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8:53 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

GOP Candidate Gets Tepid Reception at Business Dinner

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino  received a mostly polite reception from the state’s biggest business  lobby at their annual meeting in Lake George.

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Education
5:56 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

RIT Dedicates New Hockey Facility, The Gene Polisseni Center

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

RIT is taking the wraps off its new hockey arena. Dedication ceremonies were held Thursday for  the Gene Polisseni Center, named after the former Paychex official who helped start that company with Tom Golisano.

Polisseni died in 2001. He was a big fan of local hockey as well as the Sabres, the NHL team that Golisano used to own. Both the Polisseni Foundation and Golisano got together to donate $4.5 million toward the construction of the facility.

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WXXI Local Stories
5:53 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Elfgeeh Pleads Not Guilty To Recruiting For ISIS In Fed Court

Credit Democrat & Chronicle

The Rochester man accused of recruiting people to join the Islamic State of Iraq plead not guilty in federal court on Thursday.

Mufid Elfgeeh, 30,  operator of MoJoe's Pizza and Chicken on North Clinton Avenue, was arraigned federal court this morning on 7 criminal counts.

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Education
4:03 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Mayor Warren Aims to Get City Children Reading Younger

Credit Michelle Faust

A new City of Rochester initiative aims to support children before they start school.

Mayor Lovely Warren announced Today/ Thursday the 3-to-3 early learning initiative.

The city multipronged plan will focus on learning for children between 3 years old and the third grade. Warren says she will become an advocate for pre-K providers, provide ideas and programs to empower parents, and reallocate recreation resources to include more educational programs.

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Arts & Culture
2:39 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Changes Ahead For The Finger Lakes Museum

There's been a change in plans for the new Finger Lakes Museum. The board of directors has voted to move the project from its proposed location in Keuka Lake State Park to the site of its Discovery Campus in Branchport. That is a 13 acre site the museum already owns located at the former Branchport Elementary School in Yates County.

Initially, that school was going to serve as the Discovery Campus, a research and education center which would have been an adjunct facility for the museum's main campus in the state park.

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WXXI Local Stories
2:02 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

North Country Couple Now Facing Fed. Charges In Alleged Kidnapping Of Amish Girls

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Federal prosecutors have charged the couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters in northern New York with sexual exploitation of children and possession of child pornography. 

Twenty-five-year-old Nicole Vaisey and 39-year-old and Stephen Howells Jr. have already pleaded not guilty to state kidnapping charges. 

They are being held without bail. 

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Economy
12:09 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Rochester Area Sees A Gain In Private Sector Jobs

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The Rochester area saw another month of job gains in the latest numbers out from the New York State Labor Department. The August figures show a gain of 4300 private sector jobs compared to August a year ago.

State Labor Analyst Tammy Marino says this has been a pretty consistent trend lately.

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Health
11:46 am
Thu September 18, 2014

UR Medicine's Wilmot Cancer Institute Awarded $18 Million Grant

UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute has been awarded an $18.6 million grant to help lead a nationwide clinical research network which will investigate cancer-related side effects.

The award from the National Cancer Institute to researcher Gary Morrow is among the five largest grants received by a UR Medical Center researcher in the past 10 years.

The five-year grant will fund work that revolves around supportive care for patients coping with side effects during and following cancer treatment.

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Arts & Culture
11:02 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Rochester Fringe Festival Begins Today

The third annual Rochester Fringe Festival gets underway Thursday in downtown Rochester. The event runs for 10 days this year, twice as long as last year.  

Click on the audio link above to hear festival producer Erica Fee describe some of the shows, including Cirque du Fringe, Rochester Spoon River and Circus Orange.

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WXXI Top Stories
9:57 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Around the State 9-18-14

The WXXI News staff checks newspapers and websites to help keep tabs on what's happening in communities across New York state.

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