Rensselaer County man shot and killed by State Police, state leaders leaning toward SUNY tuition increase, Albany charters sue school district, Clifton Park looking to put there there

State Police say a sergeant fatally shot a Poestenkill man Tuesday night after he pointed a gun at the sergeant (map). They say troopers had asked the man to drop his rifle, and he then pointed the gun along the beam of the sergeant's flashlight. Police had gone to the man's house after getting a call from his sister that he was armed and threatening to kill himself. A neighbor says the man had been acting strangely that day. [Troy Record] [Fox23] [YNN] [TU]

The man who owns the truck that allegedly hit and killed Jahvion Perez in Troy told police in a statement that he had allowed Roy Sanders, the alleged driver, to use the vehicle in return for crack. Sanders turned himself in yesterday after being convinced to do so by his mother, according to police. There were two warrants for his arrest, one for leaving the scene of a fatal accident and the other for driving with a suspended license. Neighbors near the scene of the accident are pushing for a lower speed limit. [TU] [Troy Record] [YNN] [WNYT]

Mosley trial: the jury is now deliberating the case. The defense and prosecution made their closing arguments yesterday (link includes video). The prosecution focused on the DNA evidence, the defense on the lack of an identified motive. [Fox23] [Troy Record] [WNYT] [TU]

Clement Camapana's father is not financially eligible for the subsidized apartment he got through the Troy Housing Authority, according to a letter from the feds to the THA that was obtained by the Times Union. Campana, who's city council president and running for mayor, again said yesterday that the scrutiny of his father's placement is politically driven. [TU] [Troy Record]

The Three Men in the Room seem to be leaning toward approving a five percent tuition increase for SUNY. Also: both the state Comptroller's office and the state Inspector General have started investigations into the SUNY Research Foundation. [TU] [TU]

Farther afield: At least two tornadoes ripped through Central Massachusetts yesterday in the Springfield area. [Springfield Republican]

There was golf-ball-sized hail in Washington County yesterday. [CBS6]

Yesterday in court federal prosecutors cited Facebook posts by alleged members of the Four Block gang, the group accused of pushing four Schenectady teen girl to commit suicide, as evidence of the alleged gangs activity. [Daily Gazette]

Chris Gibson explained why he voted against raising the federal debt ceiling. [Saratogian]

State legislators are pushing a bill that would make stealing a family pet a felony. [Daily Politics]

Albany's charter schools have sued the school district, arguing the district owes them $4.8 million in withheld tuition payments. The district has not increased per-student funding to the charters as required by state law. [CBS6] [TU]

The Schenectady school district's two middle schools are facing state intervention if they don't make significant improvements over the next school year. Also: Schenectady's interim school superintendent wants to hire a $115,170-a-year assistant. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Saratoga County's food stamp caseload has doubled over the last five years. [Daily Gazette]

It sounds like Watervliet is a bit less keen about fire department consolidation than Cohoes. [Troy Record]

The man accused of working as a psychologist for Saratoga County under false credentials has pleaded guilty. [Saratogian]

Clifton Park is looking for a plan to develop a town center. [TU]

The new two-story McDonald's on Broadway in Saratoga has opened. [Saratogian]

Mateen Sharif, the Capital Region's representative at the National Spelling Bee, was bounced from the competition not because of missing a word on stage, but because of his score on a written test. [TU]

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