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Unemployment rates show improvement in Capital Region economy

New unemployment numbers in the Capital Region show the improvement in the economy over the past year.

In Albany County, for example, the unemployment rate for March has dropped to 5.2 percent from 7 percent last year in March.

In Saratoga County, the unemployment rate is 5.7 percent.

In both Columbia and Schenectady counties, unemployment has dropped to 6.2 percent.

All those Capital Region counties are among the state's 11 best.

Schenectady starts hazardous waste collection

Schenectady County begins its hazardous waste collection Wednesday.

This is the first of eight days this year.

Schenectady will accept hazardous wastes at its recycling center at 24 Hetcheltown Road.

That includes old paint, household cleaners, photo chemicals and automobile fluids except motor oil.

Schenectady priest accused of inappropriate conduct with female teen

Rev. James Michael Taylor is a Roman Catholic priest at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish. - Saratoga County Sheriff's office

A Schenectady priest is accused of ongoing inappropriate conduct with a 15-year-old girl from Clifton Park.

Rev. James Michael Taylor is a Roman Catholic priest at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish.

He was arrested in Saratoga County after the sheriff’s office says he had ongoing physical contact with the girl that included phone calls, text messages and photos.

Officials say the 30-year-old priest met the minor female while he was serving as Deacon and youth minister for the Corpus Christi Church in Clifton Park.

The incidents allegedly took place between October 2013 and April 2014.

Taylor was since ordained and serves at the Schenectady parish.

He is charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and was arraigned in Clifton Park Town Court.

Search for missing Scotia man resumes Wednesday

GLENVILLE – The search for a missing Scotia man that was postponed last week due to snow, is rescheduled for Wednesday.

Craig Frear was last seen in Scotia in June 2004.

State police and other law enforcement agencies will conduct a search in the Maple Avenue and Alplaus Avenue area of Glenville.

They are conducting the canine search after receiving two leads after last spring’s search behind the Glenville Price Chopper.

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New search set Wednesday for man missing since 2004

Craig Frear - File / WNYT

GLENVILLE - After last week's snow postponed a search for a missing man, State Police say they will start back up on Wednesday.

Craig Frear was last seen almost 10 years ago, walking along railroad tracks in Scotia.

After a search last spring behind the Glenville Price Chopper, they received new leads that are taking them to Maple Avenue and Alplaus Avenue.

NewsChannel 13 plans to have a crew at the search. We will update you with everything.

Evening classes on at SCCC after bomb threat

The main Schenectady County Community College campus, as seen on Tuesday. - Lou Swierzowski / WNYT

SCHENECTADY - Evening classes at Schencetady County Community College will be held as scheduled after a bomb threat on Tuesday.

The college posted a message on its Facebook page that said all campuses are now back open.

The campuses were closed after police say they received three bomb threats -- all which indicated there were multiple devices that would explode.

A police search turned up no explosives. There are no reports of injuries.

Niskayuna School District expected to appoint interim superintendent

John Yagielski most recently served as interim for two years in Schenectady City School District. - Schenectady School District

NISKAYUNA – The Niskayuna Board of Education is expected to name its interim superintendent at Tuesday night’s meeting.

John Yagielski is expected to take the interim seat after 45 years of educational leadership.

Yagielski served as superintendent of the Greece and Shenendehowa School Districts and most recently served as interim for two years in Schenectady City School District.

Yagielski will start at Niskayuna immediately and says he’s looking forward to working with members of the school community.

His annual salary will be $175,000 with no additional costs for health benefits or pension contributions.