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Rensselaer DA to run for State Supreme Court

TROY - Rensselaer County's district attorney is seeking the nomination for State Supreme Court Justice.

Richard McNally tells NewsChannel 13 that he's running in the third judicial district.

The district includes Albany, Columbia, Greene, and Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties.

McNally currently is serving his second term as district attorney.

Region schools top in nation

NEW YORK – Several Capital Region school shave been named to America’s Best High Schools list.

Of the 2,000 school on the list 194 of them are in New York State including Guilderland, Shenendehowa, Shaker, Bethlehem and Saratoga Springs.

Several factors are used to decide the ranking including test scores and graduation rate.

To see the entire list, PLEASE VISIT.

Local business leader facing DWI charges

GUILDERLAND - A local business leader is facing DWI charges after his arrest Friday night in Guilderland.

NewsChannel 13 has obtained a copy of the police report.

It shows police found Michael Tucker sitting his car with the motor running in the parking lot of Stuyvesant Plaza.

Police say he had a BAC of point 0.20, 2 ½ times the legal limit.

Tucker is the president of the Center for Economic Growth.

Gunshots On Central Avenue

ALBANY - Gunshots rang out Sunday night on Central Ave in Albany. Police say someone fired several shots at a pickup truck, injuring the driver. The driver of the vehicle was a 22-year-old man.

Officers noticed the truck driving erratically and pulled it over. After realizing the situation, they called an ambulance.

Police are determining whether the victim was deliberately targeted.

Watervliet woman charged with felony assault

A Watervliet woman is facing felony assault charges after police say she stabbed a man at a house party.

Watervliet Police responded to a report of a stabbing on Hillside Drive around 12:50 Sunday morning. Upon arrival police say they found a 44 year old man laying in the front lawn with several stab wounds.

The man, whose identity has not been released, is being treated for his injuries at Albany Med.

41 year old Jihada "Onyx" Murray is charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies. Police say Murray was fighting with the victim about some property when she allegedly stabbed him multiple times in the stomach, hands and face.

Murray is being held at Albany County Correctional Facility without bail. No word on the condition of the victim.

Brush burning ban continues in NYS

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York conservation officials say continuing dry weather has raised the danger of wildfires, advising rural and suburban residents that all residential brush burning is prohibited during the usually high fire risk period from March 16 through May 14.
    
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens says the number of seasonal fires has dropped 35 percent since the open burning regulation took effect in 2009.
    
While allowing residential brush burning most of the year in towns with populations of less than 20,000, it prohibits open burning statewide in early spring when most of the state's wildfires occur.
    
Factors include lack of green vegetation, abundant dry grass and leaves, warm temperatures and wind.
    
Violators can face a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense.

Mozzarella product recalled in NY, NJ over soy

HURLEYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York company is recalling a mozzarella cheese product because it contains soy, which isn't listed on the label and could cause allergic reactions.

Formaggio Italian Cheese Specialties of Sullivan County says it's recalling about 234 pounds of fresh mozzarella with chorizo and cilantro products sold in New York and New Jersey.