Jim Levulis

Associate News Director

Born and raised in Eden, NY, Jim has been WAMC’s Associate News Director since October 2016. Before that he worked as WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief  for three years. He previously worked as a reporter, producer and anchor at WAER, an NPR affiliate in Syracuse. He has experience in Top 40 radio and has spent time with NPR-affiliate WBFO and CBS-affiliate WIVB-TV, both in Buffalo. A loyal and constantly humbled New York Yankees and Buffalo sports fan, Jim holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism and History from Syracuse University.

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An elderly couple died in a Thursday morning fire at their Pittsfield, Massachusetts home, while their daughter was able to escape. 

Saying it has confronted serious misconduct by fraternities and sororities, the University at Albany is reminding students of its stance regarding a number of campus groups. In a letter Friday, the school detailed 12 fraternities and sororities that are no longer recognized by UAlbany.

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The deadline for a New York state council to report on recommended limits for several emerging contaminants in drinking water has passed without any regulations proposed.

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany is asking the Albany County District Attorney to investigate how the church has handled sexual abuse cases. 

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Tops Markets is closing 10 of its 169 grocery stores as part of a financial restructuring. 

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GlobalFoundries plans to lay off 424 workers at its Malta, New York facility, according to the state labor department. Some 3,400 people work at the Saratoga County Fab 8 chip plant. 

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has awarded $22 million to Albany International Airport as part of a $42 million project to modernize the facility. The redesign calls for a new parking garage to expand capacity by 20 percent and a terminal renovation. 

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Schenectady Police say the investigation is continuing after a child’s body was found Thursday during a search for a missing four-month-old boy. Authorities have not said whether the body is that of Rayen Puleski. 

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General Electric is laying off 200 hourly workers at its power unit in Schenectady, New York. Another 25 unfilled jobs will also be eliminated.

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Built in the 1750s by the French as a defense against the British, what is known today as Fort Ticonderoga stood at the center of two wars and five battles. Today the fort on Lake Champlain welcomes more than 75,000 visitors a year to northern New York. 

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A battle reenactment involving some 500 people this weekend will commemorate the epic 1777 siege of Fort Ticonderoga in northern New York. 

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says she will appoint Southfield, Michigan Police Chief Eric Hawkins as the new Chief of the Albany Police Department. 

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The Adirondack Thunder has tapped a new head coach from within its ranks. On Wednesday, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils named Alex Loh head coach and director of hockey operations.

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WAMC's Brian Shields speaks with Nippertown's Greg Haymes about his July music selections.

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An hours-long manhunt led Schenectady police to a city man accused of shooting a woman and her two children during a domestic dispute at a Union Street home Tuesday afternoon. The suspected gunman, 47-year-old DeShawn Howard, fled on foot after gunfire erupted around 1 p.m. Near the intersection with Brandywine Avenue, police found two children, a 7-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, wounded. Their 35-year-old mother was found outside the home. 

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Albany police are investigating a fatal stabbing and an early morning shooting.

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The Boston Red Sox still own a one-game lead in the American League East following their lopsided win at Washington.

A scrap yard fire that triggered explosions and produced thick, black smoke forced the closure of a stretch of Interstate 787 near Albany. 

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Road closures and parking restrictions in downtown Albany will be in effect for the Empire State Plaza Fourth of July fireworks celebration.

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A rare medal honoring soldiers who fought in the American Revolution is going on display at Fort Ticonderoga in northern New York tomorrow – the Fourth of July. The original Society of the Cincinnati gold eagle medal is one of two surviving examples produced in Paris in 1783 for purchase by officers of the Continental Army. 

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Three people are facing murder charges in connection with the death of a Pittsfield, Massachusetts woman in October 2017. 

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the U.S. Senate should hold off on replacing the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy until after November’s election. The Democrat on Wednesday said lawmakers should not confirm “another partisan” judge.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says state authorities are not involved in the investigation into misconduct claims against his son. A.J. Baker is accused of groping a woman onboard a plane last week. Governor Baker, a Republican, spoke with reporters Monday.

The former mayor of Stillwater, New York was sentenced on Tuesday to 5 to 15 years in state prison for possession of child pornography. 

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A September trial date has been set for Gloversville, New York Mayor Dayton King, who is accused of using his position to access information on his campaign opponent, according to The Leader-Herald.

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Albany Police on Thursday released details on two deaths Sunday that closed down portions of Erie Boulevard and Interstate 90.

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Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from New York’s 18th District, has ended speculation by announcing he is running for state attorney general.

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Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and New York’s Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood are among 16 people state legislators plan to interview to take over as New York’s top law enforcement officer through the end of the year. 

Alan Bersin, former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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A wall along the southern border to be paid for by Mexico was one of President Donald Trump’s signature campaign promises —  and seeing it through continues to be a goal of the Republican’s administration. Alan Bersin served as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection from 2010 to 2011 under President Obama. Bersin is now a fellow at Harvard University and chair of the consultant organization BorderWorks Group. He is scheduled to discuss trade, migration and border security at the University at Albany tonight at 7. 

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A Hinsdale, Massachusetts man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of his estranged girlfriend.

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