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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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The recent school shooting in Florida reignited debate about safety at schools. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports one Albany County official is assembling a panel in hopes of improving current safeguards and dispelling the fear students might face about attending school.

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Albany is beginning a busy month of hosting college basketball tournaments with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament under way today in the newly renovated Times Union Center.

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The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the apparent suicide of an inmate at the county correctional facility. 

Once again, the city of Albany's budget hangs on receiving $12.5 million from the state of New York. With five weeks before the state budget is due, the annual Albany nail-biter is in full swing.

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A false report of a possible gun at Albany-area mall Colonie Center over the weekend sent shoppers running for safety. Officials say it’s always good to be prepared.

New York is taking steps to accomplish Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of generating half of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
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Clean energy advocates are holding an informational forum tonight in Albany to share the potential benefits of group-purchasing electricity.

The Mechanicville city council will hire outside legal counsel to look into allegations of misconduct made against Mayor Dennis Baker by members of the city police department. 

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Local officials are bringing their concerns about a proposed natural gas power plant in downtown Albany to power the Empire State Plaza to the governor.

"Citizen of the Month" Pastor David Traynham addresses a packed house in the Cahill Room at the Albany County Office Building.
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A local pastor has been honored for his devotion and commitment to Albany County. 

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Albany police have identified the woman killed in a pedestrian crash last night on Washington Avenue as Ludmilla Vink of Albany. According to police, the 92-year-old was hit by a car near the intersection with Quail Street around 9 p.m. 

Dr. David Harris will become the first African-American president of Union College on July 1st.
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The 19th president of Union College was introduced this afternoon in Schenectady.

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As spring draws near, the Albany Common Council will be evaluating capital funding requests from city departments.

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A former Albany city employee has been sentenced to 50 years to life for two murders. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was inside the courtroom this morning.

109th district Assemblywoman Pat Fahy
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A month into the legislative session, it’s a busy time for state lawmakers in Albany. Budget hearings continue ahead of the April 1st deadline, and city of Albany leaders are once again request $12.5 million in state aid. 109th district Assembly Democrat Pat Fahy spoke with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas about three pressing issues.

Albany author William Kennedy was honored Wednesday at City Hall on the occasion of his 90th birthday.

 Norman Massry at the podium as Albany Med CEO Jim Barba looks on during the announcement that "The Massry Family Children's Emergency Center" is scheduled to open this summer.
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The new pediatric emergency department at Albany Medical Center now has a name.

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There's a bright future ahead for Albany County according to County Executive Dan McCoy, who gave his annual State of the County Address last night.

ASO Music Director David Alan Miller says the programs Albany is bringing to D.C. April 11th are "incredibly exciting."
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The Albany Symphony Orchestra has been invited to Washington, D.C.to perform at the Kennedy Center for the first time in its history. 

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Despite the abrupt cancelation of Friday night's celebration at the Times Union Center, officials say the downtown Albany venue is doing well financially.

Troy Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy at the TU Center (January 2018)
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Later this month, ice hockey rivals will meet at the Capital Region’s biggest venue for the sixth annual Mayor's Cup. This year women's teams will also take part.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delivered the State of The City Address Thursday night.

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A long-awaited report released this afternoon by the New York Attorney General’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit carries no charges in the shooting death of a local man by a Troy police officer. But the report found the department made several mistakes during the incident and its investigation, and the unit is urging it to make procedural changes.

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The annual New York State Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday ceremony ends with the "Beloved Community March" from Albany’s Empire State Plaza to the King Monument in Lincoln Park. Contemporary politics dominated this year's march.

 The Troy Police Department honored retiring Police Chief John Tedesco Friday morning, with a farewell “walk out” ceremony.
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A farewell “walk out” ceremony for retiring Chief John Tedesco was held at Troy Police Headquarters this morning.

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The village of Hoosick Falls has voted to file two lawsuits related to the contamination of water supplies with the chemical PFOA.

The suspects in last month’s quadruple homicide in Troy were back in court today. 

Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino.
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Republican Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino, who has been in office since 2001, announced in May that she would not seek another term. She endorsed her deputy to succeed her, but Chris Meyer lost the GOP primary to Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, a controversial candidate who won the general election and takes office next week. 

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