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Last chance to win access to the Zac Brown Band show Saturday Night at SPAC!

    Everything Country Froggy 100.3 welcomes the Zac Brown Band’s Down The Rabbit Hole Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, This Saturday night and we’re giving you ONE LAST CHANCE TO WIN TICKETS!!! When you hear Zac Attack cue in between two Zac Brown Band songs, call in to win your tickets!  It’s an…

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The Legendary Alabama is coming to Albany!

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Blackberry Smoke has re-scheduled their cancelled show!

  Friends,  Regrettably we have to postpone our shows this Friday May 18th at The Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY and Saturday May 19th at The Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY.  As you know, we take not being able to perform a show very seriously.  We would never consider doing it unless…

Recent Teachers of the Week!

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Mother, son plead guilty in embezzlement case

A mother and son is facing prison time after they were caught embezzling a combined amount of more than $1 million from a state agency.

People who share office space say that the Weatherization Association is currently “restructuring”.

Its headquarters are located in Guilderland.

According to its website, the agency provides expertise and training in home performance and seasonal home weatherization.

The mother was the chief fiscal officer.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares says Randi Smith, 53, of Amsterdam, wrote checks to herself using the agencies bank account.

To cover it up, she would create fake invoices from legitimate vendors.

Between June 14th, 2011 and May of this year, she pocketed upwards of $800,000.

Her son Dakota Smith, 23, of Saratoga Springs, was questioned by his bank when they noticed unusual deposit activity to both his own construction business as well as his father’s, totaling more than $350,000. 

Both mother and son pleaded guilty to felony grand larceny charges in an Albany County courtroom.

Randi is facing three to nine years in prison and must pay the company back entirely.

Dakota is facing two to six years and must also pay full restitution.

Their sentencing is scheduled for November 19th and 20th.

Plans for Code Blue shelter blocked by judge

It’s been nearly a year since a Capital Region shelter planned to build a place for the homeless to go in the freezing temperatures.

Now, Shelters of Saratoga will have to start planning all over again after a judge ruled in favor of those in opposition.

It won’t be long until winter is here and temperatures drop to dangerous levels, requiring homeless services to open Code Blue shelters.

“It’s a lifesaving experience. That shelter could mean life or death,” Rosemary Riedhammer, Shelters of Saratoga Director of Development, said.

Yet again, Shelters of Saratoga will operate out of a borrowed space.

Riedhammer says a judge has ruled against proposed plans for a permanent Code Blue shelter.

“It was decided his week that that was, in fact, the and it nullified and vacated all the prior judgments.”

The back and forth between neighbors and the shelter has been ongoing for nearly a year.

“The challenge from the neighborhood was that the zoning variance that was issued for the building to be built was not in compliance with the city code.”

“That it was not the appropriate use of zoning in that situation,” Joe Bonilla, neighborhood spokesperson, said.

Bonilla says he’s looking forward to the future.

“We hope to be a partner in this endeavor because at the end of the day this decision affects everyone in the city.”

He says a new location should be looked at for a permanent Code Blue facility.

“Where can we actually have a code blue shelter that actually works for everyone in the city.”

Riedhammer says the shelter is exploring all of its options.

“Just trying to digest the decision made by the judge and we’ll be looking at other options in order to build something that’s more permanent.”

In the meantime, they will continue the partnership with Soul Saving station and other area churches for a Code Blue location this winter.

“We’re very thankful for these partnerships that allow us to provide his vital service this winter.”

Code Blue shelters go into effect in New York State when temperatures go below freezing.

Combating maternal mortality in NY

While the number of maternal deaths has decreased over time, it remains an issue.

The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate among developed countries, especially for minorities.

“We know that there is disparity in the numbers of women who die in different races, and when you look at the New York State ratio, black women are dying at a rate of 3.2 to 1.”

Black women are three times as likely to die in childbirth than white women. Also, an increasing majority of pregnancy related deaths are found to have been covered by Medicaid.

“We’re trying to figure out is this an issue of access to health care, follow up, medical conditions, providers who give care, and who do we get to the bottom of it,” NYS Dept. of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said.

The NYSDOH is trying to answer those questions and more through a taskforce compiled of health experts from universities, hospitals, and midwives. They held seven listening sessions throughout the state to try and narrow down some of the causes such as obesity, age and access to health care.

