Troy police investigate pair of mysterious deaths, Albany's Democratic mayoral candidates debate, Union College president to step down

Harvey
+The Red Cross is training volunteers to head to Texas to assist the flooding victims.
+New York is sending additional Air National Guard members to Texas to respond to the flooding from Harvey
+Victory church is collecting funds to send a truckload of supplies and assistance to Houston.
+''When your neighbor's house is underwater, you don't haggle over the price to get into a rescue boat,'' -- Paul Tonko urging fellow Democrats in Congress to approve support for Harvey victims and not succumb to temptation for payback for GOP resistance to help for victims of Hurricane Irene and Sandy.
[Saratogian][TU][WNYT][TU]

Pair of mysterious deaths in Troy
Police found two men dead in a South Troy home early this morning.
An investigation is underway but police initially found no signs of foul play. [TU][WNYT]

Democratic Mayoral Debate
Albany's three Democratic mayoral candidates debated on Tuesday, covering issues like jobs, developing the city waterfront and property taxes for government and not-for-profit entities. [TU][News 10]

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"I'm the one you're looking for. You know, the murderer"
Police body cameras captured admissions of guilt by the man charged with the grisly murders of a Glens Falls woman and her 4-year-old daughter in their South Street apartment earlier this month. [TU]

PFOA survey
Bennington College is teaming up with scientists and environmental regulators to conduct a survey in Hoosick Falls and other areas in Rensselaer County and southern Vermont on six illnesses tied to PFOA contamination[WNYT][TU]

Ticks
NYS Health Commissioner Howard Zucker says the Powassan virus was found in 22 of the 2,700 ticks collected this summer throughout Saratoga County. [Gazette]

National Grid hike
A pair of Albany County legislators joined by advocates from AARP and the Public Utility Law Project are asking the county to help battle a proposed double digit National Grid rate hike for electricity and gas deliveries. [TWCN]

Union College president stepping down
Union College President Stephen Ainlay has has announced he will step down at the end of the academic year. In his 11 years as president of Union, Ainlay helped raise more than $250 million to overhaul over a dozen major campus buildings and recently announced a $100 million expansion to its Science and Engineering Center [TU][Gazette]

National Weather Service radar repair
Repairs are underway on the National Weather Service Doppler radar gear in Berne, which failed last week. [TU]

Albany-Nijmegen
Kathy Sheehan will be one of a number of Albany residents headed to the Dutch city of Nijmegen -- to celebrate the 70 year sister city bond.[TU]

Stuff going on today

The Track

It's the last week of the season at the Saratoga Race Course, which wraps up on Labor Day.

Film

Capitol Park After Dark
Wednesday: The Capitol Park After Dark series of outdoor movies in West Capitol Park is showing the 1982 version of Annie. 8 pm -- free admission

County fairs

County fair season wraps up this week with three fairs around the region:
+ Wednesday-Labor Day: The Fonda Fair at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. It's the county fair for Fulton and Montgomery counties.
+ Wednesday-Labor Day: The Columbia County Fair at the fairgrounds in Chatham.
+ Wednesday-Labor Day: The Schaghticoke Fair at the fairgrounds in Schaghticoke. It's the county fair for Rensselaer County. This is the 198th year for Schaghticoke Fair -- it's said to be the 3rd oldest fair of its type in New York State.

Music

Wednesday: Diana Ross at Tanglewood
The one and only. 7 pm -- $29 and up

Wednesday: Sting at SPAC
With: Joe Sumner and The Last Bandoleros. 8 pm -- $29.50 and up

Wednesday: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at The Egg
Last Made in the Shade show at the season. Wednesday noon -- free

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