Expert witness: murders were "sloppy" attack by one person, "bath salts" banned in the state, kegs and eggs legal cleanup, buidling collapse in Troy

A blood-stain evidence expert brought in from North Carolina for the Michael Mosley trial testified yesterday that the evidence pointed to an "unplanned," "sloppy" attack out of anger by a single person. (This expert had reportedly formed this theory back when prosecutors originally planned to charge two other people with the crime.) She also laid out a possible sequence of events before and after the killings. And she cast doubt on the Mosley team's assertion that the defendant's DNA was left at the scene from a previously bandaged hand. [Troy Record] [WNYT] [Fox23] [TU]

Andrew Cuomo posted a video message supporting same-sex marriage. "When it comes to fighting for what's right, New Yorkers wrote the book, and marriage equality is the next chapter of our civil rights story," said Cuomo. There's anti-same-sex marriage rally planned for outside the Capitol today. [Cuomo admin] [CBS6]

The state Senate voted to legalize mixed-martial arts bouts. MMA's toughest legislative fight will be in the Assembly, where's its push for legalization has failed before. [YNN] [Daily Politics]

Education reform cross fire: state officials and school district officials argued at a state Senate hearing yesterday that it's too hard to fire bad teachers -- while NYSUT, the big teachers' union, argued the new teacher evaluation system places too much emphasis on test scores. [AP/Troy Record] [TU]

The Nigro Companies has apparently been picked to redevelop the former Troy city hall site. [TU]

The state health commissioner has issued an order banning the sale of "bath salts" in the state. The substances are stimulants used to get high. Chuck Schumer has been pushing for a federal ban. [NYS DOH] [TU] [Daily Politics]

There's another wine-in-supermarkets push in the legislature. Among the incentives for liquor stores in the bill: allowing store owners to have multiple locations. [State of Politics] [TU]

A proposed law in Albany County would ban the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies. [TU]

Planners are proposing a $110 million plan to address overflows of untreated sewage from local sewer systems into the Hudson. [TU]

Point of contention in the Albany County legislature redistricting: whether there should be a fifth minority-majority district (there are currently three). [TU]

There was more legal cleanup yesterday from the kegs and eggs riot. One defendant is considering taking a felony plea with no jail time instead of a misdemeanor plea that would include jail on the weekends. [YNN] [TU]

The wall of an unoccupied building owned by RPI collapsed in Troy yesterday (map). The school says it had no indication a collapse was imminent. Troy's fire chief says the building was in "obvious disrepair." [Fox23] [YNN] [Troy Record]

Troy police say a man was stabbed multiple times during a domestic dispute in south Troy last night (map). [CBS6]

Saratoga Springs police say a man who was reported missing last week turned up at the police station yesterday and allegedly admitted that he had stolen $3,000 from Uncommon Grounds, where he worked. [Post-Star]

An Albany man who has filed more than 40 lawsuits is now suing SCCC for $10 million from jail. [Daily Gazette]

The owner of the Simply Certificates gift certificate business at Colonie Center says he's closing the business and offering refunds. Cue the disappointed customer. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Fox23]

GlobalFoundries has moved 200 employees into its administration building at Luther Forest. [YNN]


Jail on weekends? That's an option now? What kind of wussy crap is that?

>>The wall of an unoccupied building owned by RPI collapsed in Troy yesterday (map). The school says it had no indication a collapse was imminent. Troy's fire chief says the building was in "obvious disrepair."

This raises an interesting question: Is RPI the biggest "absentee" landlord in Troy?

Look, I hate smoking even more than the next guy. But aren't we going to lose unprecedented tax revenue if we continue to restrict the sale of tobacco products to almost nothing? What is the county legislature hoping to accomplish?

"There is a hint of contradiction," he said, "for stores promoting themselves nationally as a place for health care services, while selling an item that's adverse to the health (of customers)."

How much of the content of the shelves at CVS and Rite Aid is actually healthy? Since pharmacies are "places for health services" they shouldn't sell tobacco products...or candy bars, potato chips, cheese balls, Lucky Charms, beef jerky, Twizzlers, anything in a can.... This is such a moronic approach to health policy. And business. And local government.

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