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Saturday, March 09, 2013 - Updated: 4:49 PM

Gov. anticipating $1.5B bridge loan

WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York is close to receiving a $1.5 billion federal loan to help build the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

The state had been hoping for as much as $2 billion toward the $3.9 billion span in the New York City suburbs.

But the governor said Friday the loan means tolls on the bridge will be "below all prior projections." One projection had entailed a $14 toll.

A bigger federal loan, with guaranteed low interest rates, would mean less pressure to raise tolls to pay back higher-interest bonds.

Cuomo says the state is still seeking options to keep tolls low.

He said the federal loan can't be finalized until the U.S. Transportation Department completes a credit review.

Up to 170,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day.

Man charged in trooper stabbing

ALBANY (AP) -- An 18-year-old man accused of stabbing a trooper patrolling downtown Albany's state government complex has been indicted on attempted murder and other charges.

Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares says Friday a grand jury indicted Eric Green on charges of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, aggravated assault on a police officer and two counts of robbery.

Authorities say Trooper Rodney Smith was working Sunday at the Empire State Plaza when he was approached by Green, who said he was new in town and needed help. They say that as Smith was checking his identity, Green stabbed him in the neck.

     

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