Warrington sentenced, state's new anti-corruption panel meets -- behind closed doors, collapse of beaver dam blamed for flooding

Brandon Warrington, convicted in Warren County of killing his girlfriend's 5-year-old son, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. At the sentencing, Warrington continued to profess his innonence. Afterward, the father of the child told the Post Star that he's been notifying friends in prison to look for Warrington, and "He's going to get justice the way I feel justice should be served." [TU] [Post-Star]

Trying to fill in the story behind the recent killings of a Schaghticoke couple. [TU]

The state's new Commission to Investigate Public Corruption -- the Moreland Commission instituted by Andrew Cuomo to investigate corruption in the state legislature -- met for the first time Wednesday. In closed session. Without public notice. [TU]

The attorney who heads up the public defenders for federal court in this district says budget cuts from the federal budget sequester are affecting their ability to defend clients. [TU]

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A state judge has ruled that Albany County DA David Soares can't be forced by an Albany judge to call witnesses in the prosecution of a group of Occupy Albany protestors. (Soares' office has not pursued the prosecution of Occupy protestors accused of trespassing and other violations.) [TU]

A handful of local orgs are preparing to assist people without insurance in navigating the state's new health exchange when it starts in the fall. (The exchange is part of the roll out of the federal Affordable Care Act.) [TU]

There are now seven candidates for Albany mayor -- sort of. [TU]

With a town moratorium on new motels along Central Ave about to expire, the town of Colonie is trying to set new guidelines what would discourage more motels along Route 5. [TU]

A man from Connecticut has been indicted in federal court on allegations related to the distribution of bath salts in the Capital Region -- a federal law enforcement source reported buying more than 3 kg of the stuff from the man. [Daily Gazette]

A Saratoga County insurance agent has pleaded guilty to stealing $300k from an elderly couple in Dutchess County, according to the state attorney general's office. The agent also faced accusations of similar improper behavior in 2010. [NYS AG] [TU]

A Galway town board member was convicted of endangering the welfare of the child -- prosecutors said he lured a 15-year-old into a bedroom at an Adirondack camp last summer and tried to take her shirt off. [Saratogian]

Continued public meeting drama in Wynantskill over criticism of the school superintendent. The school board president is now blaming the media for spreading "misinformation." [Troy Record] [YNN] [WNYT]

Concern for property rights stirred a contentious meeting about the comprehensive plan for Saratoga Springs. [Saratogian]

The principal of Niskayuna High School -- who's also a sports agent -- has been suspended and fined by the NFL Players Association. [Daily Gazette] [NFLPA]

There appears to be strong buyer interest in Schenectady's foreclosed houses. [Daily Gazette]

Troy got 1.6 inches of rain in 26 minutes during a downpour this week, according to the city engineer. [Troy Record]

The collapse of a beaver dam is being blamed for flooding that damaged several homes near Lake George Thursday. [Post-Star]

In Troy on Thursday, 42 consecutive handsprings. [WNYT]

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