New head for GE, trial of the man charged with killing Medina Knowles, Albany school district settles harassment case, a century of outdoor movies

New head of GE
Jeff Immelt is stepping down as head of GE later this year to be replaced by John Flannery, current head of GE Healthcare. The conglomerate has more than 6,000 employees in the Capital Region. [Bloomberg] [TU]

Trial in the death of Medina Knowles
In opening statements of the trial of Raekwon Stover -- accused of fatally shooting 17-year-old Medina Knowles in a Schenectady residence last fall -- the prosecution alleged that Stover had been prostituting Knowles and killed her because he was angry she was going to stop. A former girlfriend of Stover testified that he had talked about becoming a pimp and later called her from jail asking her to delete photos of Knowles from his email. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Hiring relatives for Albany County government jobs
The Albany County Legislature is considering a resolution that would impose new restrictions on the hiring of people who have family who are elected county officials. [TU]

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Religious leaders and political speech
Should religious leaders be allowed to, say, endorse candidates for mayor without endangering their org's tax-exempt status? Should they even if they're allowed to? [TU+]

Saratoga Springs mayoral race
The Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee has endorsed current deputy mayor Meg Kelly in her run for mayor. [TU]

Albany school district settlement
The Albany school district has agreed to a $400k settlement in the case of the sexual harassment allegations against a former principal of New Scotland Elementary. [TU]

Summer school
The Schenectady school district is piloting a program that could eventually expand to offer summer school to all elementary school students in an attempt to halt the "summer slide" in what students learn. [Daily Gazette]

Alleged Schenectady murder for hire
Court docs include more details about the case against the two men accused of an alleged murder-for-hire scheme in the death of Charles Dembrosky in Schenectady last fall. [TU]

Grandpa Bandit
Police say a robbery at the Dollar Tree in North Greenbush in May was one stop in a national string of dollar store robberies by the "Grandpa Bandit." [TU]

Sheriff: woman had been living with dead pets
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says deputies responding to a call to a foreclosed property in New Scotland found an "absolutely disgusting" scene in which two animals that been left to starve -- and it appears the woman who had been living there had done so with two other pets who had been dead. [TU] [Spectrum]

10 years
Chris Churchill reflects on what's changed in Troy and the wider area in the 10 years since he's moved here. [TU+]

Duck tours
A new company is planning to bring back amphibious vehicle tours to Albany. [TU]

The outdoor silver screen
Commemorating a century of outdoor movies in Schoharie. [Spectrum]

Stuff going on today

The Sound of Music
Monday: Proctors is showing The Sound of Music at multiple screenings in the GE Theater. Monday noon, 3:30 pm, 7:00 pm -- $5

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