Two charged in Porreca murder, guilty plea in fatal DWI, Albany high school still nine votes down, Vito Lopez dead at 74

Two charged in Porreca murder

Two men have been charged with the August murder of Jackie Porreca, the Colonie Salon employee stabbed at Recycled Salon on Sand Creek Road. Police say the men did not know Porreca and were looking for money for heroin. They left with between $500 and $800. This morning divers will continue a search of the lake in Albany's Washington Park for the knife used in the incident. [WNYT][TU][Gazette][TWCN][News 10]

Driver pleads guilty in fatal DWI
The 22 year old man charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide in the death of a local environmentalist has pleaded guilty. Prosecutors say Kadeem Fowler had a blood alcohol level of more than three times the legal limit and was going 75 miles per hour on Henry Johnson Blvd when he hit Amy Stock's car last July. [WNYT][Gazette]

Nine votes down
Absentee ballots will continue to be counted in the Albany School vote, on Thursday. Currently the referendum is losing by nine votes, with 412 ballots left to count. [TU][TWCN]

Sheldon Silver
The latest revelation in the trial of Sheldon Silver - the managing attorney at Weitz & Luxenberg claimed that Silver did no actual legal work for the firm but was paid for referrals.
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Vito Lopez dies
Former Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who faced sexual harassment charges at the end of his career, died Monday at the age of 74 after a battle with leukemia. [TU]

Libous
Former State Senator Tom Libous has less than a year to live, a fact that has prompted U.S. Southern District Attorney Preet Bharara to recommend that Libous be sentenced to home confinement and pay a substantial fine in his corruption case. [TU]

State could take over Troy finances
An audit by the NYS Comptroller's office that showed a potential $2.4 million deficit in Troy's proposed $68.6 million 2016 budget means the city is in danger of NYS taking control of its finances again. [TWCN][TU]

Testimony in fatal fire case
Testimony wrapped up on Tuesday in the case of the man charged with lying to a grand jury regarding the fatal fire that claimed the lives of David Terry and three of his children. Edward Leon admitted during the trail that he lied to the grand jury twice, and that he did send threatening text messages to David Terry and was in the vicinity of the fire. [Gazette][TWCN]

Spa city parking garage plans
The public got a look at two proposals for development of a Saratoga Springs mixed use project and parking garage on Tuesday night. [Gazette][TWCN]

Aging rail bridges
A Railroad Bridge over the Normanskill is one of five aging bridges in New York State in a nationwide study of bridges at risk from the pounding from heavily laden oil trains. [TU]

Global Foundries expansion
Global foundries is planning to purchase more land near its Malta campus. [TU]

Fantasy sports ruling
The fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel are no longer allowed to accept bets in New York. [NYT]

Schenectady ice rink proposed
Four Union College students pitched the idea of an outdoor public ice rink to the Schenectady City Council. [Gazette]

That's a lot of turkey
Six tons of turkey is headed to Albany for the Equinox thanksgiving dinner. [TWCN]

Happening today

Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day. It's a federal holiday so some things will be closed. The roots of Veterans Day are in Armistice Day, which was declared to commemorate the end of WWI. The holiday was officially changed to Veterans Day in the 1950s. Veterans Day is intended to honor all veterans of the armed forces. (Memorial Day honors those who died while serving.)

There's a Veterans Day Parade in Albany. It starts at Central Ave and Ontario Street at 11 am and proceeds down Central to Washington Ave to Hawk Street by the Capitol.

"What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?"
Wednesday: Feminist.com exec director Marianne Schnall will be at the Sage Troy campus to talk about her book What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?: Conversations about Women, Leadership and Power.Wednesday 7 pm, Sage Troy campus, Bush Memorial - free

Music

Buddy Guy at The Egg
Blues icon. 7:30 pm - $49 and up

Jonathan Richman at The Low Beat
With Tommy Larkins on drums. 6 pm - $12

Yefim Bronfman at Union College
Concert pianist. 7:30 pm - $25

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