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In-Depth: The cost of staying alive

Health insurers in New York recently asked for premium hikes between 12 and 17 percent. They say the soaring cost of drugs is pushing them to the brink. What does that mean for you? Perhaps some bills you never anticipated.

  • In-Depth: Colonie man opens up about brother's tragic death to heroin

    On a spring night after work in his new home, Nick Wilock prepares dinner side-by-side with his wife. The two are expecting their first child. It's a happy time. But concealed by Nick's smile is a darkness that still cuts deep: the crushing pain he's struggled with after losing his youngest brother to a heroin overdose.

  • Cancer patient bride-to-be smiles while waiting for bone marrow transplant

    Leah Wightman, a 24-year-old bride-to-be in perfect athletic shape, was suddenly diagnosed with leukemia. Doctors immediately put her into treatment and told her she had to cancel her July wedding. Doctors will use a clinical trial with Wightman. Bone marrow from her brother Ross will be genetically altered to mirror a perfect match donation. 

  • School's small changes big help for lower income students

    The staff at Blue Creek Elementary School in North Colonie are pro-active. They want all their students to get a great education. School administrators noticed students in lower income households were scoring lower on standardized tests, so they’ve made some changes.

  • In-Depth: Poverty spreading to suburbs

    Poverty has always been thought of as an urban issue. However, poverty is now showing up in the suburbs and in the classrooms in the North Colonie Central School District.

  • Capital Region families 'convert' to faith based health care sharing

    Imagine if the company that covered your medical costs also came with a shot of religion?  Thousands of patients, across the country and right here in the Capital Region, are converting from a traditional health plan to a biblical, non-insurance approach to coverage.  

  • In-Depth: Albany police use basketball to keep kids on the right path

    Keeping Albany kids off the streets and on the right path. That's the goal of a new program sponsored by the Albany Police Athletic League. It uses basketball as a tool to keep kids out of trouble.

  • In-Depth: Schools worry about program cuts amid record low tax cap

    The lowest tax cap ever is squeezing this year’s school budgets. And district superintendents say low inflation last year could mean less money in your child’s school this year.

  • Jonathan Richmond meets biological sister for first time

    This time, Jonathan Richmond isn't on a journey for answers. His search is finally over.

  • In-Depth: Water woes a long-term issue in tiny Schoharie County community

    The water contamination in Hoosick Falls has raised awareness of our water quality. That's got people in Central Bridge asking about a chemical in their water and why it's taken a decade to deal with it.

  • In-Depth: Controversy over legally supervised heroin injection

    Advocates for heroin addicts are working to legalize supervised injection facilities in New York State. It's a place where heroin users can go to shoot up, with medical oversight. These facilities have been operating in other countries for decades and something similar is in the works in Boston. However, just because statistics show safe injection facilities save lives, doesn't mean they're not controversial.

  • In-Depth: Jonathan Richmond's agonizing search for answers

    This is the closest Jonathan Richmond has felt to his past. Walking hand in hand with his fiancé outside the gates of Saint Peter's Hospital, Jonathan Richmond lays eyes on the building for the first time since the day he was born: December 4, 1988.

  • In-Depth: Saving on drug costs

    It's estimated almost half of all American adults take prescription drugs and the average number of drugs taken is four, and it's not cheap. The average out of pocket cost for those drugs runs between $750 and $850 a year. Even if your insurance picks up much of the cost, there are still ways to save money.

  • Community in Crisis: Hoosick Falls

    On Saturday, February 13, NewsChannel 13 aired "Community in Crisis: Hoosick Falls," where we took an In-Depth look at the crisis over toxic water in the village. Watch the special in its entirety here.

  • In-Depth: Living life in constant fear of toxic water

    As NewsChannel 13 has been reporting, the anxiety over the dangerous drinking water is taking a toll on families. Jessica Layton spent an afternoon with a woman born and raised in Hoosick Falls and her two kids, as they navigate the tricky waters of living in fear about what's in the water.

  • In-Depth: Why are women paying more for many products?

    A recent study indicates that women pay more for just about everything. That includes personal care items, clothes, home health products and sports equipment. In fact, even little kids are not exempt. Toys geared towards girls are often costlier.

  • LLC loophole allowing businesses to hide their true identities

    You've heard of the LLC loophole but we've found a brand new one. Usually the loophole helps campaign donors to get around contribution limits. However, the NewsChannel 13 “Waste Watchers” team has discovered it’s also keeping you from knowing who the state is doing business with and this affects millions of your tax dollars.

  • Make It Monday: The nuns behind New Skete Cheesecakes

    Rich and calorie-dense cheesecake is often looked at as a temptation. But in Cambridge, the cheesecake is practically holy.

  • In-Depth: Unique programs aim to put the brakes on bullying

    It's estimated that one in four kids are bullied in school. Around 160,000 children miss school every day out of fear of being bullied. Traditionally grades 6 through 10 were the hotbeds of bullying. However, now it's happening with greater frequency in elementary school, and zero tolerance policies aren't enough to stop it.

  • Make It Monday: Wallpaper goes 'old-school' in the name of history

    Nowadays, wallpaper can be printed and sold for a relatively cheap price. In the 1700s and 1800s, making wallpaper was a skilled and intricate art. Today, there are just a few of these artists left and one of them is in Sharon Springs.

  • Public school administrators question validity of intercept process

    When there's a dispute over how much money is owed -- charter schools can use what is called an “intercept” to get the money from the state. The state Education Department says last school year alone -- intercepts were used to take over $2 million from Capital Region school districts.


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