Investigation into cause of big Saratoga Springs fire, body of missing woman found in the Hudson, Whole Foods planning for spring 2014 opening in Colonie

Investigators are looking into the cause of the big fire in Saratoga Springs over the weekend, though it may be slow going. An SSPD lieutenant explained the collapse the buildings' floors onto each other is making investigation difficult -- "It's like peeling an onion, one layer at a time." At this point officials don't believe the fire is suspicious. [TU] [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette]

Earlier this year the state Department of Environmental Conservation approved an oil company's application to double the amount of the oil and ethanol it handles at the Port of Albany. (The port has become a major node in the network that ships crude oil from North Dakota to refineries on the East Coast.) [TU]

Antonio Lopez-Bautista, convicted of dragging a woman from her vehicle and then sexually assaulting her in Saratoga Springs in May 2012, was sentenced to 11 years in prison. Lopez-Bautista said in court Monday that he had been intoxicated and thought he was beating up a corrupt politician in his hometown in Mexico. Authorities say Lopez-Bautista is in the country illegally. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [Saratogian]

Attendance at the Saratoga Race Course has been down this season compared to last year, maybe because of the hot weather. [TU]


A computer "slowdown" has been slowing down operations at state DMV offices. Related: Man oddly happy to be waiting at the DMV. [TU] [YNN]

The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says it's adding administrators to comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act. [TU]

Andrew Cuomo, responding to a question about Anthony Weiner: "We laugh, because if we didn't laugh we would cry, right?" [TU]

The US Secretary of Commerce was ?scheduled to make a stop at the NanoCollege Tuesday morning. [WNYT]

Topics covered an Albany mayoral candidates forum Monday in West Hill: revitalizing neighborhoods, crime, diversifying the city workforce. [WNYT]

Authorities say the body found in the Hudson River at the Green Island hydroelectric plant is that of Anna Kroup, a Waterford resident who's been missing since February. At the time, authorities say Kroup had left a note before disappearing. She was remembered Monday for her roles in local theater and music groups. [Troy Record] [News10] [WNYT] [TU]

North Greenbush's police chief faced tough questioning from the attorney for Rory Poulin Monday at Poulin's trial for allegedly murdering his longtime partner. [Troy Record]

A jewelry store at Westgate Plaza in Albany was robbed for the second time this year. [TU]

Kirsten Gillibrand was in Albany's Sheridan Hollow neighborhood Monday to push federal legislation intended to help redevelop brownfields. [TU]

The Troy IDA approved $1.65 million in tax breaks and assistance for a project turning an old warehouse in the southern end of downtown Troy into upscale apartments (map). [TU]

A UAlbany School of Public Health associate professor who alleged sexual discrimination in the way the school was awarding raises has settled her suit. [WNYT]

From a Gazette story about a stripping/exotic dancing company fined by the state for not providing workers' compensation insurance: "The number of employees at Tops in Bottoms that needed coverage was not available..." [Daily Gazette]

Albany Med is unveiling its new $360 million patient pavilion today. [News10]

Whole Foods is looking at opening at Colonie Center in mid to late spring of 2014. [TU]

When streetlights on a road in Schenectady County were "The Path of Gold Jubilee." [Marv Cermak]


I am so glad to read that the track attendance is down this year, only because of the decision to make the horses run in that extremely hot weather. I don't care how long the track has been around - it just seems cruel and wrong.

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