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Community members from seven counties join to support school aid.

On Thursday evening, state legislators will join community members from 47 different school districts in seven counties for a panel discussing about the fiscal challenges that schools face.

The discussion is called “NY Schools STILL in Fiscal Peril: Our Kids Can’t Wait Another Year”. It follows a similar discussion which took place last year.

Community members will learn how they can be a citizens advocate to help fight for enough state aid to support the schools.

The panel is scheduled for January 30 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. It will be held in the Colonie Central High School Auditorium.

A list of the featured panelists is below: (Courtesy: Questar III BOCES)

 Featured Panelists (with moderator Susan Arbetter, Host of WCNY’s Capitol Pressroom)

Richard Timbs, Executive Director, Statewide School Finance Consortium

Kindergartners get lesson in childhood obesity

A kindergartner exercises, as part of a lesson on childhood obesity, at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany. - Matt Soriano / WNYT

Kindergartners from Gardner-Dickinson Elementary School in Wynantskill went to the SUNY College Of Nanoscale Science and Engineering on Friday morning to learn about childhood obesity.

They were treated to a hands-on exhibit called "Eat Well, Play Well."

The exhibit explains how using energy burns calories and challenged the kids to test their flexibility and balance.

They also got a lesson in engineering with a magnetic ball wall.

Using gravity and magnets, they sent a ball through sections of pipes.

TVHS students build, test robot

TVHS sophomore Carly Brancato, of Shenendehowa, tests the TVHS robot car. - TVHS

SCHENECTADY - Students at Tech Valley High School have built a robot and tested it out.

They brought the vex robot to the Empire State Aerospace Museum in Schenectady last week.

The students spent more than a week building the robot during extracurricular activity time.

Then they had a chance to see the robot in action in the Lunar Landing exhibit.

'Death ray' defendants face judge

ALBANY -- After entering a plea of not-guilty Wednesday morning, it was back to jail for Glendon Scott Crawford.  The 49-year-old has been behind bars since June when a 14-month undercover FBI investigation came to light.

Authorities maintain Crawford, a one-time GE employee, was building what's been labeled a "Hiroshima on a light switch."  The FBI says it was tipped off to the portable X-Ray device after Crawford approached local Jewish organizations asking for help using it to kill Muslims.

At the time of his arrest, Crawford's defense attorney described the Galway man as a Navy veteran and deacon at his church.  The FBI contends the engineer is a Ku Klux Klan member and if convicted on the three felony charges, could face life in prison. 

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Bank of Greene County rings NASDAQ bell

Workers from the Bank of Greene County members of the Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and Bank Officers rang the opening bell at NASDAQ in New York City on Wednesday morning. The bank is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

(Donald Gibson, President & CEO, is seen under the "N" in "BANCORP".)

The bank has 12 branches in counties incluing Columbia, Greene, and Albany. 

Dean of RPI leaving for new job

TROY - RPI Dean Laurie Leshin is leaving the college for a new job.

She has been named president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.

Leshin joined RPI in 2011 as Dean of Science after spending six years at NASA.

She has been working on the mars mission featuring the rover called curiosity.

Leshin succeeds Dennis Berkey at WPI.

He stepped down last may after nine years as president.

RPI president headed to World Economic Forum in Switzerland

RPI President Shirley Ann Jackson is headed to Switzerland for the 2014 World Economic Forum.

President Jackson and Nobel Laureate Dr. Dan Shechtman will moderate a discussion on forces that are reshaping the manufacturing industry.

The forum brings leaders from government, business, media, education, and the arts together. It will be held from January 22 to January 25.

This years' topic is called “The Reshaping of the World:  Consequences for Society, Politics and Business”.

For more information on the forum, please click here.