1) What's next for New York politicians named in the latest corruption probe? A federal judge promised to release the names of nine people wiretapped by the FBI, and on Wednesday he delivered. The list included some familiar names -- like embattled state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) -- but it also included some new ones, like state Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Mount Vernon). Hassell-Smith is one of nine people wiretapped by state senator-turned-informant Shirley Huntley. The feds say eight of the nine people Huntley wiretapped on behalf of the FBI are currently under investigation. Is Hassell-Smith one of them? So far, no one knows -- the Mount Vernon native, who said earlier this year she was mulling a run for that city's mayor, didn't return phone calls on Wednesday and hasn't spoken to the media since she was named.
2) Some Republican senators say they won't support immigration reform unless border security is significantly bolstered. Some Democratic senators want to add a gay rights provision that would allow residents to sponsor their partners for citizenship. And the Social Security Administration says a significant amnesty would add millions of workers to the tax rolls and give the economy a needed shot in the arm. Those issues -- and many others -- are on the table Thursday as the Senate Judiciary Committee looks at proposed legislative amendments to immigration policy, the first step toward a much-anticipated overhaul of the nation's immigration policy.
3) Thursday's break in NBA playoff actions comes as Tiger Woods and company tee off at TPC Sawgrass in Florida for The Players Championship. For Woods, it's an opportunity to get over a disappointing finish at the Masters, while Augusta National winner Adam Scott will try to ride his momentum to notch another win.
4) Will Jodi Arias receive the death penalty or life in prison? A few minutes after a jury found her guilty of first-degree murder, Arias told a local TV news station< that she'd rather be put to death than spend the rest of her life in prison. But it might not be up to her. Under Arizona law, anyone convicted of first- or second-degree murder faces another hearing in which the jury decides whether the person acted "in an especially cruel, heinous and depraved manner" during the crime. The jury's decision in that second phase will have a direct impact on sentencing, the AP reports.
5) Comedian and former Bedford resident Chevy Chase will make his final appearance on NBC's "Community" when the show wraps up its fourth season on Thursday night. The season finale could also end up as the series finale for "Community" -- although critically acclaimed, the show has had its problems -- creator Dan Harmon famously feuded with Chase, then was ousted before this season, and ratings never matched the critical enthusiasm for the show. NBC only ordered 13 episodes for season four, down from an average of 22 episodes per season over the past three years, and the show has been dogged by rumors that NBC will pull the plug after this year.