Morning Read, Upstate: Loose Ends Edition

It's too close to call in the election in the 20th Congressional race.

The race looks like it hinged on Saratoga and Rensselaer counties.

A lot of money was spent.

It was a rocky road for the state budget last night, but the Assembly passed all nine bills and the Senate addressed one.

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson voted with walking pneumonia.

The taxes in the budget are higher than originally thought.                  

It's an "assault" on taxpayers, some Buffalo-area officials said.

Except for the film-tax breaks. Everyone seems to love the film tax breaks.

The Daily News says restructuring of Rockefeller Drug laws will hurt prosecution of illegal immigrants.

The Senate adjourned at 10 p.m., meaning the budget is late for the third year in a row.

Advocates of selling wine in supermarkets say the measure isn't dead yet.

Reports of an agreement on the M.T.A. bailout are greatly exaggerated.

The News now focuses their Albany series on out-of-date divorce laws, particularly the lack of easy no-fault divorce, which costs up to $100,000 in some cases. They also found and quoted people who are outraged.

And below, here's a video of State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson finally making it to the floor of the State Senate: