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New York state's attorney general has sued the U.S. Labor Department, saying a new program that lets employers who break labor laws avoid punishment is a "get-out-of-jail-free" card.

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Republican lawmakers in New York will hold hearings into recent decisions by the state parole board to release some high-profile offenders.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about health insurance premiums, which are rising 8.6 percent next year. The pair also discuss the story of a Home Depot employee who confronted a customer allegedly hurling racial slurs at him.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is making the rounds of national news programs now that he has become the target of a lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association. Cuomo, a gun control advocate, is asking other states to join him in fighting what he says is an “extremist” organization. The NRA says it is Cuomo who has a political “vendetta” against the group that could lead to its demise.

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Authorities say two members of an upstate New York sheriff's office have been put on paid administrative leave for failing to report an off-duty hit-and-run accident one of them was involved in.

Communities in our region are bracing for another heatwave.

Tish James
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New York attorney general candidate Tish James says she’d take steps to fight corruption in state government if elected, even if it means going against her fellow Democrat, Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is backing James’ campaign. 

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The 500-plus 'I Love NY' highway signs at the center of a spat between Governor Andrew Cuomo and federal transportation officials are going nowhere fast.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, about the critisim facing Governor Andrew Cuomo. The pair also discuss November's elections.

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Last week, the FBI raided the home of a Niskayuna man they say stole trade secrets from General Electric’s power division in Schenectady, and took him away in handcuffs. The GE employee with ties to China is accused of hiding company files in an image of a sunset, which he then sent to a personal email address. Charges filed do not allege that the man sold the information.  

Albany police are investigating a shooting that occurred early Sunday morning in the city's warehouse district.

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia
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The New York state education department has announced it made an error in the distribution of some federal funding that favored the state’s charter schools over public schools.

Senator Neil Breslin is facing a challenge from Republican Chris Davis in November
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A longtime New York State Senate Democrat is facing a rematch this fall against his 2016 Republican opponent.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that a group consisting of New York state government and law enforcement officials, advocates and academics has been appointed to draft legislation for regulating recreational marijuana.

A man who fired seven bullets into a crowd in Schenectady, New York killing one has been sentenced to 35 years to life in state prison.

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A Troy soldier who was killed in World War One was honored at his gravesite Thursday.

Private John J. Callahan Jr. was the first Marine from Troy, New York killed in World War One. One hundred years after his death, members of his family gathered at his grave at St. Mary’s Cemetery, where Callahan was posthumously awarded the New York State Liberty Medal.

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The Democratic frontrunner in the primary race for New York attorney general, Tish James, says if she’s elected she’d be independent of her political ally, Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Activists have long insisted that the terrorism case against two Albany residents in 2004 was more of a frame-up than a sting.  The two were given 15-year federal prison sentences for their involvement in an alleged money-laundering incident tied to the sale of a fake shoulder-fired missile. The local Muslim community is hosting an annual rally Saturday, the anniversary of the arrests.

A map showing concentrations of PFOA detected east of Bennington, Vermont
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Researchers at Bennington College have released data that may show how far a toxic chemical has spread through the air from a closed factory in southern Vermont.

Congressman Paul Tonko and RISSE Operations Director Francis Sengabo
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Volunteers and staff at an Albany organization that provides assistance to refugees and immigrants are struggling to keep up with the demand for services. Today, the organization got a visit from their member of Congress, Democrat Paul Tonko.

Sen. Schumer in Menands, NY (May 2015)
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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer has launched a push to expand railroad bridge inspections and increase the number of federal bridge safety specialists nationwide.

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Federal prosecutors say an engineer at General Electric's upstate New York turbine manufacturing plant has been charged with stealing the company's trade secrets.

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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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Aug 1, 2018
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about new revelations in the story of a secret recording involving Denocratic Congressional candidate Tedra Cobb of NY-21. The pair also discuss a claim filed against the Schenectady police chief.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will pay any fees associated with a 7-year-old boy's lemonade stand after it was shut down by a state health inspector for not having a permit.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about New York's lawsuit challenging Charter Communications. They also discuss "lemonade-gate."

New York officials say the state had nearly 244 million visitors in 2017, helping boost the state's tourism industry to record levels for total visitation, economic impact and direct spending.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he has ordered his Department of Financial Services to reject requests by health insurance companies to raise rates in response to actions by the Trump administration to weaken the Affordable Care Act.

Oneonta City Hall
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An update on the downtown revitalization program in the city of Oneonta will be provided tonight at 7 o’clock at City Hall. Mayor Gary Herzig spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields prior to the meeting.

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New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has announced the creation of a new program that will provide funding to for law enforcement agencies to outfit officers with body cameras.

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