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RPI grad chats with students from outer space

TROY - An RPI grad currently in outer space will talk with students back in Troy Friday.

Rick Mastracchio is aboard the International Space Station.

He'll converse via Skype with students at RPI gathered in the Empac building Friday afternoon.

Mastracchio graduated with a master’s degree in electrical engineering from RPI’s Hartford campus.

This is his 4th NASA shuttle mission. 

National Grid promises lower bills in April

National Grid is promising electricity customers some relief in their next bill.

The utility company says April bills should drop by about 40 percent.

However, there will be an added charge on your may bill, reflecting last month's record cold.

The good news, the company says that charge will be lower than the one you saw in March.

In many cases, customers have seen their bills double since January.

National Grid has blamed the increases on the cold weather, which it says, pushed up demand and in turn, pushed up rates.

Sand Lake man faces felony DWI charge

SAND LAKE – A Sand Lake man is under arrest after police say his blood alcohol level was close to three times the legal limit.

State police pulled over 56-year-old Ernest Maier on Burden Lake Road for speeding and failure to keep right.

They say the motorcyclist failed sobriety tests and was found to have a BAC of .21 percent.

Maier has previous alcohol convictions within the last 10 years and is facing felony charges.

Albany Molecular Research moving jobs to Albany, cutting others

Albany Molecular Research will close its Syracuse plant in July.

However, The Business Review reports that some of the 45 jobs cut will be relocated to Albany, while others will be moved nationally or internationally.

The paper reports the move is to consolidate operations and reduce costs.

The company is best known for discovering the active ingredient in Allegra, an allergy medication.

Meantime, another AMRI facility is planned for Buffalo in 2015.

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A look inside the new facility for NYSIO

NORTH GREENBUSH - When the power goes out, the New York Independent System Operator is immediately in the mix.

Tuesday, NewsChannel 13 got an inside look at their new $38 million dollar control center.

The new center features high tech monitoring technologies that the company says will make the power grid more reliable and secure.

The facility is located in Rensselaer County.

$1 million grant to help fight crime in NYS

A nearly $1 million grant will help fight crime in New York State.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that $976,790 will be split among 31 law enforcement agencies as part of “Operation Impact Tools Grants.”

Grants in our area will go to police in Colonie, Glenville, Niskayuna, Rensselaer, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Each one will receive a grant between $18,200 and $50,000.

The counties who were able to apply have higher crime rates and were not already funded by the Operation Impact or GIVE programs.

The governor says the money will help fight and prevent crime by giving agencies the tools they need.

NY's electrical grid getting new high-tech control center

RENSSELAER, N.Y. (AP) - New York's electrical grid is getting a new high-tech control center.
    
The New York Independent System Operator will officially unveil its new $38 million control center near Albany on Tuesday. Grid operators say the new control center will increase reliability and security.
    
The control center is part of "smart grid" initiative that will match electricity production with consumer demand.
    
The independent operator oversees the market as well as operating the state's electrical grid.

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