Brown/Garner decisions spark local protests and talks, Capital Region leaders turn out to support Rensselaer casino plan, NYRA to finish in the black after 13 year decline

Albany police and minority community members met on Wednesday for a discussion of relations between the police and people of color in the city. Several people at the meeting shared personal stories of racial profiling . [WNYT][TWCN]

A group of around 75 Ualbany students shut down a section of Washington Avenue on Wednesday afternoon with a protest against the decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.[WNYT][TWCN]

A group calling themselves "We Can't Breathe- Justice for Eric Garner," has organized a rally tonight to protest the New York City grand jury decision not to file charges against the police officer charged with choking the unarmed black man to death. [TU]

Troy's City Council will hold a special meeting tonight to resolve the budget dilemma that has left the city with a $66.1 million budget but no way to fund it. [TU]

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Thirty Capital Region politicians announced their support on Wednesday for the proposed $28- million Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Rensselaer project at an event at the Amtrak station on Wednesday.[Record][TU]

What Albany's 11th hour casino deal with Rensselaer might reveal about the committee's plans for a Capital Region casino[TU]

DNA evidence has led police to one of the perpetrators of a 2011 robbery at a Latham Friendly's. [TU]

NYRA expects to finish in the black for the first time in 13 years.[TU]

In anticipation of a soon to be released vote of fracking, a coalition of groups opposed to the process has formed "Not One Well" a group designed to battle any potential plan to frack in New York. [TU]

Zephyr Teachout was at the Capitol on Wednesday with a group of education and social justice activists demanding to know why "1percent of the 1 percent" made large donations to politicians, including Andrew Cuomo. [TU]

Eric Schneiderman's office wants to know why the makers of a powerful antidote to heroin overdose has nearly doubled in price since August. [WNYT]

Brian Gross, The Troy police officer accused of tipping off a suspect prior to a drug raid, pled not-guilty to all five charges against him on Wednesday. Gross has been suspended without pay [TWCN][Record]

State police are investigating cases of nude, underaged teens from several area schools being texted or sold through social media. [News 10]

The potential buyer for Maplewood Manor, the Saratoga County owned nursing home, may cut as many as 97 employees and slash wages by up to 50 percent. [Saratogian]

Albany County incurred about $80,000 in costs by sending snowplows to Buffalo to help out in last months snowstorm, but that money may be reimbursed by the federal government. [Gazette]

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