Search continues after plane crash, Cuomo admin vs. Canada, assault rifle being adapted to comply with SAFE Act, bow ties at the Capitol

The search continues for the body of the third person aboard a volunteer medical flight that crashed in Fulton County Friday evening. The "Angel Flight" was transporting a married couple from the husband's appointment with cancer doctors in Boston back to Utica. The bodies of the pilot and wife have already been found. Witnesses say there the plane broke apart in air before the crash. Albany attorney Terry Kindlon, also a pilot, had flown the first leg of the trip, and says the couple was "happy and optimistic." [AP/TU] [Daily Gazette] [News10] [Daily Gazette] [TU] [News10]

A man from the Capital Region has been accused in a 2011 double murder in the Philippines and is currently being held in the Rensselaer County jail, facing possible extradition. [TU

The Cuomo administration has managed to pick a fight with Canada -- over the Peace Bridge. [NYT]

There isn't a process in place for formal, regular reviews of state legislators' travel expenses and they're very rarely audited. [TU]

The Schenectady school district has changed its sex ed classes as part a broader program to prevent teen pregnancies -- Schenectady County has one of the highest rates in the state. [TU] [NYS DOH]


Gun smiths are adapting the AR-15 assault rifle so that it can be NY SAFE Act compliant. [TU]

Among the questions skeptics have for Andrew Cuomo's upstate casino plan: Will people travel farther for "destination" casino gambling? [Daily Gazette]

A bill in the state legislature would require water safety courses for young (and, eventually, older) boaters. [Daily Gazette]

A federal court has asked New York's highest court to answer some questions regarding state labor law as part of a case about tip sharing at Starbucks. [AP/Saratogian]

The new Albany Med/Saratoga Hospital joint emergency medical center in Malta is scheduled to open next week. [Daily Gazette]

A jury has acquitted a Saratoga Springs middle school teacher of a child endangerment prompted by an accusation that he had tried to inappropriately touch a student. Said his attorney: "He has lived a nightmare for the last year." [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Almost 50 people have sent letters asking for leniency for David Smith to the judge who will sentence brokers Smith and Timothy McGinn following their conviction earlier this year for fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion charges in a scheme that defrauded people for possibly more than $100 million. [TU]

Though still not sure of the events leading up to the death, officials says the man found dead in a wooded area of Niskayuna in January died of a heart condition. [Daily Gazette]

Four men -- including a 75 year old and 64 year old -- were arrested as part of an investigation into alleged illegal sales of prescription drugs in Scotia. [Daily Gazette]

The city of Saratoga Springs has spent more than $60k so far on the case involving the firing of accounts clerk Mary Zlotnick and her allegations of wrongdoing on property assessments. [Saratogian]

Elizabeth Smart is scheduled to speak at a fundraiser for Women Against Multiple Sclerosis in Menands in November. [TU]

Pat Riley is scheduled to be in Schenectady in August for his high school class reunion. [Marv Cermak]

A veteran from Niskayuna recently participated in a ceremony to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. [TU]

Harold Greenstein -- an Albany Common Council member for 20 years, a member of the first elected board of education in the city, and a WWII veteran who served on Admiral Nimitz's person staff -- has passed away at age 88. [TU]

The Capital Region's representative in this year's National Spelling Bee was spelling "huge dinosaur words" at age 4. [TU]

The new Brown's brewery facility in Hoosick has produced its first batch of beer. [Troy Record]

Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks got 34 inches of snow over the weekend. [Daily Gazette]

Fashion currently ascending at the state Capitol: the bow tie. [TU]


crazy! I hiked that peak last week... and will be heading back up to the Adirondack this weekend for National Trails Day... can't wait to see what it looks like up there!

The bow tie: Finally some good news!

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