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The National Weather Service says an upstate New York village outside of Albany was hit by a brief tornado.

Officials say the EF0 tornado hit parts of Scotia in Schenectady County Tuesday afternoon. The 25-yard wide tornado had winds up to 80 mph and was on the ground for about a quarter-mile.

Residents and crews spent the rest of the day cleaning up from aftermath of the strong winds. The storm ripped the roof off of a storage facility and toppled several trees. Three people in a shed that was knocked over suffered scrapes and bruises.

Several hundred people lost power for a few hours after the tornado passed through.

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  There's a bit of "moving-up" happening within one Capital Region police department 

One person has died following an overnight shooting on Old Sixth Avenue in Troy. Local media reports that police say two people were shot shortly after midnight. Police are also saying that they believe this is a targeted attack. 

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As it publicly grapples with staff cutbacks and a dropoff in admissions, Albany's College of St. Rose’s international program is flourishing.

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