State report: women continue to be threatened by domestic violence, Gibson pulls back on push for nuclear plant, rash of street sign thefts in Guilderland, look -- it's Ray Liotta

The number of domestic homicides increased 10 percent last year, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. DCJS reports that 44 percent of adult female homicide victims in the state last year were killed by an intimate partner (versus just 1.7 percent of male homicide victims). [NYS DCJS]

Colonie police say Rupert Alberga has been charged with the fatal stabbing of Mary J. Fyvie at a Central Ave motel this past weekend. They say Alberga was also injured during the incident -- police had been waiting to question to him. Police say Alberga had been Fyvie's boyfriend. [CBS6] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The sister of the woman who died in the alleged Day murder-suicide said the woman had stayed married with her husband because of their children. [TU]

You might think that local public employee unions would be offered the same relatively lean deal offered to the big state employee unions -- you might also be wrong. [TU]

The Troy public library board will have to re-vote on the proposed 15 percent tax increase because its previous vote didn't meet the threshold necessary for an override of the new 2 percent tax cap law. [TU]

Schenectady mayoral candidate Roger Hull has called shenanigans on a charter change being pushed by acting mayor -- and city council president, and mayoral candidate -- Gary McCarthy that would give the city council complete control over city employee hiring and contracts. [TU]

Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are calling for the Libyan government (whoever that is at the moment) to re-lock up the man convicted of bombing Pan Am 103. Among the people killed in the bombing were 35 students from Syracuse University. Says a Niskayuna woman whose daughter was on the plane, returning from an SU study abroad program: "I haven't spent a lot of time wasting energy on (Gadhafi) or the situation. I got over the angry, bitter stage a long time ago. I refuse to go back there." [TU] [TU]

That $350 million ethanol plant planned for the Port of Albany is off because of "what was happening to the market and government incentives" (going away, that is). [TU]

Chris Gibson says he's decided to pull back his push for a new nuclear power plant in his district and instead focus on increasing transmission capacity. [Post-Star]

Following the serious beating of a man just off Caroline Street in Saratoga this past weekend, says a SSPD lieutenant of the often rowdy downtown area: "Anytime you have this many people drinking in that small of an area, there's going to be bar fights that break out." [WNYT]

Farther afield: police in Gloversville say a man was shot in the face during a robbery Monday afternoon. It's the third violent crime in the city this month -- which has people there worried. [YNN] [Daily Gazette]

Sometimes the TSA at ALB (and other aiports) misses things it shouldn't miss. [Utica Daily News] [TU]

Guilderland police say about 60 street signs have recently been stolen in the town. Police say the missing signs are slowing down EMS response. [WNYT] [WTEN]

A tractor trailer managed to get wedged between two utility poles on Broadway in Schenectady yesterday. [Daily Gazette]

Ray Liotta, come on down -- you're the next contestant on the Place Beyond the Pines shoot in Schenectady. [Daily Gazette]

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