Police: Woman killed her two children and herself, casino applications filed, widespread water service outage in Rotterdam

East Greenbush police say a mother killed her two children and herself at a home early Tuesday morning. The woman's brother said he and his brother were awoken by a hissing sound and then realized they had been locked in the room in which they were sleeping -- they then called police. The woman's brother said his sister had recently been released from mental health care -- she had been struggling to deal the suicide of her son. [WNYT] [TU] [TWCN] [News10]

Backers of casino proposals for Amsterdam, Cobleskill, East Greenbush, Rensselaer, and Schenectady filed their casino license applications (by the box-load) with the state Gaming Commission by the Monday deadline. In all, 16 bidders filed applications for 17 casino projects around the state. Among the details to surface were details about the proposed waterfront casino at DeLaet's Landing in Rensselaer. The developer behind the Howe Caverns casino proposal in Cobleskill is a Michigan-based developer, and the operator's board includes Lee Iacocca. In Amsterdam today there's expected to be a parade in support of the proposed casino there -- and anti-casino rally. [Daily Gazette] [Troy Record] [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The state's highest court ruled 5-2 that local municipalities are within their rights to ban hydrofracking via zoning. More than 80 towns in the state have already banned fracking through zoning, and more than a hundred others have issued moratoriums. [NYS Court of Appeals] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Someone or some organization is trying to buy up houses adjacent to the NanoCollege. [TU]

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Albany police say a man was shot early Tuesday morning in the South End neighborhood (map). [News10]

Troy police say the death of the man whose body was found Monday in Lansingburgh is a homicide, though TPD hasn't released a cause of death. It's the city's third homicide since April. [TWCN] [News10] [TU]

An "armed bandit" is said to have prompted a chase through Schenectady's Upper Union Street neighborhood Monday afternoon. [TU]

About 20,000 people in Rotterdam were without water service Monday after four water mains broke over the course of 18 hours. [Daily Gazette]

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apples says the state DEC has agreed to notify local emergency responders of oil spills at the Port of Albany -- notification, or the lack thereof, was issue that arose after a small pill at the port on Sunday. [TU]

State Police say the off-duty trooper found dead at Nassau Lake in Rensselaer County had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. [NYSP]

Albany police say a man was arrested after he allegedly threatened a woman with a hypodermic needle and stole 10 cents from her. [WNYT]

The man attacked by a group of teen at the Schenectady Bow Tie theater last summer has filed suit against the teens, their parents, and the theater. [Daily Gazette]

WNYT reports the Kenwood campus in Albany is being considered by the federal government as housing for undocumented children from Central America. [WNYT]

The city of Schenectady is using "courtesy notices" as a first step in code enforcement. [Daily Gazette]

Some background -- and foreground -- on the South Albany Airport in Bethlehem. [TU]

About the guy who walked from Clifton Park to Albany (and back) so he could transport a tombstone. [TU]

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The East Greenbush murder & suicide: Indescribably sad. The question too often ignored: What psychiactric medication was this woman taking or withdrawing from? Whether it's violence by baseball bat, machetes, firearms or even nitrogen gas, banning the weapon doesn't solve the issue. An open discussion of psychiactric drug side effects is usually absent, and conveniently sheilds the drug manufacturers.

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