Delmar doctor to get Medal of Freedom, ALB could get full body scanners next year, Paterson calls legislature back, new supermarket chain reportedly headed to Albany

Tom Little -- the Delmar optometrist who was killed in Afghanistan while doing humanitarian work -- will be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama. It's the nation's highest civilian honor. This year's group of recipients also includes Warren Buffett, Maya Angelou, George H. W. Bush, Bill Russell and others. [TU] [CBS6] [Whitehouse]

The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down in Ghent in Columbia County Wednesday morning. The NWS says the storm was an EF1 on a the scale for tornadoes (that's on the low end). A woman in Ghent says it sounded like a jet engine or a freight train. [TU] [Fox23] [YNN]

Albany County prosecutors allege a Colonie woman fraudulently received $100,000 in welfare and social security benefits. She showed up for her arraignment with a LV purse and told reporters she didn't do anything wrong before riding off in a Lincoln Navigator. [CBS6] [TU] [YNN]

The gang database that the City of Albany's gang prevention specialist said he created... apparently does not exist. [TU]

The org that backs Albany's charter schools wants to rearrange its finances using tax-free public financing. [TU]

ALB could get the new full-body scanners sometime next year. [Troy Record]

David Paterson has called an extraordinary session of the legislature for November 29. There are doubts about what will be accomplished. [State of Politics] [YNN]

A report from Lt Governor Richard Ravitch concludes the state's roads and bridges are falling apart -- and there isn't currently enough money to fix them. [TU]

The Paterson administration's apparent deal with an Indian nation to build casino in the Catskills is meeting opposition on multiple fronts. [NYT]

Gawker says the state attorney general's office says three ongoing investigations of David Paterson prevent the release of emails between the administration and reporters that the site requested via FOIL. [Gawker]

The overtime deal for Schenectady's fire chief that had raised suspicions is now on hold. [Daily Gazette]

"Officials familiar with the projects" say the Capital OTB tele-theater on Central Ave in Albany will be knocked down to make way for a new theater -- and a new supermarket. [TU]

The two buildings the Fort Orange Club wants to knock down on Washington Ave in Albany will stand until at least February. [TU]

The Metroplex Development Authority took a step toward redeveloping the old YMCA building in downtown Schenectady (map). [Daily Gazette]

An unattended, running Cohoes police SUV pinned a public works employee against a garbage truck Monday. [Troy Record]

The state has suspended the dental license of the Rotterdam dentist accused of inappropriately touching female patients. [Daily Gazette]

Glenville's approved town budget includes a tax increase of almost five percent. [Daily Gazette]

North Greenbush's proposed town budget includes a tax increase of 1.5 percent, which isn't going over well. [Troy Record]

Cobleskill police say a woman told them she had been held hostage in her home by a man who threatened to kill her. They say the woman escaped to a nearby Stewart's, where employees locked her in the bathroom for safety. [YNN] [CBS6]

Schenectady police say a police car struck an SUV, and then a church, while chasing a suspicious car in Hamilton Hill yesterday (map). [TU] [Fox23]

This is the last week for yard waste pickup in many towns around the Capital Region -- but there are still a lot of leaves hanging on trees. [TU]

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