Man accused of his killing his mother, aquarium feasibility study being floated, future of tiny nuclear reactor uncertain, words as colors

Coeymans police say a man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his mother. Police say officers responding to a domestic disturbance call Sunday found 50-year-old Theresa Michelli dead. The attorney for 24-year-old Brendon M. Biers said his client has a self-defense case. [TU] [TWCN] [News10]

Omni Development has started circulating the aquarium feasibility study it commissioned in an effort to generate support among local leaders for the project. [TU]

The National Weather Service has declared that the tornado that hit Duanesburg was an EF3 tornado. (More about the Enhanced Fujita scale for tornadoes.) [Daily Gazette]

The Schenectady school district is reporting dramatic increases in attendance rates this year, perhaps because of expanded free meal programs. [Daily Gazette]


State Police say they're investigating what they consider a suspicious death in Halfmoon, though they've shared very few details. [NYSP]

Rensselaer police say the body of a fisherman was found in the Hudson River Monday near the Rensselaer boat launch -- and it does not appear foul play was involved. [Troy Record] [TU]

A prominent Capital Region builder died in a boating accident on Lake George Friday night. [Post-Star] [TU]

Albany police say a man was found stabbed Monday afternoon on Livingston Ave near Henry Johnson (map). [News10]

Coeymans police say a man is accused of harassing her former girlfriend, stealing her boat, and then leading police on a chase down the Hudson River. [TU]

Ruby Tuesdays says its Niskayuna location was evacuated Friday night after an accidental release of mace inside the building. [News10]

The federal EPA and the state Department of Environmental Conservation will be studying rail segments in the state that carry oil tanker traffic in an effort to development response plans in the event of a spill. [TU]

The tiny nuclear reactor owned by RPI at the Alco site in Schenectady is headed for decommissioning -- unless it's not. [Daily Gazette]

Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan says the city won't be replacing Jerry Jennings' name with hers on many new signs around the city. [TU]

Work to restore the Albany Vietnam Veterans Memorial, in Lafayette Park across from the Capitol, will soon be finished. [TU]

Demand for New York hops is growing, but growing hops is demanding. [TU]

The thing that's destroying the habitat of the New England cottontail rabbit: trees. [TU]

The winner of the Capital Region spelling bee, who will be competing in the national bee this week, has synesthesia and associates words with colors. [TU]

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