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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a measure that would create new penalties for people who make bomb threats against community centers. The action stems from bomb threats made to Jewish Community Centers in New York and around the nation last winter.

Some politicians from the region are criticizing President Donald Trump for his brief remarks on the events in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday, that left one dead after a suspect drove a car into a crowd of counter protesters.

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On August 2nd, the Philadelphia Orchestra kicked off its 2017 residency at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

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A suspect has been charged with killing a woman and young child in Glens Falls early Friday.

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Today marked the end of an era in the Capital Region. The Saratogian, a newspaper that has been produced out of its landmark Saratoga Springs location for more than a century, is moving. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard visited the downtown building as equipment was being packed up.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $60.7 million in grants have been approved by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Board of Directors to support drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects across New York.

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A rally against fracking was held Thursday in Albany's West Capitol Park. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on an issue most New Yorkers thought was resolved back in 2014.

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The United States Senate plans to use procedural maneuvers to technically stay in session even when Senators eventually go home for the Labor Day recess. Their intent is to prevent President Trump from making any unwelcome recess appointments while they are away. In Albany, NY taking steps to keep the legislative chambers open is nothing new.

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs has a new president. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports the museum’s board has elected a person very familiar to the thoroughbred racing community.

A popular swimming pool in the Saratoga Spa State Park is closing early next week. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports New York officials will begin a $2.9 million renovation.

The Rensselaer County Village of Hoosick Falls is looking toward the future after being dogged by more than a year of negative headlines surrounding a water contamination crisis and most recent devastating flooding. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has details about an event next month designed to assist individuals looking to start a business.

 

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Police in Mechanicville, NY have arrested two teenagers in the shooting death of 19-year-old David Feliciano.

The former EPA regional administrator under President Obama says scientists who leaked the report on further evidence of climate change to the New York Times should be commended as “whistleblowers."

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The Emma Willard School in Troy has updated its report issued in April detailing a history of sexual misconduct between staff and students dating back more than 50 years.

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Professional hockey will remain in Glens Falls under a new parent team and head coach.

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Environmentalists are encouraging people to attend a meeting in New York City this week about the Hudson River Superfund cleanup.

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New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan is being praised across party lines for publicly admitting he has a substance abuse problem.

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A top ranking member of the New York state legislature issued a statement on Sunday announcing he had recently completed a program to treat an alcohol problem. In the statement, 56-year-old John Flanagan, the State Senate Majority Leader from Long Island, said alcohol had become a crutch to deal with the pressure of the leadership role he has held for two years.

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