Casino decision expected today, man who reported Hudson Avenue murder now a suspect, pot wrapped as Christmas presents mailed to Desmond, Pataki 2016?

The decision on where a new casino will be built in the Capital Region is expected to come down later today. [WNYT][TWCN]

A man who walked into the Albany VA Medical Center and informed them that there was a body in his Hudson Avenue apartment on Sunday is now a suspect in the murder. Robert Lake is in police custody and charged with the murder of Latisha Alzaid. [WNYT][TU]

The uncle of a Schenectady woman who was murdered on State Street over the weekend called police to his home and threw a bottle at an officer's head in an attempt to get arrested so he could got to jail and seek retribution against the man charged with her death. The victim's father was pepper sprayed by police when he charged at the alleged killer during a court appearance on Monday. [TU][Gazette]

A Colorado man was arrested at the Desmond Hotel after postal inspectors in Colonie found more than 16 pounds of marijuana, wrapped up as Christmas presents, addressed to himself at the Desmond.[TWCN][WNYT][Saratogian]

In case you needed another reasonnot to eat cookies someone sends you in the mail.. [TU]

According to the newly released teacher evaluation results, 95% of New York teachers are rated either effective or highly effective. According to the report, teachers and principals are out performing students for the second year in a row.

A day after Andrew Cuomo made statements on the radio program The Capital Pressroom, indicating that the Assembly isn't interested in campaign finance reform Sheldon Silver says Democrats in the state Assembly support measures that would pave the way for public campaign financing, but Dean Skelos doesn't support it. [NYT][TU]

Gunshots blew out windows in the Ellis Medical Center in Clifton Park over the weekend. Police are still looking for the perpetrator. Ellis has increased security at the building.[TU][WNYT][News 10]

The Saratoga Casino and Raceway has pulled plans for an event center from it's $30 million expansion plan because of opposition from local businesses.[Gazette][TU]

Two lawsuits have been filed against the Ontario truck driver who slammed into a state police cruiser last year, killing a trooper who had pulled over a vehicle. [WNYT]

A lawyer representing the Ballston Spa man who died after being tasered by police wants the state Attorney General to investigate the case. [Gazette]

A Washington County man is facing charges for allegedly stealing a nine foot snow plow from the Fort Ann Highway Department.[WNYT]

The Rensselaer County legislature voted Tuesday to approve a $20.9 million bond issue to pay for a new 911 system, courthouse repairs and public works projects. [TU]

Data from the state comptrollers office shows a firm hired by Sheldon Silver was paid $397,000 for its work to quash subpoenas issued by the now-defunct Moreland Commission. [CNY]

Parts of the floating concrete batch plant that is being used to build the Tappan Zee bridge collapsed on Tuesday.[TWCN]

The LaFarge cement plant in Ravena has been slapped with a $100,000 fine by NYS for polluting a stream that feeds the Hudson.[TU]

According to a report by The Nature Conservancy, high water temperatures, fertilizer runoff and competition from other species of fish is contributing to the decline of lake-trout in the Adirondacks. [TU]

Albany County residents will be getting a robocall from Santa Claus, asking them to urge Dan McCoy not to veto the toxic toy law. [TU]

The NYS Health Deparment and Andrew Cuomo have announced that New York will remove a medicaid exclusion denying transgender patients access to transition -related surgery treatment. [TU]

Victory church is again offering $100 gift cards to people who turn in guns.[WNYT]

Pataki 2016? [WNYT]

Public transit use is up in Albany. [TU]

A local high school senior has won a battle to have a portrait with her dog and rifle in the yearbook.[TU]

Chuck Schumer needs a new home in DC. [Washington Post]

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