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Today on Midday Magazine, a topic that is never easy to discuss; suicide. Joining us is Glenn Gilbert, coordinator of suicide prevention services at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, NY and Laura Marx, the head of the Capital Region Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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This past week, the Saratoga Springs Charter Review Committee released a new fiscal analysis on its proposed city charter that will go before voters this election day.

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A seventeen-year-old boy was injured by a passenger train in the Saratoga County town of Wilton on Saturday.

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Homes in southern Vermont that had their drinking water wells test for low levels of chemicals PFOA and PFOS will be resampled over the next three weeks.

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A state task force on drinking water quality will begin addressing emerging contaminants and issues in New York communities.

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New York taxpayers may pay more than $700,000 to cover the legal bills of a former state lawmaker whose conviction on charges of lying to the FBI was vacated after his death.

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The latest Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act has triggered a series of rallies across New York. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended one in downtown Albany today, hours before Arizona Sen. John McCain announced he’s opposing the Graham-Cassidy bill...

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Saratoga Springs will be the focus of a new television series being produced by C-Span. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more details on the program featuring a city known for health, history and horses.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Puerto Rico Friday, assessing damage after Hurricane Maria, and bringing some initial supplies to the island. Cuomo spoke just before taking off from JFK Airport in a fully loaded plane provided by Jet Blue.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is considering a possible challenge to New Governor Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for the 2018 governor’s race. Miner says if she does run for governor, it won’t be a conventional campaign.

In May, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo requested a review of colleges’ compliance with the 2015 “Enough is Enough” sexual assault law. The results are in.

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A sidewalk was being completed outside a Saratoga Springs elementary school this afternoon. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the project — part of a national program — will complement a planned bicycle path. 

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stopped by Catskill Wednesday afternoon to tour the Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts Center. Schumer predicts the Center will be a major hub for world-class theater.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is calling for additional removal of toxic chemicals from a contaminated landfill site in Rensselaer County.

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Saratoga Springs voters will decide this Election Day if they want to adopt a new city charter. The commission tasked with designing the new governing document has released a financial review of the plan.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is again wading into national issues this week. The Democrat held a press conference against the latest attempt in the U.S. Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. And he met with the governors of California and Washington to discuss steps to slow climate change.

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A New York state agency created to protect people in institutional care from abuse and neglect has lost three criminal cases this year after judges ruled that it didn't have the power to prosecute. 

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An invasive species of clam in Lake George is spreading.

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Earlier this year, residents of the southern Saratoga County town of Clifton Park rejected a sale of public land to a local developer. Several months later, town officials have announced a tentative purchase agreement that dedicate the 34 acres to parkland and open space.

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Republicans in the state of New York met in Albany Tuesday in advance of the 2018 campaigns, which will begin shortly. The party’s leader believes Republicans have a good chance at winning statewide office against Governor Andrew Cuomo and others next year.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has mandated county governments to find ways to cut spending by consolidating overlapping services in their jurisdictions.  Progress is being made in two local counties.

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A small area of a Columbia County city has become a big concern for local residents.

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In light of the recent massive data breach at the credit reporting company Equifax, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration is taking steps to make sure that in the future, the credit agencies have better cybersecurity in place.

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In addition to choosing their city leaders at the ballot box this November, voters in Saratoga Springs will also have the opportunity to select a new city charter.

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The University at Albany is taking steps to address reports of sexual discrimination within its athletics department following a federal investigation into complaints and practices over the last three years.

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is urging the federal government keep a close eye on gas prices.

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Voters in Saratoga Springs will head to the polls this November to choose more than their city leaders. The outcome on November 7th could change the way the city has operated for the last century. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the debate around overhauling the city’s charter is leading discussions on the campaign trail.

New York state Assemblyman Marc Butler, a Republican from the sprawling 118th District, will not run for re-election in 2018.

Schenectady County’s District Attorney has been appointed as a special prosecutor after the Rensselaer County DA recused himself from an investigation into a police-involved shooting.

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A project to transform a vacant lot in Troy’s bustling downtown has hit roadblocks once again.

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