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The jury in the Charles Tan murder trial will be at it again for an 8th day of deliberations on Thursday. 

For the first time during the trial of Tan, who is accused of killing his father, the jury met into the night, but just before 9pm on Wednesday they told the judge they were exhausted and asked to be dismissed for the night.

During the nearly 12 hours of deliberations, jurors asked for the testimony of eight witnesses from the prosecution to be read back.

Court resumes at 9 a.m. on Thursday

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Governor Cuomo was in Batavia today to announce a new solar company is moving in to the STAMP site in Alabama, New York. The company, 1366 Technologies, will be the first to move into the Manufacturing Park in Western New York.

On stage at the Steiner Theater at Genesee Community College, Cuomo made his enthusiasm clear. He says this announcement is an example of a new era for Upstate New York.

"You see the energy changing, you see the mentality changing, and you see the synergy that's now developing. Today is a game changer."

(AP & WXXI News) New York's beer, wine, cider and distilling industries celebrated another year of growth Wednesday as Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to continue to reform Prohibition-era laws and take other steps to encourage a burgeoning sector of the state economy. 

Scores of business owners, farmers and elected leaders gathered for the third annual Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cider Summit. Cuomo, a Democrat, said the state has made great strides in helping the industry, which he said can boost local agriculture and tourism as well. 

Governor Cuomo, facing questions about the on going federal probe of contracts associated with his Buffalo Billion economic development project, was reluctant to say much about the progress of the investigation.

Cuomo was asked by journalists whether he or anyone on his staff has been questioned or subpoenaed by federal prosecutors looking into the awarding of state contracts as part of the massive economic development protect in Western New York.

“I have not,” said Cuomo. “But I don’t want to get into commenting on the US Attorney’s investigation.”

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City, County, and Court officials announced a new court to try gun crimes. The new Gun Crimes Part intends to create a more efficient and consistent approach.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Moran will oversee the court. He will have jurisdiction over cases where the highest count is second or third degree criminal possession of a weapon.

City Council President Loretta Scott applauded the mayor for her work on the project.

Governor Cuomo shot down rumors that he might call a special session in December on raising the minimum wage to $15.

A $15 minimum wage is what Governor Andrew Cuomo wants for all of New York State. Earlier this year, Cuomo's wage board pushed through the wage for the fast food industry alone, but the governor says that's not enough. Our guests discuss the possible impact of a $15 wage. We're joined by:

  • Chris Wiest, Vice President of Public Policy with the Rochester Business Alliance
  • Colin O'Malley, Organizing Director for Metro Justice
  • Kent Gardner, Chief Economist with the Center for Governmental Research

We look at murder confessions, false or otherwise, after the recent report from WROC-TV that a convicted murderer in Attica State Prison is now saying he also killed someone else. Angel Carrasquillo now says he committed a 2001 murder in Rochester -- a murder for which a man named Jose Torres was convicted. Prosecutors say Torres was convicted because he confessed to the crime. Torres says it was a false confession, made when he was drunk, and now he wants to go home to his family. Carrasquillo says he has nothing to gain by stepping forward to confess to the crime. So what will prosecutors do now? And why would someone falsely confess to murder? Our panel will discuss this case and the broader issues related to it. 

  • Rachel Barnhart, WROC-TV anchor and reporter who broke the story
  • Matthew Hagen, attorney for Jose Torres
  • David Abbatoy, also an attorney
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PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. (AP)  A New York judge has denied a college's petition to add benefactor Joan Weill to its name, citing the will of the founding donor. 

Paul Smith's College President Cathy Dove announced the ruling on the Adirondack college's website Wednesday. It was made by a Franklin County state Supreme Court judge.