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Another Capital Region Department Store Closing
Say goodbye to yet another department store in the Capital Region.  According to News Channel 13, The Bon-Ton Stores are not just shutting a few stores, but going out of business completely.  A liquidation firm won a bid for the company at auction, and the 160-year old business is com…
Celebrity Actor Helps Capital Region Teenager with Bucket List
I'm all about people doing good and helping other people, so when I stumbled upon this story, I had to blog about it.  The Times Union reported that Chris Pratt, an actor and comedian , helped Shenendehowa High School student Jacob Monday check off a box on his bucket list...
Pipe Bomb Removed Near Railroad Tracks in Capital Region
In a now resolved solution, the Daily Gazette has reported that a three-foot long PVC pipe bomb was found nearby railroad tracks in Ballston Spa.  As reported by the Daily Gazette, authorities were tipped off by the Canadian Pacific Railway Police, and the bomb was deemed safe and rem…
Warning Released For Rat Poison-Laced Synthetic Marijauna
Spectrum News is reporting that a new warning has been issued by State health workers due to reports of synthetic marijuana laced with rat poison.  While this hasn't been found in New York yet, there have been reports in five other states, and a cause enough for concern that offi…
IRS Releases List of Top Tax Scams for 2018
In the thick of tax season, with 'Tax Day' soon approaching, the IRS has released it's "Dirty Dozen" list of the top tax scams of 2018.  Among the tops scams for 2018 are certain phishing scams, phone scams, fake charity scams, frivolous tax scams, and more…
Herbal Supplement Recall Ordered by FDA for Salmonella
According to News 10 abc, the FDA has ordered a Las Vegas company to pull it's Kratom herbal supplements off of the market.  The reason for this being that they tested positive for Salmonella.  Apparently there's a nationwide outbreak with up to 90 cases of Salmonella related to Kratom, and accordin…
New Law Allows for Gun Removal from Domestic Violence Abusers
As reported by News Channel 13, a new law passed this weekend allows for the removal of guns from abusers in domestic violence cases.  According to News Channel 13, the law was announced with heavy dialogue from Governor Cuomo about the murder rate of women by domestic violence, and a…
Over 100 Million Effected by MyFitnessPal Data Breach
As reported by News 10 abc, Under Armour has just announced this week a data breach to 'MyFitnessPal' affecting about 150 million users.  For those who aren't familiar, MyFitnessPal is a smartphone App and website aimed at health.  From calorie-counting to exercise…
Forest-Destroying Beetle Found for First Time in Albany
The Southern Pine Beetle, an extremely destructive beetle that kills trees and forests, has been found for the first time in Albany according to the Times Union.  The beetle was trapped in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve near Rapp Road, and the Times Union reports that this is the farth…
Health Organization Warns of New Wave of Flu Virus
News 10 abc has reported about a warning by the CDC of a new wave of the flu virus happening now.  For people who aren't aware (as some aren't), the flu virus has multiple different strains.  As reported by News 10 abc, the A-strain had been more dominant in the beginni…
Law Passed By NY Senate To Charge Drug Dealers with Homicide
It's no secret that drug addiction is an issue, and a pervasive one at that.  Overdoses and opiates are constantly in the news, and to me this epidemic doesn't seem to be slowing down.  New York is working to try to bring some accountability to the dealers however, with the New York Senate passing a…
Schenectady To Hold Free Active Shooter Training for Public
Schenectady Police have scheduled two upcoming active shooter trainings for the public to attend.  News 10 abc reports that after numerous requests from the community, Schenectady Police have arranged to hold two training classes which will cover strategies and survival plans in the e…

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