Supporters/opponents at E23 casino forum, FBI raids Malta home, $15 an hour "fair wage" proposed, Union hockey victory parade today

Both proponents and opponents of the proposed E23 casino project showed up for a public forum on the project at Giffen Elementary School Wednesday evening. [TU] [News10]

Saratoga Springs mayor Joanne Yepsen says the city will get to have some say about Saratoga Casino and Raceway's proposed a 134,000 square foot expansion -- but it's unclear to what extent. [TU]

On the first day of the murder trial for Trinity Copeland, her defense attorney argued the teen had no choice but to shoot her father. The prosecution told the jury Copeland talked about TV shows and Ramen noodles on the night of the incident and asked an officer, "Is he dead yet" twice. [WNYT] [Record]

A state Supreme Court justice has rejected a lawsuit that argued the NY SAFE Act shouldn't have gotten the "message of necessity" that allowed the legislature to pass it without the usual three day waiting period. [TU]

A pilot program component of the NY SAFE Act meant to update handgun licenses is on hold. [TU]

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A group of state legislators from New York City are calling for a $15 an hour "fair wage" for employees of companies with sales of $50 million or more annually. [NYT]

With the disbanding of the Moreland Commission, efforts to disclose the incomes of state legislators have come to a halt. [NYT]

The Scotia smoke shop owner who spent a weekend in jail after being targeted by a Schenectady County Sheriff's Department sting that included an undercover informant who planted drugs in the shop is filing a $5 million lawsuit against the county.[Gazette]

Albany police are looking for a woman who robbed a Sunoco station on Delaware Avenue Wednesday afternoon. [TU]

Police and FBI agents rraided a Malta mobile home on Wednesday -- though it's unclear why exactly. [Saratogian]

State Police are cracking down on speeding, aggressive driving, and distracted driving this week. [TWCN]

Police say two men attempting to steal a Saab in Saratoga Springs were arrested while they were trying to figure out how to start the car.[WNYT]

The Saratoga Springs Republican Committee gave its former head, David Harper, its support in the race for the Saratoga County DA's post being vacated by Jim Murphy. [Saratogian]

A building in Albany's South End was torn down overnight after a fire destroyed the home of two families. [TU]

The city of Schenectady is focusing on the proliferation of convenience stores -- officials say some of the stores have become gathering points for illegal drug activity. [Daily Gazette]

The Metroplex Development Authority is getting $250,000 from the Schenectady IDA to renovate or demolish buildings along Eastern Avenue. [TU]

Saratoga Spring's planning board has approved a plan for the city's last remaining horse livery building to be disassembled, and then reassembled eight feet higher, over a new building. [Saratogian]

Whole Foods is holding a job fair today to try to fill about 200 jobs at its not-yet-open Colonie Center store.[TWCN]

Basil Paterson -- the father of David Paterson, and who had served in the state Senate and run for lieutenant governor -- has died. [TU]

The route for today's Union hockey national championship parade. [Gazette]

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