Ride sharing and college tuition still on the table as budget deadline looms, underground fire closes part of State Street near Proctors, Tony Soprano and the plan to memorize Pi

State budget
New York's budget is due Friday at midnight and legislators continue negotiations. Major issues still on the table include making college more accessible and expanding taxi ride-sharing upstate and raising the age of criminal responsibility. [TWCN][Politico][WNYT]

Schenectady underground fire
An underground explosion and fire has closed a portion of State Street in front of Proctors in Schenectady. [TU][Gazette]


North Central Troy
Troy's Community Land Bank plans to use more than $700 thousand in funding from Enterprise Community Partners to stabilize and rehabilitate properties in the city's North Central neighborhood.[TU]

Albany stabbing
A 19-year-old was stabbed on Wednesday near the basketball courts near Mount Hope Drive and South Pearl Street in Albany. The victim was stabbed in the head and chest and was taken to Albany Medical Center with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. [TU][Spectrum]

Schenectady murder defendant acquitted
A Schenectady jury acquitted Tyshawn Plowden, Wednesday, of charges related to a murder on Paige Street in the city last year. The jury is still deliberating the fate of his codefendant. [TU][Gazette]

Man who shot himself in leg facing charges
A Schenectady man who shot himself in the leg with a gun he planned to use to threaten a someone he suspected had smashed his car windows, is now facing drug and weapons charges. [TU]

State budget
New York's budget is due Friday at midnight and legislators continue negotiations. Major issues still on the table include making college more accessible and expanding taxi ride-sharing upstate and raising the age of criminal responsibility. [TWCN][Politico][WNYT]

Schenectady underground fire
An underground explosion and fire has closed a portion of State Street in front of Proctors in Schenectady. [TU]

Faso doesn't regret decision on health care bill
U.S. Representative John Faso had publicly planned to vote yes on the failed plan to replace the American Health Care Act -- and he say she has no regrets about that. [TU]

Troy apartment proposal
There's a proposal on the table to turn the former Troy Shirt and Collar Company -- also known as the Old Brick Building-- on River Street, into an 80 unit apartment building. [TU]

Cohoes fire
The Cohoes fire that destroyed a Saratoga Street building earlier this week started in a kitchen and is not believed to be arson, but investigator say they can't determine the actual cause of the blaze. [TU]

Missing teens
Police are looking for a pair of Saratoga County teens who have been missing since Wednesday. [Gazette]

Saratoga City Charter
About 100 Saratoga Springs residents listened and weighed in on proposed changes to the City Charter at a public hearing on Wednesday night. [Gazette]

Tracking jobs from economic development efforts
A new study shows a need for follow up on whether jobs actually materialize from economic development efforts. [TU]

SUNY telecounseling
Demand for counseling services at SUNY inspired a $1.5 million pilot plan for a telecounselng program at five campuses that will begin this fall. [TU]

"Everybody I talk to, they like what he's doing"
Chris Churchill follows up with a Trump voter who has no regrets. [TU+]

SCOTUS judges coming to the Capital Region
Both Sonia Sotomayor and Chief Justice John Roberts will be making appearances in the Capital Region in April
[TU]

"It took about 11 hours to memorize the 10,000 digits"
A local man's failed attempt to set the record for memorizing Pi digits included help from Tony Soprano. [Gazette]


Stuff going on today

YouthFX premiere
Thursday: The award-winning YouthFX program will be premiering its new short films at The Spectrum. The teen filmmakers will be there for Q&A after the screening. These premieres often sell out, so don't wait on getting tickets if you'd like to go. Thursday 7 pm -- $10 / $8 students

Lost Rondout
Thursday: The Madison will be screening Lost Rondout. The documentary "chronicles how a federally funded 1960s urban renewal project devastated the waterfront district of Kingston, New York, a microcosm of the urban disruption that occurred all over America." City of Albany planning director Chris Spencer will moderate a discussion following the screening. Thursday 7 pm -- $5

An Iliad

Today-Sunday: This is the last week for Capital Rep's production of An Iliad continues Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Craft + Draft
Thursday: Collar City Candle is hosting a Craft + Draft night at The Malt Room at Brown's in Troy. "In this fun, laid back workshop we'll help you design & create a one of a kind candle to take home." Ticket price includes all candle supplies, drinks are extra. Thursday 5-8 pm -- $15

Music

Thursday: Rocktopia Live at The Palace
"ROCKTOPIA LIVE delivers one-of-a-kind musical arrangements featuring the works of classical composers, rock bands and artists including Queen, Mozart, Journey, Handel, U2, Tchaikovsky, Heart, Beethoven, Styx, Foreigner, Rachmaninoff, Pink Floyd, Copland, The Who and more." 7:30 pm -- $45 and up

Thursday: Bryan Ferry at Proctors
From Roxy Music. With: Judith Owen. 8 pm -- $30 and up

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