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Some closure has been reached in the case involving a March 2015 fire in Schenectady that left four dead and dozens homeless.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and her family recently returned from a volunteer trip to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria.  The mayor tells WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas the trip is one she will never forget.

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For the second year in a row, the city of Albany is receiving Capital City Aid after enduring a period of uncertainty before the final state budget deal came together. It’s not the full amount Albany was seeking.

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The county prosecutor says upstate New York police officers won't face animal cruelty charges for using their official vehicles to kill a rabid raccoon. 

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One of Albany’s leading arts institutions is moving to new digs, but staying downtown.

William I. Hitchcock is a professor of history at the University of Virginia and the Randolph Compton Professor at the Miller Center for Public Affairs.

In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents, behind the perennial top four: Lincoln, Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Teddy Roosevelt. In his new book, "The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s," historian William Hitchcock shows that this high ranking is justified. Eisenhower’s accomplishments were enormous, and loom ever larger from the vantage point of our own tumultuous times.

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Police and school officials are conducting an active shooter training exercise tonight at Albany High School. 

Assemblymember Pat Fahy Thursday night at the Albany Public Library for a community forum about the New York budget.
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With the  deadline for adopting the New York state budget days away, Albany area Assemblymembers John McDonald and Pat Fahy conducted a "community conversation" Thursday to bring constituents up to date.

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An Albany police officer has pleaded guilty to drunk driving and plans to resign from the force. Authorities say Shawn Dixon was intoxicated when he crashed his vehicle into a utility transformer near Park Avenue and Eagle Street in Albany around 5 a.m. on December 20.

Tierra Farm's Gunther Fishgold saved Albany's Madison Theater from the wrecking ball.
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Just like the movies themselves, Albany's Madison Theater has gone through several changes since it first opened in 1929.  Its most dramatic renovation is now in the works.

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Cohoes Police have traced a phone call threatening to shoot up the city’s high school Tuesday to a 15-year-old male student. 

The City of Albany’s Department of Planning and Development and the Capital District Transportation Committee are hosting a public meeting Wednesday to discuss the future of Washington Avenue near the University of Albany’s uptown campus.

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The CEO of the Capital District Transportation Authority is in Washington today to speak to Congress about federal funding for mass transit systems across the nation. Carm Basile is concerned that the $200 billion infrastructure funding called for by the Trump administration would be taken out of the funding now set aside for public bus and transportation providers such as the CDTA. 

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Albany's St. Patrick’s Day Parade is tomorrow. The 68th annual march, touted as a "family-friendly event" will carry on a number of traditions.

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New leadership came to the Albany County Legislature in January when Andrew Joyce was elected chairman, a seat his father held a quarter of a century earlier. 

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is off to Puerto Rico for a week with her husband and son to assist in the hurricane recovery effort - WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down with the mayor at city hall this afternoon to learn about the trip.

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The man blamed for starting a major fire last year that devastated much of downtown Cohoes, New York has pleaded guilty to arson. 

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A viral video of Coeymans, New York police running over a rabid raccoon is under scrutiny. 

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The search is on for an Albany resident worthy of recognition for giving their time and talent to build a better city. 

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An open house to present the findings of the I-787/Hudson Waterfront Corridor Study will be held tonight in Albany. 

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The initiative to outfit Schenectady police officers with body cameras is moving forward, but not as quickly as first envisioned.

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A bill to provide paid sick days for employees in Albany County is scheduled to be introduced at tonight’s County Legislature meeting.

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Once again, Troy, New York is looking for input on the future of One Monument Square.

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Advocates say plans to create an elevated park connecting downtown Albany to the riverfront would alter the cityscape, giving an economic boost to three areas undergoing revitalization. 

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A New York City-based nonprofit that facilitates mental health treatment for veterans is expanding to Albany. Headstrong was founded in 2012 by combat veterans. WAMC’s Jim Levulis spoke with the organization’s Executive Director, Joe Quinn.

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A jury returned not guilty verdicts Tuesday against a former city housing inspector in Schenectady, NY who faced charges including manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide after a deadly fire in the city just over three years ago.

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The Police Benevolent Association of New York State says University at Albany Police have their hands cuffed when it comes to executing their duty to protect and serve. The college disputes the criticism.

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The city of Albany is getting more than $3 million in state funding to turn a lightly traveled interstate ramp into an elevated park giving pedestrians and bicyclists access to the Hudson River.

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The traditional Lenten color of purple has been replaced with black outside a church in Schenectady, NY. Seventeen black ribbons are on a tree at the First United Methodist Church at 603 State Street in the city. The ribbons represent the seventeen people killed in the recent school shooting in Florida. 

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Two New York State Troopers were hurt responding to an early morning car crash on I-90.

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