New research center for Troy, vendettas in Schenectady, McNulty's regret, make that McDonald's a double

The state is putting up $10 million to help build a Hudson River research station in Troy. The project is part of a larger effort to monitor, model and forecast changes in the river. [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady's public safety commissioner says "personal vendettas" are behind the recent surge in gun violence there. He also said that recent reinforcements from the state police seem to be helping to calm the situation. [Daily Gazette] [CBS6]

Mike McNulty said yesterday that his vote in favor of authorizing the war in Iraq is one of his biggest regrets from his 20 years in Congress. He added that continuing the US's current policy in Iraq is "morally indefensible." [Daily Gazette]

People in Waterford are upset about a plan to have the town continue to draw its drinking water from the Hudson during the early stages of the dredging project. The town's supervisor says if the EPA doesn't listen, residents may have to "shut down" the agency's office in Hudson Falls for a few days. [TU]

Parents in Albany waited overnight in a park so they could be assured of getting a spot in the district's foreign language immersion program. [TU]

The Saratoga Springs planning board has told the owner of the McDonald's on South Broadway that the restaurant's new building should look more like a Big Mac than a regular cheeseburger. [TU]

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