State: crude oil train info should be open, more details on Schenectady casino proposal, rotting meat on roadway mystery

The state Division of Homeland Security has decided railroad company reports to the state about the frequency and volume of Bakken crude oil shipments should be made available for public disclosure (the railroads had tried to keep the info protected). [TU]

A Times Union look at how the state makes available -- or doesn't -- reports of abuse at day care centers. [TU]

With the season at the Saratoga Race Course opening later this week, a look at how relatively new NYRA leadership team -- which came to the job with very little horse racing industry experience -- is trying to point the org in the right direction. [Daily Gazette]

A trial involving rape charges in Rensselaer County Court, in which both the accuser and defendant speak the Burmese dialect Karen, was declared a mistrial over translation issues. [Troy Record]

Schenectady police say the death of the man who struck by a train in Schenectady Saturday night has been ruled a suicide. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The EPA has requested records from the Troy City Council related to investigation of the King Street demolition and the King Fuels site demolition, according to council president Rodney Wiltshire. [TU]

Chris Churchill on an Albany County judge's mention of a defendant's intelligence and PhD in a decision lowering a sentence. [TU]

Per beneficiary cost for a contractor working with the state review whether a person's claim should be billed to Medicaid or another health plan, when doing the review at a facility in Texas: $1.25 -- sending the review to a sub-contractor in India: 15 cents. [TU]

More details on the proposed Schenectady casino. [Daily Gazette]

North Greenbush police say the former principal of the Vanderheyden Hall School has been charged with falsifying his teaching credentials. [TU] [News10]

The state's Superfund will be paying to extend a public water line so the line can serve a Glenville neighborhood whose wells are affected by a nearby Superfund site. [Daily Gazette]

A few details on Sonny Bonacio's plans for the former Daisy Baker's building in Troy. [TU]

It sounds like the plan for a residential loft conversion of the Marvin Neitzel Building in downtown Troy is still stuck in neutral. [TU]

In an attempt to keep primitive the area around new campsites in the newly-opened Essex Chain of Lakes in the Adirondacks, the DEC is requiring camping permits and isn't allowing campfires. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Bethlehem police say a child riding by on her bike Friday < ahref="">noticed a crashed motorcyclist and called 911 to help him. [News10]

From the Post-Star: "State Police don't know how piles of rotting meat wound up on Aviation Road near Aviation Mall on late Thursday afternoon, closing part of the road for nearly two hours." [Post-Star]

A new mixed-use building Glenville has very few right angles. [Daily Gazette]

If you'd like to buy one (or more) of the rides at Hoffman's Playland, now's your chance to do so before they go up for auction. [TU]

The mother of a Colonie boy who died unexpectedly, on using donations made in his name to build a new playground at her son's elementary school: "I just wanted to make his friends smile when they think about him instead of cry. And I think that the playground might just do that." [TU]

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They should turn Maiden Lane into a stepped pedestrian street, like they have all over Europe. We don't need to reinvent the wheel, they do steep small streets pretty well across the pond, let's look for some precedents... Human scaled lighting is critical too, that goes for the whole city. And we don't need paint on the road, just signage perpendicular to the flow of traffic at the bridge entrance. I also echo the call for basic, ongoing maintenance to our current infrastructure. How about some weed removal in sidewalks, etc?

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