COPAKE, N.Y. (AP) - Severe thunderstorms rumbling across upstate New York today have caused local flooding. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning in the Albany area today amid multiple reports of flooding. Weather service meteorologists investigating reports of a possible tornado near Copake in Columbia County yesterday found no evidence of a twister.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The attorney for a man charged with raping a 10-year-old girl and killing her mother in an upstate New York carjacking wants to add an expert on death penalty cases to the defense team in case federal prosecutors bring more charges and seek his execution. Assistant Public Defender Randi Bianco has asked Judge Norman Mordue to also appoint William Easton as the second lawyer defending 29-year-old David Renz.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Some property owners along the Mohawk River are suing the state Canal Corporation, claiming the agency failed to adequately prepare for flooding like that caused by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. A lawsuit listing 57 property owners in the Schenectady County hamlet of Rotterdam Junction was filed in the state Court of Claims yesterday. It says the Canal Corporation failed to protect against flooding that caused more than $4.6 million in damage.
EAST AURORA, N.Y. (AP) - Toy maker Fisher-Price says it's moving or eliminating roughly 100 jobs from its New York operations. The company says that a majority of affected jobs will be reassigned to parent company Mattel's California headquarters. They also include an unspecified number of layoffs at Fisher-Price's East Aurora headquarters and offices in New York City.
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