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BC-NY--New York News Digest,ADVISORY, NY

December 3, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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BUFFALO BILLION-TRIAL

NEW YORK — A Buffalo developer faces sentencing in a bid-rigging scheme connected to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” economic redevelopment program. By Jim Mustian. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4 p.m. Developing from 2 p.m. hearing.

CRASH-STATE TROOPER

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Hundreds pay tribute to a state trooper killed in an on-duty crash. UPCOMING: 250 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— SHOOTING-TWO KILLED: A former Texas police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the fatal shooting of an upstate New York couple in October.

— SHOOTING DEATH: State Police officials say a Hudson Valley man and two 17-year-old boys have been charged with murder.

— MEDICAL DEBT PAID: The medical bills of nearly 1,300 upstate New York residents have been paid off thanks to the efforts of two women working with an organization that buys medical debt bundled for pennies on the dollar.

— MISSING INFANT FOUND: Police in Buffalo say the mother of a baby found inside a stolen car will face charges alongside the 15-year-old boy and 18-year-old accused of stealing the vehicle.

— BAR FIGHT-SHOOTING: Authorities say a western New York man shot another man after a bar fight in a popular upstate ski town.

— XGR--MICHIGAN PIPELINE: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is dropping a proposal to have the Mackinac Bridge Authority oversee the construction and operation of a tunnel to house a replacement oil pipeline in the Great Lakes.

— RESTAURANT SHOOTING: Police say someone opened fire on a restaurant in upstate New York, barely missing diners inside.

— FAKE COCAINE: A New York man has been sentenced to prison for trying to sell seven kilograms of fake cocaine to an undercover agent in Delaware.

— CORNELL-ASH TREES: Cornell University says it will cut down more than 2,000 ash trees in the next few years because of an invasive beetle.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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MET OPERA-NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR

NEW YORK — Mighty Mouse has come to save the Met. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts his first performance as just the third music director in the Metropolitan Opera’s 135-year-old history when he mounts the podium of the financially challenged company Tuesday night in a new production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 1198 words, photos.

MUSIC-TEDDY RILEY

NEW YORK — Teddy Riley, the singer and producer behind hits for Michael Jackson, is struck with emotion just days away from his big show at the Apollo Theater. The concert will mark a return to his hometown in Harlem after more than 20 years. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 489 words, photos.

MUSIC-Q&A--HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Twenty-five years after “Cracked Rear View” launched their careers, Grammy-winning rock band Hootie & the Blowfish will release a new album and launch an official tour next year after a decade-long break. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 1001 words, photos.

— MUSIC-QUEEN TOUR: Queen and Adam Lambert are launching a six-week North American tour following the release of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

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SPORTS

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BKN--WIZARDS-KNICKS

NEW YORK — The Washington Wizards visit the New York Knicks. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

HKN--SABRES-PREDATORS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators continue a home stand Monday night hosting the streaking Buffalo Sabres. By Jim Diamond. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

BKC--NIAGARA-PITTSBURGH

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh (7-1) can match its win total from last season with a win over Niagara on Monday night. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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