FBI investigating Cohoes mayor, only 45% of NY students passed state tests, Albany Med prize goes to immunotherapy researchers, Garafalo's to close after 114 years

FBI investigating Shawn Morse
FBI agents are investigating business dealings of Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse, Brendan Lyons reports. [TU]

State tests
Only 45% of New York State students passed the state reading and math tests for grades 3-8 this spring. State officials say this year's tests represent a new baseline and shouldn't be compared to past tests. [TU][Gazette]

Corrections officer charged with abusing inmate
A Rensselaer County jail corrections officer is facing misconduct and sexual abuse charges for allegedly inappropriately touching a female inmate. [Spectrum]

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Schenectady county corrections employees
A Schenectady County corrections officer was charged with burglarizing a neighbor's Colonie home -- which makes about 50 county jail employees since 2010 to be fired or forced out in controversial circumstances. [TU]

Schenectady cop
A former Schenectady police officer who pleaded guilty to DWAI has taken a job as a patrol deputy with the county Sheriff's department, run by his stepfather. [Gazette]

Capital Care burglary
A burglar broke into a Rotterdam Capital Care medical office on Wednesday, but no medical records or medication were stolen. [TU]

Crystal Run
Andrew Cuomo now says he was unaware that Crystal Run Healthcare had reached out to his campaign about potential problems with donations when he denied the fact to the Times Union editorial board. [TU]

Highway signs
Sunday is the date to comply with the Federal Highway Administration's demands to remove controversial "I Love NY" tourism highway signs, but they're still up. [TU]

Albany diocese
Allegations of sexual abuse agains a priest in the Albany diocese came out six years ago, but he was not barred from the ministry until this past June. [TU]

Medical marijuana opponents
Some alcohol and drug abuse prevention organizations are raising concerns about medical marijuana. [Spectrum]

Glenville gun range
Plans for a police firing range in Glenville have slowed while officials and the property owner review plans for placement. [TU]

Battery storage project
A new lithium-ion battery storage project broke ground on Wednesday in Saratoga County. [Spectrum]

South End Luxury complex
Some Albany residents are raising opposition to a proposed gated community in the city's South End. [TU]

Anarchist home shut down
The home where anarchists, featured last weekend in a Times Union article, were squatting was shut down by the city this week. [TU]

Missing child
Washington County police are looking for 12-year-old Malaya Johnson, who was last seen leaving the Hudson Falls Middle School on Wednesday afternoon. [WNYT]

About a dozen residents of a Schenectady apartment building were displaced by an early morning kitchen fire.[Gazette]

South End Rite Aid and retail in Albany neighborhods
Chris Churchill on the closing of Albany's South End Rite Aid and the effort to bring more business to struggling Albany neighborhoods. [TU]

A group of concerned RPI alumni, unhappy with a town hall meeting slated for 8:30 am on the Columbus Day holiday, have decided to call their own meeting to discuss concerns during this weekend's reunion and homecoming. [TU]

Albany Med prize
The $500,000 Albany Medical Center Prize was presented on Wednesday to three scientists who are working to fight cancer with immunotherapy. [WNYT]

After 114 years in business Schenectady's Garafalo's sausage shop is closing its doors. [Gazette]

Stuff going on today

Capitol Hauntings
Today-Saturday: The popular Capitol Hauntings tours have started up for the season at the state Capitol. "The tour lasts about an hour, but the chilling, ghostly tales might haunt you forever." Monday-Friday 1 pm and 5:30 pm / Saturday 1 pm -- free (but you must make a reservation and they fill up)

New Scotland Ave Restaurant Week
Today-Sunday: The first New Scotland Ave Restaurant Week will include a variety of discounts and specials at restaurants along the commercial strip in Albany's Helderberg neighborhood. Nine establishments are participating.

The Royale
Thursday-Sunday: The Rep opens its production of The Royale. (It was in previews this past weekend.) Show blurbage:

Jay "The Sport" Jackson needs one more win to become heavyweight champion of the world, but in the Jim Crow reality of 1905 America, his greatest opponent may not be in the ring. Inspired by the true story of trailblazing boxer Jack Johnson, The Royale bristles with the thrilling rapid-fire dialogue and rhythmic punctuation of playwright Marco Ramirez (Netflix's Daredevil, Orange is the New Black). This powerhouse of a play brings to explosive life the ultimate fight for a man's place in history and packs a punch that will leave you breathless.

Tuesday's opening-night show includes a post-show reception. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Silent Sky
Thursday: CapSci, miSci, and the Dudley Observatory are teaming up for a staged reading of Silent Sky at miSci in Schenectady. "Blending science, humor, and romance, "Silent Sky" tells the compelling, true story of celebrated astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt and her fellow female colleagues at the Harvard Observatory, and how they rose above the male-driven, turn-of-the-century world of science to make their way into history." After the reading the Dudley Observatory's new 14" Schmidt-Cassegranian telescope will be open for stargazing. Thursday 7 pm -- free with museum admission

Music: The High Kings at The Egg
Irish ballads. 7:30 pm -- $34.50 and up

Music: 1964: The Tribute at Troy Music Hall
Beatles tribute. 7:30 pm -- $29 and up

Music: Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hell Raisers at The Linda
"Although inspired by tradition, Dwayne has developed his own high energy style that defies existing stereotypes and blazes a refreshingly distinct path for 21st century Zydeco music." 8 pm -- $20

Music: Amy Helm at Cohoes Music Hall
Singer/songwriter. With: The National Reserve. 8 pm -- $25 and up


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