Deliberations in double murder trial, NY AG says he's suing over net neutrality rollback, Pearl St venue's liquor license suspended, the teen who saved his sister from a fire

Mero double murder trial
The jury is now deliberating in the trial of Edward Mero for the deaths of Megan Cunningham and Shelby Countermine. During closing arguments, the prosecution argued there are too many details pointing toward Mero for them to be coincidental. And the defense argued the prosecution lacks hard evidence connecting Mero to the deaths. [News10] [TU] [Spectrum]

Republican tax plan
+ John Faso is "likely a 'no'" on the latest version of the Republican tax plan being worked out between the House and Senate, while a spokesman for Elise Stefanik says she's "pleased it's moving in a positive direction." [TU]
+ The tax plan's cap on deductions for state and local taxes has some people in New York asking if they can pay their 2018 property taxes before the end of this year. [TU]


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Net neutrality
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday his office will sue in an effort to stop the federal FCC's rollback of net neutrality. The AG's office has already been investigating what appears to be millions of fake public comments submitted as part of the FCC review. [NYS OAG] [TU]

Cuomo threatens legal action over Hudson River PCBs
Andrew Cuomo said the state will sue the federal EPA if the agency decides the Hudson River PCB dredging project requires no additional dredging. [TU]

New York State won't release Amazon bid details
Empire State Development has continued to refuse to release details about the incentives the state has offered to Amazon as part of the company's selection process for a second headquarters. [Politico NY]

State parks
The number of people visiting New York State parks keeps increasing, but staffing isn't growing, which official say is putting a squeeze on the parks system. [Saratogian]

Gillibrand Congressional sexual harassment plan
A look at the plan Kirsten Gillibrand has put together -- including bipartisan support -- that would overhaul sexual harassment policies for Congress and make settlements public. [Politico]

SLA acts after fatal shooting at Pearl Street venue
The State Liquor Authority has suspended the liquor license for Levels Banquet Hall following the fatal shooting there this past weekend. [TU]

Gun violence
Law enforcement officials from around the state were in Saratoga Springs Thursday for a program -- called GIVE -- that's focused on stopping gun violence in part by focusing on people determined to be likely involved with gun violence. [Spectrum] [WNYT]

Schenectady police
Two men have taken steps to pursue legal action against Schenectady for separate incidents in which they allege Schenectady police used improper or excessive force on them. [TU]

Homeless students
A new analysis details how homelessness affects students in New York even after their families find a place to live. [TU]

Delmar Fire District drama
A look at the heated political fight over a Delmar fire commissioner election. [TU]

Olympic Lanes redevelopment
Details about the proposed redevelopment of the Olympic Lanes site in Menands into apartments. [TU]

"The only thing on my mind is 'I gotta get her out.' She's still in there."
Talking with the Albany teen who ran into an apartment fire to to save his sister. [WNYT]

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