“The reality is there is not one single item that needs to be fixed,” Zucker said. “This is going to end up being multiple issues that need to be tackled together.”

After Tuesday’s meeting, officials expressed hope in finding solutions quickly so they can be drafted into legislative bills as soon as the coming year.

“Any time someone is delivering a baby, it should be the happiest time of their life,” Zucker said. “And if there is any problem, even one complication, it’s the responsibility of the state to get to the bottom of it and to solve it.”

Some initiatives discussed during the meeting include:
 
Establishing the Maternal Mortality Review Board — At the recommendation of the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls, DOH established the Maternal Mortality Review Board, composed of health professionals from a cross-section of stakeholders around the state who serve and/or are representative of the diversity of women statewide, to work in collaboration with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the City of New York to review each maternal death in New York State. The Board, which will convene in early 2019, is tasked with making policy recommendations to DOH to improve maternal outcomes by reducing maternal mortalities and morbidities, and recommendations would specifically contemplate racial and economic disparities.
 
Launching the Best Practice Summit with Hospitals and OB-GYNs — The Governor, in partnership with the Greater New York Hospital Association, Healthcare Association of New York State, ACOG, and other stakeholders, will launch a summit this year to discuss the issue of maternal mortality and morbidity, including racial disparities. The Summit will address statistics, best practices, community awareness, medical school curricula, graduate medical education, and practicing physician training, with the goal of implementing immediate measures and identifying future action items to improve maternal care and management.
 
Piloting the Expansion of Medicaid Coverage for Doulas — DOH will pilot the expansion of Medicaid coverage for doulas in early 2019. Doulas are non-medical birth coaches who assist a woman before, during, or after childbirth if needed. Certified doulas have been shown to increase positive health outcomes, including reducing birth complications for the mother and the baby.
 
Supporting Centering Pregnancy Demonstrations — New York will increase support for a program included in the Governor’s State of the State First 1,000 Days of Life initiative, known as Centering Pregnancy. The program is designed to enhance pregnancy outcomes through a combination of prenatal education and social support and has been associated with reduced incidence of preterm birth and low birth weight, lower incidence of gestational diabetes and postnatal depression, higher breastfeeding rates and better inter-pregnancy spacing. Centering Pregnancy has also been shown to narrow the disparity in preterm birth rates between black women and white women.
 
Requiring Continuing Medical Education and Curriculum Development — The Governor calls on the State Board for Medicine to require appropriate practitioners to participate in continuing medical education on maternal mortalities/morbidities and disparate racial outcomes. Additionally, DOH will work with medical schools, including SUNY’s four medical schools, to build materials on maternal mortality/morbidity and disparate racial outcomes into their medical school curriculum, graduate medical education and training for practicing physicians. SUNY has established a statewide working group to coordinate efforts across middle schools and they have identified key experts who will advise on various aspects of the curriculum and training programs.
 
Expanding the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative — The State has expanded its collaboration with hospitals across New York State to review best practices to address hemorrhaging and implement new clinical guidelines to reduce maternal mortality. Over 80 hospitals are engaged voluntarily in this effort, led and coordinated by the Department of Health. This collaborative has identified key metrics for measuring success in reducing maternal hemorrhage, as well as drafted clinical guidelines which will ultimately be used across the state to improve quality care.

 

Going South: Cuomo blames weather for NY population decline

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo blamed upstate weather for prompting New Yorkers to flee to other states.

Cuomo told reporters Tuesday that while job losses and high taxes once drove people to leave New York, his administration has ended that trend and improved the local economic situation.

He says many of the New Yorkers leaving the state now are doing so for personal reasons or decisions that he called “climate based.”

The comments came after Cuomo’s Republican challenger, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, said on Monday that Cuomo has failed to stem the number of New Yorkers leaving for states with lower taxes and more jobs.

While New York continues to attract immigrants from other countries, a study last year found that it led the nation in net migration to other states.

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Loretta Lynn to Receive Artist of a Lifetime Honor at 2018 CMT Artists of the Year

Loretta Lynn will receive the Artist of a Lifetime award when the ninth annual CMT Artists of the Year celebration premieres live Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. She is the latest Artist of a Lifetime honoree following Merle Haggard (2014), Kenny Rogers (2015) and Shania Twain (2016). Oscar winner……