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With Iowa Pacific stepping down as the operator of the Saratoga & North Creek Railway, local officials are discussing the future of the tracks.

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Last month, New York regulators revoked their approval of Charter Communications' merger with Time Warner Cable and ordered the company to find another cable provider for its more than 2 million customers in the state. The move is encouraging municipalities to find alternatives to expensive cable internet service.

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Police have found a child's body during the search for an upstate New York woman's missing 4-month-old boy.

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A lockdown was in effect today at Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock, New York, in Washington County. Governor Andrew Cuomo visited with officials at the prison and is seeking a plan to reduce similar incidents statewide.

Residents of Fulton County, New York are being invited to share their thoughts on a new Shared Services Plan.

Beginning with a mandate from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature last year, New York counties have begun studying ways to save money by sharing services.

Last year, 34 counties formed Shared Services Committees and submitted plans to the state, for implementation in 2018.

This year, committees in 23 counties are in the process of putting together a plan.

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After two recent deaths, officials in Saratoga Springs are discussing the need for a new public safety building on the city’s east side. But, as WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the project has been stalled for years.

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Western New York Republican Congressman Chris Collins says he will seek reelection as he fights charges that he used inside information about a biotechnology company to make illicit stock trades.

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Tempers flared at the New York State Board of Elections Wednesday, as commissioners voted to limit the subpoena powers of the investigator in charge of enforcing campaign finance violations. The investigator, Risa Sugarman says it’s a case of blatant “political interference”, while board commissioners accused Sugarman of being secretive and playing the “victim.”

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This November, the balance of power in the New York State Senate will be determined. A Democratic political newcomer is challenging a two-term Republican Senator in the newest district in New York — the 46th. 

A proposed law in Rensselaer County aimed at preventing theft would establish 10-day holding period for second-hand dealers like pawn shops.

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Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins of western New York state has been indicted on charges that he used inside information about a biotechnology company to make illicit stock trades.

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Four U.S. military sites will be splitting nearly $200 million in federal defense funds for improvement projects.

Internet retail giant Amazon may be facing a legal battle in its quest to build a fulfillment center in Rensselaer County.

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New York state's attorney general has sued the U.S. Labor Department, saying a new program that lets employers who break labor laws avoid punishment is a "get-out-of-jail-free" card.

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Republican lawmakers in New York will hold hearings into recent decisions by the state parole board to release some high-profile offenders.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about health insurance premiums, which are rising 8.6 percent next year. The pair also discuss the story of a Home Depot employee who confronted a customer allegedly hurling racial slurs at him.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is making the rounds of national news programs now that he has become the target of a lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association. Cuomo, a gun control advocate, is asking other states to join him in fighting what he says is an “extremist” organization. The NRA says it is Cuomo who has a political “vendetta” against the group that could lead to its demise.

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Authorities say two members of an upstate New York sheriff's office have been put on paid administrative leave for failing to report an off-duty hit-and-run accident one of them was involved in.

Communities in our region are bracing for another heatwave.

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New York attorney general candidate Tish James says she’d take steps to fight corruption in state government if elected, even if it means going against her fellow Democrat, Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is backing James’ campaign. 

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The 500-plus 'I Love NY' highway signs at the center of a spat between Governor Andrew Cuomo and federal transportation officials are going nowhere fast.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, about the critisim facing Governor Andrew Cuomo. The pair also discuss November's elections.

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Last week, the FBI raided the home of a Niskayuna man they say stole trade secrets from General Electric’s power division in Schenectady, and took him away in handcuffs. The GE employee with ties to China is accused of hiding company files in an image of a sunset, which he then sent to a personal email address. Charges filed do not allege that the man sold the information.  

Albany police are investigating a shooting that occurred early Sunday morning in the city's warehouse district.

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The New York state education department has announced it made an error in the distribution of some federal funding that favored the state’s charter schools over public schools.

Senator Neil Breslin is facing a challenge from Republican Chris Davis in November
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A longtime New York State Senate Democrat is facing a rematch this fall against his 2016 Republican opponent.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that a group consisting of New York state government and law enforcement officials, advocates and academics has been appointed to draft legislation for regulating recreational marijuana.

A man who fired seven bullets into a crowd in Schenectady, New York killing one has been sentenced to 35 years to life in state prison.

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A Troy soldier who was killed in World War One was honored at his gravesite Thursday.

Private John J. Callahan Jr. was the first Marine from Troy, New York killed in World War One. One hundred years after his death, members of his family gathered at his grave at St. Mary’s Cemetery, where Callahan was posthumously awarded the New York State Liberty Medal.

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The Democratic frontrunner in the primary race for New York attorney general, Tish James, says if she’s elected she’d be independent of her political ally, Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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