Opening day at The Track, child dies after being hit by police vehicle, bill would allow supermarket wine sales, Schenectady could turn down money for cops, tanker spills milk on I-90

It's opening day at The Track. Racing starts at 1 pm.

The state Department of Labor says it will be continuing to scrutinize whether trainers are paying overtime and minimum wage to backstretch workers. An investigation the agency conducted last year found that adequate records were not being kept and many workers were not getting full compensation. [Fox23] [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

Many businesses in Saratoga are pulling for a strong track season -- the city's finance commissioner said the season is "like our Christmas." Hotels in Saratoga are apparently almost completely booked up for this weekend. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

A child died in Troy yesterday after being hit by unmarked police vehicle. Police say the vehicle was not responding to an emergency. There are reports the child might have entered the street between two parked cars. The city says it's conducting an investigation. [Troy Record] [Fox23] [CapNews9] [TU]

A bill has been proposed in Albany County would require chain restaurants to post calories counts on menus. One of the supporters of the bill is Panera -- the chain says its local restaurants already have plans to post calorie counts. [Albany County] [TU] [Fox23]

A bill has been proposed in the state Senate that would change many of the rules about alcohol sales in the state. Among the changes: supermarkets would be allowed to sell wine and liquor. [Table Hopping] [Biz Review]

The federal government announcement stimulus grants that will pay for new police officers in Albany, Troy and Schenectady. The catch is that the funding will only pay for three years of salary -- and municipalities have to agree to fund a fourth year themselves. That may prompt Schenectady to turn down the money. [CapNews9] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady police tracked down and arrested a murder suspect in Florida. The suspect is accused of stabbing a man to death in June. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The state of Tennessee still hasn't sent anyone to pick up Robert Henry, the Troy man who allegedly escaped from a Tennessee prison almost 30 years ago and was recently remanded back to the state. [Troy Record]

The campaign for Albany mayoral candidate Corey Ellis is challenging the signatures for fellow Democratic candidate Valerie Faust. If Faust is bounced from the ballot, Ellis and mayor Jerry Jennings would be the only Democrats left in the race. [TU]

GlobalFoundries has signed up a customer other than AMD -- it will be producing chips for a Swiss company. [TU]

A tanker truck carrying milk turned over on I-90 eastbound yesterday evening, closing the section between exits 5 and 5A. The tanker spilled about 200 gallons of milk. There were no reports of crying. [CapNews9] [CBS6]

Telling a judge you can use Google just as well as he can is apparently one way to get out of jury duty in Albany County. [TU]

It sounds like many of the members of Schenectady High's 1998 state champion boys basketball team have gone on to become successful adults. [Daily Gazette]

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