1. Sun eruption to give rare northern lights show to New Yorkers: The fast, energetic eruption that took place on the sun Tuesday will allow residents of the Capital Region to see northern lights, most likely Thursday night.
2. Soldier deployed for over a year surprises daughter in school: One local family has been waiting for a special moment to take place for over a year.
3. Harsher penalties proposed for drunk drivers: Governor Andrew Cuomo touched upon a number of topics during Wednesday's State of the State address, including cracking down on distracted and dangerous drivers.
4. Cuomo discusses state education in depth during State of the State: Governor Cuomo delivered his State of the State address in Albany on Wednesday afternoon, and one topic he discussed in depth was education.
5. 2 dead, 1 missing after copter goes down off Va. coast: A Navy helicopter with five crew members crashed into the ocean off the Virginia coast during a routine training mission Wednesday, killing two crew members and leaving two in the hospital, the U.S. Navy said. Rescuers searched into the night for a fifth sailor.