Candidates stretch for primaries, Albany High schedules still not totally fixed, new details in UAlbany roof stabbing, parking fees at airport might be going up, train runs over man

The Democratic candidates vying to replace Mike McNulty in Congress are stretching toward the de facto finish line -- tomorrow's primary. Phil Steck took out a home equity loan worth almost $100,000 to fund his campaign and Tracey Brooks has loaned her campaign $50,000. [Daily Gazette]

Waterford and Halfmoon are fighting with the EPA over how and when they should get water during the Hudson PCB clean-up. The federal agency is now threatening the towns with $32,500 a day in fines if they don't allow access for the construction of a back up water pipeline. The towns say they have no problem with the pipeline -- they just want a guarantee the pipeline will be ready when dredging starts. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

No one seems to know which way heating prices are headed this winter. That hasn't stopped state politicians from making them an issue. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Albany High is scheduled to start its school year, again, today. It still hasn't completely fixed its scheduling problems, though. [TU]

The former director of general services for the town of Colonie who was convicted of grand larceny for taking taxpayer money is now working for... the University at Albany in basically the same job. [TU]

The guy accused of stabbing on a co-worker on the roof a UAlbany building last month has been charged with attempted murder. Prosecutors say the guy used a keyhole saw to stab his rotund co-worker in the back. [TU]

ALB is facing a $900,000 budget shortfall. Among the proposed ways for the airport to cover the gap: higher parking fees. [TU]

A man was run over by a train yesterday at the Port of Albany -- he's alive, but his condition hasn't been released. A "source" says the man had apparently been climbing on a train coupling and a fell off. [Daily Gazette] [CBS6]

Reports of Lyme disease continue to climb in the Capital Region. [Daily Gazette]

Even though "everyone from Cohoes is a Democrat," the brother of the Cohoes man mentioned in John McCain's speech at the Republican National Convention says he'll be voting for McCain. [TU]

A guy from Ballston Spa recently completed the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. It took him five months. [Saratogian]

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