Robbery plot alleged to have drawn man to fatal stabbing, Columbia Development suing over payments on 677 Broadway, betting with Marylou's money

You might have heard: it's snowing. Here's the latest update to the icy, snowy apocalypse watch. If you have plan for tonight, check to make sure it's still on -- there are a lot of cancellations already.

A Troy pastor says the apartment at which Takim Smith was fatally stabbed this week had a bad reputation -- and Smith had been lured there for a robbery. TPD says that multiple teens were involved in the plot -- two more were arrested Thursday, bringing the total to six. Smith's family tells News10 he had grown up with the suspects. [TU] [Troy Record] [Troy Record] [News10]

Emphasis in Lou Rosamilia's state of the city address for Troy: public safety. [Troy Record] [TU]

One of the speakers at the Troy city council meeting confirming Anthony Magnetto's appointment as police commissioner: the wife of police chief John Tedesco -- and it sounds like she didn't hold back. (Tedesco has viewed the appointment of a commissioner as a political move against by the council.) [Troy Record] [YNN]

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Republicans in the state Senate have been signaling there's room to compromise on the the Cuomo's admin's push to raise the minimum wage. [TU]

The Cuomo admin's SAGE commission -- Spending and Government Efficiency -- has completed a final draft of its report (but it hasn't been released). [Daily Gazette]

The state comptroller's office says it will withhold future travel reimbursements from a Brooklyn Assemblyman to set off the $67,497 in reimbursements he had claimed and for which an audit concluded there was a "a lack of sufficient, appropriate evidence." [TU] [State of Politics] [NYS OSC]

Columbia Development has filed a lawsuit against the Albany Industrial Development Agency, seeking more than $3 million it argues it was overcharged as part of a PILOT for 677 Broadway. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

There appears to be a second offer on the Albany County nursing home -- but the county hasn't responded to it. [TU]

Schenectady police say a cab driver was stabbed Thursday night by a woman who ran off (map). SPD says the driver's injuries aren't life threatening. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The prosecutor in the case against James Wells -- accused of killing Eddie Stanley in Schenectady -- says the shooting followed a search of people at a party for missing car keys, a search to which Stanley objected. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Saratoga Springs mayor Scott Johnson and Democrats on the city council are fighting over the composition of the committee to update the city's comprehensive plan. [Saratogian]

Fracking now has its own pro documentary, a response to the anti-fracking doc Gasland. [TU]

Shenendehowa High School was locked down for a short time Thursday after a student brought a bullet to class. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Unnamed students tell the Gazette that the incident that prompted the suspension -- and later, resignation -- of a Schenectady High School track coach was her telling a male student who had skipped practice to wear a girl's uniform... which didn't upset the student. [Daily Gazette]

A Ballston teen is a finalist in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search. [Daily Gazette]

The Beekman Street Bistro in Saratoga has closed. [TU]

Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson will be giving five people $15,000 each to bet at the Track this summer. [Saratogian]

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"Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson will be giving five people $15,000 each to bet at the Track this summer."

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