Search of Hudson River continues in case of missing Troy woman, plan for apartments above Arts Center, gifts of meals and hats

Noel Alkaramla case
Police divers continued to search the Hudson River near Troy for evidence in the case of Noel Alkaramla, who's been missing since November 22. Alkaramla's girlfriend says a text message from Alkaramla indicated her stepfather had wanted to meet up to talk the night Alkaramla disappeared. The stepfather was picked up on a parole violation last week -- and "several sources with knowledge of the investigation who are not authorized to speak" tell the Times Union he allegedly told police he had info Alkaramla, specifically that they should look for a suitcase. Troy police say they can't comment on any potential connections between Alkaramla's disappearance and the stepfather being picked up -- and haven't said whether they've found anything in the river related to the case. [Troy Record] [News10] [TU] [WNYT] [TWCN]

Fred Drumm case
The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office says it's investigation into the disappearance of Saratoga town councilman Fred Drumm is continuing -- he's been missing since November 25. [Daily Gazette]

Dogs shot
The Albany County Sheriff's Office and the state Department of Environmental Conservation are investigating the deaths of two dogs found shot near the Albany/Schoharie county line. The dogs disappeared from their family on Friday and were found over the weekend. Albany County sheriff Craig Apple: "Somebody shot them for no apparent reason. Never called police. Never contacted DEC. And never contacted anybody in the area. Just left them there." [Daily Gazette] [News10] [WNYT]

State of Powerpoint
The Cuomo admin is again going to merge the State of the State address and the budget address into one event, this time on January 13. [TU]

Daily fantasy vs. Schneiderman
A peek into how the daily fantasy sports companies are strategizing against state attorney general Eric Schneiderman's attempt to shut them down. [Politico NY]

State constitution
Voters will have a chance in 2017 to call for a new state constitutional convention -- so what does that mean? [TU]

Graduating on time
SUNY will be trying to a new remedial math program in community and four-year colleges as part of an attempt to get more at-risk students to graduate on time. [TU]

Albany County budget
The Albany County Legislature approved the new county budget -- which didn't include the $50k part-time job in the comptroller's office that had been drawing so much attention because of suspicions it was intended for outgoing legislature chair Shawn Morse. [TU]

Support for Wormuth
A bunch of Saratoga County officials wrote letters of support for former Halfmoon supervisor Mindy Wormuth ahead of her sentencing this week in federal court. [Daily Gazette]

Mosley/Kindlon
During a hearing Monday in Michael Mosley's attempt to argue he didn't get an effective defense when he was convicted of double murder in 2011, Mosley's former attorney, Terence Kindlon, said that the first time he heard Mosley's explanation for how his blood ended up on a mattress at the crime scene was when Mosley told the story at trial. [TU]

GloFo traffic
A new traffic study concludes that adding a new Northway exit isn't the best way to handle increased traffic from GlobalFoundaries. [Daily Gazette]

Arts Center building
The Arts Center of the Capital Region has worked out a deal with Sequence Development to sell its downtown Troy buildings and then lease back its space -- the upper floors will be redeveloped into apartments. [TU]

Good things
A restaurant in Albany's West Hill neighborhood gave away 130 meals on Thanksgiving. [TU+]

Hatsgiving
A Latham kid's "Hatsgiving" program collected more than 1,400 hats this year for people who've lost their hair because of cancer treatment. [WNYT]

Stuff going on today

Rezone Albany: South End
The Rezone Albany project is focusing on the South End neighborhood this week -- and there's a public design workshop at the Capital South Campus Center. Tuesday 6-8 pm

Matilda
Tuesday-Sunday: A touring production of the Broadway show Matilda The Musical will be at Proctors this week. It's based on the Roald Dahl story of the same name. Tuesday-Sunday various times - $20 and up

A Christmas Story
Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep continues its production of A Christmas Story, The Musical, an adaptation of the classic film. Tuesday-Sunday various times - $20 and up

Trailer Park Boys "Dear Santa Claus Tour" at The Palace
"Spend an evening with the boys for a Christmas sh%* show you will never forget!" Tuesday 8 pm - $35 and up

The Messiah at The Cathedral of All Saints
"Woodrow Bynum leads The Cathedral of All Saints Choir of Men & Boys, and a period instrument orchestra in a performance of Handel's masterpiece ... The work, sung in its entirety, features guest soloists Sarah Brailey, soprano, Emily Marvosh, alto, Jack Swanson, tenor, and Nathaniel Webster, baritone, and performed in the Gothic splendor of The Cathedral of All Saints." Tuesday 7 pm - $25 / $20 seniors / $15 students / $10 under 12

Music: The Tedeschi Trucks Band show at The Egg is sold out.

Music: The Acacia Strain at Upstate Concert Hall
Metalcore. Counterparts, Fit For An Autopsy, Kublai Khan, Hollow is Thy Heart. 7 pm - $15 ahead / $18 day of

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