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Several inches of snow have fallen on parts of eastern New York where forecasters say up to a foot of wet, heavy snow could blanket some areas.

Officials in Schenectady are looking forward to completing the first phase of a connector trail that will bring walkers and bikers from the city’s Central Park into downtown. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended a meeting Thursday night to get an update.

Concerned and supportive parents attended a special Saratoga Springs City School District board meeting last night to discuss one teacher’s use of political cartoons. The lesson in question drew fire from conservative parents, two of whom appeared on Fox News last week.

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A college in Susan B. Anthony's western New York hometown has acquired a trove of 19th-century letters she wrote to a fellow leader in the women's rights movement.

Deals Coming Together In Albany Ahead Of Deadline

Mar 30, 2017

Agreements on permitting ride-hailing services outside New York City and a measure to treat 16- and 17-year-olds as juveniles, not adults in the court and prison system, known as Raise the Age, were coming together as the state budget deadline approaches in Albany.

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New York’s Democratic Congressional delegation is pressing a measure to prevent federal Medicaid funding cuts to the state. 

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In November, voters in Saratoga Springs will decide if they want a new form of city government. The city’s Charter Review Commission gathered input on its new draft charter at a public forum Wednesday night.

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Two more colleges have been authorized to participate in New York's industrial hemp pilot program. 

The program allows farmers to partner with universities to grow and research hemp as an agricultural commodity. The program was launched last year and the first crop was harvested last fall.

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New York state has remained clear of a dreaded deer disease for another year.

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A state-owned car used by Franklin D. Roosevelt when he was governor of New York is heading into the shop for some repairs.

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With lawmakers in Albany preoccupied with getting the budget done by week’s end, groups have to get creative to gain attention. Supporters of spending for public defense for the poor came up with one way- a wheel of fortune style game staged right in the middle of the action.

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The number pi goes far beyond 3.14. In fact, the mathematical constant has an infinite number of digits after its decimal. On Wednesday morning a Greenwich man made an attempt to set a new world record for memorizing the first 10,000 digits of pi. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard was there to see if he reached the record.

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Michael Botticelli, the former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, is speaking at Siena College in Loudonville, NY this afternoon. 

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Surrounded by miners at the Environmental Protection Agency, President Donald Trump today signed an executive order that suspends, rescinds or flags for review more than a half-dozen measures that were part of the previous administration’s plan to curb global warming.  One of the most controversial measures, of concern to advocates in the Northeast, is a rollback of the Clean Power Plan.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning that New York might not be able to add more money for schools this year because of uncertainties in Washington over federal funding.

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Uber's first report on employee diversity shows low numbers for women, especially in technical positions.

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Government officials are reacting to the latest federal threats to "claw back" funding earmarked for sanctuary cities.

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A coalition of anti-hunger advocates, agricultural groups and environmental organizations are urging New York leaders to create a tax credit for farmers who donate fruits, vegetables and other products to foodbanks. 

NY Budget Due March 31

Mar 27, 2017
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Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders plan to meet all week, but no agreements are finalized yet on a state budget that’s due on Friday.

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Uber and Lyft are making their final push to expand into upstate New York ahead of a key legislative deadline.

When the failed Republican American Health Care Act was pulled from the House on Friday, there was a collective sigh of relief among Obamacare supporters and participants. Lack of popular support for the measure is reflected in a new Siena College poll.

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Black bears are active again with warmer weather, and New York officials are warning people not to attract them with food left outside.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is directing state police to conduct an investigation after offensive fliers were found in Western New York.

Several proposals in Washington right now including the changes to the Affordable Health Care Act, could mean multibillion dollar budget gaps for New York State. With the budget due in one week, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders think that at the very least, they may have to come back later in the year to revise the spending plan.

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The Mohawk River, which begins in the Southern Adirondacks and empties into the Hudson in Cohoes, has had a new health assessment.

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Next week the city of Troy will begin work to replace a water line that burst in January 2016, impacting several nearby communities and rerouting traffic for weeks.

Another sitting state legislator, Rob Ortt, has been indicted, along with the person who held the Western New York Senate seat before him, George Maziarz – on corruption charges. The indictments come as ethics reform proposals in the state budget are faltering.

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With social services stressed and law enforcement often overwhelmed, a growing number of counties in New York are choosing to bring legal action against manufacturers of prescription opioids as they grapple with the addiction crisis.

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The leader of the State Senate says indicted GOP member Rob Ortt is staying on for now to help work on the upcoming state budget vote and other issues.

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Capital Region developer Galesi Group is behind the massive Mohawk Harbor project in Schenectady, the location that includes the recently opened Rivers Casino. The company’s Chief Operating Officer spoke in the Electric City this morning about the past, present, and future of the site that was until recently home to a shuttered factory.

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