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Fonda Speedway holds Woodward Strong Day
May 19, 2019, 12:04 pm | Source

Josh Woodward, a local firefighter, battled a life-threatening sepsis infection for weeks in the hospital.

He's been through multiple surgeries, amputations, and rehab, but beat the odds and is now part of the 5 percent of people who have survived.

Saturday night at the Fonda Speedway, a pro st...

Largest single day of community impact
May 19, 2019, 11:51 am | Source

This weekend close to 400 volunteers rolled up their sleeves and went to work for 5.18 day. 

In Schenectady County a handful of people teamed up with Wildwood Programs to beautify one of their group homes. 

In addition to this home, other groups made stops at places like Capitol Roots, Saratoga...

One dead, eight others shot in Atmore graduation party shooting
May 19, 2019, 11:26 am | Source


Escambia County High School Principal Dennis Fuqua has released a statement in response to a deadly shooting that happened during a graduation party Friday, May 17.

The statement reads:

"It's always a great day to be a Blue Devil, but yesterday was a day of triumph and tragedy. ...

Police investigating Murder-Suicide at Guilderland home
May 19, 2019, 11:12 am | Source

Guilderland Police say they're now investigating the two deaths at 169 Schoolhouse Road yesterday a murder/suicide.

They say 27-year-old Caitlin Melville shot her 5 year old daughter before shooting herself.

Police say Caitlin was unemployed and the child was a kindergarten student at the Westm...

Help for homeless female veterans
May 19, 2019, 9:14 am | Source

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (NEWS10) -- There are 1.6 million female veterans, but only seven women-only veteran houses in the country. One of them is in Ballston Spa.

They serve our country with honor but can feel unrecognized and unequal.

“It’s like we have to do everything they do and then we have to...

Woman sent to the hospital after early morning shooting
May 18, 2019, 5:19 pm | Source

Schenectady Police are investigating a shooting on South Brandywine Avenue.

One female victim was taken to Albany Medical Center.  Police say she is currently in stable condition.

Police received the call just before 3 a.m. and responded to Tropics Restaurant & Bar.

The investigation is ongoin...

Local couple claims wedding was ruined thanks to Watervliet limo company
May 18, 2019, 3:24 am | Source

WATERVLIET, N.Y. (NEWS10) -- A Schenectady couple says they missed their wedding, and are out more than $13,000, after a local limousine company failed to bring them to the airport on time. 

The couple says they hired Today's Limousine in Watervliet to bring 16 people to John F. Kennedy Airport ...

NY man sentenced for kidnapping local 12-year old
May 18, 2019, 3:20 am | Source

HUDSON FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) -- A man acccused of kidnapping a 12-year-old Hudson Falls girl was sentenced on Friday.

George Torres, of Staten Island, pleaded guilty in April to taking Malaya Johnson to New York City in September 2018. The kidnapping triggered a statewide Amber Alert.

Torres apo...

Local teacher takes second on Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament
May 18, 2019, 3:19 am | Source

LOS ANGELES (NEWS10) -- A local teacher finished his run on Jeopardy! Friday night.

Conor Quinn competed in the show's Teachers Tournament. The two-night finals competition came to an end on Friday.

The Troy Prep World History teacher ultimately finished in second place earning a $50,000 grand ...

Police investigating two deaths at Guilderland home
May 18, 2019, 3:18 am | Source

GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (NEWS10) -- Police are investigating the deaths of two people at a Guilderland home.

A heavy police presence was seen at the home on Schoolhouse Road on Friday.

Police arrived at the scene around 3 p.m. and called it a death investigation. Autopsies will be performed Saturday ...

Youth talk growth, pain, resilience at local TEDx
May 18, 2019, 2:02 am | Source

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) -- Months of practice amounted to Friday's TEDx. The TEDx is part of the Brown School's English curriculum. 

Dr. Cristina James is the English teacher bringing her students out of their shells. James is also a licensed TEDx organizer.

The presentations will be uploade...

Crews rescue animals from Schenectady house fire
May 17, 2019, 10:29 pm | Source

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) -- Crews responded to a fire in a two-family home on Webster Street in Schenectady Friday morning. Flames broke out in the attic of the home, but crews were able to knock down the flames in around 20 minutes. 

Sabrina Chambers lives in the home and said the fire caught...

