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State police: Stillwater man ties his shoes while driving drunk

SCHAGHTICOKE – A Stillwater man is under arrest for DWI after police say he was driving in the wrong lane in Schaghticoke.

Troopers say 35-year-old Joshua Lesson was trying to tie his shoes while driving and ended up in the wrong lane on State Route 40.

Lesson failed sobriety testing and was found to have a blood alcohol content of .12 percent.

STEM Career Expo for teens set for May 7

Recruiters are always looking for new people interested in STEM jobs – that’s science, technology, engineering, and math.

A STEM career expo for 8th-10th graders is scheduled for May 7 in the Franklin Terrace Ballroom in Troy – 126 Campbell Avenue.

The expo is scheduled to run from 4:30 p.m. To 7:30 p.m., with presentations on technology at 5:30 p.m. and a presentation on healthcare at 6:00 p.m.

More information on the career expo can be found here.

McDonald's employee accused of stealing from restaurant safe

BRUNSWICK – A Troy woman is accused of stealing money from the McDonald’s where she worked.

A manager of the McDonald’s in Brunswick noticed a discrepancy in the amount of cash that was unaccounted for.

After checking the restaurant’s security camera, the manager saw 43-year-old Erica Rokjer taking more than $200 from the safe early Friday morning.

Rokjer was arrested and charged with petit larceny.

Troy students get 'out of this world' lesson from RPI grad

TROY - Rick Mastracchio is a 1987 RPI grad who is currently living on the International Space Station.

On Friday, he answered questions from students here on Earth.

After all of his training, one student wanted to know if there is anything surprising about life in space.

"The beauty of the Earth. It's amazing you spend your whole life trying to get off of the Earth," said Mastracchio. "The first thing you do is turn around and look back at the Earth and see how beautiful it was. You miss it almost instantly."

Mastracchio says he was also surprised by how much he enjoys floating in zero gravity.

He says he often eats his lunch while hanging upside down.

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Area teachers selected for NYS Master Teacher Program

A big honor for several teachers in the Capital Region.

The teachers were picked for New York State’s Master Teacher Program.

The program honors growth, mentorship and leadership.

Only 215 teachers were selected this year.

The list of Capital Region teachers is below, courtesy of the Governor’s Office:

Daniel Anderson, Queensbury School District

Janice Balogh, Schodack School District

Theresa Billington, Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District

Heather Buskirk, Johnstown School District

Jeffrey Bower, Scotia-Glenville School District

Kim Bruton, Troy School District

Elizabeth Carroll, North Colonie Central School District

Stephanie Conklin, Saratoga Springs City School District

Tammy Darby, Lake George School District

Kristin Darlington, Galway School District

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.