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The new state budget has been in place for nearly a week, but little attention has been paid to many of the items that are in it. A government reform group says that’s by design.

Surrounded by local business leaders, the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation on Wednesday unveiled Advance Saratoga. The five-year plan seeks to create thousands of jobs by promoting the county for new businesses and helping existing employers expand.

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In December 2010, 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin, of Wilton, was accidentally shot and killed by a friend.

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Inside a packed city council chambers on Tuesday night, it took nearly two hours for local residents and business owners to express their concerns or support for a downtown parking structure proposed by the Saratoga Springs City Center. The convention hall is seeking to build a parking garage on a hotly contested piece of property in the Spa City’s bustling downtown.

Usually, New York is an afterthought when it comes to the presidential primary calendar. Not this year.

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More than 70 airports in upstate New York are eligible to compete for a share of $200 million in state funds up for grabs in a new state competition from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

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Hillary Clinton talked a lot about the economy when she spoke at a rally in Cohoes Monday night.

Prior to holding a rally at the Cohoes high school, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held an event in New York City with Governor Cuomo and top state Democratic lawmakers, to celebrate the state’s passage of an increase to the state’s minimum wage.

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The landmark Queensbury Hotel in downtown Glens Falls is back under local ownership. Built in the 1920s, the Queensbury has hosted guests from Billy Joel to Ozzy Osbourne.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit the Capital Region on Monday.

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Sen. Charles Schumer of New York says the Department of Homeland Security must work faster to begin testing explosive detectors that can sense compounds that have been used in recent extremist attacks.

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New York's newly signed spending plan increases education aid by nearly $1.5 billion and increases Foundation Aid by a record $627 million.

The newly approved New York state budget includes a minimum wage increase that is the result of several compromises.

On January 7th, nursing staff represented by the New York State Nurses Association demonstrated outside Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville. Those participating were then locked out for four days until the following Monday. Demonstrations continued until workers were let back in.

The New York budget deal came down to the final minutes before the deadline in Albany, and in the “Fight for $15,” upstate will be capped at $12.50.

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State lawmakers in Albany went down to the wire on meeting the state budget deadline Thursday. A phased-in minimum wage hike and paid family leave are among the highlights of the $150 billion spending plan.

Bernie Sanders at Vermont rally 3-1-16
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Bernie Sanders is telling thousands of supporters in New York City that if he wins the state's primary, he will win the White House. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York state parks, historic sites and campgrounds saw a 5-percent increase in attendance last year.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s office has announced results from surface water testing in Bennington and North Bennington, as state authorities are hoping to determine the source and extent of a chemical contamination.

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For the last two years, all boats entering Lake George have had to meet three requirements: they must be cleaned, drained, and dry. If not, boaters are sent to a washing station free of charge.

State officials say New York got through the 2015 hunting season without a single shooting fatality, the first time that has happened since the 1950s.

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The EPA will undertake a second five-year review of GE’s cleanup of PCBs from the Hudson River. Dredging on a 40-mile stretch between Fort Edward and Troy, New York was finished this fall. Now, General Electric will remain on the river for monitoring and habitat restoration work.

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The state health department said Wednesday repeated testing of the village of Hoosick Falls water system shows non-detection of perfluorooctanoic acid, and the water is now safe for all uses including cooking and drinking.

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New York's governor is planning upcoming trade trips to Italy and China.

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Transportation officials say teams have examined another 341 oil tank cars, 132 miles of track and 69 switches, finding five critical defects needing an immediate fix and 42 others. 

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Spring is here, but people who spend their time outdoors may have already noticed an early visitor: the black-legged tick.

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 Governor Cuomo and Legislative leaders said they hoped to have final agreements on the state budget by evening, and could possibly print bills Tuesday night, to begin voting on Thursday. But by late Tuesday afternoon they were still working on reaching final agreements.  

Constitution Pipeline

The 124-mile Constitution Pipeline would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania's shale fields through New York’s Southern Tier and into Schoharie County, connecting with a network of other pipelines. By now, had things gone according to plan, natural gas would be flowing through it. But, public opposition and regulatory red tape have dogged the $680 million project.

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Senator Bernie Sanders won definitive victories in Democratic presidential caucuses Saturday in Washington state, Hawaii and Alaska.   The candidate’s chief strategists say it is still possible to make up a significant gap in delegates. But the chief strategist for frontrunner Hillary Clinton discounted those claims. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports New York’s primary April 19th now looms large.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has banned all non-essential state travel to North Carolina in the wake of that state's decision to overturn an ordinance on transgender rights.

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