Fatal crash of reported stolen vehicle, carjacking reported at Colonie Center, health care costs complicate state employee contracts, she protested her own concert

One dead after Colonie crash of reported stolen vehicle
Police say a minivan that had been reported stole in Schenectady crashed on Central Ave near Route 155 in Colonie early Sunday morning -- one person inside the car was killed, and two others were injured. Deputies of the Schenectady County Sheriff's Office had reportedly tried to stop the car prior the crash. A witness says the minivan rolled over multiple times during the crash. [Daily Gazette] [TWCN] [News10]

Carjacking at Colonie Center
Colonie police say a 77-year-old woman reported that a man assaulted her and forced his way into her car in the Colonie Center parking lot Sunday afternoon, then drove down Fuller Road before stopping and forcing the woman out of the car. CPD is asking for the public's help in finding the car. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [News10]

Fatal fire in Guilderland
One person died in a fire at Guilderland home with three units Sunday afternoon, according to the Guilderland Fire Department chief. Neighbors said they heard loud bangs, which the fire chief said were exploding oxygen tanks. [TU] [TWCN]

Fatal plane crash in Schoharie County
The Schoharie County Sheriff's Office says three people died in a small plane crash in Esperance Saturday -- it appears one person survived the crash. State Police and an FAA official were on the scene Sunday. [TWCN] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Bodies recovered from Lawson Lake
Albany County officials say the bodies of two men, missing their boat capsized Thursday evening, were recovered from Lawson Lake. The men had apparently been fishing on the lake. [WNYT] [TU]

Shooting reported in Albany
Albany police are investigating a shooting in West Hill Sunday night. [News10]

Police/community relationships
Chris Churchill on the recent controversy over an Albany police officer's comments to teens about how traffic stops are handled differently based on the tone of the people in the vehicle: "We can admire the honesty. But we should object to that truth."

Vigil in Troy
Said the organizer of a peace vigil in Troy's Monument Square Friday evening, about why there were gathered in response to everything that's happened lately: "The the idea is to shake hands, get to know your neighbors, and any time something happens, come together again." [TWCN]

State employee contracts
What's shaping up to be a big issue in the negotiations for the next PEF contract, and the contracts of other large state employee unions: health care costs. [TU+]

Saratoga Race Course
John Hendrickson -- the husband of MaryLou Whitney -- on why he's been so vocal lately in his criticisms about how the Cuomo admin is handling NYRA and the Saratoga Race Course. [TU+]

Convention delegates
Talking with local delegates headed the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions. [TU+]

Summer meal program
A look at how a summer meals program in Schenectady supplies 2,000 meals a day. [Daily Gazette]

Brown's Beach
Brown's Beach on Saratoga Lake has been closed to swimming because of E. coli levels in the water. [Daily Gazette]

Pink Palace replacement
Bonacio Construction has gotten the OK to build 18 new condos at the "Pink Palace" site on Union Ave in Saratoga Springs. [Biz Review]

Warehouse District
A developer is planning to renovate some of the rundown properties on Broadway Albany just south of the railroad overpass into new apartments. [Biz Review]

Shocked
The bizarre episode in which the Michelle Shocked concert in Saratoga Springs was cancelled last week -- she ended up protesting her own concert. [TU]

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