Jurors deliberating in Bailey murder case, Troy council overrides budget veto, museum says rare hood ornament stolen, police dog hears call of the shopping plaza

Richard Bailey murder trial Jurors will be back for another day of deliberation today. During closing arguments yesterday, prosecutor David Rossi cited boasts about the crime that De Von Callicut allegedly made in letters sent from prison. Callicut's attorney continued to try to cast doubt on prosecution witnesses, whose testimony she argued had been "bought and paid for." [YNN] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The Troy city council voted to override the Harry Tutunjian's budget veto. The mayor had rejected the budget because of concerns it drained the city's contingency fund too low. Said Ken Zalewski, one of the council members who voted to override: "Residents in the city don't care about the contingency fund. They care about taxes and this budget keeps taxes as low as possible." [Troy Record] [TU] [WNYT]

Capital Region police officers have a go-to move after being pulled over for suspected DWI: refuse the blood alcohol test. [TU]

The criminal trial has started for Timothy Rankins, the Albany bar owner accused of setting up the attack on Steve Barnes at Stuyvesant Plaza in 2008. [TU]

The Paterson administration has confirmed that former top aide David Johnson, who's been accused of domestic violence, has been fired. Payroll records indicated Johnson was let go in mid-November. [NYT] [AP/YNN]

Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand split on the cloture vote for the extension of the Bush era tax cuts. [State of Politics]

Chris Gibson says his priorities in Congress will be jobs, tax cuts, reducing spending and repealing the health care reform law. [WNYT]

During a radio interview yesterday, David Paterson questioned whether the state is "even governable." [NYDN]

Paterson vetoed a bill, sponsored by Neil Breslin, that would have required governors to send their papers to the state archive. [TU]

As the state's horse racing industry continues to teeter in precarious position, NYRA gave raises to its top executives earlier this month. [Saratogian]

The price of grand stand and club house tickets at The Track is going up next season. [YNN]

Mohonsen school district voters rejected a $43.4 million package of capital projects. [Daily Gazette]

A Bethlehem police officer has filed suit against the department for alleged "unlawful retaliation" for his work with the union and comments to the media. [TU]

The Saratoga County Airport says it wants to clear even more trees around the facility. [Saratogian]

The Saratoga Automobile Museum says a valuable hood ornament was stolen from one of the cars in the collection. [TU]

After almost 50 years, the independent Esquire drug store in Menands -- and its pharmacist Frank Renna -- are calling it quits. [TU]

A UAlbany police dog went on the lam for a few hours Sunday night before turning up at Stuyvesant Plaza. There are unconfirmed reports the dog needed to finish up some Christmas shopping. [TU]

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