A whole lot of rain, reaction to Paladino vs. Dicker, boy hit by bus, research continues at disease that's killing of bats

nws radar 2010-10-01

The glob of rain (technical term), as depicted by the NWS radar.

It's raining. And it has been raining. A lot. Yesterday's rainfall totaled 2.68 inches, breaking a 90-year record for the date. Today's forecast includes more rain into the afternoon. There are flooded streets around the Capital Region, in many of the usual spots. [NWS] [CBS6]

Following the Bolton Landing Brouhaha, Carl Paladino said Thursday that he was not accusing Andrew Cuomo of having had affairs -- though he still used the "furnishing [the evidence] at the appropriate time" line last night on Capital Tonight. And the New York Post's editor-in-chief denied allegations that his paper had sent photographers after Paladino's 10-year-old daughter -- Paladino's campaign stuck to its claim that a Post reporter and photographer "lurked" outside the girl's home. Fred Dicker said yesterday that the Bolton Landing altercation started after "just a normal kind of questioning that got heated as the Paladino people and Carl Paladino himself became increasingly aggressive." [Buffalo News] [State of Politics] [Politico] [State of Politics] [CBS6]

The Albany school district announced that Albany High School will be split into four "themed academies" next fall. The transition will be funded with $7.5 million in federal money. Albany High's principal says the reformulated school will produce significant academic improvement in within three years. The state has labeled AHS as a "persistently lowest achieving" school. In 2009, its graduation rate was 53 percent. [Albany school district] [YNN] [TU]

The four percent state sales tax on clothing under $110 starts back up again today. [YNN]

Many of the Capital Region's most influential people attended the wake of Donald Led Duke on Thursday. The BBL chairman's funeral is this morning at St. Mary's in downtown Albany -- and there are a few road closures. [TU] [Fox23]

Saratoga Springs police say the body found in woods near Route 50 was Ellie Adams, the elderly woman who had been missing since September 12. The county coroner reports foul play has been ruled out, though a cause of death hasn't been determined. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

Colonie police say an elderly man was died after being hit by a car on Old Loudon Road in Latham Thursday night. They say the man had been at the Curtain Call Theater and was crossing the road to get to a parking lot. The police say darkness and weather may have made the man hard to see. [Troy Record] [TU] [YNN]

A 13-year-old's leg was broken when he was hit by a bus at Washington and Lark in Albany Thursday morning. [TU]

Albany police are investigating two separate stabbings in West Hill Wednesday night. [TU]

Troy police chief John Tedesco say an investigation has concluded that the allegations of misconduct made against an officer following a car wreck in Poestenkill in July were "unfounded" -- though the homeowner at the scene says he was never interviewed. [Troy Record]

Conservation groups say they're worried an exodus of employees under the early retirement incentive -- and layoffs -- at the state Department of Environmental Conservation will hurt the agency's ability to do its job. [Daily Gazette]

Scientists at the Wadsworth Center say they've found compounds that are effective against the fungus that causes White Nose Syndrome, the disease that's been killing off bat populations. [Daily Gazette]

The Albany school district is in line to get $1.27 million in federal "Race to the Top" funding. [Troy Record]

While commercial re-development is booming in Albany's Park South neighborhood, residential development has been slower to follow. [TU]

Cohoes mayor John McDonald works almost 11 hours a day as mayor -- and then goes to work at his pharmacy. [Troy Record]

HVCC's parking problems have eased. Sort of. [TU]

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