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Preparing for Easter dinner at the Rescue Mission

ALBANY - Preparations are underway for a big Easter dinner this Sunday at the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany.

They'll feed the Capital Region's most vulnerable residents.

Volunteers and kitchen staff will prepare to feed 1,500 people on Sunday starting at noon.

The rescue mission says there will be Easter baskets for the children.

Two families escape fire in Albany

ALBANY - There was a fire in Albany Wednesday night.

The Red Cross says it’s helping nine people who lived in the building on Elizabeth Street.

It caught fire at about 8:30 p.m.

Firefighters say there was heavy fire in the basement and up through the first and second floors.

The two families were able to get out safely.

Promises, guarantees, and cynicism at casino meeting

ALBANY - In downtown Albany Wednesday night, promises, guarantees, and cynicism filled a school auditorium as the local community continued to find out about a casino plan that, if built, will change the character of the entire Capital Region.

For a little more than two hours, people, planners, and politicians debated and discussed the economics and the perceived evils of casino gambling, but also beginning to set in was the inevitability factor, that whether people are for or against it, a casino will be part of the Capital Region's future.

In the crowded Giffen Elementary School auditorium, which was divided -- not necessarily evenly -- between moral outrage and economic opportunity, people came to hear about, and ask questions, about a $300-plus proposal to build a casino near exit 23 of the Thruway in Albany, which developer David Flaum insists would be the ideal location.

Albany Molecular Research moving jobs to Albany, cutting others

Albany Molecular Research will close its Syracuse plant in July.

However, The Business Review reports that some of the 45 jobs cut will be relocated to Albany, while others will be moved nationally or internationally.

The paper reports the move is to consolidate operations and reduce costs.

The company is best known for discovering the active ingredient in Allegra, an allergy medication.

Meantime, another AMRI facility is planned for Buffalo in 2015.

Sheriff: heroin crisis leads to spike in crime

ALBANY - Heroin addiction is a national issue that is plaguing our local communities, and desperate addicts needing fifty to one hundred dollars a day are stealing anything they can get their hands on.

"What happens now is you'll get the southern part of Albany County and the northern part of Greene County is largely residents from New York City come up and have summer camps, and what happens now is they'll come up, they'll open up their camp for the first time, and all their copper will be gone and all their valuables will be emptied out," said Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.

Sheriff Apple says they've seen storm drains stolen, sewer grates, copper-- anything to get cash to buy drugs.

Berne accident kills six cows

Emergency crews respond to the accident scene. - Mark Szpylczyn / WNYT

BERNE - Six cows are dead after a trailer overturned on Route 443 on Tuesday morning.

The truck was carrying about 100 cows at the time.

Two people in the cab of the truck were not hurt.

The accident also shut down roads in that area as crews investigated.

40 local businesses create alliance in support of Albany casino

ALBANY - More than 40 local business owners are now joining forces in support of the proposed casino in Albany.

They're calling themselves the E23 Business Alliance.

They contend that a casino in Albany will help boost tourist and help showcase everything that the capital city has to offer.

But, the plan has also generated plenty of opposition.

Critics worry about traffic congestion, crime and gambling addiction.