Stabbing suspect's mother discovers alleged weapon, hydrofracking decision delayed, gun law opponents protest at Capitol, $180 box of chocolates probably won't help

The mother of one of the suspects in the stabbing death of a Troy man at the Corliss Park Apartments earlier this month discovered a knife under a mattress in the building where the murder took place. "Sources close to the investigation" say it could be the weapon used to kill Takim Smith. Smith's friends and family gathered at his funeral yesterday [TU] [Record][YNN]

It appears the Cuomo admin's decision on will be delayed again. The state health commissioner says his department needs more time to review the potential health impacts from fracking, which means the state won't be able to meet the February 27 deadline. But some are suggesting the delay is less about science and more about politics. DEC commissioner Joe Martens says the extension will not result in delays in processing fracking permits if the review finds that health concerns are adequately addressed. [WNYT] [NYT] [Capitol Confidential]

Opponents of New York's new gun laws, including 2010 Republican gubenatorial candidate Carl Paladino and some state Senate Republicans rallied outside the Capitol on Tuesday while supporters of the SAFE Act held a press conference inside the Capitol. [YNN] [TU][Capitol Confidential]

A Warrensburg woman is facing charges of attempted arson and grand larceny after she allegedly left a can of oil burning in her oven on Monday, used her boyfriend's IRS refund card to withdraw cash, and booked a flight to Florida for herself and her two infant children. [TU] [WNYT]

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Albany police are searching for a man and woman who robbed a Grand Street home with a shotgun. [TU]

APD arrested two teens accused of stealing headphones and a cell phone from another teen on Delaware Ave Monday afternoon.[TU]

Saratoga Springs police say they have a promising lead in a robbery that took place at the Congress Street Trustco in January.[Saratogian]

The state Court of Appeals has ruled that a Shenedehowa bus driver fired in 2009 after failing a random drug test for marijuana must be reinstated in her job, as had been decided by the arbitrator in her case. [TU]

A crane tower collapsed at a construction site on Lake Avenue in Saratoga on Tuesday afternoon, but caused minimal damage and no injuries. [TU]

Global Foundries officials presented plans for expanding the Luther Forest chip fab to the towns of Malta and Stillwater last night. They're asking for quick approval of the plans . [News 10][WNYT]

Neighbors of Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany are upset with the shopping plaza's proposal to expand parking because it would eliminate trees and encroach on green space.[TU]

Schenectady laws requiring employees to live in the city apparently don't apply to assesors . [Gazette]

A farm specializing in grass-fed beef has purchased the Cappiello farm land in Ballston after a deal to sell the land to the town for open space fell through. [Gazette]

New York's racinos are already outperforming full fleged casinos in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. [Saratogian]

According to a measure passed Tuesday by the Albany County legislature, any private operator who would run the county nursing home would have to first purchase all of the equipment onsite and a private consultant would have to review the nursing home's finances before a takeover arrangement could take place. [Record]

The 2012 hunting season in New York set the record for fewest number of people shot, according to DEC. [AP/TU]

A sexual assault on a New York City school teacher is behind an attempt by the state legislture to classify more types of violen sexual attacks as rape.[WNYT]

Bringing savings to light at Albany International Airport. [YNN]

Some Capital Region libraries are dealing with space problems during tight financial times by expanding outdoors and buildng reading gardens. [TU]

A drop in the number of flu cases has prompted Capital Region hospitals to ease some of their visitation restrictions.[Record]

Tennis stars Andy Roddick and Sloane Stephens will play matches at the SEFCU Arena at Ualbany later this year as part World Team Tennis.[YNN]

Grant Cottage Historic Site will make an appearance on CBS Sunday Morning this weekend. [Saratogian]

The Hyde Collection has a new executive director.[TU]

The 16th annual backyard bird count starts Friday in the Capital Region. [Gazette]

Why you shouldn't buy a $180 box of Valentine chocolate. [TU]


"It's unclear why the knife was not discovered by police." Seems pretty clear to me...

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