Rivenburgh charged in Rotterdam double murder, Amtrak to step up security in Capital Region in wake of alleged terrorist plot, Uncle Sams to be unveiled Friday

Brice Rivenburgh, the former boyfriend of Jessica McCormack, has been charged with the murder of Jessica and her mother, Tammy McCormack, at their Rotterdam home earlier this month. A grand jury indicted Rivenburg on 26 counts including burglary and rape. A police officer found a shirt and papers with Rivenburgh's name on them burning nearby.[TU][YNN][WNYT][News10]

Amtrak is stepping up security in the Capital Regionafter police arrested two men in Canada in an alleged plot to blow up a passenger train. A CDTA spokesman says the heightened security measures will be more in line with airport security.[YNN][WNYT]

Hazmat teams were sent to the scene of a suicide at RPI, where a student used a combination of household chemicals to kill himself in a dorm room. [TU][WNYT][Record]

Malcolm Smith and six other politicians pleaded not guilty Tuesday in an alleged scheme to sell the Republican nomination for the New York City mayoral race.[NYT][YNN]

MMA promoters ran a clinic for young people at the TU Center on Tuesday, while opponents of the sport lobbied for legislators to extend the ban on professional MMA bouts in New York State. [YNN][TU][WNYT]

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Andrew Cuomo is pushing lawmakers on two agenda issues: campaign finance reform and adjusting state abortion laws. Dean Skelos says the expanded abortion bill will not come to a vote in the state Senate. [YNN][News 10]

The man behind the pay-for-play pension scam that landed former state comptroller Alan Hevesi in jail will be paroled in June.[NYT][Capitol Confidential]

The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation has offered help to preserve the condemned Grand Avenue building where a raid last week resulted in a big drug bust. [Saratogian]

A Lansingburg teen was taken to Samaritan Hosptial after being kicked in the head in a fight involving more than a dozen students that broke out along Seventh Avenue on Tuesday. [Troy Record]

The Albany man convicted of sexually assaulting a woman while her childen were nearby will spend 25 years to life in prison. [WNYT][TU]

The Skidmore student who pleaded guilty to assault two years ago for shattering a plate on a man's head at Compton's in Saratoga, and was arrested last week for stealing pool cues and skipping out on a taxi fare, was arrested yet again last week for allegedly making threats to a witness. [TU]

A Watervliet man who allegedly robbed a neighbor's home twice was arrested over the weekend while trying to sell stolen goods at a Troy pawn shop.[WNYT]

An Albany landlord is suing the Mallozzi group for back rent and for allegedly stealing equipment it did not own at the now closed Brown Derby restaurant. [Gazette]

A NYS judge has ordered the former owner of a Schenectady restaurant to pay the last $37,000 of a $100,000 outstanding tax debt in the next six weeks or face jail time. [Gazette]

Expansion plans will continue for the The Confectionery in Troy, after the building at 207 Broadway in the city was stabilized . [Record]

A tanker truck overturned on the Northway Tuesday, causing back-ups in the southbound lane near exit 9W in Clifton Park. [Saratogian

Police arrested an East Greenbush man after an Albany merchant tracked him down for allegedly burglarizing his store.[TU]

A Milton woman was sentenced to five years probation on Tuesday on a DWI charge in a crash that seriously injured another driver in Saratoga last year.[Gazette]

Schenectady's proposed school budget would keep the tax increase minimal but close buildings and increase class size, while Niskayuna's proposal will hike taxes and exceed the property cap to keep schools open. [TU]

Albany's proposed school budget calls for 60 layoffs and a 2.95 percent tax increase, but falls below the tax cap, qualifying the district for $71.9 million in state aid. [TU]

The Albany County legislature is expected to decide soon whether to ban the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies. [WNYT]

Hazmat teams at Watervliet Arsenal conducted a two hour anti-terrorism drill on Tuesday. [Record]

NYSP crime lab uses the same techniques that helped catch the Boston bombing suspect. [WNYT]

The Siena basketball player charged with burglary and grand larceny for allegedly stealing another student's wallet is off the team.[News 10]

A long time wood fired pizza restaurant across from the Saratoga Racecourse has been demolished less than a year after it was damaged by fire. [Gazette]

The publisher of the Daily Gazette plans to retire this summer and turn over the reigns of the family owned paper to his cousins -- the family-owned newspaper is searching nationally for a new publisher. [Gazette]

Orville Slutzky, the ski industry legend who built Hunter Mountain using dynamite and and was one of the first to use snow making, died last week at 96. [TU]

Two stories that will prove that a person can turn their life around. [TU]

A Saratoga Springs family helped a Boston-based food truck supply hundreds of sandwiches to doctors helping people wounded in the Boston Marathon bombing. [Saratogian]

Troy's 30 new Uncle Sam statues will be unveiled on Friday.[Record]

Fourteen local cheerleaders will perform for First Lady Michelle Obama and the President's Council on Physical fitness. [News10]

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