Troy water main break repair estimated at $73,000, liquor store owners release robbery video,from the Ferua Bush to the canibus beat

Petersburgh water
Toxic PFOA levels in Petersburgh wells were as high as 152,000 parts per trillion back in 2004, according to a recent and by January of 2013 had dropped to the, still high, level of 7,500 parts per trillion. Water samples taken in January and February show 983 parts per trillion -- still well above the EPA advisory level. Water pick-ups -- where residents can get tickets and pick up one gallon of water per day -- have begun in the town. [TU][News10][TWCN]

McCoy calls for easier access to heroin antidote
In his State of the County address on Tuesday, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy called on the State Department of Health, to grant easier access to the heroin antidote Narcan by removing the need for a prescription. [TU][TWCN]

Wandering Dago
A federal judge turned aside every argument made by the owners of the Wandering Dago, who sued the state for being denied a permit to operated on the Empire State Plaza because the name on their truck is considered a racial slur. [TU]

$15 minimum
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie wants to see the $15 minimum wage increase make it into this year's budget. [TU]

Troy water main costs
Repairs to the Troy water main that broke in January, causing flooding and water restrictions, is estimated at about $73,000. [Record]

North Albany Coal Tar cleanup
A state plan to clean up toxic coal tar waste near the new Huck Finn's Playland. [TU]

UAlbany bus incident
"It's like, I stood up for you, and now to figure out that you wanted this whole thing to be a hoax, it's disappointing. It's just honestly the saddest thing in the world." -- a UAlbany Junior, speaking the New York Times about the students charged with making false reports about an alleged racially motivated attacks on a CDTA bus. [NYT]

Chris Churchill speaks with UAlbany president Robert Jones about the incident, and his response to it. [TU]

Troy fire
Authorities are looking into the cause of a fire that displaced seven people and damaged three apartments at the Griswold Heights complex in Troy. [REcord][TU]

Schenectady arson trial
A former Schenectady restaurant owner is on trial for allegedly starting the blaze at her struggling business in an effort to collect insurance money. [Gazette]

Hudson River fish
A reminder from NYS: don't eat fish from the Hudson River or Rondot Creek. [TU]

Robbery video
The owners of the Troy liquor store robbed at gunpoint have shared surveillance video of what they say was a pretty bungling burglar. [WNYT]

Another marketing firm leaves Saratoga
On the heels of Palio communications announcement that it will shut down its Saratoga office, the Chicago-based Manifest marketing has announced it is leaving Saratoga. [Gazette]

NY battles problem gambling
Now that upstate casinos are underway, New York State is stepping up its efforts to battle problem gambling. [Gazette]

Schenectady demolition
Demolition at the former Olander building on State Street in Schenectady is underway, making way for a $20 million mixed use development. [Gazette][TWCN]

Queen of the weed beat
The Saint Rose alum and squeaky clean kid from the Feura Bush and her path to "queen of the weed beat". [TU]

Happening today

Startup Tech Valley
The Startup Tech Valley series returns to Revolution Hall in Troy with another round of short presentations from startup companies. Wednesday 5:30 pm - free (registration required)

UAlbany hoops
The UAlbany men play Hartford in the quarterfinals of the America East conference tournament at SEFCU Arena. The winner of the tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Wednesday 7 pm - $12 and up

Ra Ra Riot at The Hollow
Indie rock. 9 pm - $15 ahead / $17 day of

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