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Dave Lucas

Capital Region Bureau Chief

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief.  Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.

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Mayor Kathy Sheehan recently seen picking up take-out at the Cobblestone Lunch Shoppe
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As residents continue to adjust their daily activities in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says not everyone is listening.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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As the pandemic continues, local officials are doing their best to help residents through the "pause" in daily activities.

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A new survey finds New Yorkers overwhelmingly approve of how Governor Andrew Cuomo is handling the coronavirus pandemic. 

 Registered Nurse Angela Sears, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy said there were 176 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the county as of Friday. As the pandemic continues to spread, local leaders and organizations are trying to provide food and healthcare to a concerned public.

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Whether you call it a lockdown, a quarantine or put a hashtag in front of Stay Home, New Yorkers and others are facing a new chapter in the new normal: isolation.

County Department of Mental Health Director Dr. Stephen Giordano, County Exec. Dan McCoy, Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says the county has 166 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday.

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You've seen them during the coronavirus pandemic: ordinary people on the streets wearing surgical masks or other face-coverings.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy enters the Cahill Room at the County Office building to give a COVID-19 update.
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COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Albany County.

 Hospital leaders gathered at Albany Med practice social distancing.
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Cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in the Capital Region, and area hospitals are scrambling to keep up.

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy
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Albany County officials are out with the latest numbers on the coronavirus pandemic.

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On Sunday, President Trump named Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a member of a new public-private effort to provide computing resources in the fight against COVID-19.

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Sheriff Craig Apple are urging calm as COVID-19 continues to spread in Albany County.

With the rapidly changing COVID-19 developments, the Capitalize Albany Corporation is working on plans to assist local businesses.

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COVID-19's sweep through the Capital Region is being closely watched by government and health officials.

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With positive tests reaching into the city, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden is among the local officials dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Businesses and governments are working to meet the challenges posed by the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis.

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Albany Medical Center says it’s enhancing  preparedness efforts related to the novel coronavirus.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan gives reporters an update in front of City Hall.
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As COVID-19 continues to spread across New York, local governments and other organizations have ramped up responses.

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After traces of PFAS chemicals were found in water samples taken near the Dunn Landfill in Rensselaer, activists are stepping up their campaign to convince the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to close the landfill.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy & Albany County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
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On the same day Albany Medical College announced that a staff member is positive for COVID-19 from exposure outside the facility, Albany County Officials an update today on the spread of coronavirus.

Donald Trump campaigns in Plattsburgh April 2016
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After days of resistance, President Donald Trump said Saturday that he was tested for the coronavirus as the White House stepped up precautions after his direct and indirect exposures to COVID-19.

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback's forecast for Saturday, March 14, 2020.

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New York state has reported its first death from the new coronavirus.

Ellis Medicine's vice president and chief medical officer Dr. David Liebers addresses reporters as Incoming Albany Med President and CEO Dr. Dennis McKenna looks on.
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Responding to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, hospitals across the region have collaborated on a coronavirus preparedness plan.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, County Executive Dan McCoy, ACDOH Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen, Deputy County Exec Dan Lynch, County Director of Ops George Penn
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The first two cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Albany County.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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The next scheduled trial over the drug industry's liability in the opioid crisis has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin delivered his third State of the County address last night in Troy.
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Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin delivered his third State of the County address last night in Troy.

Faye Andrews, director of housing and community development for the city, leads a public input meeting in Albany's Arbor Hill.
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The City of Albany is asking for public input to determine how best to spend entitlement grants expected from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the next five years.

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The outgoing president of the College of St. Rose is leaving behind a mixed legacy.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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With the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in New York state on the rise, local officials are preparing and educating the public.

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