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State budget deal: What's in it? What's not?

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Here are some highlights of the proposed 2014-15 New York state budget negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders:

- Total proposal: $138 billion, plus $5 billion in off-budget one-time federal aid.

- Total growth held under 2 percent.

- A $1.1 billion, or 5.3 percent, increase in education aid, with high-needs districts getting almost 70 percent of the hike.

- Allocations of $340 million for universal pre-K during each of the next two years, with $300 million for New York City and $40 million for the rest of the state.

- A $2 billion bond act pending approval by voters in November that would allow borrowing to fund classroom computers and technology as well as building pre-K classrooms.

- Changes in implementation of the Common Core curriculum learning standards in English and math that will keep test scores off the transcripts of students in third through eighth grades through 2018.

St. Rose, Siena, come together for 'One Billion Rising'

Two local colleges are coming together on Friday to help women who are victims of violence.

Events for the "One Billion Rising" campaign are taking place at St. Rose and Siena Colleges on March 28.

Through 1 p.m. the St. Rose event include representatives from Albany County Crime Victims and Sexual Violence Center, among others. Additional events will also be taking place on the Siena campus.

Price Chopper opens new Market Bistro

LATHAM - The Price Chopper on Route 9 in Latham has a whole new look and a new name

It's called Market Bistro by Price Chopper.

In addition to the regular grocery store items, it now features a food court of sorts.

Soups, subs, burritos, fish and barbecue are among the choices.

Price Chopper CEO Neil Golub calls it the most unique supermarket in the country.

Others are comparing it to the number one rated supermarket in the country, Wegmans.

“Many people have said to us and I'll bet you a few dozen, ‘You've out Wegmanned, Wegmans,’ and I think that's a neat comment,” said Neil Golub of Price Chopper.

The store employs 600 people.

Amsterdam man accused of exposing himself while driving

Troopers say James Przyblowicz exposed himself to another driver while traveling on alternate Route 7 in Colonie. -

LATHAM – State Police say an Amsterdam man has been arrested after publicly exposing himself while driving.

Troopers say they received a complaint Tuesday afternoon.

They say 44-year-old James Przyblowicz exposed himself to another driver while traveling on alternate Route 7 in Colonie.

He is charged with public lewdness and is due to appear in court on April 4.

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Capital Region law enforcement trade in handcuffs for serving trays

Law enforcement in the Capital Region are trading in their handcuffs and badges for menus and serving trays Thursday.

State Troopers and police from East Greenbush, Colonie, Schenectady and Glens Falls will join Sheriff’s Deputies from Albany, Warren and Saratoga Counties for a “Law and Orders” event.

The Applebee’s fundraiser will help to raise money for the Special Olympics.

It will be held Thursday night from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the restaurant locations in East Greenbush, Glenmont, Hudson, Latham, Schenectady, Saratoga and Queensbury.

The Queensbury location will also feature the police as servers for lunch and dinner on Thursday and Friday.

Police to serve dinner at Applebee's

It’s not tickets police officers will be serving – it’s dinner. 

Applebee’s restaurants in the Capital Region are hosting a fundraiser Thursday night for Special Olympics of New York.

You will be seated and served by members of law enforcement and 911 dispatchers.

They are all volunteers who will donate their tips to Special Olympics.

Broadalbin-Perth graduate completes basic training

Courtesy: Joint Hometown News Service

"For immediate release:

Army Reserve Pvt. Robert K. Rickson has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.  Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Rickson is the son of Buddy Rickson of Schenectady and Valerie Roseberry of Colonie.