Push for federal solar energy and high-speed rail funding, girl in fight video: "people should just let it go," shooting in Troy, 0-60 in three seconds

A state task force has formulated a new plan to evaluate teacher performance in the state, in part based on students' scores on standardized tests. [TU]

Chuck Schumer is pushing for UAlbany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering to get $100 million from the feds for a new solar energy research consortium. Albany Nanotech emperor Alain Kaloyeros says there's another $400 million in private and state funding available if the federal money comes through. If successful, the project could bring thousands of jobs. [Chuck Schumer] [TU] [Fox23]

The Cuomo admin is pushing for $517 million in federal funding that would be put toward the state's high-speed rail efforts. Among the projects to be funded, if the money's granted: final construction of a fourth track at Albany-Rensselaer and "major upgrades" at Schenectady's station. The money would come from the $2.4 billion in high-speed rail funding that Florida returned. [Cuomo admin]

Saratoga County officials are considering legislation that would limit protests at military funerals in the county. County leaders have taken up the issue after the recent Supreme Court decision that such protests are protected speech. [Post-Star] [Saratogian] [NPR]

The girl who says she was the victim in the Shen fight video that surfaced recently, to Fox23: "I think people should just let it go. It should have been erased last year. The issue is done with, and it's old news and it had nothing to do with them, and I think just the fact that they're putting it out there on TV and all over the internet, it's just not right." The district says the assistant principal shown shoving a student in the video "acted appropriately." WNYT tracked him down -- he had no comment. [Fox23] [TU] [WNYT]

Rotterdam police say the 13-year-old who was tased at the Rollerama Friday night was warned "four or five times" before being zapped. [Daily Gazette]

Troy police say a man was shot in the north end of downtown Troy last night (map). TPD says it was searching the neighborhood for 1-3 suspects. [Troy Record] [TU]

The Albany Police Department says an officer was suspended 30 days without pay for... something. It says the investigation and disciplinary process is still ongoing. [TU] [WNYT]

Gary McCarthy, the new interim mayor of Schenectady, is trying to fit his duties in around his regular full-time job. [Daily Gazette]

The police departments for Scotia and Glenville are considering a merger. [TU]

The Saratoga Springs department of public works has suspended a foreman for 30 days without pay, allegedly because he pushed a laborer and used an ethnic slur. [TU]

The parent company of County Waste has been sold to a California company. [WNYT]

The Village of Lake George will cut back the number of parking enforcement officers there this summer after complaints about over-eager ticketers. [Post-Star]

The new ownership group of the Normanside Country Club in Bethlehem includes members of the family that owns Smith's in Cohoes. (The group outbid the town for the bankrupt club.) [TU]

Fellow players and a custodian are credited with saving the life of a 72-year-old man who had a heart attack during a basketball game at a school in Colonie. Says the custodian who used a defibrillator on the man: "One of the EMS guys said to me, 'oh, did you do the defibrillator,' and I said 'oh yeah, what did i do wrong?' and he said, 'well you saved his life,'" [Fox23] [WTEN]

A Saratoga eight-year-old is celebrating his birthday by asking friends to bring donations for charity. [TU]

RPI students have built a race car that goes 0-60 in about three seconds. [Troy Record]

Kay's Pizza in Burden Lake is back open for the season. [YNN]

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