Mother and boyfriend plead not guilty in death of 5-year-old, St. Patrick's one step closer to demolition, UAlbany towers helped inspire Wicked

The mother of the five-year-old Glens Falls boy who died earlier this week, and her boyfriend -- accused of assaulting the boy -- pleaded not guilty on Tuesday. Police records and letters between the the couple indicate they kept changing their stories about how the child died. Medical records indicated the boy may have been sexually abused before he was beaten and that injuries may have occurred over a period of two days.[YNN] [TU] [Post Star]

Saint Patrick's in Watervliet is one step closer to being torn down after the City Council voted to rezone the area where the church sits from residential to commercial. A Price Chopper is planned for the property but a citizens group fighting to preserve the building says they're not done fighting yet. [TU] [WNYT] [YNN]

A string of witnesses testified on Tuesday in the second ballot fraud trial of Edward McDonough: A deaf man who lived in Griswold Heights testified that the signature on a voter registration card in his name was not his and that his vote was stolen. Another voter testified that a ballot with his name on it was not, in fact signed by him, had his name misspelled, his age wrong, and his workplace incorrect. [Record] [TU]

A NYS Comptroller's audit of a Latham Based company contracted to provide services to children with disabilities reports the company bilked taxpayers for more than $180,000 and used public money to pay for a Disney vacation, home entertainment center and otherwise "enrich themselves, family members and staff." [YNN] [TU]

Convicted Saratoga County horse abuser Ann Arnold was jailed on Tuesday for allegedly violating the terms of her parole -- which stipulated she was not to own horses -- after horses were found on her Greenfield farm. [Saratogian] [WNYT] [TU]

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Before being granted parole last week, former comptroller Alan Hevesi told his parole board: "There is a lot of damage here that I caused. ... I felt entitled. I violated the law and spirit of the law ... I wanted those campaign contributions, I wanted those upgrades and those perks, I am guilty, pleaded guilty, and I am guilty." [TU]

The decision on hydrofracking in New York State was expected to be released by November 29, but Andrew Cuomo says now that it won't be handed down until 2013. [YNN] [TU]

An autopsy will be conducted to determine if the body found in a burned truck in East Nassau was that of a man who has been missing since last week. [TU] [WNYT][YNN]

A woman wanted for questioning by Saratoga Springs police in connection with a stolen wallet led troopers on a chase through three counties on Tuesday. [Saratogian] [WNYT]

Police in Schenectady are looking for a man who robbed the First Niagara Bank on State Street in the city on Tuesday afternoon. [TU]

Schenectady County sheriff's deputies arrested a father and son, and seized $1,600, drugs and had to shoot two pit bulls who chased them in a drug raid in Schenectady on Friday.[Gazette]

A grand jury indicted a career criminal on counts of first and second degree murder and robbery in connection with the 2012 strangulation death of a Schenectady man. [YNN] [TU]

Police believe slippery road conditions contributed to the accident that killed a Greenwhich woman when she lost control of her pick-up truck in Hoosick on Sunday. [TU]

The Saratoga County nursing home is closer to privatization. The County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a local development company that will manage the sale of Maplewood Manor. [TU] [Saratogian]

The part time coordinator for Albany's new public access television has resigned after only six months on the job -- but he won't say why. [TU]

Ballot counting in the 46th Senate race between Cecil Tkaczyk and George Amadore will continue on Friday. [Capitol Confidential]

Andrew Cuomo does not expect a special session of the state legislature before the end of the year.[Capitol Confidential]

The Saratoga Springs Convention Center may be getting its own parking garage.[Saratogian]

Gregory McGuire says the UAlbany towers were part of the inspiration behind Wicked. The UAlbany alum and author of the novel that inspired the popular Broadway musical has donated the first handwritten draft of Wicked, along with other papers related to the novel, to his alma mater. [Gazette] [TU]

The Capital City Mission is cooking 700 turkeys to serve on Thanksgiving. Equinox volunteers are working on 400. [WNYT] [TU]

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