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Senator Skelos, Charged With Six Counts Of Corruption, Will Remain As Leader

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who turned himself in to federal authorities on corruption charges Monday, will remain as the head of the Senate, his Republican members announced after a more than three hour closed door meeting Monday night. Senator Skelos, who is charged with monetizing his political position to enrich himself and his son in a bribery and extortion scheme, did not speak to the media. Republican conference chair Ken LaValle, who like Skelos, is also from Long Island,...
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  State officials are investigating a Texas-based energy company after a spike in complaints from customers over higher-than-expected bills. 

Ambit Energy is an energy services company that supplies electricity and natural gas. Consumers can choose to get their energy from their own utility or companies like Ambit. 

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A crash with serious injuries caused major traffic problems  on Route 104 Tuesday morning .

It happened near Goodman St. in Irondequoit at about 5:30 a.m.

Reports are that a woman and two children in a car were eastbound on 104 and crossed over to the westbound side, colliding with an SUV.

There was one person in the SUV.  There are conflicting reports about whether there was a fatality involved in the accident.

The Goodman St. ramp to Route 104 west was shut down, and traffic was tied up on Route 104.

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Karen DeWitt

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who turned himself in to federal authorities on corruption charges Monday, will remain as the head of the Senate, his Republican members announced after a more than three hour closed door meeting Monday night.

Senator Skelos, who is charged with monetizing his political position to enrich himself and his son in a bribery and extortion scheme, did not speak to the media.  Republican conference chair Ken LaValle, who like Skelos, is also from Long Island, spoke for the group.

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A new study finds that poor children who grew up in some cities and towns have sharply better odds of escaping poverty than similar poor children elsewhere.

That according to the New York Times, which says the study by a pair of Harvard economists also shows that Monroe County does poorly in comparison to other parts of Western New York when it comes to upward mobility.

United Christian Leadership Ministry is renewing its call for police reform, and a better way of addressing systemic poverty.

The conditions that produced the incidents in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland exist here in Rochester. That’s the way the Reverend Lewis Stewart from United Christian Leadership Ministry feels.

His group is calling for body cameras for all local police agencies, a civilian review board with subpoena power and investigative authority, an end to racial profiling and anti-racism training for police.

Justin Dusett

Justin Dusett wants you to think about your relationship with social media a little differently.

"What I keep coming back to is the idea of addiction. It's something I've always been fearful of. I like to be in power, and when you're addicted to something, that power is taken away from you, and when I was growing up I was surrounded by addiction."

Testimony continues in the trial of Thomas Johnson III, the man charged with killing Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson. Pierson's partner, Officer Michael DiPaola, is the second to last witness for the prosecution.

DiPaola took the stand in plain clothes, before a packed courtroom. In his testimony, DiPaola described details about an event that so far the jury in this case has only seen through surveillance footage, forensic evidence, and shot spotter audio.

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Gary McHale of Buffalo is one of two Dental Fix RX franchisees in Western New York.  McHale rides around from dentist to dentist in a state-of-the-art white van, making daily stops in Rochester, and fixing  hand pieces, chairs, compressors, and X-Ray systems among other things. Dental Fix RX is a national mobile dental repair company and its slogan “The Faster Fix” is splashed in paint across the side of the van.

An Illinois-based transportation company is cutting 142 part-time jobs in Rochester.

Durham School Services had been providing busing services for the Rochester City School District for students with disabilities. But the company declined to bid on the contract when it went out to bid last October.

Company spokesperson Molly Hart released this statement:

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