State budget wrapped up, McEneny wants successor to support to convetion center, man allegedly chomps bartender's finger, no deodorant in the clean room, Albany mummies scanned

The state budget was wrapped up late Friday afternoon, ahead of the Saturday night deadline. [TU CapCon]

The new state budget included a provision that cancels the $25 charge for individuals who use tax prep software but still file paper forms. [TU]

Jack McEneny says he would oppose any successor for his seat that would do the job part time or oppose the Albany Convention Center. [State of Politics]

An update from Friday: Matthew Slocum was sentenced to 88 years in prison Friday morning for killing his mother, stepfather and stepbrother last summer in Washington County. [Post-Star]

Glens Falls police say a man bit off the finger of a bar employee Sunday night while he was being booted from a bar. The was getting booted for allegedly having sex in the bar's smoking room. [Post-Star] [TU]

The Washington County house explosion that killed six people last year will be reviewed by a grand jury -- unless it's not (there are conflicting reports). [TU] [Post-Star]

Albany police say they've arrested the suspect in the Albany Med mercury case. [AOA]

The 22-year-old downstate man accused of stabbing a UAlbany student during and St. Patrick's Day kegs 'n eggs party last year has been acquitted by a jury. [TU]

A Schenectady bar owner has been indicted on a charge that she essentially stole $100k in scratch-off tickets from the lottery. [Daily Gazette]

The city of Schenectady is looking at assigning two fire investigators to the county district attorney's office because of concerns there have been less-than-complete investigations of arson cases. [TU]

A problem with the city of Schenectady's law for tracking the sale of used items (such as gold jewelry, in order to find stolen goods): a lot of shops aren't following the law. [Daily Gazette]

The search for a new Troy city hall continues -- the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall building and the Record's building are now among the possible sites. [TU]

There was a large fire at the apartment complex near Exit 6 in Latham Sunday afternoon (map). Heavy smoke could be seen from the Northway. Fire officials say they're not sure what started the fire in the 10 unit building. [Troy Record] [TU] [YNN]

The conversation about late night unruliness and whatnot on Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs has expanded to include concerns from neighbors about noise. [Saratogian]

Issuing facing school districts after the non-winter: What to do with the unused snow days? [Troy Record]

Noted: you can't wear deodorant in a chip fab clean room. [TU]

The Capital Region has about 2,500 transgender residents, according to an advocacy group. [Daily Gazette]

A redevelopment plan for the Latham Circle Mall includes demolishing much of the existing mall. [TU]

The Albany Institute of History and Art's mummies were transported to the Albany Med on Saturday so they could be scanned for research. [TU] [Saratogia/Troy Record]

A Wilton man won the bronze medal at a national memory competition last month. He memorized a deck of 52 shuffled cards in 2 minutes and 6 seconds. [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette]

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