Appellate decision on teacher evaluations could run way past Cuomo's stop clock, felon faces 15 years for causing fatal car crash,police search for missing Petersburg woman, Mother of baby left at church facing endangerment charge, gas prices near $4

A State Supreme Court Appellate decision over teacher evaluations may be as much as two months away, even though Governor Cuomo wants a resolution by next week.

An advisory panel made up of environmentalists, lawmakers and business people that was formed to help draft regulations in case New York legalizes hydrofracking is on hold until Department of Environmental Conservation officials review tens of thousands of comments on the draft environmental impact statement. [State of Politics]

NYS DEC has lost over $100 million in funding and about 650 staffers since 2008, and the Adirondack Council fears that those cuts could endanger the Adirondack Park. [CBS 6]

A $240,000 ad campaign to promote legalizing casino gambling in the state has begun with 60 second radio ads in Western NY. [NYT]]

The mother of the four month old baby dropped off at a local church by a man earlier this week, will answer to charges of child endangerment in Schenectady today. [YNN]

A convicted felon will spend up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing a car and leading Albany police on a high speed chase that led to a crash that killed a Voorheesville man. [TU]

The cause of death on certificates of four of the victims of a Salem explosion last summer has been changed from accidental to homicide, but no suspect has been named. [TU]

A judge ruled that a confession Matthew Slocum made to police following the murder of his mother, stepfather and stepbrother last July can be used as evidence in Slocum's upcoming murder trial.[TU]

State police are looking for a missing 28 year old Petersburg woman who was last seen on Monday. [TU]

A string of burglaries of the homes of Indian American families in Colonie has police investigating the possibility that burglars are targeting them for gold. [CBS 6]

Jury selection continues today in the trial of four women charged with neglecting an incapacitated patient at Northwoods Rehabilitation and Extended care in 2009. [Record]

A Saratoga Springs man is in serious condition following a crash on Route 29 early Tuesday morning. [TU]

The Wilton man whose son accidentally killed another boy with a gun just before Christmas 2010 will have to face child endangerment charges.[TU]

A parole officer who says supervisors led a witch hunt against him after he testified about problems inside the state Division of Parole will get a $50,000 settlement from New York State in a civil rights lawsuit. [TU]

A discussion is underway about where to bury the remains of 14 people, discovered in 2009, who are thought to have been slaves for the Schuyler family. [TU]

Area Catholic leaders are speaking out against new federal regulations requiring employer based healthy care plans to include contraceptive coverage in their plans. Coverage has been required in New York since 2002. [News 10]

Saratoga residents called for the resignation of all four residents of the city's housing authority at a city council meeting last night. Addressing questions about the bedbug scandal at a meeting last night, Board of Directors Chair Eric Weller said the Housing Autthority doesn't answer to the cit or the state, but to HUD. [Saratogian] [TU]

Eliminating the bedbug problem at the Stonequist apartments in Saratoga could cost as much as $105,000.[Saratogian]

21 people were arrested for drunk driving in an Albany County DWI sweep over Super Bowl weekend. [YNN]

Gas prices in the Capital Region are heading back toward the $4.00 mark again. [YNN]

A local pizza shop owner was fined $5,500 by New York State for failing to provide enough polo shirts to his employees.[TU]

The Firemen's Association of the State ofNew York has a new program to reimburse the cost of an associates degree for volunteer firefighters. [CBS 6]

Good spelling is a family thing.[TU]


And, while we're at it, let's not increase the numbers of state environmental regulation enforcement staff if we allow limited hydraulic fracturing in New York state. So what if drinking water is contaminated? Let them drink Perrier.

Seems like the Times Union and AOA have gotten the H in Petersburgh.

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