Wait for answers in fatal Troy fire, big wagers in the casino application process, school districts considering hard budget cuts

Troy officials say the cause of the Lansingburgh fire in which a pregnant woman was found dead Thursday is still under investigation and currently considered suspicious, and officials are waiting on autopsy results. City officials have yet to name the woman, but her family has identified her and there was a memorial service in the neighborhood Saturday. [Troy Record] [WNYT] [TU]

A Rensselaer County Court jury found Brendan Hoffman guilty of vehicular manslaughter and DWI for the car crash that killed one of his friends in Stephentown in 2012. [TU]

A walk through of the application process for a license to operate a Capital Region casino, and some of the hopefuls. [Daily Gazette]

How a woman convicted multiple times of financial fraud could end up working for the state's tax department, according to state officials. [TU]

A look at cigarette smuggling -- both big and small -- in the New York State, which is said to have the highest percentage of illegally trafficked cigarettes. [Daily Gazette] [Mackinac Center for Public Policy]

Delegates for NYSUT -- the large and influential state teachers union -- has voted for Karen Magee to replace longtime president Richard Iannuzzi. Delegates also voted no confidence in state education commissioner John King. [TU x2]

The Guilderland school district is looking to cut almost 34 full-time equivalent positions in order to close its budget gap. [TU]

The Schenectady school board is eyeing a possible tax increase in the range of 3 percent for its next budget. Among the cuts also being considered: sports teams. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Months of tension between the Niskayuna school board and district superintendent Susan Kay Salvaggio has resulted in an agreement for the superintendent to leave ahead of the end of her contract. Salvaggio is getting a $139k lump sum for resigning later this month. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

A consideration of what could have been paid for with the $244k being paid to an Albany school district principal as part of a wait-and-leave agreement following sexual harassment allegations. [TU]

The Albany Roman Catholic Diocese says it won't be moving Bishop Maginn High School in Albany until at least 2015. [TU]

Schenectady officials are crediting increased attention to detail for the city's dramatic increase in successfully pursuing code violations. [Daily Gazette]

A Delmar stock broker has been hit with an almost-$500k penalty as part of a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over his involvement with the McGinn, Smith case. [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say they they a woman's fall from a sixth-story apartment window Friday was neither accidental nor foul play. [Saratogian]

Photo: The result of a car vs. building encounter in Schenectady. [Daily Gazette]

Planned stream reconstruction in Schoharie County aimed at making the waterways less flood prone is behind schedule and may cost more than expected. [Daily Gazette]

Global Partners, which operates the recently much-in-the-news crude oil transfer point at the Port of Albany, also operates a propane storage facility in North Albany. [TU]

Apparently sometimes new E-ZPass transponders start racking up tolls before they're even in the possession of their new owners because they get tagged at toll booths while they're being transported in the mail. [TU]

A profile of Edward Scharfenberger, who will be ordained as the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese's bishop this week. Among the bits about him: he has a law degree and speaks five languages. [TU x2]

India is the most common country of origin for the Capital Region's current immigrant population. [TU]

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