Still no vote on legislative "framework" agreement, second prison employee charged in Dannemora escape, on racism and the Albany flag

Dannemora Manhunt
Day 20 and Richard Matt and David Sweat are still at large. State Police say one of the cabins linked to the two men is missing a shotgun and that many cabins in the area of the search keep guns and ammunition. [TWCN]

The second Clinton Correctional Facility prison employee arrested in connection with the escape is out on bail and is expected to return to court later today. He is facing charges of promotion of prison contraband and evidence tampering for allegedly delivering tools to the inmates inside frozen meat. His lawyers say he didn't know the tools were in the meat. [WNYT][NYT][TU]

Still no vote on framework agreement
Legislators are hoping to vote today on a framework agreement of end of the year legislation, but Assembly Democrats are hoping more can be done on issues like rent control. [TU][TWCN]

Schenectady home explosion prompts lawsuit
Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company of America is suing the city of Schenectady, claiming that the recent explosion of a city-owned home is the city's fault. [Gazette]

Crossings arrest
Following a 4.5 hour search of the wooded area around Crossings Park, Colonie police arrested a a Binghamton parolee.[TWCN]

New plan for low-level criminals
Albany city and county officials have announced a new plan that would offer police the discretion to send low-level criminals to social service case managers instead of sending them to jail. [TU]

Underage drinking
Police arrested more than 30 people and confiscated 40 fake IDs in a crackdown on underage drinking at SPAC during this week's Fall Out Boy show. [TU][Gazette][WNYT]

On racism and flags
Chris Churchill considers racism and Albany's flag. [TU]

Winter was hard on the area's strawberry crop.[WNYT]

Happening today

Hidden City House & Garden Tour
The annual Hidden City House & Garden Tour returns to the areas around the Center Square neighborhood in Albany. Historic homes and gardens will open for the self-guided tour. This year's tour will also include community gardens. Thursday 5-8 pm - $20

Play ball!
The Tri-City ValleyCats open their 2015 home season at The Joe versus the Staten Island Yankees. It's free schedule magnet night, and there will be fireworks after the game. (The ValleyCats will be home Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.) Thursday 7 pm - $5.75 and up

Alive at Five
J. Roddy Walston & The Business at Alive at Five
Rock. With: Avers. 5 pm - free

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