Liberty Ridge Farm gay marriage case goes before state judge, teen pleads guilty to negligent fatal shooting of his friend, low voter turnout in Albany

The dispute between a lesbian couple who wanted to be married at Liberty Ridge Farm and the farm's owners -- who turned the couple down, citing a religious belief against same-sex unions -- went before a state Division of Human Rights judge on Wednesday in what turned out to be a tearful day of testimony.[YNN][TU]

Andrew Cuomo praised the passage of the casino proposition on Wednesday at an appearance in Sullivan County, calling it a "game changer" for the Catskills. [YNN]

Now that casino amendment has passed,the process for siting casinos will begin. [Saratogian]

A 14-year-old Fort Edward boy pleaded guilty on Wednesday to criminally negligent homicide in the 2012 shooting of his 13-year-old friend Gary Cota as part of a plea deal that will give him 18 months of probation.[TU][YNN]

A Saratoga Springs man was indicted on Wednesday on four counts of vehicular manslaughter for allegedly hitting and killing a woman with his car while driving drunk back in June. [TU]

The odd case of a court officer in Rensselaer County allegedly falsely imprisoned and illegally forced to turn over handguns she legally owned. [TU]

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Absentee ballots will decide the Malta supervisors race. [TU]

A look at Kathy Sheehan's path to mayor-elect of Albany. [TU]

Election Day turnout was much lower than the days of the Democratic machine but Albany elected Democrats across the board anyway.[TU]

2013 was a good year for women candidates in New York State. [News 10]

A level three sex offender from Rochester is facing 45 years to life in prison after being convicted on a host of charges, including attempting to produce child porn, after he drove to Saratoga to have sex with a girl he thought was 15. [Gazette][TU]

The man charged in a Troy stabbing earlier this week apparently used a wig to conceal his identity from police. [Record]

Fire destroyed the Rotterdam home of a mother and two sons on Wednesday.[WNYT]

A Schenectady man is facing charges for allegedly stealing electronics from a vending machine at the Thruway service area in Guiderland where he is employed. [TU]

Kyle York, a well-known Saratoga Springs blogger and activist, died on Wednesday after falling from his window while making home repairs. Remembrances: from the former online editor for the Saratogian, and from longtime Saratoga area journalist Tom Dimopoulos. [Gazette] [Saratogian] [Saratoga Wire]

The 787 off ramp leading to the TU Center will be closed this weekend. [TU]

The original Dudley Observatory telescope was moved to MiSci in Schenectady on Wednesday. [TU]

A Glenville Girl Scout has established a sewing program at a school in Haiti. [TU]

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