Schenectady County legislators support casino plan, 25 arrests in Capital Region drug ring investigation, groundbreaking today for Shoppes at Latham Circle

Schenectady County legislators unanimously voted to support the $300 million plan for a casino and resort at Mohawk Harbor after only a 15-minute public commentary period and few comments from the floor. [TU][Gazette][TWCN]

Deliberations get underway today in the Adrian Thomas murder trial. On Tuesday a pediatric neuroradiologist from Stanford Medical Center testified Thomas' 4-month old son died of an aggressive bacterial infection. [WNYT][TWCN]

The father of Vanessa Milligan, the 19-year-old pregnant woman who was found dead on April 3 after a Lansingburgh apartment fire, is planning to hold a press conference today to discuss his frustration with the slow pace of the investigation.[TU]

A 10-month investigation has shut down an alleged Capital Region drug ring in which prosecutors say dealers referred to the drugs they were selling by the names of pop stars like Christina Aguilera and Britney.[WNYT][TU]

Opening statements got underway on Tuesday in trial of a man charged with kidnapping his ex-girlfriend in Saratoga County. [Saratogian]

The man who was arrested in connection with the shooting of a Walmart employee in Queensbury last week has been charged with attempted murder. [TU]

The man who admitted to killing former nun Mary Greco in her Schenectady apartment in 2012, has now withdrawn his plea. [TU]

An 18 year old is facing charges for allegedly causing a disturbance at an East Greenbush apartment complex and then running over the man who came out to confront him.[TU]

A Selkirk man is facing charges for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl last month.[TU]

A scammer is targeting area restaurants pretending to be a National Grid representative. [TU]

SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher has lined up a coalition of national college and university leaders to show support for the Common Core. [TU]

Sheldon Silver lost his bid to derail a lawsuit against him that claims he failed to prevent Vito Lopez from molesting female staffers. [Daily News]

Directions will change starting Wednesday on two streets in downtown Albany. [TU]

Surprise story of the day: A poll done by the Gaming Association -- the trade organization for the nation's casino industry -- shows Americans support casino gambling by a 2-1 ratio and that 70 percent of those polled believe casinos create jobs. [TU]

Crews are expected to break ground on the Shoppes at Latham Circle today.

The Public Employees Federation has written the YMCA to oppose the decision to close the org's Empire State Plaza facility.[TU]

Joe Bruno paid a surprise visit to the state Senate on Tuesday, shaking hands with legislators and paying a visit to his replacement in the leadership, Dean Skelos. [TU]

A Capital Region engineer's contribution to a $2 billion joint Russian-European space probe to Mars -- that he makes in his basement workshop.[TU]

Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's trip to Albany.[TU]

CDTA bus drivers will show off their game in the annual bus roadeo at Crossgates today.


SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher is gunning for Arnie Duncan's spot in President Obama's cabinet. Remember you heard it here first.

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