Body of missing Schenectady woman discovered in Coeymans, alleged illegal boarding house raided in Colonie, new video surfaces in Saratoga police stop, no birds at the fair

Body of missing Schenectady woman discovered in Coeymans
The body discovered in a shallow grave in Coeymans has been identified as that of Shelby Countermine, a Schenectady woman who disappeared last December . The case is being treated as a murder. [TU][WNYT]

Illegal boarding house
The Colonie codes department is serving the owners of a Central Avenue home for allegedly running an illegal boarding house with 15 bedrooms, 40 beds, and only a half bathroom. [TU][TWCN]

School budgets approved
Capital Region school district budgets were all passed on Tuesday. In Albany, the school district budget was supported by 72 percent of the votes cast - the highest figure in district's history according to the district director of communications. [Gazette][TU]

More video in controversial Saratoga Springs police stop
A second video has surfaced in a controversial Saratoga Springs police stop. This video shows the officer pepper spraying the man who is sitting in his car after refusing to get out of the vehicle while asking what crime he had committed. [TU][Saratogian][Gazette]

Troy police testify in civil rights case
Three Troy police officers testified in U.S. District Court that they acted appropriately when they tasered and struck a suspect in order to subdue him during a situation at hospital in 2011. [TU]

Oil spill at Port of Albany
A spill of about 420 gallons of crude oil at the Port of Albany Tuesday is being investigated but officials from the state Department of Environmental Conservation say it did not pollute the Hudson. Two workers were taken to the hospital after being sprayed with the substance. [TU][TWCN]

Decision expected on crude oil at Port of Albany
New York State regulators are expected to rule shortly on the permit for an oil heating facility at the port of Albany that could open the way for the port to handle tar sands oil from Canada.[Gazette]

Normanskill bill
The city of Albany wants Normanside Country Club to foot the $139,701 bill for last month's earth slide that sent 120,000 cubic yards of earth and debris into the Normanskill. [TU]

Tax cap
State Senate Republicans are united behind a plan to make the tax cap permanent.[TU]

Dems roll out education package
State Senate Democrats have unveiled an education package that extends deadlines for developing new teacher evaluation criteria and changes distribution of state funding so districts won't lose money if they don't adopt the new evaluations. [TWCN]

Foundry co-owner running for Cohoes Council
Alana Sparrow Matulis, co-owner of The Foundry in Cohoes, has announced she will be running for the 2nd ward seat of the city's Common Council. [Record]

Paul Grondahl tells the story of a local couple who was scammed out of their tax return, and have been battling indifference and bureaucracy in their efforts to fix the problem. [TU]

Bruno defense may cost state more
New York State has already paid $1.8 million for Joe Bruno's defense, and it could end up paying even more. [TWCN]

No birds allowed
Leave your prize-winning chicken at home -- New York State is banning live bird exhibitions at all state and local fairs as a precaution against two strains of bird flu .[TU]

Busking is legal in Saratoga
The Saratoga Springs City Council has finally passed a busking law. [TU]

Happy Rockefeller
Happy Rockefeller, wife of the late Governor Nelson Rockefeller, has died at 88. [NYT]

Happening today

Warehouse District tour
Historic Albany Foundation's "Walkabout Wednesdays" series has a tour of Albany's Warehouse District lined up. Blurbage:

From a piano factory to Nipper, from a Silk City Diner to a utilitarian warehouse with Italian Renaissance flourishes designed by Marcus T. Reynolds, from the longest-surviving iron and steel company in Albany to an automobile-age International Harvester truck showroom, join us for a tour of industrial buildings in the area that separates downtown Albany from the North Albany neighborhood.

Wednesday 5:30 pm at Broadway and North Ferry - $10 (reservations required)


Whitehorse at The Low Beat
Folk rock. 6 pm - $10

Quiet Company at The Hollow
Alt-rock. 9 pm - $7

The Story So Far at Upstate Concert Hall
Pop punk. With: Four Year Strong, Terror, Souvenirs. 7:30 pm - $20 ahead / $22 day of

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