Job openings attracting many applicants, tax trouble for legislators, wig-wearing would-be test taker won't be charged with felony, libel suit against TU dismissed

Local employers say they're seeing a flood of applications for open jobs. [Daily Gazette]

The former state employee who blew the whistle on Antonia Novello says he was framed for speaking out against the former Department of Health commissioner. [TU]

A Schenectady police officer topped the list of the city's highest paid employees last year. His $168,922 in gross salary was a department record. Mayor Brian Stratton's $97,000 ranked him 74th on the highest-paid list. [TU]

It seems that members of the state legislature have trouble paying their taxes. Twenty current members have had "tax warrants" issued for them at some point. [TU]

During the first 12 hours of this most recent snow emergency, 226 cars were towed in the City of Albany. [Fox23]

A jury convicted an Albany woman of conspiring to murder her ex-husband in 2007. The woman is now facing 25 years to life in prison. [TU]

Schenectady County says its sales tax receipts were up almost 6 percent last year, one of the biggest increases in the state. [Daily Gazette]

The number of building projects in the Capital Region has slowed and builders worry the worst is still to come. [TU]

The Schnectady PD says its increased focus on stopping gun crimes has already picked up five guns. [Daily Gazette]

The Schenectady County DA says the student who dressed in a wig to take a Regents Exam for another student will be charged with a misdemeanor instead of a felony. [TU]

Was the driver of an ambulance that crashed into a snowbank in Niskayuna this week texting while driving? An Albany firefighter says it wouldn't be the first time. [TU]

Union employees at Momentive Performance Materials were picketing outside the Waterford plant yesterday with signs that read "Robber Barons are Alive and Well." The plant's union is in a dispute with the company over pay cuts. [Troy Record]

The federally-regulated price of milk is dropping. That will lead to a 30 cent decrease in prices at Stewart's. Dairy farmers say it will be hard for them to make it at the lower prices. [Saratogian]

The City of Troy is looking at the possibility of using a license plate scanner to catch parking and speeding ticket scofflaws. Albany already uses a system for that purpose. [Troy Record]

With traditional loans becoming harder to get, many people in the Capital Region are turning to FHA loans (mortgages backed by the feds that allow for smaller down payments). [TU]

A state court yesterday dismissed the libel suit filed by an Albany cop against the TU and Fred LeBrun. The cop had sued for $9 million after Lebrun wrote that he should be fired. [TU]

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Not to get all conspiracy-theoretical and whatnot, but the Novello whistle-blower was demoted after being accused of looking at porn on his computer? I used to work at the DOH and the computer blocked EVERYTHING online-- even restaurant websites. I've never been so hungry in my whole life as when I worked there.

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