Guilty pleas in murder cases, more details in alleged Howard Johnson's harassment, talking about Troy trash fee

Guilty plea in Rocks shooting
The man accused of the fatal shooting at Rocks in Albany in the early morning of Thanksgiving last year has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter. He faces up to 25 years in prison. He had faced 25 years to life if convicted at trial of second-degree murder. [Albany County DA] [TU]

Guilty plea in Hadley ax murder
The Hadley man accused of using an ax to kill his wife at their home this past May has pleaded guilty second-degree murder. He faces 20 years to life in prison. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Sentencing in fatal crash
The Corinth woman who pleaded guilty in the fatal crash that killed her infant daughter -- prosecutors alleged she was under the influence of drugs at the time -- was sentenced to 4-12 years in prison. [Daily Gazette]

Register to vote
Today is the deadline to register to vote for the November election. It's also the deadline to switch your party affiliation if you want to vote in next year's primaries. [NYS BOE]

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Affordable Care Act
In response to Donald Trump ending subsidies related to health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act Thursday, Chuck Schumer said the president is "using a wrecking ball to singlehandedly rip apart our health care system." New York State attorney general Eric Schneiderman says he and other state AGs will sue the federal government over the move. [NYT] [TU] [NYS OAG]

Albany shooting
Albany police say a man was shot inside an apartment on Central Ave near Lexington Ave Thursday night. APD says he suffered non-life threatening injuries. This scene is roughly a block away from a fatal shooting Sunday. [APD]

Albany arrest in death of person with disabilities
Albany police say the sister of a man with disabilities who died earlier this year has been arrested and charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a physically disabled person for allegedly not providing her brother adequate care. [APD]

Alleged Lake George Howard Johnson's harassment
The owner of the Lake George Howard Johnson's pleaded not guilty Thursday to multiple charges related to allegations he sexually harassed employees. The Warren County Sheriff's Office says its investigation has found that about 15 employees were harassed. One of the employees, a 17 year old, described harassment that started on her first day on the job. Deputies say it was a Facebook post by one of the employees that tipped them off. [WNYT] [Spectrum] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Troy fire
The Troy Fire Department says more than 30 people were displaced by a fire in south Troy Thursday night at an apartment complex. Tenants tell News10 that they didn't hear smoke detectors go off. [Spectrum] [News10]

Proposed Troy trash fee
The Troy City Council has started reviewing the Madden admin's proposed new trash fee. [Troy Record]

Saratoga Code Blue shelter
The organizer of the Saratoga Code Blue shelter says it's looking for a new location for this winter because of the lawsuit over the planned location on Walworth Street. [Saratogian]

Cuomo campaign fund to donate all Weinstein money
Andrew Cuomo's campaign fund will now make donations equal to all the money that was donated by Harvey Weinstein -- more than $110,000 -- going back more than a decade. Earlier this week Cuomo had said he would donate money given during the past two years. [TU] [Politico NY]

Ballston Spa High School speaker spat
What happened -- or didn't -- when journalist/author Nancy Jo Sales spoke before an assembly of students at Ballston Spa High School students recently about teens and social media. [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady County solar
Schenectady County has opened its third solar array, and how hopes to offset half its electricity usage with solar.

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