ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York lawmaker says the state should ensure that military veterans discharged for their sexual orientation under the U.S. military's old policies are eligible for the 53 state programs, benefits and tax breaks other vets can get.

State Sen. Brad Hoylman of Manhattan says he'll sponsor legislation to do that for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender New Yorkers among the estimated 114,000 service members discharged since World War II for their orientation or gender identity.

Sydor Instruments, which works with specialized types of imaging techniques such as ballistics and does other types of diagnostics, has received a one million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Chili company  will use that grant in collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to develop a new X-ray imaging camera.

Officials with the company say it will improve the ability to study the characteristics of certain types of substances.

The product will be sold to the research market.

Canandaigua VA Medical Center

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has had the same man the helm of the Canandaigua VA Medical Center since late 2007. Craig Howard has worked for the VA for 37 years. At the end of the May, Howard will retire.

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There are a number of parades and ceremonies going on around our area Monday to honor those who served our country.

That includes the annual Rochester Memorial Day parade. It steps off at 10:30 Monday morning at the intersection of East Avenue and Scio Street. It proceeds down East Avenue to Main Street, then goes west on Main Street to South Plymouth Avenue.  The parade route in Rochester has been altered this year due to work on the Inner Loop.

Nearly a dozen Vietnam Medal of Honor recipients will be in Washington, D.C. on Monday to help the Postal Service dedicate the Limited Edition Medal of Honor: Vietnam War Forever Stamps.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Fair has chosen a vendor for its first ever all-vegan and vegetarian stand.

Acting fair Director Troy Waffner says Syracuse's Strong Hearts Cafe was chosen from among four proposals.

Strong Hearts says it will serve vegan fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner and create a new milkshake especially for the fair. The eatery also promises deep-fried vegan chicken wings.

The state fair runs from Aug. 27 to Sept. 7.

Three people have been charged after a chase that ended with  the suspects’ car crashing into a State Police car and minor injuries to the trooper.

Ontario County Deputies say the Saturday afternoon incident involved two men and one woman, all from Rochester, getting ready to leave a Walmart in the Town of Hopewell with nearly $1200 worth of Lego toys that officials say they did not pay for.

BUFFALO (AP) The "Beauts,'' Buffalo's entry into the National Women's Hockey League, are spending the unofficial start of summer on the ice.

The Beauts are skating in a summer training camp this weekend at the HarborCenter in Buffalo.

The team is one of four founding teams of the new hockey league launching this fall.

Dining With Dogs?

May 24, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) Never mind the doggie bag: Spot wants a seat at the outdoor table, or rather under it.

New York is considering whether to join a growing number of states that allow pet dogs at open-air eateries. After getting a unanimous OK from the state Senate, advocates are pressing its Assembly to sign on.

Dog lovers and restaurateurs say the proposal would safely accommodate people who want to dine out with man's best friend in places from Manhattan sidewalk cafes to dairy country ice cream stands.

Thousands came out to the 2015 Rochester International Air Show over the weekend, and while there were many aerial acrobatic acts, the big draw of course, is the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

They fly as a team of six, F-18 Hornets and one C-130 Hercules support aircraft, called “Fat Albert.”