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LOS ANGELES _ Kobe Bryant, 41, the legendary basketball star who spent 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, was killed when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed and burst into flames Sunday morning amid foggy conditions in the hills above Calabasas, sources told the Los Angeles Times.

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AUSTERLITZ — An Albany woman was struck and killed while walking along the Taconic State Parkway early Sunday after her vehicle became disabled, Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett said.

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HUDSON — The city has received grant funding and technical assistance to address community displacement triggers such as gentrification and lack of affordable housing, officials announced Thursday.

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ALBANY — A Columbia County man was sentenced to 18 years in prison after he admitted he sold heroin and fentanyl to two Columbia County people who died in 2016 as a result.

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ALBANY — The state Legislature has returned to the Capitol after a historically productive session last year with a slew of new goals to build on and accomplish.

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CLAVERACK — A serious accident involving a propane tank truck led to the closure of a portion of State Route 9H/23 on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The road has since been reopened.

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HUDSON — First Ward Alderwoman Rebecca Wolff is the city’s first Working Families Party member to serve as Minority Leader on the Common Council.

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ALBANY — On the 47th anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision, New York lawmakers gathered at the Capitol to push for the passage of a bill that would establish a fund for abortions.

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GREENPORT — A Columbia County man was charged with leading police on a foot chase after allegedly stealing merchandise from the Walmart on Fairview Avenue, Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett said Tuesday.

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday presented his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, including solutions to close the state’s looming $6.1 billion deficit.

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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of New York’s congressional members sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission last week expressing concern over the state not receiving funding for rural broadband initiatives.

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HUDSON — The community gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of a leader of the Civil Rights Movement who inspired millions.

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Columbia Memorial Health has signed an agreement for a purchase option on four acres of land in Greene County, with plans for a new medical plaza.

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CAIRO — An investigation into a fatal house fire Saturday morning in Cairo has been launched, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

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HUDSON — A Saratoga County man will spend 10 years behind bars for years of sexual abuse against two children.

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ALBANY — Graduation rates are rising and achievement gaps are closing across New York, according to newly released data from the state Education Department.

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CATSKILL — Members of Catskill Central School District and the Catskill community gathered Thursday to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

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ALBANY — While states across the nation are gearing up to make sure all their residents are counted in the 2020 Census, for which representation and billions of federal dollars are at stake, recently released population data from the U.S. Census Bureau has brought projections that New York m…

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HUDSON — A New York City man pleaded guilty Wednesday to shooting another guest during a Halloween party in Copake, according to the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

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HUDSON — Barry Goldstein, 76, of Stockport, was convicted Wednesday on two of three charges for hiring another Columbia County man to burn down his home to obtain a $1.3 million insurance policy.

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WASHINGTON — Joining the chorus of lawmakers and law enforcement officials voicing concerns over the new bail reform laws in New York, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-21, took the initiative in Washington to study the results of pre-trial release.

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ALBANY — It was a battle of press conferences at the State Capitol Building Wednesday, as the legislature’s majority and minority parties continued to spar over the criminal justice reforms rolled out two weeks ago.

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HUDSON — Mayor Kamal Johnson has appointed a point person for people with disabilities to lodge complaints and ensure the city’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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HUDSON — The new term of the Common Council got off to a rocky start at its reorganizational meeting Monday when a disagreement erupted over which of its members should serve as minority leader.

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ALBANY — The start of the second year of a Democratic-controlled state Legislature has the majority excited and optimistic about the passage of bills on their agenda, and on Tuesday, some Democratic lawmakers were certain the Protect Our Courts Act would be one such bill.

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HUDSON — The defense and prosecution rested their cases Monday in Columbia County Court in the trial against Barry Goldstein, who is accused of hiring a Stuyvesant man to burn down his home for insurance money.

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ALBANY — A few days after a Supreme Court judge issued a temporary injunction on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive ban on flavored electronic cigarettes, New York legislators gathered with activists, educators and medical providers in Albany to push for the passage of two bills that would effect…

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STUYVESANT — A person was airlifted with injuries after a one-vehicle crash on Route 9 between New Street and Hudson Avenue on Monday, police said.

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ALBANY — As state lawmakers returned to the capitol this week, the bail reform law passed in last year’s historically productive legislative session has carried over into the new year with tension.

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HUDSON — A new literacy campaign launched Tuesday put books in the hands of more than 500 Columbia County children to encourage reading before children reach their first day of school.

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HUDSON — Recordings of police interviews with the Stockport man who allegedly hired another Columbia County man to burn down his home for the insurance were played for the jury Friday.

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HUDSON — William Travis, the alleged accomplice who said he set the fire at Barry Goldstein’s home in the hopes of getting a portion of the insurance money, testified on the fourth day of the arson trial Thursday.

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo took to the stage for his 2020 State of the State address Wednesday, highlighting a reel of his administration’s accomplishments over the last decade and introducing dozens of his proposals for the new legislative session.

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Editor’s Note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed.