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Many countries, including the U.S., contribute plastic pollution, and it all adds up. For example, in 2010 alone 8 million metric tons of plastic entered the world's oceans.
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This week, the Albany County Legislature voted to broaden its existing ban on polystyrene. It’s not clear if the county executive will sign it.


Police in upstate New York have charged the mother of a missing baby with multiple felonies after the remains of a child were found near her home.

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Police in upstate New York have charged the mother of a missing baby with multiple felonies after the remains of a child were found near her home.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has awarded $22 million to Albany International Airport as part of a $42 million project to modernize the facility. The redesign calls for a new parking garage to expand capacity by 20 percent and a terminal renovation. 

More than 9,000 people have watched Patrick Robinson's video.  "To add more insult to injury, they took the rims down. On both courts. Took the rims down."

Neighbors in Albany's Arbor Hill were up in arms over the weekend after the city placed a dumpster in the middle of a popular basketball court.

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Schenectady Police say the investigation is continuing after a child’s body was found Thursday during a search for a missing four-month-old boy. Authorities have not said whether the body is that of Rayen Puleski. 

Christopher Neumann of Castleton and Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove in court, August 13, 2018.
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A man who injured two New York State Troopers and a tow truck driver on I-90 was sentenced today in Troy. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there...

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General Electric says it’s laying off 200 hourly workers at its Schenectady plant that produces steam turbines for the company’s power unit.

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When a teenage pedestrian was killed in June 2016 crossing the dangerous highway that runs through Cohoes, Mayor Shawn Morse said enough is enough. Morse and other city officials have been working since to that stretch of I-787 re-made into a boulevard.  Now help is on the way from New York state.

An Albany police officer is on administrative leave following his arrest in Tennessee.

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Public safety and police staff safety are at risk, according to the Albany Police Officers Union.

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General Electric is laying off 200 hourly workers at its power unit in Schenectady, New York. Another 25 unfilled jobs will also be eliminated.

An assistant Rensselaer County District Attorney resigned over the weekend following his arrest on a drunk driving charge. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

A survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide was recently in Schenectady for what he describes as life-changing surgery.

A state appeals court has upheld the University at Albany’s decision to expel Ariel Agudio, one of three students involved in a January 2016 fracas aboard a CDTA bus that made headlines worldwide.

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One of the busiest streets in downtown Albany was closed Thursday amid fears of a building collapse. 

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Police Chief appointee Eric Hawkins says he'll bring policies and procedures to Albany that worked well in Southfield, Michigan.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today to open The Massry Family Children’s Emergency Center, the only pediatric emergency department in northeastern New York and western New England.
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The new pediatric emergency department at Albany Medical Center has opened.

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The mayor of Albany’s pick for police chief addressed reporters today at city hall.

To mark the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act being signed into law, Mayor Patrick Madden has announced the creation of Troy’s first-ever ADA Review Group to assist in the Collar City’s effort to improve access for individuals with disabilities.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan & Albany Fire Chief Warren Abriel address the media in City Hall. (July 18, 2017)
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Albany said goodbye to its second public safety leader in as many days...  the city’s fire chief was given a walkout ceremony Friday.

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Albany Police Chief Robert Sears has retired from the department following more than 20 years of service. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at police headquarters this afternoon for Sears' official "piping out.”

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The Albany Police Department has launched a new effort at transparency, opening an online portal in advance of a new chief's arrival.

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The Albany County Legislature is holding a public hearing tonight on whether or not to ban polystyrene packaging.

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The Guardian Angels say they'll return to Albany tonight to continue recruitment efforts.

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A new police chief has been hired as concerns mount over a summer spike in violent crime in Albany.

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Three new initiatives aim to reduce poverty in New York state's capital city.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says she will appoint Southfield, Michigan Police Chief Eric Hawkins as the new Chief of the Albany Police Department. 

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Authorities say highway exit ramps at a busy interchange near the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany are closed after a tractor-trailer overturned, leaving the trailer hanging over the edge of the road. 

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The Adirondack Thunder has tapped a new head coach from within its ranks. On Wednesday, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils named Alex Loh head coach and director of hockey operations.