Top state mental health official charged with child endangerment, legislators await pay raise decision, rescued bear cub euthanized

Top state official charged with child exploitation
A special assistant to the commissioner of the NYS Office of Mental Health was is facing 29 counts of child endangerment after police say he lured teens into his home, and, among other things, asked them to wear diapers. [News 10][TU]

Legislative pay raise
The decision on a long-awaited pay raise for stat legislators is in the hands of a state compensation committee and should come within the next three months. [TU]

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Corruption tour
Marc Molinaro is kicking-off his general election gubernatorial campaign with what he is calling a corruption tour.[TU]

Police involved shootings
Police decisions to shoot or not to shoot -- and how they are trained to make those decisions. [TU]

IDC member still holding on
Four IDC members who lost primary bids last week -- including IDC leader Jeff Klein -- have not called to concede and congratulate opponents, prompting speculation that they might make third party bids. [TU]

Pregnancy discrimination
The former East Greenbush School Superintendent is suing the district for $3.9 million for gender and pregnancy discrimination, claiming she was shunned and later fired after a difficult pregnancy and the birth of premature twins.[TU]

Morse investigation
Cohoes Police Chief Bill Heslin is speaking out about the domestic violence investigation into Mayor Shawn Morse. [WNYT]

Gillibrand/Franken

Chris Churchill on Kirsten Gillibrand , Al Franken and the Kavanaugh hearings. [TU]

Trade war
How tariffs and the trade war are starting to be reflected in the Capital Region. [TU]

Rensselaer firefighters
The Rensselaer fire chef has resigned amid concerns over training, communication and equipment for volunteer firefighters. [Spectrum]

Bear cub
A bear cub rescued from the great Sacandaga by a woman who feared it would drown, had to be euthanized and tested for rabies after it scratched the woman. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Creating Time Through Design
Thursday: University of Texas-Austin professor Dawna Ballard will be at EMPAC for a talk about communication, design, and time. "Dawna Ballard presents a talk on 'chronemics,' the study of the relationship between time and human communication. Ballard's research focuses on how communication affects communities, organizations, and individuals. Her work explores the history and context of work-life balance in our contemporary 'always-on,' information-overloaded, 24/7 multitasking culture. Particular to EMPAC, Ballard will explore a new perspective of chronemics in relation to time-based arts." Thursday 7 pm -- free


Music

Thursday: Ani DiFranco at The Egg
Now on her 20th studio album. With: Peter Mulvey. 8 pm -- $35

Thursday: Popa Chubby at Caffe Lena
Blues guitarist. 7 pm -- $25

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