Route 7 reopens following tanker explosion, 3 indictiments in Troy stabbing, Cuomo won't rush fracking decision

Andrew Cuomo says he won't rush anyone through the environmental impact process on hydrofracking, saying "This is too important to make a mistake."[YNN]

The driver of a tanker truck carrying 9,500 gallons of fuel was airlifted to Westchester after he lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road on Route 7 in Hoosick, causing the tanker to explode. The tanker apparently overturned after colliding with a guardrail and telephone pole and slid down a 30 foot embankment . [TU] [YNN]

A Rensselaer County grand jury indicted three suspects in the stabbing death of Takim Smith on February 4, but did not indict a fourth suspect. [Fox 23] [TU]

A 21-year-old Stephentown man was arraigned on manslaughter, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident in connection with a crash that killed his friend in September. [TU]

JCOPE referred violations in the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal to the Legislative Etihics Commission and the Assembly Ethics and Guidance Committee, but reports say no violations were found by Speaker Sheldon Silver or his staff. [NYT]

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli questioned portions of Andrew Cuomo's budget on Wednesday for for relying on $1.4 billion in temporary revenue. Di Napoli expressed concern that the budget relies on optimistic projections that could leave New York saddled with greater debt.[Fox23/AP][NYT]

A Colonie man who served 16 years in prison for rape pleaded guilty on Wednesday to groping a 91 year old woman as she slept at the Loudonville Home for adults, where he was employed as a maintenance worker. He is expected to receive four years in prison and ten years post release supervision. [TU][YNN]

A Watervliet businessman is in the Columbia County Jail for allegedly committing a criminal sex act at a Chatam auto business. [News 10]

The Wolf Road Best Western was robbed on Tuesday for the second time in two weeks. [TU]

Police are investigating a pair of robberies that occurred within minutes of each other at Trustco Branches in Guilderland and Rotterdam.[TU]

The Troy woman who had her Toyota Prius smashed by a police car that did not have its lights or sirens on is still waiting for the city to reimburse her for $10,000 in damages almost a year later.[TU]

The Capital Reigion Economic Development Council says they'll be looking for more community involvement in 2013[YNN]

In his State of the City address on Wednesday, newly Elected Cohoes Mayor George E.Primeau cited Raven's Head Brewing's decision to locate in the city as one of many factors that continue to strengthen development and contribute to an upswing in the Spindle City. [Record]

Cohoes will get a grant from the New York Department of State to help create a preliminary design for a waterfront park. [YNN]

Tech Valley High School is moving to the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in the fall of 2014.[WNYT]

The City of Schenectady has sold the Franklin Plaza building, acquired through tax forclosure in September, to a company with plans to renovate the structure and "make it an asset to the downtown area."[TU]

President Obama's plans to try to raise the minimum wage across the country may affect Andrew Cuomo's efforts to raise the wage in New York.[TU]

Retiring baby boomers and low investment returns have contributed to a substantial hike in what New York school districts will have to contribute to teacher retirement plans.[TU]

Plans for renovating the Rip Van Dam in Saratog include a six story addition with a ballroom with floor to ceiling windows. [Saratogian]

Price Chopper is recalling bagels and muffins purchased between December 14 and February 8 because of a "naturally occurring foreign matter in the raisins."[WNYT]

Fox Anchor Ann Hughes, sports anchor Kristian Read and chief photographer Barry Sanders have been let go from WXXA as part of their merger with WTEN.[TU]

Ellis Hosptial physicians and Cornell Cooperative Extension are teaming up to bring locally grown vegetables to people with cardiovascular issues.[Gazette]

The New York State Museum will exhibit a hand written draft of George Washington's farewell address from Friday through Sunday as part of a series on New York residents who became president. [TU]

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