Italy - Rescue workers continued efforts to located about two dozen people who are still missing from the Costa Concordia.  A decision looms, though, to call off the search for survivors.  At least 11 people are known to have been killed.  Once officials declare the operation a recovery rather than a rescue, salvage experts will be able to begin pumping fuel out of the ship, according to the Coast Guard.  The ship was carrying about 2,300 tons of fuel at the time of impact.

New York - As part of the new budget announced by Governor Cuomo this week, poor school districts will receive school aid.  Education advocates for once praised the $805 million school aid increase.  The money will be divided up among high-needs districts to help make up for years of budget cuts.  Schenectady will see about $75 million coming to their district; Albany will see nearly $63 million coming their way; and Troy will see $37 million.  Many smaller districts will see school aid as well.   

Albany - Tulip queen nominations are being sought by the city of Albany.  Nominees must have a strong sense of community, be knowledgeable of Albany and possess leadership skills as well as be between the age of 18 and 23.  Nominees must never have been married and of course live in Albany County during the full year of their reign.  The Tulip Queen will receive a $5,000 scholarship. 

Colonie - The town could face a lawsuit from the mother of a man who died after being tazed by police.  Diane Witbeck’s son, Chad Brothers died on October 31, 2011 just an hour after being subdued by police.  Officers used three Tasers, two sets of handcuffs and a baton in order to restrain Brothers.  Steroids were found in his system and “agitated delirium” was deemed the official cause of death.  Witbeck claims police acted negligent and caused her son’s death.

Stuyvesant - Three teenagers have been charged for the robbery of Columbia County home.  18-year old Ryan Shufelt of Chatham, 17-year old Nicholas Dodge of Kinderhook and 18-year old Alysha Narzynski of Kinderhook were arrested Tuesday.  The three allegedly broke into a home in Stuyvesant, restrained a 13-year old and stole items from the home.  All three were arraigned and sent to county jail without bail.

National - Hillary Rodham Clinton is trying to attract young people worldwide.  She has named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a global cultural ambassador.  The NBA Hall of Famer and all time scoring leader will promote the importance of education, social and racial tolerance, cultural understanding and using sports as a way to empower.  The appointment was announced yesterday by the State Department.