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A Schoharie County high school teacher and coach turned himself in to county police after being accused of having sexual contact with a female student, local media report.

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A 4-year-old boy is dead after being struck by a truck, and police are investigating. The scene is a busy Albany intersection that was shut down for more than five hours today.

The corner of Central Avenue and Quail Street in Albany was closed off Thursday morning, as police conducted an investigation into a pedestrian accident. They say a 4-year-old boy was struck by a garbage truck while crossing the four-lane Central Avenue, just steps from WAMC studios. Police spokesman Steve Smith:  

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Arson continues to plague Troy's Lansingburgh neighborhood.

The latest in a string of suspicious fires was set in the wee hours of Sunday at the back of 509 Second Avenue near 113th Street. The pattern is all too familiar to neighbors and authorities: set during a quiet time at the rear of a vacant structure that is accessible via one of Troy's numerous alleys, which date back to the late 1700s', many of them originally streets in their own right.

This fall, voters in Rensselaer County will elect a new sheriff, as sitting Sheriff Jack Mahar has decided not to seek a fourth term.

Sheriff Jack Mahar is leaving office, writing in a letter to county Republican Chairman John Rustin he would not seek re-election because he wanted to retire and spend more time with his family.

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Albany city police have announced the sites where red light cameras will be installed.

Temperatures across New York and New England hit sub-zero levels Tuesday morning, a day after a storm dumped more than a foot of snow from Buffalo to the Hudson Valley. The Sunday-Monday snowfall has triggered several municipal snow emergencies.

The storm impacted local streets and highways. Numerous accidents were reported Tuesday and tri-city traffic was truly bumper-to-bumper as vehicles inched along for the morning rush hour commute.  But that should change as roadways are cleared.

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Downtown Albany is undergoing a major facelift, from new apartments to a major convention center project. Now, more projects are in store for the city's core.

Health insurer Capital District Physicians Health Plan and the area's largest cancer care provider New York Oncology Hematology announced Monday they've settled their differences and will continue working with each other.  The accord means cancer patients undergoing treatment plans are no longer caught in the middle.

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As the Rivers Casino project in Schenectady moves forward,  there are some bumps in the road.

A little more than a month ago, public officials and businesspeople were celebrating Schenectady’s casino win. But now, David Giacalone of anti-gaming group Stop the Schenectady Casino is raising concerns over proposed C-3 Waterfront-Casino zoning amendments.

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A state assemblyman says he's concerned that a planned casino in Schenectady could place financial burdens on a neighboring town.

Assemblyman James Tedisco says the town of Glenville will be across the Mohawk River from the Rivers Casino and will have to deal with more traffic congestion. Tedisco has asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to consider more highway funding for Glenville to compensate local taxpayers.

Glenville is in Schenectady County, which will get a share of tax revenue from the casino.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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