Police investigate Albany shooting, toxicology reports show Matt was intoxicated when apprehended,attendance and handle up at track

Albany shooting
Albany police are investigating a shooting that took place on Wednesday night on 1st street near Henry Johnson Boulevard. A 38-year-old man was taken to Albany Medical Center.[TU][WNYT]

Toxicology on Matt
Toxicology reports show Richard Matt, one of the inmates who escaped from Dannemora prison earlier this summer, had a blood alcohol level of at least 0.08 at the time of his death.[TU]

Gang arrests
Arrests in a Troy drug bust this week included eight members of the Young Gunnerz gang and 12 of their associates, who police say were responsible for a great deal of recent violence in the city. [TU]

Watervliet P.D.
The Watervliet police officer arrested as part of this week's Troy drug bust for allegedly buying cocaine on duty is the second Watervliet officer brought up on charges in a matter of months.[WNYT]

Also, a former assistant chief for the Watervliet Police Department and current employee of the Parker Brothers Memorial Funeral Home is under investigation in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars from the Funeral Home. [TWCN][Record]

Saint Rose MB in post ad 2014-fall

Albany County $
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy said Wednesday that for the first time in six years the county will not have to borrow money to pay its bills.[TU]

Thruway lawsuit back on
The American Trucking Associations lawsuit against the state, claiming Thruway revenues should not go to the state canal system-- once dismissed on a technicality-- has been restored by a state appellate court.[TU]

Regional Economic Development Council
A team of state executives from the Regional Economic Development Council competition toured Albany and Troy on Wednesday to see how millions of economic development money from the first three rounds of the competition are being spent.[TU]

$15 an hour minimum - but not for state employees
Wherein Chris Churchill calls hypocrisy pointing out that more than 16,000 state jobs pay less than $15 an hour wage that Andrew Cuomo pushed for fast-food workers. [TU+]

Dixon, Scavo -- lose ballot lawsuits
Two former candidates for the Albany County Legislature - Clifton Dixon and Brian Scavo, who were tossed off the ballot for not living in the districts where they were running - have lost their court cases to be reinstated. [TU]

Motorcyclist dies
A motorcyclist died on Tuesday after his bike slammed into a camper in Lake George.
[News 10]

Drugs involved in tractor trailer incident
Police say the driver of a tractor trailer that snarled traffic on 890 in Rotterdam on Tuesday was under the influence of a narcotic drug. [Gazette]

Train derailment
A cargo train derailed in Ballston Spa on Wednesday, causing some Amtrak delays but no spills or injuries. [WNYT]

Gambling and attendance up in Saratoga
Attendance was up by 39,000 and handle by more than $24 million in the first ten days of the meet over the first ten days of the 2014 meet. [Business Review]

The Saratoga Racino got a higher boost than ever before from the opening of the thoroughbred track bringing in $3.4 million after prize payouts during the first week of the Saratoga meet. [Gazette]

Boehner Watch
John Boehner was in Saratoga on Wednesday at a fundraiser for Elise Stefanik. [TU]

Mahar remembered
The Capital Region's Godfather of Craft Beer, remembered. [News 10]

Happening today

The Track

It's the second full week of the season at the Saratoga Race Course.

Philadelphia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2015 residency is underway at SPAC. Tonight is a "date night" concert. The orchestra will be at SPAC through August 22.

Schoharie County Sunshine Fair
The Schoharie County Sunshine Fair opened this past weekend at the fairgrounds in Cobleskill. It runs through Saturday.

Film
The Dan DiNicola Memorial Film Series continues tonight with a screening of Frank Capra's classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, in the parking lot at Perecca's in Schenectady. 8:30pm - free.

Stage

WTF
The Williamstown Theatre Festival continues its production of the new musical Unknown Soldier this week. And its production of Moon for the Misbegotten, starring Audra McDonald and Will Swenson, opens Thursday.

Murder for Two
This is the last week for Capital Rep's production of Murder for Two -- "a hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist: one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all of the suspects and they both play the piano." Tuesday-Sunday various times - $20 and up

Pajama Game
Tuesday: The Park Playhouse in Albany opens its August production, The Pajama Game. It runs through August 22. Tuesday-Sunday 7:30 pm - lawn seating is free / reserved seats are $16 and $18

Music

+Blue Öyster Cult at Alive at Five
Last Alive at Five of the season. With: Blotto. 5 pm - free

+Wolf Alice at The Hollow
British alt rock. 8 pm - $10.27 ahead / $15 at door

+The Machine Coop presents local music at Upstate Artist Guild. Performances by Bell's Roar, Dylan Perillo,Gina Mauro, Portobello Mushroom, and open mic. 5pm to 10pm -- donations accepted.

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