Next speaker kind of like the old speaker, suburban school districts seeing increase in poverty, evidence that stuck, the TU Center 25 years later

As you know, it's snowing. The Capital Region is expected to get 10-14 inches. Many things are delayed or canceled. Call ahead, take your time. You know how this works.

With Bronx state Assemblyman Carl Heastie poised to become speaker, the are reports the new boss is like the old boss. [NYDN] [Capital]

Sheldon Silver's exit as speaker transfers power over many aspects of the operation of the Assembly, including parking spaces and who gets new computers. [TU]

Preet Bharara's "stay tuned" comment at the press release announcing the arrest of Sheldon Silver has people at the Capitol waiting for the other shoe -- or many shoes -- to drop. [Capitol]

The number of children qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch has been rising in suburban school districts in the Capital Region. [Daily Gazette]

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute announced it will not be supporting renewal of the charter for the Brighter Choice middle schools in Albany. The schools currently include about 450 students. [TU] [WNYT]

Jamell Modest, charged with second-degree murder for allegedly shooting Markia Harris in a vehicle while their infant son was in the back seat, pleaded not guilty Friday. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

State Police say an off-duty trooper was arrested for DWI in Brunswick Sunday and has been suspended. [TU]

The state Department of Health reports that a student at Bard College has a confirmed case of measles, and the student had taken an Amtrak train that traveled from Penn Station to Albany-Rensselaer to Niagara Falls on January 25 (the student got off the train in Rhinecliff). [NYS DOH] [News10]

The state Wage Board has recommended that the minimum wage for tipped employees rise from $4.90-$5.65 per hour to $7.50. [TU]

Andrew Cuomo pocket-vetoed a bill that would have made police discipline processes a part of local labor contract negotiations. [TU]

The private company taking over the Saratoga County's Maplewood Manor nursing home has proposed wage and job cuts, along with outsourcing aspects of the operation. [TU]

The owner of Capitland Taxi says he'd like to see consistent taxi regulations across the Capital Region, but is skeptical it will happen. [TU]

A key piece of evidence in a 2011 armed robbery in Colonie: DNA law enforcement officials they collected from the duct tape that had been used to bind the employees of the restaurant that was robbed. [Daily Gazette]

The cases of the five students charged following the celebration of the Union College hockey national championship -- in which police said beer cans were thrown at officers -- have resulted in four guilty pleas to disorderly conduct, a violation, and one adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. [Daily Gazette]

There are indications the decommissioned Saratoga Springs city landfill could be leaking into a property that had been slated for new development. [Daily Gazette]

The state Department of Education is now tracking New York student outcomes through college. [Daily Gazette]

One of the researchers who helped develop one of the Ebola vaccines currently being tested is a Saint Rose grad and Schenectady native. [TU]

The TU Center, now 25 years old, was a controversial idea when it was built. [TU]


TU article about the Knick was light on financial information. I wish they provided more info to illustrate the nuts and bolts of the success (I am not talking about economic impact). With only the information in the article, it sounds like the county spent $98 mil and have only recouped $21 mil over the past 25 years. Eric, Chris and Steve please provide more info.

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