Trucks destroyed in Voorheesville explosion, students defend transgender teens on school bus, charges in crash with cyclist, significant downtown Albany resident project facing redesign

Voorheesville explosion
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says an explosion at a state Department of Transportation site in Voorheesville Friday morning destroyed three dump trucks worth an estimated $500k. Neighbors reported hearing multiple explosions. The cause hasn't been determined, but investigators are calling it suspicious. [TU] [News10] [Spectrum]

South Glens Falls school bus incident
Students on a South Glens Falls school bus came to the defense of two transgender students this week when during an incident captured on video in which the bus driver kicked the two students off the bus. The district superintendent says the bus driver was wrong and "we're going to use this as a learning experience." [TU] [News10]

Puerto Rico
Andrew Cuomo, a group of state officials, and experts from the New York Power Authority are headed to Puerto Rico to survey damage from Hurricane Maria and offer assistance. [TU]

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Charges in Menands crash involving cyclist
Menands police say a driver is facing charges that include assault and DWI for allegedly hitting a cyclist on Broadway near the ramp to 787 Monday. [TU]

Lawsuit against Schenectady police
A Schenectady husband and wife allege in a lawsuit that Schenectady police arrested them without cause at their home three years ago in an incident at least partially captured on video. [Daily Gazette]

Prisons
A statistical breakdown of the more than 51,000 people in New York State prisons. [TU]

Troy city finances
An annual consultants' survey of Troy's finances indicates city spending came in under budget last year and the overall direction appears to generally be on the right track. [Troy Record]

Sheridan Hollow microgrid
Residents of Sheridan Hollow and Arbor Hill say they want the state to be more open about plans install new gas-fired turbines at the steam facility in Sheridan Hollow as part of a plan to build a microgrid for the ESP. [TU]

Albany residential construction
+ The developer behind the plan to construct a new 100-unit apartment building at 760 Broadway in Albany has told the IDA that sewer lines on the site will require the project to be redesigned and delayed. [Biz Review]
+ The developer behind a plan to build a new 30-unit apartment building on Dana Ave in Albany's Park South got a PILOT and tax breaks from the IDA this week. [Biz Review]

Mooncakes
A visit to the Hong Kong Bakery and Bistro as it prepares mooncakes ahead of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. [TU]

Apples
The warm late-summer weather is prompting apples to ripen earlier -- and fall off trees. [News10]

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