Calls to close Colonie landfill, state trooper dies from injuries in Wilton crash, 30 years worth of library fines

State Police trooper dies from injuries following crash
Update: State Police say the trooper, Timothy Pratt, has died. | A NYS Trooper has been hospitalized with serious injuries after he was struck by a car on Ballard Road in Wilton while attempting to assist a tractor trailer Wednesday morning. [NYSP] [News 10]

Colonie landfill
At a public meeting on Tuesday, residents of Colonie, Waterford and Halfmoon called for the closing, rather than the expansion, of the Colonie town landfill. [WNYT][TU]

Kaloyeros / Percoco
A federal judge is giving prosecutors two extra weeks to file an indictment against Joe Percoco, Alain Kaloyeros and six others in the bid-rigging scandal bribery scandal uncovered last month. [TWCN]

Troy murders
The fourth suspect in a recent Troy homicide, arrested this week, has pleaded not guilty. [News 10]

Clifton Park fire
Two people were rescued by state police overnight from a house fire that is believed to have begun in a chimney.[WNYT]

Schenectady taxes
Schenectady's City Council is looking for ways to turn the proposed 3.26 percent tax cut into a 5 percent tax cut. [TU]

Water main
Crews are on the scene of a water break on Hackett Blvd in Albany that has interrupted service to Albany Charter School for Girls. The water main dates back to 1968 and Albany Water Department Commissioner Joseph Coffey told the Times Union, "That's probably one of our newer mains."[TU]

Disrespect may have led to fatal stabbing
The man charged with killing a Schenectady man with a steak knife last year suggested he stabbed the victim because he "disrespected" him in front of his 1-year-old son. [TU]

EZ Pass only
As of Friday, the Massachusetts Turnpike is doing away with cash toll payments and moving to an EZ Pass only system. [TU]

Capital Region unemployment
Unemployment was down in the Capital Region from last September, but up slightly from the summer.[Gazette]

Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons
Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons' athletic director says Friday's arson fire at the school's field house caused about $70 thousand in damage to the facility. [Gazette]

Saratoga Code Blue Shelter
Saratoga's new Code Blue Shelter on Henry Street will open if needed as of Tuesday, in spite of some concerns about its location. [Gazette][WNYT]

Health Exchange
Health Exchange hikes in New York will be below the 25% hike predicted by the federal government. [Gazette]

Fantasy sports site settlement
Daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel will each pay $6 million to New York State to resolve lawsuits that claim they engaged in false advertising.[WNYT]

Nicholaus building
The fate of the historic Nicholaus Building at Erie Boulevard and State Street in Schenectady, which had to be stabilized in April, is still in limbo.[Gazette]

Recording interrogations
The Troy Police Department and the Warren County Sheriff's Office will receive funding for recording equipment to be used in criminal interrogations. [TU]

McCarthy investigation
Five Schenectady police officers will be interviewed this week in the ongoing probe into an alleged incident involving Mayor Gary McCarthy, and two women who claim he was intoxicated and followed them in a late night car chase. [TU]

Pool
Albany High School broke ground Tuesday on its new swimming pool. [TU]

New leader at Emma Willard
Emma Williard has announced that a Baltimore educator will become the school's 17th leader this spring. [TU]

Bruno
A lively chat with Joe Bruno about his soon to be released book.
[TU]

Library book
A book that was recently returned to the Guilderland Library was 30 years overdue. If you're counting at home, that's $3,106.20 in fines. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Halloween
It Came From Schenectady is showing Halloween at Proctors, along with a 15 recorded intro by director John Carpenter. Wednesday 7 pm -- $9 / $6 kids and students with ID

Twilight Cemetery Tour
The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation has a twilight tour of Greenridge Cemetery. "Volunteer docent Jan Klassovity will navigate the tombs and monuments of Greenridge Cemetery, discussing the historical and architectural background of the American rural cemetery movement while unearthing tales of Saratoga's most notable residents." Wednesday 5 pm -- $10

This is Not a Test
Marquise Productions, the contemporary circus company based in Troy, is presenting a one-person clown show at Revolution Hall called This is Not a Test:

A mix between theater and a French-style of clowning, "This is Not a Test" is about an isolated clown who finds shelter in a desolate theater. With only inanimate objects as his friends, he attempts to live out the end of times, trapped between the music of yesterday and the disaster of tomorrow.

The show stars Aaron Marquise, a graduate of the National Circus School in Montreal. Wednesday 7:30 pm -- $12

Elvis Costello at The Palace
Playing with The Imposters. 8 pm -- $49.50 and up

Warsaw Philharmonic at Troy Music Hall
Playing works by Weinberg, Chopin, and Brahms. 7:30 pm -- $45 and up

Elizabeth Cook at Helsinki Hudson
Country singer. With: Derek Hoke. 8 pm -- $20 and up

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Masspike is not changing into an ezpass-only road. You can travel without ezpass - then photo of license plate will be taken and bill will come in the mail. At significantly higher rate than ezpass one, but still travel is possible without transponder.

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