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Elaine Houston presents a new Today's Women segment every Thursday on NewsChannel 13 Live at 5:30. You can contact Elaine at ehouston@wnyt.com.

Albany woman's balloon business gives 'pop' to special occasions

Albany woman's balloon business gives 'pop' to special occasions


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Troy boudoir studio helping women build self-esteem through art

Troy boudoir studio helping women build self-esteem through art


Rotterdam cancer survivor finds comfort making blankets for pets in need

Albany woman's compassion helps urban communities deal with grief

Albany-area woman beams on Facebook with Home Shopping Network-like business

Saratoga Springs mom rolling in the 'dough' while staying home for kids

Many moms would love to work from home to be there for their kids. It happened to Casey Dolan of Saratoga Springs, but only after she returned to the thing she loved as a teen. Now, she's rolling in the dough.


Disney half-marathon helps bring Amsterdam mom back into her element

For most of her life, Brie Iannotti was defined by her athleticism. However in 2016 and 2018, her kids were born and the Amsterdam woman dived into motherhood.


Two local authors find courage to write about their experiences

Maleka Jenkins and Sheena Goodine say they rose up from personal experiences to write the books.


RPI grad determined to change the world for others back home

This year's crop of college grads may be leaving school with lots of debt, but in the end, we may be indebted to them. After college, some are taking on social causes and careers that change lives.


Woman talks about how she overcame life's obstacles to graduate RPI

This weekend, students from RPI will graduate. Among those walking across the stage is a young woman who could have easily become a statistic because of the challenges she faced. Instead, she's a star on the court, as a volunteer - and in her quest for a better life.


Woman's nature art a beauty to behold

If you don't live near a body of water or get to behold the beauty of nature, an area woman might be able to help you. Her portraits of nature are quite simply a sight to behold.


Local makeup artist's work seen in movies and publications

While Twilisha McClelland has had success outside of the Capital Region, there's still one celebrity she'd like to work with. Elaine Houston has her story.


Former inmate on gift-giving mission for kids with incarcerated parents

As we give presents this holiday season, one woman hopes we also share the gift of forgiveness with each other -- especially those who have been locked up behind bars.


Scholarship program with Capital Region ties transforming lives in Uganda

Capital Region women are helping young people who might one day change the country of Uganda. The group is already changing their village of Ddegeya. They are studying things helping them become a doctor, a travel agent, a fashion designer.


Woman embodies the true spirit of giving

Marsha Miller still remembers how tough times were growing up in Western New York – and was always touched by the kindness of strangers and never forgot how getting a gift made her feel.


Former WWII WASP from Cohoes fondly recalls service to nation

They were not as celebrated as the men, but their work behind the scenes made it possible for the men to fly off to war and defend our country in World War II. They were called WASP: Women Air Force Service Pilots.


Woman hopes book on painful family dynamics helps other families heal

Families came together on Thanksgiving to share a meal, celebrate their connections and appreciate their blessings. However, for some, family life wasn't ideal. Despite painful family dynamics, one woman hopes to help other families heal.


Mom's idea brings comfort to parents of newborns with big challenges

It was supposed to be the happiest time in her life. Erin Tarbox of East Greenbush was pregnant with her second child -- a little girl. However, her joy soon turned to panic this past April, when her doctors said something was wrong.


Albany woman unleashes creative side through crocheting

Who knows where our experiences will take us? For Dana Brown, when she watched her grandmother crochet, it was just a hobby. Now, the Albany woman has turned that experience into a labor of love.


Albany woman's new funeral home serving others in time of need

There are few things as personal and important as giving a loved one who's passed away a lasting tribute. For years, one woman has been wanting to serve people during their time of need. Now, she has the chance.


Tattoo artist in Clifton Park giving free eyebrows to breast cancer patients

When you think of tattooing, most people see it as a way for people to express themselves through body art. However, one woman is using it to help breast cancer patients feel beautiful.


Persistence pays off for creator of all-weather blanket

The saying is "persistence pays off" and it certainly did in the case of a North Greenbush woman. For years, she had ideas that never quite panned out until now.


Honoring a Saratoga woman's legacy

Friends of Amy Raimo are giving back for a woman they say thrived at helping others.


Mom and daughter's Schenectady dance school gaining fame

Before there were all those dancing shows on TV, there was a local mom and daughter teaching kids to dance. They have former students all over the country putting what they learned at Merritt Dance Center in motion.


Woman's compassionate 'blessing bags' help give back to community

There are many issues in our world and many people who just need a helping hand. One woman is taking it upon herself to help, one event at a time.


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Aurora Games kickoff at the Empire State Plaza

Aurora Games kickoff at the Empire State Plaza

Over the next week, the Times Union Center in Albany will be hosting the inaugural Aurora Games. It brings together top female athletes competing in seven different sports.

Cohoes Mayor Morse expected to plead guilty

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse

1 person killed in Argyle crash with sheriff's deputy

1 person killed in Argyle crash with sheriff's deputy

Driver in Saratoga Springs loses control, hits people

People were injured when a driver loses control at intersection of Marion and Excelsior aves in Saratoga Springs.

Wilton-based soldier support group ready to battle back after fire

Wilton-based soldier support group ready to battle back after fire

NYPD fires officer 5 years after Garner's chokehold death

NYPD fires officer 5 years after Garner's chokehold death

Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program

Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program

NYers asked to help choose new license plate design

NYers asked to help choose new license plate design

Buddies on a summer 'row' trip

Buddies on a summer 'row' trip

Man, 20, pleads not guilty in Jewish center video threat

Man, 20, pleads not guilty in Jewish center video threat

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