Glenville teen hit and killed by Amtrak train, sinkhole repair may take over a week, abandoned buildings come down in Troy, longtime Schenectady activist and SCCC founder dies

Teen killed by Amtrak train
A 16 year old Glenville girl died on Tuesday when she was struck by an Amtrak train while
walking along the tracks in Scotia. The stretch of track is commonly used by teens as a shortcut, but trains come through the area at speeds of up to 100 mph.[Gazette][TU][TWCN]

Albany sinkhole
Officials say it may take as much as 10 days to repair the sinkhole that swallowed an SUV near Elberon Place off Albany's Washington Park on Tuesday morning. The hole left a nearby apartment building uninhabitable, and another building, occupied largely by seniors and people with disabilities without water and air conditioning on Tuesday. It took hours to turn off the water valves -- which were installed in 1931. [News 10][TWCN][TU][WNYT]

Legislative pay raise under consideration
The state Commission on Legislative, Judicial and Executive Compensation is considering raising the base pay of state legislators by $37,000 -- from $79,500 to $116,900 a year, [TU+]

Double homicide trial in Troy
Prosecutors say the testimony of a man who pleaded guilty in the 2014 murder of a Lansingburgh couple is at the center of the case against Jacob Heimroth, his alleged accomplice. Opening arguments in Heimroth's case began on Tuesday in Rensselaer County Court .[TU][Record]

Malta man charged with raping teen
A 29-year-old Malta man is facing charges for allegedly raping a 16-year old girl he knew through Facebook, after he allegedly blackmailing her into coming to meet him. [WNYT][TWCN]

Testimony in boating incident
Testimony in the Lake George boating accident that claimed the life of a 9-year-old girl indicates that no-one in either boat saw the crash coming. [Gazette]

Indicted for threatening mass shooting
A 58-year-old Canidagua man was indicted Tuesday for allegedly threatening to commit a mass shooting at the Stratton VA Medical Center in July. [TU]

Abandoned buildings knocked down in Troy
The city of Troy has begun demolition on 10 derelict buildings. Mayor Patrick Madden called the process a "morale booster" for people who live in the neighborhoods surrounding the buildings. [TWCN][News 10]

Rains cause sewage spill
Heavy rains this week caused nearly 186,000 gallons of raw sewage to leak into the Mohawk River in Waterford.[WNYT]

Another million for Schenectady
The City of Schenectady will get another $1 million from the Rivers Casino project. [Gazette]

Wadsworth researcher dies
Roy Stevens, a Guilderland resident and Wadsworth researcher who who led the state's development of HIV testing methods, has died at the age of 81. [TU+]

Longtime Schenectady activist dies
"Because they thought I would fail." -- longtime Schenectady activist and Schenectady County Community College founder Malinda Myers, on why she was selected to be part of a feasibility committee to look into establishing SCCC. Myers passed away this week at the age of 96. [Gazette]

Jimmer
Glens Falls native Jimmer Fredette, who has been playing with the NBA since 2011, signed a a one-year deal to play with the Chinese Basketball Association. [News 10]

100,000
"I'm in better shape now than I was in my mid 20s" -- a 74-year-old Rensselaer County cyclist with a pacemaker who is closing in on 100,000 miles on his bike this summer. [TU+]

Happening today

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

Sunshine Fair
Today-Saturday: The Schoharie County Sunshine Fair continues at the fairgrounds in Cobleskill. The schedule includes agricultural displays, games, a demolition derby, and performances -- Sawyer Fredericks is performing on Saturday. Monday-Saturday various times -- $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (age 62 and up), free for children 2 and under (tickets includes fair admission, grandstand and grounds shows, and unlimited rides from noon to closing)

Stage

A Night with Janis Joplin
Today-Sunday: This is the last week for Capital Rep's production of A Night with Janis Joplin. (It closes August 7.) Tuesday-Sunday various times - $25 and up

Williamstown Theatre Festival
Today-Sunday: The Williamstown Theatre Festival's season continues with the new musical Poster Boy on the Nikos Stage (it runs through August 7). And a production of Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter starts Wednesdays on the main stage. various times -- $40 and up

Philadelphia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to SPAC for another summer stay. This week's schedule:
+ Wednesday: Opening night, Hannibal's One Land, One River, One People and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (you know, the ode to joy one).

Wednesday-Saturday 8 pm -- $40 and up

Music

Wednesday: Caroline Rose at Rockin' on the River
Rockabilly-inspired singer/songwriter, the last Rockin' on the River of the season. With: Rabbit in the Rye. 5 pm -- free

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