Sorting through the aftermath of the Schoharie crash, mother facing charges in toddler's death, review of fatal Albany police shooting, what's up with the Madison Theater

It's Columbus Day. Many schools, banks, and government offices will be closed, though other places will be open. Check before heading out.

Schoharie limousine crash
+ State Police say 20 people died in the limousine crash in Schoharie Saturday at State Route 30 and State Route 30A. All 18 people inside the limo died, as did two pedestrians. The National Transportation Safety Board, which was on site to investigate, said it's the largest loss of life in a transportation incident in almost 10 years. [NYSP] [NYT] [Daily Gazette]
+ A family members says the group of passengers from Amsterdam had been celebrating a friend's 30th birthday -- the group included four sisters, two brothers, and two newlywed couples. [TU]
+ The manager of the nearby Apple Barrel Country Store, to the New York Times, about the immediate aftermath of the crash: "I don't want to describe the scene ... It's not something I want to think about." [NYT]
+ A man who lives nearby said the spot has been a problem intersection. [Daily Gazette]
+ From a statement by Andrew Cuomo: "I join all New Yorkers in mourning these deaths and share in the unspeakable sorrow experienced by their families and loved ones during this extremely difficult time." [Cuomo admin]


Mother charged in death of Troy toddler
Troy police say a 20-year-old woman has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with the death of her 21-month-old son this past June. Her attorney told the Times Union she's innocent. [Spectrum] [TU]

Review of Albany police shooting of man who stabbed his mother
A grand jury has concluded that an Albany police officer was justified in shooting a man who was stabbing his mother inside a home on Partridge Street in June. The man died from being shot, and police found his uncle upstairs suffering from stab wounds. In a press conference, Albany County DA David Soares showed body camera video from the incident and said the video was a help during the investigation. [TU] [Spectrum] [CBS6]

Albany shooting
Albany police say they're investigating a shooting Sunday morning near Clinton Ave and Lark Street. They say a man was shot in the back and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Anyone with info is asked to call police. [APD]

Quail Street fire investigation
Fire investigators say the big fire on Quail Street in Albany last week was caused by a grease fire in a kitchen. [WNYT]

Control of the state Senate
A look at how control of the state Senate could shift -- or not -- with the November election. [TU]

Public employee unions
Teacher and state worker unions in New York say they're retaining membership at very high rates following the Supreme Court's Janus decision. [TU]

Medical marijuana and opioids
New York State's recent expansion of the uses of medical marijuana includes treatment for opioid addiction -- but experts argue there isn't evidence that actually works. [TU]

Troy budget
Patrick Madden's proposed Troy budget includes a 1.4 percent increase in property taxes and a $4 increase in the trash fee. [Madden admin] [TU]

A profile charting how the Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (TRIP) grew over 50 years from rehabbing buildings to becoming one of the city's largest landlords. [TU]

Chris Churchill on the political atmosphere and the Kavanaugh confirmation process: "It is easy to be pessimistic about where we are headed. The poison in our politics is making everyone sick. It might not be as bad as 1968, but it is close." [TU]

Dirt bikes in cities
Sara Foss on recent complaints about dirt bikes speeding through Capital District cities: "I've been unimpressed with the Albany Police Department's approach, or lack thereof - to the dirt bike problem." [Daily Gazette]

The animal hospital / dog boarding facility in Niskayuna that had been the subject of complaints about barking dogs is apparently planning a move to Clifton Park. [Daily Gazette]

One example of the effects of tariffs instituted by the Trump admin: A local bike shop says it's increasing prices as a result. [Daily Gazette]

Madison Theater
What's up with the planned -- and delayed -- renovation/re-opening of the Madison Theater in Albany: it's unclear. [TU]

Stuff going on this week

Check out a big list of things to do this week around the Capital Region.

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