Murphy and Tonko vote for healthcare reform bill, man shot and killed by sheriff's deputy by airport, man arrested for walkin dogs with overweight chains, RPI going smoke-free

Both Scott Murphy and Paul Tonko voted for the healthcare reform package that passed in the House this past weekend (by a seven vote margin). Murphy had voted against the previous version of the bill -- he said he voted in favor of the new version after concluding it's "much more fiscally conservative" and will "slow the growth of out-of-control health care costs." Murphy's vote will almost surely be one of the main issues in the NY 20 election this fall. There are now two Republicans in the running to challenge Murphy. [Scott Murphy] [Paul Tonko] [NYT] [Saratogian] [Post-Star] [TU]

The Albany County sheriff's department says a deputy shot and killed a man early Saturday morning after the man allegedly made a threatening motion toward the deputy. The sheriff's department says the deputy had stopped to ask the man, who was walking a long a road near ALB, what he was doing. The sheriff's department says that's when the man threw a chunk of concrete at the deputy and then raised his arm from behind his back and the deputy fired two shots at the man. Officials haven't been able to determine the identity of the man. The sheriff's office says it will release the identity of the man this afternoon. [Troy Record] [TU] [Fox23] [YNN] [WNYT] [WNYT]

Schenectady schools superintendent Eric Ely sent Steven Raucci a "heads up" email about allegations that the former facilities head was the subject of an ongoing investigation, according to evidence presented by the prosecution on Friday at Raucci's trial. A former school board member says she doesn't recall the email being mentioned in the report from the district's internal investigation of the situation. The president of the school board says information coming to light as part of the trial "may mean making some drastic changes at various levels of the school district." Two district employees who worked under Raucci testified on Friday that they had seen Raucci with explosive devices. [Daily Gazette $] [TU] [Daily Gazette $] [Daily Gazette $]

The husband of Amy Seyboth Tirador, the Colonie soldier whose death in Iraq has been ruled a suicide by the military, says he's seeking a new autopsy because he believes his wife did not kill herself. [TU]

It looks like there's a potential solution to keep Thacher Park and the other state parks slated for closure open this year. [Fred Lebrun]

An state appeals court has ruled that New York State can annul the same-sex marriage of two Schenectady County women who got married in Vermont. [TU]

The Saratoga County sheriff's office says human remains were found in Ballston on Sunday near a bike path. [CBS6] [YNN]

The Albany school district is looking to cut 100 positions. The district says charters schools have made it hard to keep teacher staffing and enrollment levels balanced. [TU] [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say they've recovered the car involved in the fatal hit-and-run on Henry Street in downtown Saratoga. [TU]

A woman is accusing an Albany police officer of using excessive force on her and her friends on Pearl Street after the St. Patrick's Day parade last weekend. [WTEN]

Troy police say a man was arrested for walking his dogs with "grossly overweight chains" chains around their necks. [Fox23] [WNYT]

Construction has started on the big mixed used development planned for Malta. [Daily Gazette $]

RPI is set to become a smoke-free campus. [Troy Record]

This year's Tour of Battenkill cycling race will include 22 pro teams. [Daily Gazette $]

A UAlbany professor is an expert on the chemistry of garlic. [Daily Gazette $]

Comments

News roundups are always interesting... about the shooting Saturday night: The Times Union says this guy was walking along the road, off airport grounds. The Troy Record says he was inside a secure fenced parking lot.

Fox23News provides us with possibly the worst quote transcription I've ever seen: Sheriff James Campell said “That road is dark you see someone walking your are going to inquire as to what you are doing here its unlit and very commercial.”

This sounds like the ideal situation for a non-lethal weapon like a taser. But, we all know those are reserved for use on children and the elderly.

The remains found in Ballston are freaky. I wonder if they're connected to the remains found in that area last year...something to do with some missing girls? I guess we'll have to wait for more details.

@Paul: I noticed the same thing! Something about the situation seemed fishy to me.

about the shooting saturaday night at the airport...
someone please call Mayberry, see if there is a missing person report on Ernest T. Bass

that is all thank you

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