Heavy rain and some flooding around region, deadline for struggling schools, the ghost sign that disappeared

Rain, rain
Heavy rains and flash flooding are slowing commutes and causing problems around the Capital Region. [TU]

UAlbany/Albany Law agreement
A new agreement between Ualbany and Albany Law will allow students to take classes at either campus and allow the schools to share registration processes, research and grant-seeking opportunities and other services. [TU]

Deadline for struggling schools
Today is the deadline for struggling schools around the state, including three in the Capital Region, to submit plans for improvement. [TWCN]

Cell tower
A new $3.5 million cell tower will connect Schoharie County's Gilboa dam and power plant with the outside world in case of emergencies like Tropical Storm Irene.[TU]

Convention center progress
The steel frame of the Albany Convention Center is expected to start rising by mid November. [TU]

Jay street fire lawsuit
A lawsuit is planned in the case of the deadly Jay Street fire in Schenectady. [WNYT]

Common Core
Among High Achievement New York's recommendations for changing the Common Core - stop calling it Common Core. Also add collect public comment on implementation and create statewide leadership councils to review the common core standards. [TU]

Call for warnings/protective packaging
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is joining officials in Indian and Illinois to call on the federal government to request standards for child resistant packaging and warning labels on liquid nicotine based products.[TU]

Cigarette Smuggler
Eric Schneiderman's office has announced that the The Maryland man who ran a massive East Coast cigarette smuggling operation is facing up to 30 years in prison.[Gazette]

Spa City parking garage plans
Two bids for the controversial Saratoga Springs parking garage include retail , residential and office space in their plans. [WNYT][Gazette]

Colonie landfill
Colonie has been fined $530,000 for overstuffing its landfill, which will be paid by the operator, Texas based Waste Connections. [TU]

$15 million for SCCC
Schenectady County Community College has been awarded a $15 million federal grant money to train students for careers in the health care industry. [Gazette]

The U.S. Department of the Interior and NOAA are pushing GE to slow down its shut-down of the PCB dredging project on the hudson.[TU]

Schuyler slaves to be interred
The remains of 14 slaves of the Schuyler family will be re-interred next summer after almost 250 years. [TU+]

Income and college graduation rates
New data is showing gaps in college graduation rates between poor and more affluent students at colleges across the nation - including The College of Saint Rose and Siena. [TU+]

Solar barge
A solar powered cargo barge designed by an RPI professor and built in a Schodack bus garage will pass through the Capital Region on its maiden commercial voyage along the Erie Canal. [TU]

Disappearing ghost sign
A Schenectady building from the early 1900s that contained an iconic ghost sign for Coca-Cola is no more. [Gazette]

Nurse/patient reunion
A capital region woman who was badly burned as a child met the nurse who cared for her at Albany Medical Center nearly 40 years ago. [WNYT]

Happening today:

Public art at the ESP
Wednesday: The Empire State Plaza at 50 series continues with a discussion of the ESP's art collection. Wednesday 6 pm, The Egg - free

Fresh Egg Pasta | Gio Culinary Studio
A hands-on class in which "students will learn to create various pasta shapes, some by hand, and some with the assistance of a pasta machine attachment." 6:15 pm - $60

Wayne "The Train" Hancock at The Hangar
"The King of Juke Joint swing." 8 pm - $20

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