Trial for NXIVM leader continues in Brooklyn
May 17, 2019, 9:51 pm | Source

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)--The NXIVM trial against leader Keith Raniere continues in Brooklyn Federal court.

Sources inside the court say Lauren Salzman was a cooperating witness on the stand for about an hour and a half on Friday. Those sources describe her testimony as "intense."

Hundreds of page...

SAT new 'adversity score' factors hardships, crime level in students' neighborhood
May 17, 2019, 9:49 pm | Source

(AP) - Administrators of the SAT college admissions test say considering scores in the context of where a student went to high school will let colleges identify resourceful students they might otherwise overlook.

But critics of admissions testing see plans for the so-called “adversity score” as ...

Local field becomes an eyesore
May 17, 2019, 9:49 pm | Source

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) -- Residents are hoping the city will step up to the plate when it comes to one field in Schenectady. 

Hillhurst Park is currently well kept and maintained by the city, but the little league field off of 4th street is a different story.  

With trash everywhere, mold, ...

NY lawmakers debate farm regulation bills
May 17, 2019, 9:47 pm | Source

FEURA BUSH, N.Y. (NEXSTAR) - A pair of bills in the New York state legislature would put new regulations in place when it comes to the farming industry.

Assembly Republicans say the legislation would adversely affect farmers and laborers alike.

Tim Stanton employs 10 to 20 workers at his farm i...

Trump lifts tariffs on Mexico, Canada, delays auto tariffs
May 17, 2019, 9:14 pm | Source

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bogged down in a sprawling trade dispute with U.S. rival China, President Donald Trump took steps Friday to ease tensions with America's allies - lifting import taxes on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum and delaying auto tariffs that would have hurt Japan and Europe.

By re...

City says grass clippings pose hazard to motorcyclists; will start ticketing residents
May 17, 2019, 8:02 pm | Source

FREMONT, Ohio (WCMH) - An Ohio city says it will begin ticketing people for blowing grass clippings into the street, saying they pose a danger to motorcyclists.

The City of Fremont says dumping grass clippings in the road is illegal under a city ordinance regarding 'placing injurious material or o...

Dog rescued from ravine by first responders
May 17, 2019, 7:27 pm | Source

CANAJOHARIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) -- A dog that somehow found itself stuck at the bottom of a steep ravine in Montgomery County is now safe at a local shelter thanks to first responders who sprung into action to pull the animal out.

Lt. Eric Logan of the Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department says someone...

Lactation pod unveiled on the Empire State Plaza concourse
May 17, 2019, 5:48 pm | Source

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - The New York Office of General Services announced the installation of a private lactation pod on the Empire State Plaza on Friday.

The 60-square-foot, ADA-compliant pod has bench seating, electrical outlets, and can be accessed through the Mamava mobile app.

“Mothers who are...

Shaker students collect hundreds of children's books with "Rising Readers" project
May 17, 2019, 4:31 pm | Source

LATHAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) Madison VanDenburg isn’t the only impressive student at Shaker High School. On Friday, two young women launched the “Rising Readers” service project, collecting books for kids across the Capital Region and beyond.

Shaker Juniors Vishali and Labika say they just wanted to sh...

NY bill would bar facial recognition programs for landlords
May 17, 2019, 3:27 pm | Source

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New legislation introduced in New York state would ban the use of facial recognition software by landlords in residential buildings.

The bill, announced Thursday, comes after officials in San Francisco voted to prohibit police and other city agencies from using facial recogniti...

Grumpy Cat, who entertained millions online, dies at age 7
May 17, 2019, 3:04 pm | Source

MORRISTOWN, Ariz. (AP) - Grumpy Cat, whose sourpuss expression entertained millions on the internet and spawned hundreds of memes, national television commercials and even a movie, died at age 7.

Her owners posted on social media that she experienced complications from a urinary tract infection. "...

Outrage after woman charged in deadly bus push freed on bond
May 17, 2019, 2:27 pm | Source

(WFLA) - People are outraged after the suspect in the death of a 74-year-old man who was pushed off a bus was freed on bail, KSNV reported.

Cadesha Bishop, 25, was arraigned Friday and posted bond. She was previously held at the Clark County Detention Center on $100,000 bail.

"I think the bail ...

