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New deal guarantees place for retired racehorses

SARATOGA SPRINGS - We cheer for them like they're rock stars, but once they've retired, thoroughbred race horses are often forgotten.

Even some, as NewsChannel 13 has reported previously, end up at the slaughter house.

But there'll soon be a new farm in Saratoga County where race horses will go to retire.

As part of a first of its kind program, local horse syndicate, Sackatoga Stable, owners of Kentucky Derby winner, Funny Cide, is paying in advance  to guarantee its horses a spot at a local retirement farm.

A group called "Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement," is buying a 265-acre farm in Stillwater. Sackatoga Stable, is paying ten-thousand dollars up front for each yearling they buy, guaranteeing the horse a stall at the farm when it retires.

Business and city leaders partner up on parking

SARATOGA SPRINGS - As some found out Tuesday afternoon, it can be difficult to find a parking spot downtown.

But soon, it could get easier.

The City Council and the business community are partnering up on parking.

They've unveiled plans to build a new parking garage on Woodlawn Avenue, just west of Broadway's busiest stretch.

"This parking space is on the 50-yard line of the city," says John Franck, city accounts commissioner. "You couldn't get better tickets to a football game."

And tickets to this game will be free. The city plans to allow people to park for free for two or three hours at a time.

The new garage will be built on an existing parking lot. It'll be two levels and will add 180 spaces. Plans call for another level in the future that would bring the total to 500 spots.

Missing Clifton Park woman has been found

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - A Clifton Park woman who was missing Sunday has been found. State Police say 64-year-old Dale Gleason was located in Chestertown.

She was last seen in that area on Sunday. Gleason is currently being evaluated.

Clifton Park woman, 64, has gone missing

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - A Clifton Park woman is missing near a popular Adirondack retreat.

New York state police say they are searching for 64 year-old Dale Gleason. She was last seen Sunday morning near Friend's Lake in Chestertown.

They say she may be driving a 2011 gray Acura RDX with New York plates. If you have any information, you're asked to call state police.

Saratoga Springs honors Marylou Whitney

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Marylou Whitney has a love affair with this city and its people. And the feelings are mutual.

"She's a beautiful person, she treats everyone the same and everyone adores her," says one of the hundreds of people paying tribute to Whitney Friday. Standing in the blistering sun, they cooled themselves with fans that bear her image.

They were here for the unveiling of the rose that bears her name.

The Marylou Whitney Rose is a gift from her husband, John Hendrickson. It was bred and named especially for her.

"And I hope every time we enjoy it, we will be reminded of her love for all of us," Hendrickson told the crowd gathered for the formal dedication of a new rose garden in Whitney's honor.

The garden is adjacent, fittingly, to the Canfield Casino, the site of so many of Whitney's famed parties.

NY to refund a 2011 sea fishing fee

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Here's a fish tale that's hard to believe: The government is giving back money.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says many saltwater anglers who bought a 2011 license to fish New York's saltwater fishing grounds will be issued a refund.

The refunds will go to recreational fishermen and charter boat operators who bought Recreational Marine Fishing License for the 2011-12 season. Refunds will also be provided to New Yorkers who purchased lifetime fishing licenses.

Refunds of $1.3 million have already been issued. Refunds to about 200 charter boat operators worth $80,000 will begin Friday. Another $223,000 may soon be sent to 23,000 anglers.

Refunds apply to anyone who paid the state fees early in the year before a new system was created to work with federal authorities.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

A 9-11 monument without a home

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Right now, it sits at a steel yard in Northumberland. 25 feet tall, 13-tons of beams from the World Trade Center, sculpted into a perpetual monument to "9-11" and its victims.

Noah Savett was one of two sculptors who created what they're calling "Tempered by Memory."

"Having steel from the site and bringing people back to it, I would hope that it's a moving experience," says Savett.

Saratoga Arts spearheaded the effort, raising nearly 200-thousand dollars to raise the monument.

But it's final resting place is not carved in steel.

"It just is not congruous with what this building represents," says Lance Ingmire of the Heritage Area Visitor Center Advisory Board.

The front lawn of the Visitor Center is the latest site eyed for the monument, after the City Center balked because it's too big.