Second Troy ballot fraud trial to begin, 11-year-old faces felony charges for killing puppy, ShopRite to open Central Ave gas station

Opening statements are expected to begin today in the second ballot fraud trial of former Troy City Councilman, Michael Loporto. [News 10]

The trial of Scott Chaplin, the man accused of murdering Rosemary Crosier in 1994,is expected to begin this morning. [YNN] [Record]

An 11-year-old Lake George girl is facing two felony charges for allegedly killing her foster mother's cocker spaniel puppy out of spite after the woman refused to drive her somewhere. [YNN] [WNYT]

G.E. CEO Jeffrey Immelt says Schenectady's new $100 million battery plant already has $80 million in orders and he expects it to be a billion-dollar business by the end of the decade. [Gazette]

Shop Rite will open a 16-pump gas station on Central Avenue and is planning to offer discounts on fuel to people who shop at the chain. [TU]

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Most of the new Troy Riverfront park will make its official debut at the Troy Pig Out barbecue festival this weekend. Among the features of the new park - wifi. [TU]

Andrew Cuomo says he may consider endorsing some Republicans in the upcoming senate race. [YNN]

The new Public Employees Federation leadership, headed by incoming president Susan Kent, is planning to fire 14 top union managers. [TU]

Saratoga County prosecutors have moved to stop the man charged in the DWI death of a 14 year old pedestrian in Milton from pleading guilty to a single count of DWI -- they're waiting for evidence to potentially add more charges. [TU]

Nine Schenectady residents were indicted for allegedly conspiring to distribute heroin in the city. A DEA agent involved in the investigation that led to their arrests said the operation was "like a pyramid scheme." [TU] [YNN]

The Troy Planning Board will take up the question of the proposed Hoosick Street McDonald's this week. [Record]

Saratoga County is making plans to sell a never-used landfill that it spent $10 million to construct in the 90s. [Saratogian]

Saratoga's new 450-space Woodlawn Avenue parking garage is expected to be open by the end of July . [Gazette]

A Delmar con man pleaded guilty to felony grand larcency for stealing $200 thousand by convincing a woman she was required to pay surcharge, taxes and security fees in a fictitious court case. Frank Kindlon served time for committing a similar offense in 1993. [Fox 23] [TU]

Showing up drunk at his sentencing for growing 54 marijuana plants, a Schenectady man told the judge " I would suggest you talk to me now that I've had a couple of cocktails, because when I'm sober I'm not the nicest person in the world." [TU]

The Rensselaer County DA's office has declined to prosecute a county corrections officer charged with petit larceny and criminal mischief for allegedly stealing a union document from a locked bulletin board, claiming the arrest should never have been presented. [Record]

Schoharie County residents voiced their concern last night over a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run from Pennsylvania to the county. [YNN]

A home on South Pine Ave in Albany was condemned after police found ten cats and two dogs living in filth inside (map -- the story says South Pine Street, but the house shown in the video is South Pine Ave). [WNYT]

Ballston Spa has dropped a proposal that would have capped the number of dogs in one household at five. [Gazette]

An East Greenbush neighborhood was temporarily evacuated last night as National Grid emergency crews responded to a gas leak. [WNYT]

The Bethlehem School district has re-hired an aid who was fired for allegedly threatening a developmentally disabled 11-year-old. [WNYT]

Michelle Obama will make a campaign fundraising visit to nearby Pittsfield, including a $20,000 a plate dinner. [WNYT]

Electric car charging stations could be open as soon as next week at the Niskayuna Price Chopper. [Gazette]

A grass roots group of New York City Ballet supporters has formed in an effort to prevent the company's 2013 residency from being cut back to one week. [TU]

The inside and hands of the clock from Albany City have been shipped to Michigan for repairs. [WNYT]

Albany's month-long Big Read event will include readings from Tim O'Brien's acclaimed Vetnam War Collection The Things They Carried, thanks to an NEA grant to the Albany Fund for Education. [TU]

A high school A.P. Biology class has been working with local farmers to help determine why some seeds aren't growing. [TU]

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