Trump plan would shift immigration focus to 'merit'
May 17, 2019, 1:57 pm | Source

WASHINGTON (AP) - Unveiling a new immigration plan, President Donald Trump said he wanted to provide a sharp contrast with Democrats, and he did - aiming to upend decades of family-based immigration policy with a new approach that favors younger, "totally brilliant," high-skilled workers he says ...

Cafeteria worker says she lost job for giving boy free lunch
May 17, 2019, 12:19 pm | Source

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire school cafeteria worker's kindness may have got her fired.

Bonnie Kimball tells the Valley News she was terminated March 28 by her employer, a vendor that supplies food to the Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Canaan. It came a day after she gave a stude...

St. Sophia 2019 Greek Festival Begins
May 17, 2019, 9:12 am | Source

The largest Greek Festival in the Capital Region is delivering Greek food and culture to the area for another year. 

The St. Sophia 2019 Greek Festival kicks off at six tonight at the St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church on Whitehall Road in Albany. The festival runs for three days, ending Sunday, M...

Troy firefighters union calling for second set of turnout gear, but not all are on board
May 17, 2019, 3:56 am | Source

The Troy Uniformed Firefighters Association is calling for a second set of turnout gear that firefighters wear to calls. 

The union president claims two sets are necessary because call have increased significantly over the past five years. This was highlighted last week when the department respond...

Students pledge against drinking and driving ahead of prom
May 17, 2019, 3:35 am | Source

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) -- The Arrive Alive pledge is spearheaded by Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara. It’s asking prom-goers not to drink and drive ahead of the big day, but if they do, to reach out for help.

Students from 10 Capital Region schools are signing the pledge.

“The message to paren...

F-16 fighter crashes into California warehouse, pilot ejects
May 17, 2019, 3:26 am | Source

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - An F-16 fighter jet crashed Thursday into a warehouse just outside March Air Reserve Base in California, sending a dozen people to hospitals for evaluation after they were exposed to debris, authorities said.

The pilot ejected and parachuted to safety, said Maj. Perry Co...

Walmart warns that higher tariffs will mean higher prices
May 17, 2019, 1:35 am | Source

NEW YORK (AP) - Walmart warned on Thursday that higher tariffs on imports from China will mean higher prices.

The comments came after the nation's largest retailer reported its best sale performance at its established U.S. namesake stores for the fiscal first quarter in nine years. It marked 19 ...

Local school bus drivers get the recognition they deserve at special ceremony
May 17, 2019, 1:09 am | Source

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (NEWS10) The New York State Association for Pupil Transportation honored several Capital Region bus drivers on Thursday for going the extra mile to keep kids safe on the way to school.

If you asked any bus driver honored Thursday, they would all tell you the same thing, they w...

Demolished building sheds light on feral cat population
May 16, 2019, 10:25 pm | Source

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) -- The demolition of a vacant building is shining a light on feral cats in the City of Albany.

Before the Elk Street building was reduced to rubble, it was occupied by feral cats. It’s one of several abandoned buildings throughout the city where strays are fed by community ...

Students weigh in on school budget vote
May 16, 2019, 10:16 pm | Source

JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. (NEWS10) -- Johnstown High School students are weighing in on the upcoming school budget, speaking to the importance of extra activities. As athletes, they say sports are a huge part of their high school experience.

Sports, along with kindergarten and other non-mandated activitie...

Happy 50th birthday, Minne-Ha-Ha!
May 16, 2019, 9:17 pm | Source

Happy 50th, Minnie Ha-Ha!

One of the last steam paddle wheel ships in America, Minne Ha-Ha is being spiffed up for her upcoming birthday.

Since she first set sail in 1969, generations of Lake George visitors have climbed aboard for tours on the lake and shoreline. 

She's scheduled to make her ...

NY lawmakers revisiting legalizing recreational marijuana
May 16, 2019, 9:15 pm | Source

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - A new bill to legalize recreational marijuana is in the works at the state capitol.

This, after the issue was dropped from the state budget last month.

Legalizing marijuana in New York State would foster a new industry and source of tax revenue.

"As we look at creating ...

FDA: Tattoo inks recalled after bacteria contamination
May 16, 2019, 8:21 pm | Source

WASHINGTON (NEWS10) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers, tattoo artists, and retailers about several tattoo inks that it says have been recalled over bacteria contamination.

The FDA says tattoo inks contaminated with microorganisms can cause infections and lead to seriou...

