Albany homicides reach 12, JCOPE hasn't investigated Cuomo, flooding issues continue on Western Avenue, Saratoga City Hall closed for a year

Albany homicides
Albany has recorded 12 homicides in 2018 so far -- the highest number in 18 years. [TU]

Sentencing in Schenectady stabbing
A Schenectady woman will serve 3 years in prison for an April stabbing at Summit Towers apartments in the city. [Gazette]

Manslaughter plea
An Albany woman pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter Tuesday morning, in connection with the overdose death of a 24-year-old woman found in a snowbank in March. [TU]

"It felt like my whole back was on fire"
Ellazar Williams, the man paralyzed after being shot in the back in a police involved shooting, told his story to Paul Grondahl[TU]

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JCOPE and Cuomo
JCOPE, New York's ethics agency has not notified the Cuomo administration of any investigation of possible legal violations by the Governor, even though sworn complaints have been filed with the board by Marc Molinaro and Republican state party chairman Ed Cox. [TU]

Absenteeism in schools
Tom DiNapoli's office is asking school districts and the State Education Department to do more to bring down the absentee rates in schools, where nearly 19 percent of students are missing 10 or more days of school a year. [TU]

Firefighter contract
Albany's firefighters union has negotiated a contract with the city through 2022.[TU]

Flooding
Flooding is still an issue on a stretch of Western Avenue in Guilderland. [Spectrum]

Saratoga County Public Safety building
Saratoga County's Board of Supervisors approved a $24 million bond for a public safety facility in Ballston Spa that will house a 911 emergency response center along with public health officials, emergency management, public safety, sheriff's deputies and probation officers. [Gazette]

Saratoga City Hall
Saratoga City Hall will be closed for about a year while damaged from a recent lightening strike is repaired. [Saratogian]

Community College Career Coalition
Five SUNY community colleges have joined forces to help place students in post-college jobs. [Record]

Anthrax study
A UAlbany Assistant Professor is headed to Namibia to study the effects of anthrax. [TU]

In case you didn't know
Riding a dirt bike through a grocery store -- illegal. [TU]

Stuff going on today

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UAlbany downtown campus walkabout
Wednesday: Historic Albany Foundaton's Walkabout Wednesday series as a walking history/architecture tour of the downtown UAlbany campus with city historian Tony Opalka and Kim Alvarez of Landmark Consulting. Wedensday 5:30 pm -- $10 (reservation required)

Hops and Harvest Festival

Wednesday: The Hops and Harvest Festival will be at The Empire State Plaza. The event "features the best of fall in Upstate New York with activities like a pie eating contest, hops demonstration, food vendors, music, and more!" The music lineup includes The Infamous Stringdusters -- winners of the 2018 Grammy for best bluegrass album -- along with The Lonely Heartstring Band, and Honeysuckle. Wednesday 5-9 pm -- free admission


Music


ong> Rooney at The Hollow
Alt rock. With: Mating Ritual. 9 pm -- $18

Wednesday: Bear Tooth at Upstate Concert Hall
Metalcore. With: Knocked Loose, Sylar.

Wednesday: Bear Grass at The Linda
With: Thelma, gobbinjr, Nxnes x Pink Nois. 7 pm -- $10

Wednesday: Moonwalker at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
With: The Color Blue, LAME, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. 6 pm -- $12 ahead / $15 day of

Wednesday: Hamell on Trial at The Low Beat
September residency. 7 pm

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photo via Infamous Stringdusters Facebook

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