It's eclipse day, the road to Canada and asylum, casino continues to lag payout projections to municipalities, possibly wild... something

Eclipse
Yep, the eclipse -- a partial eclipse, here, to be specific -- is happening Monday afternoon. It'll start at 1:22 pm and end at 3:56 pm, with the maximum eclipse at 2:42 pm.

There are viewing events around the region -- here are a few of them -- at which telescopes and other viewers will be set up. And a reminder to not look directly at the sun without the special eclipse-viewing glasses.

Seeking asylum across the border
Chris Churchil travels to the road on the New York/Quebec border where people worried about their US immigration/refugee status have been crossing into Canada illegally so they can request asylum. [TU]

Troy police shooting investigation
Reps for Andrew Cuomo and state attorney general Eric Schneiderman say they're monitoring the investigation of last week's shooting of man by Troy police. [TU]

Horse deaths
+ The current Saratoga Race Course season now includes 17 horse deaths. [WNYT]
+ What role do the track surfaces play in horse injuries? [TU]

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Albany police officer admits to violation
The Albany police officer accused of fleeing a crash in Pine Hills in May -- in which the other driver said the off-duty officer t-boned the driver's car, and police say the driver sought treatment for minor injuries -- pleaded guilty last week to a violation and agreed to pay $50 in restitution. [TU]

Niskayuna excessive force allegation
Dash cam video of the 2016 DWI stop in which a man alleges Niskayuna police used excessive force has been released after the man was sentenced last week. [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady casino
+ At the six-month mark, the Rivers Casino in Schenectady is still behind revenue projections -- and, as a result, so are its payments to local municipalities. [Daily Gazette]
+ The casino has had a workforce turnover rate of 32 percent since it opened earlier this year. [Biz Review]

Donald Trump
Republican Party officials in upstate counties say they -- and the party base -- still support Donald Trump. [TU]

The Confederacy
+ State Assembly speaker Carl Heastie said New York should remove any public monuments that "glorify" the Confederacy. [Politico NY]
+ Visiting the Grant Cottage in Wilton in light of all that's been happening lately. [Daily Gazette]

Road diets
The town of Bethlehem is considering a road diet for Delaware Ave in Delmar. [TU]

Brunswick Stewart's
A proposed new Stewart's building on Route 7 in Brunswick is prompting conccerns about traffic and historic preservation. [Troy Record]

Central Park
Sara Foss: Schenectady's Central Park is "a lively and much-loved place that's in need of upgrades and better maintenance." [Daily Gazette]

Farms
A look at the struggle for new farmers to find farmland, and the work of longtime farmers to preserve their land. [TU x2]

Elise Stefanik
Elise Stefanik got married in Saratoga Springs this past weekend. [NYT]

Wayne Bennett
Remembering Wayne Bennett -- the Schenectady commissioner of public safety, and former State Police superintendent -- his funeral was at St. Mary's in downtown Albany Saturday. [Daily Gazette]

Wild
The possibly wild... something... spotted near Buckingham Pond in Albany. [APD]

Stuff going on today

Bites Camera Action
Monday: The film/food truck series Bites Camera Action will be showing Jurassic Park in Albany's Tricentennial Park, along with music by DJ Trumastr. Monday music 5-8 pm, movie at 8:30 pm -- free admission

Baseball
Monday: The ValleyCats wrap up their current home stand with a game against Brooklyn at The Joe. The Cats are back in town Friday. Monday 7 pm -- $6 and up

WWE
Monday: WWE Live is at the TU Center, with Shinsuke Nakamura, Money in the Bank Winner Baron Corbin, Women's Champion Naomi, Women's Money in the Bank Winner Carmella, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and others. 7:30 pm -- $23 and up

Washington County Fair
Monday-Sunday: The Washington County Fair is at the fairgrounds in Greenwich. It touts itself as the "New York's #1 Agricultural County Fair." Admission is $12 / children 13 and under are free. An all-week pass is $36. Free admission for all active military service members with military ID. Admission does not include carnival rides. During the fair, ride tickets are $1.25 each.

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