Lucas Willard

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has secured an agreement that holds companies Saint-Gobain and Honeywell responsible for the PFOA contamination in Hoosick Falls and surrounding area.

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The same day that musician Prince’s death was attributed to an overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli visited Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to advocate for policies that he says will address addiction by increasing access to treatment and the overdose reversal drug naloxone, improve prescribing practices, and support law enforcement and prevention strategies.

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“You have shad, striped bass, Atlantic sturgeon, herring. Are all coming in from the ocean. They can’t reproduce in salt water. They have to have freshwater, tidal conditions like right here on the Hudson,” said Fran Dunwell, Hudson River Estuary Coordinator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Dunwell says many people who live and commute along the Hudson don’t realize the river itself serves as a sort-of highway for migrating fish.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the temporary closure of its Lake George Boat Launch.

The Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall will remain in Halfmoon Town Park until June 6th.

Two separate bills to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports and some other forms of gambling are moving through the New York state legislature, but anti-gambling groups say they should be stopped.

NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie speaks to reporters on Sheldon Silver's sentencing.
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The New York state Assembly Speaker confirms that federal investigators are looking into some of his actions while he was head of the Bronx Democratic Party, but he says he’s done nothing wrong.

Race director George Regan
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The 38th annual Freihofer’s Run for Women is coming up on Saturday in Albany. The massive event is being run this year without top international competitors, in what organizers say is a bid to give more local women a chance to race.WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently sat down with longtime event director George Regan.

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Nancy Nugent said something that’s been a common theme in the race for New York’s 49th Senate District.

Questions Remain About Cuomo Investigator

Jun 1, 2016
Governor Cuomo
Governor Cuomo

It’s been over a month since New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hired a special investigator in response to a federal probe of his Buffalo Billion project and other economic development programs. But so far, no contract with former prosecutor Bart Schwartz has been released, and questions remain about what exactly he is investigating.

 Albany Roman Catholic Diocese Bishop Ed Scharfenberger
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Albany Bishop Ed Scharfenberger joined farmworkers rallying Thursday at New York's Capitol for legislation to guarantee them overtime pay while removing the state's ban on their union organizing.

With just a few weeks left until the end of the legislative session, a new poll finds New York voters are still craving reform in state government, and they’d rather not see a new law to expand state gambling by legalizing daily fantasy sports.

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The fight over Uber's plans to expand throughout New York state is escalating as lawmakers enter the final weeks of their 2016 legislative session.

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The fight against tobacco use is global:  approximately 1 person dies from a disease caused by tobacco use every six seconds around the world.   New York joins a worldwide effort to discourage tobacco use.

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher
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The chancellor of New York's public university system says the next school year will be her last at the helm.

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A New York man who drowned during lifeguard tryouts in a Cape Cod lake was a collegiate swimmer who planned to become an assistant swim coach at his alma mater.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a correction officer who opened a package that exploded at his home is in critical condition. 

A Catskills swimming hole has gotten so popular that the state has enacted emergency regulations to protect the area.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a prison guard suffered serious burns when he opened an exploding package he found outside his home.

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New York lawmakers are considering legislation that would limit the amount of prescription opioid drugs patients can get after an initial visit to the doctor's office, part of an effort to curb a statewide addiction crisis.

The state legislature ends its session for the year on June 16, and expectations are low for any major pieces of legislation to be resolved before the adjournment, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration faces increasing scrutiny from the U.S. attorney over economic development projects.

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New York City police say they've made an arrest in the death of an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo who was caught in the crossfire between two gangs last year.

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This week the U.S. House of Representatives approved updates to the Toxic Substances Control Act. The 40-year-old piece of legislation, which provides EPA with authority to regulate commercial chemicals,  was considered by many to be ineffective, including Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko. The Democrat worked for more than two years to strengthen the law for consumers, but when the bill back came from the Senate, Tonko voted against the measure. Tonko explained his vote to WAMC's Lucas Willard.

SUNY Poly’s Zero Energy Nano (ZEN) Building.
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Probes into alleged corruption by former members  and associates of the Cuomo Administration deepened, as the Attorney General’s office conducted a raid at SUNY Polytechnic offices in Albany Thursday afternoon.

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More than 200 new transit vehicles are coming to upstate New York.

A new law in New York state aims to make it easier to sign up to be an organ or tissue donor.

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New York State environmental officials are asking residents and visitors of Horicon in Warren County to keep an eye out for any clues that can be used to find a missing hunter who disappeared last November.

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Some Saratoga Springs area residents have come together to criticize what they say is a move by the Cuomo administration to retain public control of the New York Racing Association, the organization that oversees thoroughbred racing in the state.

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After he announced his intention to run for State Senate in 2015, Republican Christian Klueg says that he contacted party officials across the 49th Senate District. Klueg says he experienced a lack of communication from GOP committees, saying many had already endorsed Senator Hugh Farley, now retiring after 40 years in the legislature.

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