Looking into the Troy sinkhole, naming deal for TU Center extended, 147-year-old school closing, which Rush Street is that?

Troy sinkhole watch
Crews in Troy are trying to figure out what caused the large sinkhole on Campbell Ave. City firefighters first detected the start of the hole Saturday night when a firetruck hit what felt like a large bump in the road. [Troy Record] [TU]

Also: Chris Churchill on the challenge of being mayor of Troy right now. [TU+]

Schenectady shooting investigation
Schenectady police say they've identified a person of interest in the weekend shooting of a man in Mont Pleasant. [Daily Gazette]

Jay Street fire
Says the brother of one of the people who died in the Jay Street fire almost a year ago: "There is a lot of confusion and a lot of things that haven't been answered about the fire ... There's a lot that's unsaid. There is still tension." [Daily Gazette]

TU Center naming deal
Albany County and the Times Union have reached a deal to extend the paper's naming rights to the TU Center through 2020. [TU]

Nursing home violations
The state comptroller's office reports that the state Department of Health is slow to assess fines on nursing homes that have been tagged with violations -- in some cases it takes years for the fines to be assessed. A DOH spokesman pointed out the the comptroller's audit did find that the department acted quickly on serious complaints. [NYS OSC] [TU] [State of Politics]

Trump's campaign donations
A look at the recipients of Donald Trump's campaign contributions in New York State since 2000. [TU+]

Bethelehem police sexual harassment suit
A former Bethlehem police officers has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that she was the subject harassing and threatening messages and supervisors didn't do anything after it was reported. [TU]

St. Augustine School closing
The Albany Roman Catholic Diocese announced Monday that the St. Augustine School in Lansingburgh will be closing. The school dates back to 1869. In a statement bishop Edward Scharfenberger cited "the inability of parents in low- and middle-income families to afford increasing tuition needed to meet rising costs" and said the closure "likely might have been avoided" if the state had adopted the Education Tax Credit. [Troy Record] [News10] [WNYT]

UAlbany dorm evacuated
A fire contained to one dorm room prompted the displacement of more than 100 UAlbany on the uptown campus because the fire triggered the building's sprinkler system. [News10]

Downtown Troy buildings sold
The two not-yet-sold Pioneer Bank buildings in downtown have now been sold to a developer who intends to turn one of the building's upper floors into apartments. [TU]

High Rock
There's a special Saratoga Springs City Council meeting this week to discuss the mixed-use designs for the High Rock development. [Saratogian]

Mohawk Harbor street names
Latest turn in the ongoing what to name the streets in the new Mohawk Harbor development in Schenectady: Would "Rush Street" be named after Rush Street (the company) or Rush Street (the street in Chicago)? [Daily Gazette]

Birth parents
Talking with a man born at St. Peter's Hospital in 1988 about his ongoing effort to find his birth parents. [WNYT]

Stuff going on today

John Krakauer
Journalist John Krakauer will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Krakauer is famous for books such as Into the Wild and Into Thin Air. His appearance at UAlbany will be for his recent book Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town. Tuesday 8 pm, UAlbany downtown campus, Page Hall - free

Endangered buildings
Historic Albany has a "pub lecture" at Restaurant Navona to discuss its recently released endangered buildings list. "Learn about the process behind the list, and what these themes mean for Albany. For instance, what are zombie buildings, and how do they affect surrounding neighborhoods?" Tuesday 5:30 pm - free to attend (but reservation required, see link for info)

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