Jurors watch video of father's admission, teacher alleges assessment test cheating, reported indictment in alleged plot against former DA, bank moves to foreclose on Cannon Building

Jurors in the trial of Adrian Thomas, the Troy man accused of causing the death of his infant son, watched video of his interrogation yesterday in which he demonstrated how he threw his son down on a bed. The demonstration came after hours of interrogation and a good cop/bad cop routine by Troy police detectives. Thomas' defense is arguing the admission was coerced. [WTEN][TU] [Troy Record]

NYRA has extended next year's Saratoga racing season by four days -- for a total of 40 days. The extended season will include a Grade 1 stakes race that was previously held at Belmont. Saratoga business owners seemed pretty happy about the longer season. [TU] [Post-Star] [Saratogian]

Downtown Saratoga business owners aren't so happy about the proposed plan for paid parking. [Saratogian]

One of the teachers who alleges that she was being secretly videotaped at an Albany charter school has accused the school of letting students cheat on assessment tests. The executive director of the Brighter Choice foundation, which backs the school, says they're looking into the "serious allegations." [Troy Record] [CapNews9]

Albany police say a 19-year-old was stabbed in the Grand Street neighborhood yesterday afternoon (map). The man was reportedly in critical condition last night. Police say it appears the stabbing was part of a street fight. Neighbors held a peace vigil near the scene of the crime yesterday evening. [CBS6] [CapNews9] [Fox23] [TU]

There aren't a lot of details, but WTEN reports that an unnamed prison inmate has been indicted for an alleged (and bizarre) plot targeting former Rensselaer County DA Trish DeAngelis. [WTEN]

Most of the first doses of H1N1 vaccine shipped to the Capital Region will be administered to health care workers. [TU]

The Albany police detective who pleaded guilty to driving drunk through Albany and Bethlehem last January tried to take back his plea during sentencing yesterday. [TU]

The union that represents Albany police has approved a contract with the city that includes four percent raises retroactive to last year and this year. [TU]

Winds in the Capital Region gusted as hard as 50 mph yesterday, knocking out power to about 7,000 households. [Daily Gazette $] [CapNews9]

The bank that holds the mortgage on the Cannon Building in downtown Troy is moving to foreclose on the property from landlord Sanford Horowitz. [Troy Record]

A group of parents protested a plan to build mobile phone towers on the grounds of Bethlehem schools yesterday. [CBS6] [Fox23]

One of the things that's drawn film shoots to the Capital Region: a state tax credit that took effect last year. [TU]

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