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Jim Levulis

Associate News Director

Born and raised in Eden, NY, Jim has been WAMC’s Associate News Director since October 2016. Before that he worked as WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief  for three years. Jim is also the producer of the podcast A New York Minute In History. He previously worked as a reporter, producer and anchor at WAER, an NPR affiliate in Syracuse. He has experience in Top 40 radio and has spent time with NPR-affiliate WBFO and CBS-affiliate WIVB-TV, both in Buffalo. A loyal and constantly humbled New York Yankees and Buffalo sports fan, Jim holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism and History from Syracuse University.

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Former Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove
Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove

Former Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove has been acquitted of all charges stemming from his handling of a fatal Troy Police shooting in 2016. 

Ayshawn Davis of Troy

Troy Police have arrested Jahquay Brown of Cohoes for murder in the drive-by shooting death of 11-year-old Ayshawn Davis on September 13. 

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The New York State Department of Labor says the federal government has approved three more weeks of the Lost Wages Assistance program. 

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The U.S. Forest Service is beginning construction of a new headquarters in Mendon, Vermont. In addition to serving as a visitor center, the $6 million, 11,550-square-foot building will house the people responsible for overseeing the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont and the Finger Lakes National Forest in New York

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Wildwood Programs

The Wildwood Programs, which offers a number of services for people living with developmental disabilities in New York’s Capital Region, has named a new CEO. Lou Deepe, the organization’s chief operational officer, will take over for the retiring Mary Ann Allen at the start of 2021. 

Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly

A grand jury has cleared a Troy Police officer of any wrongdoing in a July 30 fatal shooting. 

W.E.B. Du Bois

The Berkshire Hills Regional School District Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to rename Monument Valley Regional Middle School in Great Barrington the W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School. 

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U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York, Grant Jaquith, has officially announced his resignation upon his appointment as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. 

SUNY Oneonta Campus
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With 507 COVID-19 cases among its campus community as of Thursday evening, SUNY Oneonta is ceasing all in-person classes and sending students home for the rest of the fall semester. 

Allied sailors and officers watch General of the Army Douglas MacArthur sign documents during the surrender ceremony aboard Missouri on September 2, 1945. The unconditional surrender of the Japanese to the Allies officially ended the Second World War.
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On September 2, 1945 the hostilities of World War II ended when Japan’s formal surrender was signed aboard the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay. Aboard that ship 75 years ago was Bob Kennedy, a native of New York’s Steuben County who now lives in Saratoga Springs. WAMC's Jim Levulis spoke with Kennedy about that day.

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The death of actor Chadwick Boseman on August 28 from colon cancer at the age of 43 came as a shock. Perhaps best known for portraying Jackie Robinson in the film “42” and suiting up as Black Panther, Boseman had been diagnosed at stage 3 in 2016, but never spoke publicly about it, privately undergoing countless surgeries and chemotherapy, according to his family.

Citing an anticipated 20 percent cut to state funding, the Albany City School District is proposing that general education students in grades 7 through 12 shift to fully virtual learning for the upcoming school year. It comes as schools across New York prepare to reopen for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic sent schools online in March.

Professor Annalisa Scimemi
University at Albany

The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.24 million to a University at Albany biology professor to study how different types of memories are formed and stored at different times of the day. WAMC's Jim Levulis spoke with Professor Annalisa Scimemi to find out more about her work.

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As school districts prepare to welcome back students for in-person teaching and remote learning in New York, the Mental Health Association in New York State is offering expanded resources for teachers, students, parents and guardians. 

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New York’s budget director says the state will apply for the federal government’s Lost Wages Assistance program that could lead to $300 in additional weekly unemployment benefits for eligible recipients. 

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The Northeast has already felt the impacts of the remnants of one hurricane this year, during an Atlantic Hurricane season that is the most active to date. Even this far north up the Eastern Seaboard, Isaias left thousands without power for days. 

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Nathan Littauer Hospital

The Board of Directors of Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville, New York, has chosen a new president. Sean Fadale is set to take over for current President and CEO Laurence Kelly on October 5. 

The New York State Inspector General’s office says it has found a pattern of supervisory shortcomings at the state Department of Environmental Conservation that allowed a forest ranger to have sexual encounters while on duty, steal agency gym equipment and commute 170 miles each way to a supervisory job. 

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While not the only factors, two of the major forces impacting the economy are the coronavirus and who will be sitting in the White House come January. With science and politics meeting, economist Hugh Johnson, the chairman and chief investment officer of Hugh Johnson Advisors in Albany, is predicting that the current V-shaped economic recovery will slow.

Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa (center), Vice Chancellor Andrew Brown (left) and former NY Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia
Karen DeWitt

The chancellor of New York’s Board of Regents is resigning to take over as interim commissioner of the state’s education department. 

New York State Inspector General Letizia Tagliafierro says a probe by State Police into overtime abuse and vehicle misuse lacked transparency, led to inadequate disciplinary action for personnel, and allowed members who engaged in misconduct to retire “in good standing” without being held accountable. 

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Indigenous Values Initiative

The Indigenous Values Initiative is hosting a virtual conference series starting Thursday, August 6 to discuss the impacts of the discovery doctrine, a concept outlining how the colonial powers claimed lands starting in the 15th Century. 

James Baldwin
Excelsior College

July 31 marked James Baldwin’s last day as president and CEO of Excelsior College. With a current enrollment of more than 23,000, the private, online institution based in Albany was founded in 1971 and has had just three presidents. The 65-year-old Baldwin was appointed president in October 2016. 

This illustration depicts NASA's Perseverance rover operating on the surface of Mars. Perseverance will land at the Red Planet's Jezero Crater a little after 3:40 p.m. EST on Feb. 18, 2021.

The most sophisticated Mars rover ever built is on its way to the red planet. NASA's Perseverance blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, atop a rocket Thursday morning. 


Like many professional sports organizations, the Premier Lacrosse League is adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the league’s 2019 inaugural season involved teams touring the country playing games, including a stop in Albany last August, the PLL is instead holding a two-week fanless tournament near Salt Lake City starting Saturday. 

Two law firms are filing more than 30 new child sexual abuse complaints against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany under New York state’s Child Victims Act. 

New York Stock Exchange

Every so often we check in with economist Hugh Johnson, chairman and chief investment officer of Hugh Johnson Advisors in Albany. With more sectors of the economy reopening from coronavirus shutdowns but cases rising in many states, Johnson has released his latest market outlook. 

 Matt Toporowski
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Matt Toporowski says his campaign for Albany County District Attorney is over. In a tweet and separate statement Tuesday evening, Toporowski conceded the race and said he is proud of the issues he raised as he looked to unseat four-term DA David Soares in June’s Democratic primary. 

Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, NY

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered how museums and other venues can welcome visitors. That’s the case for the Iroquois Indian Museum in Schoharie County, New York, which is offering a special outdoor exhibition. 

The USS Slater is moored on the Hudson River at the intersection of Broadway and Quay streets in Albany, New York.
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The World War II-era destroyer escort docked in downtown Albany is about to head down the Hudson River for repairs. Making a rare voyage, the USS Slater is expected to depart for Staten Island at 7 a.m. Sunday.