Feds question whether state has resources for fracking oversight, overflow crowd for GloFo jobs, religious leaders push for anti-gun program, hidden kidney beans and Buffalo crunchers

The Albany area got 2.6 inches of snow yesterday. That brings this snowfall season's total to 9.1 inches -- about 14 inches less than normal. [NWS]

A federal EPA response to the state's environmental review of hydrofracking questions whether the Department of Environmental Conservation has the resources necessary to oversee the drilling. [TU]

How has Malaysian gambling giant Genting gained a foothold so quickly in New York State: high-profile lobbyists and lots of them. [NYT]

An overflow crowd of more than 1,000 people showed up for the GlobalFoundries job fair. The company is looking to fill about 300 jobs this year. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The state is investigating whether NYRA allowed people to bet on credit. [TU]

Religious leaders around the city of Albany are pushing for support of the anti-gun program SNUG, the funding for which is still uncertain. Church congregations will be taking up collections to help fund the program. [WNYT] [TU]

At the trial of George Mott III, one of the men accused of 1994 murder of Rosemary Crosier in Troy, Mott's mother, brother and sister took the stand to testify against him. [Troy Record]

The Schenectady woman who was allegedly assaulted by her Schenectady police officer fiance testified yesterday the he did not grab her or hit her. "If he had laid a finger on me, he would be picking up his teeth." (This was the case in which the defense had mounted the "sturdy farm girl" defense.) [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The Albany County DA's office says it's investigating allegations made by two men who say they were abused by a janitor at the former St. Theresa of Avila Catholic school in Albany during the 1970s. [TU]

A class of 31 Albany police recruits were sworn in yesterday, the biggest class in 20 years. About half of the positions are being funded with a three-year federal grant. [YNN] [Fox23]

The Saratoga Springs Fire Department is proposing it take over much of the ambulance service in the city. The current non-profit ambulance service for the city is about to shut down. [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette]

Following a fatal train-car collision at a crossing last summer, Cohoes is proposing upgrades that could make many of its train crossings safer. [TU]

There were there fires in Troy overnight -- one at the Flavour Cafe building. [Fox23] [YNN]

RPI is warning students that a company that owns 31 buildings of off-campus housing appears to be having serious financial trouble. [TU]

Joked Chris Gibson while explaining why he thinks the US should be focused on economic competition with China instead of military competition, to a gathering in Saratoga: "If China shoots at us, we're going to write off one-third of the (national) debt." [Saratogian]

John Sweeney's Clifton Park house has been foreclosed upon and he's behind on his property taxes. (Based on the photo, though, it appears someone's living there now.) [TU]

Proctors is now Schenectady County's tourism promotion agency. [Daily Gazette]

With new federal guidelines for healthier school lunches approaching, school cafeteria managers from around the area got a look at some of the new food service products being touted as healthy. Guilderland students, get ready for "Buffalo crunchers": mozzarella cheese, buffalo sauce, and whole grain breading (we're guessing chicken's in there somewhere, too). [TU] [WNYT]

You can now fill up on craft beer at the gas station. [Fox23]

A Saratoga Spring woman will be on Jeopardy tonight. [TU]

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