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Equinor is an international energy company based in Norway focused on developing wind and solar power. Now, the company is looking to locate America’s first offshore wind tower manufacturing facility at the Port of Albany.

Coronavirus zones of yellow, orange and red are being enacted across New York state as Thanksgiving approaches.

Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
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Confirmed cases of coronavirus seem to indicate that the second wave of the pandemic has begun in Albany County.

UAlbany President Dr. Havidán Rodríguez.
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Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, the University at Albany is moving to fully virtual classes for the rest of the fall semester.

County Executive McCoy Provides Daily Update on the COVID-19 Response in Albany County.
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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County has been steadily rising, prompting a new round of stern warnings from local officials.

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With the holidays approaching and the pandemic showing no sign of mitigating, local providers say the hungry and the homeless will continue to be served.

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A survey on the city of Albany’s COVID-19 response in minority communities includes some harsh findings.

       With COVID-19 cases rising, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered new restrictions.

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined other elected officials at Hudson’s Public Square/7th Street Park, October 19, 2020.
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New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined other elected officials at Hudson’s Public Square/7th Street Park Monday to promote legislation to help small businesses recover from months of limited operations.

Keith Strudler: SEC On Hold

Oct 16, 2020

For everyone who firmly believes that the SEC is the leading college football conference in the country, you now have some hard data to support that position. That is, at least when it comes to Covid-19, where the SEC has set the bar high for spreading the virus with speed and intention. Don’t take my word for it – the proof is in the results, starting with the fact that two conference games have to be postponed this weekend because of team outbreaks. Florida/LSU, a marquee matchup of teams coming off crushing defeats, is on hold because over twenty Gator athletes have tested positive, bringing the number of available scholarship players available to under 53. A less appealing matchup between Vanderbilt and Missouri is also on hold because Vandy can’t find 53 with positive tests, quarantines, and opt-outs. And of course as you probably know, second ranked Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban will miss this weekend’s game against third ranked Georgia since he tested positive. While Saban has run practice from Zoom this week, he will not be allowed to virtually coach Saturday on Zoom or any other platform, for whatever reason.

10/13/20 Panel

Oct 13, 2020
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       The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

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Troy Mayor Patrick Madden has released his budget proposal for 2021.

Albany Schools Superintendent Kaweeda Adams
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The Albany City School District is working to absorb massive layoffs blamed on the pandemic.

10/5/20 Panel

Oct 5, 2020
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     The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock,  UAlbany Lecturer in Africana Studies Jennifer Burns, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, and Albany Law School professor and director of the Immigration Law Clinic Sarah Rogerson.

For a portion of the program, we are joined by Dr. Jim Fagin, Allergist and Immunologist from New Hyde Park, New York.

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The idea of a state-run program modeled on the New Deal-era Works Progress Administration that would create jobs for unemployed and underemployed residents to stimulate the economy is catching on in some quarters.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has delivered a $180 million spending plan for 2021.

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Will the next Congress favor a new round of COVID relief?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Republican candidate Liz Joy of New York’s 20th district speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The Woodstock Film Festival is announcing its 2020 lineup of screenings and events that will be held virtually and at area drive-ins, including a pop-up drive-in at Andy Lee Field in Woodstock.

The 21st annual festival is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 4. This year's festival will be a "reformatted virtual edition," due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with in-person screenings limited to drive-in venues in Woodstock, Greenville and Poughkeepsie.

Festival Executive Director and Co-founder Meira Blaustein joins us this morning to tell us more. 

9/1/20 Panel

Sep 1, 2020
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      The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain, and  counter-terrorism expert and best-selling author, Malcolm Nance.

8/18/20 Panel

Aug 18, 2020
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   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

If you’re tired of seeing Clemson play a team from the SEC every year for the college football national championship, then I have some bad news. Because at least at it stands right now at this particular moment, that’s the most likely outcome of what could be the most unusual season in college football history. That’s because two of the Power 5 football conferences, the Big 10 and Pac 12, have already cancelled their fall sports seasons. Three – the Big 12, SEC, and Clemson’s ACC, are still moving ahead. Beyond those, the rest of major Division I is split – the American, Sun Belt, and Conference USA are in, but the Mountain West and Mid-American are done. Oh, and Nebraska wants to play even if the Big 10 doesn’t, which may or may not work.

Keith Strudler: To Play Or Not To Play

Aug 5, 2020

If you ask most people about the University of Connecticut football program, they would likely say, I think that’s a basketball school. Of course, history affirms that suggestion, as certainly the women’s program as well as the men’s have enjoyed long periods of success, including national championships on both sides. UConn’s drive to become a national football power has seen far less success, and truly the fall of the Big East football conference and their inability to move to either the ACC or the Big Ten has made them little more than a conference doormat and a relative financial drain on the University.

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   The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has put up large tents that will be used if the coronavirus spreads to the city’s homeless population.