Shootout in Colonie, excessive heat warning issued, Cuomo says regions will compete for $1 billion, server saves choking diner

Colonie police say an officer shot a man in the head after the man allegedly fired on officers Thursday evening (map). Police say the officer and a Columbia County sheriff's deputy had gone to see Agostino Jubrey about a hit-and-run accident in Kinderhook earlier in the day. Police say Jubrey had already shot his stepfather in the hand during an argument. They say he then fired on the officers' vehicles, got into a car, and continued firing. Colonie police say they're not sure exactly what started the shooting. Police say Jubrey was in stable condition at Albany Med. [TU] [WTEN] [WNYT] [CBS6] [Fox23] [YNN]

The National Weather Service has issued an "excessive heat warning" for today. Temps are expected to reach the upper 90s, with high humidity. [NWS] [NWS]

The heat has prompted talk of possibly canceling the first day of racing at the Saratotga Race Course on Friday. Trainers don't seem to be too worried, though. The only time racing has been canceled in the 142-year history of The Track was August 2, 2006 when the heat index (a combination of air temp and relative humidity) was expected to his 110 (that is, it would feel like 110). [TU] [Daily Gazette] [AP/USA Today]

Tapes of conversations with Albany County sheriff's office officials were allegedly found in the office of Leonard Crouch, the recently fired head of the county's anti-DWI program. [TU]

The Cuomo admin says 10 regions in the state will compete for $1 billion in economic development funds. As a hypothetical example, Cuomo mentioned the Albany region applying for money to continue nanotech development. [State of Politics] [TU]

The state inspector general's office alleges the former head of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District "abused and violated agency policy for personal benefit." HRBRRD is the agency that's been pressing Capital Region counties for money to help cover a budget gap. [Troy Record] [TU]

New York judges haven't gotten a pay raise in 12 years and they're getting a bit testy about it. [NYT]

Andrew Cuomo says his admin is now undecided on medical marijuana legalization. [State of Politics]

There were opening arguments yesterday in the trial of Tyrone Chaires (the nephew of Schenectady police chief Mark Chaires), who's accused of killing a man in Troy in 2009 as part of a gang hit. [Troy Record]

The State Liquor Authority has canceled the license for Club Shadow, the Saratoga bar from which a brawl recently spilled out onto Caroline Street. [Saratogian]

East Greenbush police say a 10-year-old reported that a man had tried to get her into his vehicle while she was playing in her driveway. [Troy Record]

East Greenbush police say they've arrested a former Albany police officer for allegedly using a stolen credit card. [WNYT]

A server (who's also a dentist) at a Delmar restaurant saved a customer recently by giving her the Heimlich. [TU Table Hopping]

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