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Jackie Orchard

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UAlbany student Ian Walter points out the differences between different 3D printers.
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It’s no secret by now that medical supplies are in dangerously short supply as hospitals in the Northeast try to battle the coronavirus pandemic. Engineering students at the University at Albany are trying to pitch in by 3-D printing face shields.

Dr. Deborah Birx
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Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task Force said Tuesday that people who have left New York City should self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent further spread.

drivers license

The Department of Motor Vehicles is closing offices due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Vermont National Guard Facebook

The Vermont National Guard is calling service members to active duty in order to combat the coronavirus. 

Caledonia Spirits Hand Sanitizer in Vermont
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After hearing early reports of the coronavirus outbreak, Ryan Christiansen, President and Head Distiller at Caledonia Spirits in Vermont, started making hand sanitizer as a joke.

Caffè Lena staff on stage Saturday, March 14, 2020.
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Today is one of the stranger St. Patrick’s Days in memory, with venues closed and social gatherings banned due to the coronavirus pandemic. In Saratoga Springs, Caffè Lena, while closed to the public, is opening its doors to musicians. 

UAlbany President Dr. Havidán Rodríguez and America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen  with UAlbany ESports players.
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An e-sports invitational is coming to the University at Albany next month. 

Mayor Kathy Sheehan at the Irish American Heritage Museum soft opening on May 3, 2020.
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Ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany has moved to another downtown location.

Bishop Scharfenberger listening in the audience at Siena College's  "Let's Rebuild Our Church" on Feb. 29, 2020
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It is a troubled time for the Catholic church and its flock. Roughly 80 priests in the Albany Diocese have been accused of sexual abuse and roughly 70 priests have been accused in Buffalo. Amid that troubling backdrop, Siena College hosted a “Let’s Rebuild Our Church” panel Saturday.

Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday following a sexual abuse scandal that led to the resignation of its bishop in December.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan
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Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced today that the U.S. EPA will begin an emergency cleanup of the Tech City industrial site next month. The first-term Democrat says the cleanup will include demolition and asbestos abatement.

Cohoes Mayor Bill Keeler speaking Feb. 25, 2020.
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Cohoes Mayor Bill Keeler met with officials from Norlite Tuesday after a federal lawsuit filed last week claimed the company’s facility incinerated PFAS-based substances. 

Union College President David Harris greets Mary and Rich Templeton
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Union College has received the largest single donation in its 225-year history.

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Siena College in Loudonville has named former New York Congressman Chris Gibson its next president.