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The Jewish Community Center in Albany was evacuated and searched Sunday after it and several other centers around the country received anonymous emails with vague threats that mentioned a bomb.

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There's a new air quality threat facing residents of Albany County.

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Another ransomware attack has hit the area, this time affecting a large healthcare provider and its patients.

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Concerned citizens, environmental groups and elected officials are ramping up the campaign to close a dump in the city of Rensselaer, New York.

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Another Capital Region library branch is doing away with late fees.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy delivers his 9th State of the County Address to elected and community leaders in the Times Union Center Atrium.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has delivered his ninth State of the County Address.

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Workers at two financially struggling care facilities in Albany County say they have avoided a strike and reached a deal with the facilities’ prospective owners.

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At its caucus last night, the Albany Common Council reviewed Community Choice Aggregation, a bulk electricity-buying program for residents and small businesses.

Jerson Vargas. Colonie Police say this mug shot is from a 2019 arrest made by a different agency.
Colonie Police Department

Colonie, New York police say one of their officers was attacked on a CDTA bus Tuesday. 

 Matt Toporowski
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The Albany County District Attorney is facing a primary challenge. A local attorney kicked off his campaign today.

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The troubled Cohoes Senior Center was the venue for today’s State of the City address by new Mayor Bill Keeler. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there.

Starlett Smith
YWCA of the Greater Capital Region

The YWCA of the Greater Capital Region recently named Starletta Smith its new executive director. A member of the Troy-based organization for about a dozen years, Smith takes over for Daquetta Jones. 

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy with RISSE  Director Rifat Filkins
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County is applying for Census 2020 grants to target specific communities where it is anticipated further outreach will be necessary.

L to R: front row- Legislator Wanda Willingham, Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce, County Executive McCoy, ASM Global General Manager Bob Belber, Legislator Carolyn McLaughlin; back row- County Clerk Bruce Hidley; Legislators Merton Simpson & Bill Ricard
Mary Rozak

Times Union Center in downtown Albany is marking its 30th anniversary — and looking for a new sports tenant.

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Former Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse will avoid prison after being sentenced to probation Wednesday afternoon at Federal Court in Albany.

Albany Patroons Head Coach Derrick Rowland at Rivers Casino - Press Conference Jan 30, 2020
Sabrina Flores

The Capital Region’s longest-running professional sports franchise is back. The Albany Patroons are coming off a championship that capped a challenging season.

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The University at Albany hosted a panel discussion Thursday afternoon to raise awareness on what defines human trafficking and how the Capital Region is impacted by it.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins speaks with reporters Tuesday.
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The Albany Police Department has moved to discipline officers over an incident on First Street in March 2019. Chief Eric Hawkins told WAMC Thursday the department has issued notices of discipline to eight officers. 

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delivered her State of the City address Wednesday night at City Hall.

James presented the mayor and city officials with an oversized check.
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New York Attorney General Letitia James has announced a $1 million grant for housing and code enforcement efforts in the city of Albany.

Crossgates was evacuated after reports of an active shooter on Saturday.
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Guilderland Police and Crossgates Mall are planning to boost the number of officers patrolling the shopping center.

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More than 100 people turned out for a  “global day of protest” in Albany’s Townsend Park on Saturday.

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Ongoing environmental concerns have brought a new round of attention to a Rensselaer dump.

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The New York State Sheriffs’ Association is now employing a new "Crime Suppression Initiative."  Its effectiveness, and legality, is likely going to be tested. 

Brandeis University

A national Child Opportunity Score ranks Albany in its "Top Ten." But it also finds access to opportunities for children of color in Albany rank second from last on a list of 100 metro areas in the U.S.

tobacco products including e-cigarettes (vaping products) on UAlbany campuses will not be permitted
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The University at Albany is joining a number of college campuses across the country in becoming tobacco free.

Bethlehem, NY Town Supervisor David VanLuven
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Bethlehem, New York Supervisor David VanLuven gave his State of the Town address Wednesday night.

More than two dozen College of St. Rose graduates are pledging to halt donations to the school over media restrictions, they're urging fellow alumni to join them.

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Albany County District Attorney David Soares has kicked off his re-election campaign.

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As Martin Luther King's life and legacy are celebrated across the country today, a Siena Poll indicates New Yorkers’ views of race relations have soured compared to a decade ago.