Cold snap prompts Code Blue alerts, VanAlstyne pleads not guilty in death of cousin, Albany council members seek red light camera changes

A drop in temperatures means a Code Blue will alerts be in effect in the Capital Region from Thursday through Monday. [Weather Underground][TU]

Four Albany Common Council members say they want changes in the upcoming red light camera enforcement , including an education grace period when the cameras are first activated and a four second yellow light duration so nobody accidentally runs a red light.[TWCN][WNYT]

Two hundred cars were towed in Albany as part of the most recent snow emergency.[News 10]

Tiffany VanAlstyne was arraigned on murder and manslaughter Wednesday in the death of her 5-year-old cousin Kenneth White. VanAlstyne pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The Albany County Sheriff says VanAlstyne is a security risk and is in danger of being harmed by other inmates. [WNYT][TU][Record]

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Police say a 5-year-old boy was hit by a garbage truck this morning at the intersection of Central Avenue and Quail Street in Albany this morning. [News 10]

Police in Schenectady are investigating a shooting at a convenience store on Albany Street on Wednesday morning. [WNYT]

A Schenectady man charged with arson and attempted murder allegedly choked a 22 month old child. [Gazette]

Police in Schenectady nabbed a burglary suspect with some help from fingerprints and a Facebook page. [Gazette]

Police in Albany have arrested two men they are calling "chronic trespassers" who have been repeatedly found inside the Empire State Plaza after hours.[TU]

Sheriff's deputies in Rensselaer County are looking for help to find a man who walked out of the Troy Walmart with a full bin of body wash.[News 10]

A Greenfield highway department employee is charged with assault with a snowplow. [TU][TWCN]

If Saratoga County approves a law to sell sparklers and other fireworks, it would become the first county in New York State to do so. Fire officials are opposing the plan. [TU][Saratogian]

About 50 hourly workers GE's battery plant took a buy out from the company. [TU]

According to the National Science Foundation, SUNY Polytechnic is bringing in big R&D funding. [TU]

An ultra thin postage stamp sized sensor invented at GE's Niskayuna research lab can detect explosives and dangerous chemicals [TU]

The NYS DEC is planning a $6.1 million project to remove PCB-tainted soil from the former Adirondack Steel mill in Colonie.[TU]

Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove said he doesn't plan to prosecute County Legislature Chairman Martin T. Reid for allegedly improperly collecting more than $15,000 in unemployment benefits, because his office never received a referral from the Labor Department or any other agency about the matter. [TU]

Emergency responders across New York State have used the drug Naloxone in an attempt to reverse heroin and opioid overdoses over 150 times since a special training in how to use it last year.[TU]

The Democratic and Working Families parties are bringing in more donations than Republicans in New York State. [CNY]

The arguments for and against Brighter Choices charter school in Albany.[TU]

Mazzone Hospitality plans to build a $2.4 million retail and commercial office space at the site of a former McDonalds near the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia.[Gazette]

A proposed reading program may pair preschoolers with Schenectady County jail inmates.[Gazette]

Well known Albany civic activist Mark Yolles, who helped renovate the Mansion Neighborhood after the South Mall construction, died this week at 87. [TU]

An inspirational 7th grade basketball player who happens to have Down Syndrome.[WNYT]

Flames out, Thunder in. [News 10]

A Milton English Springer will compete in the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show. [Gazette]

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