Man sentenced after burglary convictions
May 16, 2019, 7:32 pm | Source

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - A local man will spend the next 50 years in state prison after being found guilty of multiple burglaries in Albany County.

Between December 2017 and January 2018, Paul Harris stole jewelry, money, and other valuables from multiple homes.

Harris' criminal history dates back t...

Bedroom movie theater opens in Switzerland
May 16, 2019, 7:05 pm | Source

(CNN) - If you've been to the movies lately, you've probably come across a theater with reclining seats.

A Swiss theater is taking that to a whole new level, a movie theater has actual beds!

French Company Pathe opened this plush theater in Spreitenbach, Switzerland last week.

Of course, it has the ...

Court: Adoption agency can't reject same-sex couples
May 16, 2019, 7:02 pm | Source

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A federal court says New York officials weren’t infringing on a Christian adoption agency’s religious freedom by requiring it to serve same-sex couples.

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Albany in December sought to stop the state Office of Children and Family Services ...

NYC Mayor de Blasio announces candidacy, insults 'Con Don'
May 16, 2019, 6:22 pm | Source

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president, adding his name to an already long list of candidates itching for a chance to take on Donald Trump.

The mayor announced his run with a video released by his campaign, th...

Albany man sentenced to 7.5-15 years in connection with 2018 homicide
May 16, 2019, 4:43 pm | Source

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) -- Shakir Redmon, the man responsible for Albany’s first homicide of 2018 was sentenced Thursday in Albany County Court to 7.5 to 15 years in state prison

Redmon, 28, of Albany, pleaded guilty to one count of second degree conspiracy in March, admitting to using another per...

Comptroller: New York state pension fund tops $210B
May 16, 2019, 4:11 pm | Source

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state comptroller says the New York State Common Retirement Fund has topped $210 billion after an estimated 5.2% return on investments.

Democrat Thomas DiNapoli (dee-NAP’-oh-lee) says Thursday that the fund closed the state fiscal year that ended March 31 with an estimated ...

Bill proposes banning use of phones while crossing the road
May 16, 2019, 3:45 pm | Source

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) -- A new bill has been introduced that, if passed, would prohibit people from using portable electronic devices while crossing a roadway in New York.

Sponsored by Senator John Liu (D-11), the bill is being reviewed by the Transportation Committee, and has yet to be passed by ei...

Woodstock 50: Michael Lang says tickets coming soon
May 16, 2019, 3:38 pm | Source

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WETM) - Woodstock 50 co-founder Michael Lang says that tickets for the anniversary event are expected to go on sale within the next week to 10 days.

Lang and principal partner Gregory Peck told Q104.3 New York's Jim Kerr Rock and Roll Morning Show that the event will go on afte...

Missing pregnant teen killed, baby cut from womb
May 16, 2019, 2:52 pm | Source

CHICAGO (CNN) - An infant is in critical condition and a young woman is dead in Chicago after a horrific attack.

Authorities say 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa was lured to a home after vanishing on April 23rd where she was killed and her unborn baby was cut out of her womb.

Police are questioning four p...

Alabama governor invokes God in banning nearly all abortions
May 16, 2019, 12:44 pm | Source

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's Republican governor has signed the most stringent abortion legislation in the nation, making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases.

"To the bill's many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians' deeply held belief that...

Hershey's redesigns iconic chocolate bar
May 16, 2019, 11:49 am | Source

The iconic Hershey's chocolate bar is getting a 21st century makeover, but it's not forever. 

For a limited time, emojis will replace the company's logo that's usually found on each rectangle of that milk chocolate bar. The change will take place over the summer. the company says they will only ...

Survey: Half of Americans treat swimming pools as communal bathtub
May 16, 2019, 11:49 am | Source

(WCMH) -- Whether it's to cool off or just exercise, swimming is a summer favorite. But, you may be taking a dip in a dirty pool because of people's nasty habits.

A new Water Quality & Health Council survey shows half of Americans admit to using swimming pools as a substitute for a bath or to ri...

Woodstock 50 plans roll on; court nixes cancellation bid
May 16, 2019, 11:48 am | Source

(UPDATE 10 p.m.) The Woodstock 50 festival is back on after a court rebuffed an ex-investor’s effort to cancel the anniversary extravaganza — but organizers will have to do without some $18 million, at least for now.

Manhattan judge Barry Ostrager ruled Wednesday that the festival’s former chief...

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