Private casinos could be coming to state, fugitive siblings are driving car from Troy, man finds reel-to-reel of MLKJr. memorial service

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed his staff to develop policy recommendations for possibly allowing private casinos in the state. The administration is viewing casinos as a possible way to make money in a time of massive spending cuts to spare the deficit. [TU] [Fox23]

UAlbany's pitch for the NYSUNY challenge grant program: almost 200 new faculty, 1,350 more students, and $150 million biomedical research plaza. [TU]

A trio of fugitive siblings, who are wanted for a crime spree in Georgia and Florida that includes shooting at a cop, are driving a car registered to a Troy address.
Police believe the three, who were spotted making a purchase at a sporting goods store, may now be camping out in Colorado. [TU] [Troy Record]

The Rensselaer County legislature voted Tuesday night to remove the Hudson Valley Community College as a county agency, stating that a previous Democratic administration had added the school in an overreach of duty. Earlier this year, the legislature had appointed then-chariman Neil Kelleher to the HVCC board of trustees in violation of ethics laws. Kelleher chose to keep the trustee post and resign as county chairman. [Troy Record] [TU]

Prosecutors contend that a 51-year-old parole officer asked a young parolee what her freedom was worth to her before forcibly raping her during an unannounced visit to her Guilderland home last year. [TU]

An old reel-to-reel tape discovered by a Schenectady man turned out to have a memorial service for Martin Luther King Jr. given in an Albany church just months after he was shot. [TU]

At a wake for former Gov. Hugh Carey, many of the politicos in attendance credited him for saving New York in a time of crisis. [YNN]

A Schenectady teen has been arrested on charges that he possessed two Molotov cocktails encased in champagne bottles. [Daily Gazette]

Here's your chance to get rid of those old computers. North Greenbush will hold a no-fee, no-limit electronic recycling day for residents. [TU]

A proposed, 180-space parking garage in downtown Saratoga Springs will be a public-private partnership. [WNYT]

Glenville police have arrested a local trailer park resident for allegedly breaking into a woman's trailer in the same park on Friday night and raping her. The woman suffered injuries in the attack and was treated at a local hospital. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Lake George officials are considering seeking state funding to eradicate an invasive clam species that is choking parts of the lake. Surveyors have found the clams in more parts of the lake after initially believing that there was just one isolated colony. [Fox23] [Post-Star]

A Rotterdam man petitioning the Travel Channel to be able to eat 5 ½ pounds of BBQ on "Man vs. Food Nation" says he grew up eating huge portions at his Italian family dinners. [Daily Gazette]


Casinos, casinos, casinos! Why do I have to hear a story a day about casinos on WAMC and/or other outlets? If you really want the tax money then tax people. Funneling it through private companies who make a huge profit and then the state skims a little bit off is a stupid waste of resources. How about we take all the money that we pay our government to consider all this casino legislation and use that to pay the bills?

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