Capital Region News


Troy officials are touting news that the city’s bond credit rating received an "improved outlook" for the second year in a row.

Crowd joins hands in prayer circle at Arbor Hill community meeting July 15, 2018.

After the latest violent death, there are increasing calls for action as the city of Albany grapples with one of its bloodiest summers in recent history.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about Mary Beth Tinning, a Schenectady woman accused of killing her seven children. Tinning was granted parole this month. The pair also discuss the Netflix series "The Punisher," which is filming in downtown Albany this week.

There will be no charges in the non-fatal police shooting of Dahmeek McDonald in Troy last summer.

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In recent years hospitals have been joining together, establishing health care networks that often include a number of hospitals and health care facilities under one organizational structure, but one hospital is going in the other direction. 

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A New York woman convicted of killing her infant daughter in the 1980s and suspected of killing seven of her eight other children has been granted parole.

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It's been a busy month so far for Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down with the mayor at city hall.

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Albany officials anticipate a seamless transfer of power following last week's announcement that Fire Chief Warren Abriel is retiring at the end of the month.

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An hours-long manhunt led Schenectady police to a city man accused of shooting a woman and her two children during a domestic dispute at a Union Street home Tuesday afternoon. The suspected gunman, 47-year-old DeShawn Howard, fled on foot after gunfire erupted around 1 p.m. Near the intersection with Brandywine Avenue, police found two children, a 7-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, wounded. Their 35-year-old mother was found outside the home. 

Pastor Charlie Muller and Guardian Angels Leader Curtis Sliwa
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Activists and community leaders are mobilizing in hopes of halting a recent spike in violence in Albany.

Employees with the Capital Region's largest health care provider will no longer be covered by the area’s largest health insurer at year's end.

Acting Police Chief Robert Sears and Mayor Kathy Sheehan led a press briefing about the city plan to counter violence in the city.
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The city of Albany is grappling with a spike in violent crime, leading to an emotional response from the mayor, who is coming in for criticism from the police union. 

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Clifton Park-based County Waste & Recycling used to pay the city of Albany $10 a ton for recyclables — until its biggest customer dramatically changed policy. The tables have turned: Albany now pays the recycler.

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Albany police are investigating a fatal stabbing and an early morning shooting.

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An off-duty Albany Police officer was killed Wednesday in a motorcycle crash in the Albany County town of Knox.

A scrap yard fire that triggered explosions and produced thick, black smoke forced the closure of a stretch of Interstate 787 near Albany.

Road closures and parking restrictions in downtown Albany will be in effect for the Empire State Plaza Fourth of July fireworks celebration.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan annopunces the completion of the major components of the 2nd and final phase of the street calming initiative along Madison Avenue.
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Albany's claim as a "walkable and bikeable" city has been kicked up a notch, with the completion of the Madison Avenue Street Calming Project.

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In January 2018 Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany was asked by the City of Cohoes to provide disaster case management services to help survivors of the fire that devastated much of downtown Cohoes. The organization released a report Thursday.

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The Albany Common Council continues to ponder a recommendation to City Hall to waive a bill issued to the "Poor People's Campaign" after protesters disrupted downtown traffic. 

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Albany’s acting police chief will retire as the city moves ahead with its nationwide search for a new chief.

Acting Police Chief Robert Sears
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The acting Albany police chief will retire as the city moves ahead with its nationwide search for a new chief.

John Gomes is sentenced in Albany County Court, June 2018.
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The man whose attempt to forge a sword in his yard – starting a fire that devastated downtown Cohoes, New York — will be going to jail for a year.

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Roundabouts are proliferating throughout upstate New York: Bethlehem residents will have a chance to weigh in on adding another to Albany County.

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Street parking has gone high-tech in Albany:  the city is installing additional new parking meters and expanding methods of payment.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined other officials for a ceremonial groundbreaking of phase two of the redevelopment project.
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Groundbreaking ceremonies Wednesday started a new chapter in residential living in downtown Albany.

Acting Police Chief Robert Sears and Mayor Kathy Sheehan led a press briefing about the city plan to counter violence in the city.
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Leaders in the city of Albany are addressing a spike in crime.

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One month after defeating the spending plan, voters passed the Greater Johnstown School District’s revised 2018-2019 budget Tuesday with 70 approval.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about the Greater Johnstown School District's revised 2018-2019 budget, which passed Tuesday.  The pair also discuss a General Electric molecular biologist, John Nelson, who narrowly missed receiving the 10 millionth issued U.S. patent.

Seth Neuschwander details Frontier Airlines' plan for Albany International Airport service.
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An air carrier from the Rocky Mountains is bringing new routes to Albany International Airport.