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Rensselaer residents question state officials about the Dunn landfill Thursday
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Residents of the City of Rensselaer packed a school cafeteria Thursday night to question state officials about the Dunn landfill.

Big rigs en route to the Dunn Landfill haul waste along city streets in Rensselaer, NY
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The Dunn Landfill in Rensselaer faces new state mandates as concern builds over odors and air quality.

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls
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The New York State Department of Health this week released the results of a cancer study in Hoosick Falls.

The Rensselaer County village’s water sources were contaminated with the chemical PFOA, which has been linked to various forms of cancers.

WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

With public and media attention squarely focused on the New York state budget agreement, the Department of Health on Tuesday quietly filed regulations for the state’s medical marijuana program.

New York posted final regulations for the state medical marijuana program, sticking to the original script: not varying far from the much-criticized draft regulations that first appeared months ago.

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Cases of enterovirus EV-D68 have been confirmed in the Capital Region and Central New York. The once “rare” virus has been affecting children.

The virus is associated with cases of severe respiratory illness among children and other individuals, sometimes resulting in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma. The New York State Department of Health said Friday at least 12 children in New York have contracted D68.

New York's health department has awarded more than $21.5 million in grants to 43 hospitals, medical centers and health systems to explore redesigning their approaches to patient care to reduce avoidable hospital use and costs.

The funds followed a federal agreement in April for New York to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over five years.

Grants include $1 million to Nassau University Medical Center, Westchester Medical Center and Finger Lakes Performing Providers System.