Vega's former girlfriend testifies he confessed to Milligan murder, woman survives 60 foot fall from Thacher Park cliff, Salvation Army closes Saratoga Code Blue shelter

Woman falls from Thacher Park cliff
Crews rescued a woman on Tuesday after she fell 60 feet from a cliff on Thacher Park Road after crashing her car into nearby guardrail. [TU]

Vega trial
The former girlfriend of Gabriel Vega testified on Tuesday that Vega told her he murdered Vanessa Milligan. Kim Virola testified that she kept the secret out of fear, and also admitted that she had threatened Milligan. [TU][Record]

Pedestrian identified
Police have identified the woman who was struck and killed on Tuesday while crossing Central Avenue as 62-year-old Borziloke Zakolli, who lived not far from the scene of the accident. [WNYT]

LLC Loophole
Andrew Cuomo has offered the legislature 8 bills -- what he calls an "a la carte menu" of opportunities -- any one of which could close the loophole that allows LLCs to donate more than $60,000 a year to political campaigns. [TU][Capital NY][TWCN]

Code Blue Saratoga
Officials at the Salvation Army in Saratoga say state regulations instituted by the Cuomo admin this past winter regarding the housing of homeless people in sub-freezing temperatures are behind the decision to close their two-year-old Code Blue shelter, leaving Shelters of Saratoga searching for a new home for the program. [TU][TWCN][Gazette]

3rd suspect in Hamilton Hill murder
A third suspect -- a Brooklyn man with a long criminal history -- has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a man in Hamilton Hill earlier this month. [TU]

Car crashes into pond
Police have charged a 20-year-old Guilderland man with DWI after he crashed his car vehicle into a Colonie pond near the Northway off Route 7. [News 10][WNYT]

Watervliet house fire
Fire officials are searching for the cause of a Watervliet house fire Monday -- the third this month in the neighborhood. [TU]

Throwing rocks in the Capitol
A woman was arrested at the Capitol on Tuesday for allegedly throwing rocks inside the building. [TU]

Concern over plan to re-privatize NYRA
The group Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing has come out in opposition to Andrew Cuomo's NYRA re-privatization plan, claiming it allows the governor to exert too much control over a board of directors and could shortchange Saratoga on video lottery terminal revenues. [TU][Saratogian]

Troy finances
Troy mayor Patrick Madden held an educational session on Tuesday night, to explain the city's financial difficulties. [Record]

White House Opioid Forum
The White House is planning a community opioid addiction forum in Albany on June 2. [TU]

E-Cigarettes
Anti-smoking advocates lobbied on Tuesday to include electronic cigarettes in the Clean Indoor Air Act -- which would ban their use anyplace regular cigarette smoking is forbidden. [TU]

Airport search law
Opponents of a proposal that would make it a crime to refuse security screening at Albany International Airport turned out a a public hearing on Tuesday to criticize the plan. [TU]

Evangelist
An evangelist who has been traveling the country protesting transgender bathroom laws was peacefully removed from a sidewalk on Tuesday, where she was yelling at students from Scotia-Glenville High School.[WNYT]

Stewart's recalls snack
Stewart's has recalled their Sunshine Cranberry Delite snack because of concern that sunflower kernels in the product might be contaminated with Listeria. [TU]

HVCC manufacturing center
A preliminary look at the proposed $14 million Hudson Valley Community College advanced manufacturing center. [Business Review]

Jack, the autonomous car
Audi displayed its self driving car at the Capitol on Tuesday -- but no test drives were allowed. [TU]

Happening today

Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA
Roberta Kaplan -- the attorney who argued the case before that Supreme Court that opened the way for the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages -- will be at Northshire Saratoga talking about her book about the experience. Wednesday 6 pm -- free

Smart cities
The Electric City Innovation Center in Schenectady is hosting a discussion about "smart" cities. Blurbage: "Join local innovations and smart cities experts to discuss how the [internet of things], cloud, big data, mobility and social applications are going to impact the cities of the future." There will be panelists from GE, Civiq, and Ruckus Wireless. Wednesday 7 pm (pizza and networking at 6 pm) -- free (registration required)

Chinese take-out
Gio Culinary Stuio has a hands-on class about making Chinese take-out classics at home. "Students will learn how quick and easy it is to make delicious, Chinese take-out food all from scratch." Wednesday 6:15 pm -- $65

Sushi
Market Bistro in Latham has a class on making sushi: "We'll teach you how to make the perfect rice as well as the techniques needed to roll and slice sushi, then you'll create your own unique sushi rolls." Wednesday 6 pm -- $50
tiramisu. Friday 6 pm -- $65

Music

Anderson Ponty Band at The Egg
Prog rock. 7:30 pm -- $35 and up

Primal Fear + Luca Turilli's Rhapsody at Upstate Concert Hall
Metal. With: Shadow Strike. 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $30

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