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Bobbleheads are back! The Tri-City ValleyCats have announced their 2017 bobblehead giveaway days. 

Fans will have two chances to get this year's bobbleheads. The 2017 bobbleheads will honor former Yankee great Ron "Louisiana Lightning" Guidry and the nation's leading thoroughbred horse trainer (and Mechanicville native) Chad Brown!

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NY tourism signs on New York State highways may be removed. The signs, which cost $8.1 million, are illegal according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). 

The FHWA has been warning the governor for years that the "New York State Experience" signs along state highways violate federal and state laws. A spokesperson told News10 last year that "some of the signs have non-conforming symbols while others violate sign lettering and other standards... our position is that simple signs that are easy to read make for safer journeys." Many Thruway drivers agree that the signs are impossible to read and still be a safe driver. 

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Albany has moved up six spots to #30 in the US News & World Report rankings of 100 Best Places to Live in the US. Two other Upstate towns also make the list, with Syracuse coming in at #28 and Buffalo at #33.

So why is Albany such a great place to live?

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The second annual Hannaford MAAC-N-Cheese Fest will celebrate the return of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men's and Women's Basketball Championships to downtown Albany on March 3, 2017 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Albany Capital Center. 

The popular festival includes samples of gourmet mac-n-cheese from a dozen Albany-area restaurants, craft beer, and live entertainment. This year's MAAC-N-Cheese Fest will be the inaugural event at the brand new, state-of-the-art Albany Capital Center. 

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If you love food, watching sports, getting great deals, are looking for a job, or have kids to entertain, this weekend is perfect for you! Find out what's happening throughout the Capital Region, and make your plans accordingly.

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The NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships are this weekend
Do you have a long weekend because of President's Day? That means an extra day to get out and have fun! There's lots to take advantage of this weekend throughout the Capital Region, including outdoor activities, food and drink festivals, and much more.

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Butterflies are back at miSci! Photo provided
The Capital Region is getting a bunch of new restaurants in early 2017!

From new burger and fast casual restaurants to a third location of the area's favorite brewing company, Capital Region foodies should get excited for this spring and summer. 

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Following the Trump administration's executive order limiting travel from seven countries, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute finds itself unexpectedly changing plans for a scheduled concert on March 3 and their 2017 artist residency program.

Two artists scheduled to participate in EMPAC's 2017 programming, hand drummer Mohammad Reza Mortazavi and choreographer Ali Moini, are originally from Iran - one of the countries affected by the travel ban. Though recent court rulings have temporarily stayed the travel ban, the ensuing uncertainty has affected EMPAC's ability to procure visas and made this highly anticipated programming impossible.

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Earlier this week the New York State Senate overwhelmingly backed a measure that would bring ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft to residents in Upstate NY. 

But don't get too excited just yet. We've seen this before

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Screenshot of Lyft App Home Screen

Since 1993, the Times Union Center has hosted American Hockey League (AHL) games, first with the Albany River Rats, and currently with the Albany Devils. Unfortunately for both local hockey and Albany Devils fans, a decision has been made to move the team from Albany to Binghamton, NY at the end of this season.

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