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Today marks the start of a relatively new four-day traditional music festival celebrating bluegrass, Cajun, jazz and swing. The Oldtone Roots Music Festival in North Hillsdale, NY features a number of national and area bands, music workshops, contests and a camping and eating experience. WAMC News spoke with organizer Jim Wright about what’s in store.

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Saratoga Race Course was as busy as ever this year. The 40-day summer meet that ran from late July until Labor Day drew more than 1.1 million paid visitors, breaking last year’s number by more than 5 percent.

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New York's attorney general says abortion rights provided by U.S. Supreme Court rulings can't be diminished by the state law against late-term abortions enacted before the court's landmark Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973.

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As autumn approaches, so does hunting season in New York. And as hunters begin preparing for treks into the woods, the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society is asking for a change: this fall, use bullets that are lead-free.

After more than 50 years in business, ITT Educational Services announced Tuesday that it is closing down all its campuses nationwide. This comes after the U.S. Department of Education banned it from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid, stating that ITT failed to meet its accreditor’s standards. The closure could be a boon for local community colleges.

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Governor Cuomo’s health commissioner faced an intense grilling from lawmakers at a joint hearing on how the administration handled water contamination in in the eastern New York village of Hoosick Falls.

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You'll now be able to order a Sunday mimosa, bloody mary or pint of beer two hours earlier in New York state.

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Federal regulators say they have recommended designating part of an upstate New York village as a Superfund site for cleanup.

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New York's attorney general says his office is investigating Mylan Pharmaceuticals, which has been criticized for steep price increases for its emergency allergy treatment EpiPen.

New York City police say two people have been shot to death during a carnival in the hours before the West Indian Day Parade. Police say a male in his late teens or early 20s was shot in the chest at around 3:50 a.m. Monday in Brooklyn. He died at a hospital. Police say about 25 minutes later, a 22-year-old woman was shot in the head just a block away and died at a hospital. Police are investigating whether the shootings are related. The shootings happened during J'ouvert, a carnival...

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Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued along the New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut coasts as Tropical Storm Hermine moves up the Eastern Seaboard. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect along the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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55 colleges and universities across New York state have signed REV, the Reforming the Energy Vision Campus Challenge.

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Authorities say they've arrested a fifth suspect in the slaying of an aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the hours before last year's West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.

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Outside the Saratoga Springs City Center, organizers announced Equestricon 2017. The event is scheduled to take place over three days next August, during the busy thoroughbred racing season. It’s touted as the first ever international horse racing convention and industry trade show.

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New York state is looking to put locally grown foods on the menu in school cafeterias.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is continuing to test the Hoosic River and its tributaries to determine how the potentially carcinogenic chemical PFOA is moving through the local area.

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A ceremony was held Wednesday to mark the opening of the $17.5 million Gateway Overlook in Amsterdam.

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Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort met with residents in Canajoharie Wednesday night to discuss his vision to redevelop the massive, former Beech-Nut plant that sits beside the Mohawk River.

The New York State Nurses Association is celebrating this week after reaching new contract agreements with hospitals in Utica and Gloversville.

Republican State Senator Kathy Marchione presided over the marathon 10-hour session at Hoosick Falls Central School.
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A long-awaited New York state Senate hearing on the fallout from PFOA-contaminated water was held Tuesday in Hoosick Falls. Officials and angry residents took to the microphone.

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At Tuesday's state Senate hearing on the water contamination in Hoosick Falls, the federal EPA came in for criticism from some state officials who blamed the agency for failing to lead, and from some lawmakers who said they were disappointed the EPA did not send a representative to the hearing. For a response, WAMC News spoke Wednesday with District 2 Regional Administrator for the EPA, Judith Enck.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is catching criticism from conservationists for reeling in a 154.5-pound thresher shark off Long Island. The Democrat tweeted pictures of his catch Sunday.

New York’s affordable housing agency is now reportedly under the microscope. The Homes and Community Renewal agency is among the state agencies that have been subpoenaed by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District.

Two hikers in Albany County came across a dead body Friday.

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A longshot has won the marquee race at Saratoga Race Course in the fastest time in history.

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Escorted by motorcycle riders with the Patriot Guard, the remains of a WWII marine killed in the Pacific more than 70 years ago finally arrived home Friday.

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Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville says nurses represented by the New York State Nurses Association planning to strike next week will be locked out. The union that represents 112 nurses at the Fulton County facility is planning a strike to begin September 1 st until September 6 th .

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An ethics bill New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says will increase accountability and transparency was signed into law Wednesday. But good-government groups say the measure is just a band-aid on chronic corruption in Albany.

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The Mid-Summer Derby returns to Saratoga on Saturday. The day punctuated by the 147 th running of the Travers Stakes promises to draw visitors to Saratoga Race Course from across the Capital Region and around the world.

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A judge says former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can remain free until at least late October while he appeals his conviction and 12-year prison sentence.

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