Fight over reform of state care for people with developmental disabilities, power congestion said to cost Capital Region $100 million, this old house won't sell, man benches 900 pounds

The state's Office for People with Development Disabilities says it's making changes to better ensure the safety of people in state care -- but not fast enough, according to one critic. And a state Senate panel discussion on the topic scheduled for today has already turned into drama after another prominent critic was dis-invited -- and the re-invited. [TU] [NYT]

State attorney general Eric Schneiderman has chosen to pass on pursuing charges against former state wildlife pathologist Ward Stone based on the allegations in a recent state inspector general's report. [TU]

Democrat Angelo Santabarbara has officially tossed his hat into the ring for the 111th state Assembly seat (currently George Amedore, who's running for state Senate). If you're scoring at home, here's the scorecard for all the potential players for the three local state Assembly seats that will open in this year's election. [TU] [TU]

The drunken driving charge against a Schenectady police officer has been dismissed because protocol wasn't followed in giving a field sobriety tests to the off-duty officer. [TU]

The Saratoga County sheriff's department say it's identified the body found in the Mohawk River near the Rexford Bridge last week, and the death has been ruled a drowning. The man had a history of run-ins with the law. [Troy Record] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

A babysitter is being credited with saving twin one-year-olds from a house fire in Colonie Saturday (map). [WTEN]

Small beer brewers, such as Brown's, say a bill recently passed by the legislature will help them get better, wider distribution deals -- but distributors oppose the bill. [TU]

An energy consultant says power grid congestion costs the Capital Region $100 million a year in higher electricity prices. [Daily Gazette]

Three fire fighters suffered minor injuries while fighting a house fire near Central Park Saturday morning (map). Three people lived in the house. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The alleged gang member accused of a drive-by shooting last August in Albany's West Hill neighborhood has been found guilty of attempted murder (map). [Fox23]

The Rensselaer County man who pleaded guilty to crashing into a utility pole, killing his son and son's girlfriend, while driving drunk was sentenced to 7-21 years in prison. [Troy Record]

The man convicted of tying up a 91-year-old Albany woman and stealing her life's savings was sentenced to 18 years in prison. [Fox23]

There's a gun buyback planned for Troy in May and June. [Troy Record]

The Troy Police Department is shifting resources from internal investigation to traffic enforcement. [Troy Record]

Troy's city council is adjusting a proposed law aimed at catching people who try to sell stolen items to second hand stores. [Troy Record]

The son of Saratoga County's administrator has been charged with allegedly taking part in a vandalism spree in Saratoga Springs. [Post-Star] [WNYT]

A company is floating a proposals for trash gasification plant along the Hudson River in Bethlehem. [TU]

CDTA will be trimming a handful of routes when schedules are adjusted toward the end of May. [TU] [CDTA]

Two 18-year-olds want to re-open the old Capitol Theatre in Ballston Spa -- it's been closed about 40 years. [TU]

Another victim of the Irene flooding: the docks along the seawall in Troy. [Troy Record]

The Yates House -- perhaps the oldest house in Schenectady -- has been taken off the market after more than a year because the owner couldn't find a buyer. [TU]

A 40-year-old Glens Falls man recently bench pressed 900 pounds. [WNYT]

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