Stefanik wins GOP primary, Victory Mills teen cleared in death of mother's fiance, Albany bear incident prompts rescue of 6 bears

Elise Stefanik, a former White House staffer, beat businessman Matt Doheny in Tuesday's Republican primary for the NY 21st Congressional District seat. This was Doheny's third run for the seat, and he blasted Karl Rove's national PAC American Crossroads for attack ads they aimed at him during this campaign.[News 10][NYT][TWCN]

A Saratoga County grand jury chose to not indict the 18-year-old Victory Mills man who was charged with second-degree murder in the death of his mother's fiancé. Matthew Brown's attorney said the teen had been protecting his mother from Derik Clark, who was being abusive. The Saratoga County DA's office says Clark attacked Brown after Brown called police, and DA Jim Murphy described the situation as self defense. Said Murphy in a press release: "Domestic violence homicides are often the most complicated and emotionally charged cases. There is never a good outcome. I can only be thankful that the criminal justice system functioned in the way it was designed and I have faith in the work of the grand jury today." Said Brown's attorney, Terry Kindlon, of the decision, "He's not the kind of kid who goes to jail. He goes to church." [WNYT] [TU] [TWCN] [Saratoga County DA] [Saratogian]

Greenwich residents voted 281-203 this week against dissolving their 205-year-old village. The plan to dissolve was originally proposed as a way to reduce property taxes.[WNYT][News 10][TU]

A Schenectady woman and son are facing charges for allegedly hiring a 14-year-old boy to burn down a pair of homes on Linden Street in May so she could collect the insurance money. The boy is also facing charges in family court. [TU][TWCN][Gazette]

A Ballston Spa man will spend up to 25 years in prison for a brutal assault in 2011.[TU]

A traffic stop in Rensselaer netted a drug arrest after a passenger, allegedly possessing a .40 caliber handgun, led police on a foot chase.[TU]

Authorities are trying to determine what caused the explosion of a Jeep Cherokee parked on a Troy street on Tuesday night. [WNYT]

On determining where to put red light cameras in Albany. [TU]

Albany Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin doesn't expect the council to meet soon to consider offering support to casino proposals elsewhere in the Capital Region unless "we get wind of some offer we can't refuse, as the Godfather would say." [TU]

The death of the Albany Bear last month helped prompt an 11th hour rescue of six other bears from a Washington County animal farm. The DEC and a non-profit group called "Rock to Rescue" have helped relocate the bears to a sanctuary in Colorado, after the Ashville Game Farm, where they have lived for years, was denied renewal of license permits. [TU][TWCN][WNYT]

The Capital Region's unemployment rate dropped more than a point between May of 2013 and May of 2014 -- from 6.3 percent to 5.1 percent. [TU]

UAlbany has begun a $52 million renovation project on its campus center, which will add 76,000 square feet of new space. [Business Review]

The owners of the Mouzon House, Saratoga Springs restaurant, are fighting plans for a parking garage they say would overshadow their operation. [Saratogian]

The Victoria Pool in Spa State Park will get $500,00 for repairs and renovations. [TU]

A 79-year-old piano virtuoso's "Joshua Bell moments" behind the keys of downtown Albany's "Play me I'm Yours" exhibit.[TU]

The threat of rainhas caused this week's Rockin on the River to be postponed until Sept 3 and has moved the George Thorogood show at the ESP indoors tonight. [TU][News 10]


Elise Stefanik - does she know she's a puppet? Another drone pledging repeal of Obamacare and job creation as platform issues. No plans in place, but that's what a campaign of soundbites and smears get you.

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