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2:50 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Ted O'Brien Picks Up Cuomo-Hochul Endorsement

A local state lawmaker has picked up Governor Cuomo's backing in his re-election efforts. 

State Senator Ted O'Brien picked up the endorsement Friday from both  Cuomo and his Lieutenant Governor running mate Kathy Hochul.  O'Brien faces Republican Rich Funke in his effort to retain his 55th district state senate seat.

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Connections
2:49 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Health Benefits in ROC and How Bad Data Can Disadvantage the Poor

The Rochester Business Alliance's 2014 Health Benefits Survey is out and it shows that more employers are offering high deductible health plans. What does this mean? We'll discuss this with Eric Bond, CEO of Bond Financial Network and an RBA member.

Then we talk with Daniel Castro, the director of Center for Data Innovation about how poor quality data can disadvantage poor and underrepresented communities.

Connections
2:41 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Health Costs

We get an update on the New York City Ebola case with Dr. Peter Salgo, host of Second Opinion and practicing physician at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Then we talk with Jeanne Pinder, she is the founder of ClearHealthCosts.com and a former New York Times journalist. 

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Government
1:20 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program

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Around 120 area New York Army National Guard soldiers and their families were learning about the many benefits available to them during the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program held at the Radisson Hotel in Rochester on Friday.

Sgt.Matthew Kratts returned from a year in the Middle East, and he and his wife Brianne struggled at first.

The couple said they took advantage of the programs available to military families.

Command Sgt. Major Mark Wilson of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion was deployed for a year in Kuwait.

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Economy
12:53 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Mixed Picture For Local Home Sales

New numbers out from the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors show that sales of existing homes were up sharply in the third quarter compared to the second quarter, but down compared to last year at this time.

Sales were up nearly 16 percent from the second quarter, but down six percent compared to the same quarter last year.

The  president of the association, Andy Burke, says that one factor impacting sales is a relatively low inventory of existing homes. He also says that homeowners are staying in their homes longer.

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Debate
10:42 am
Fri October 24, 2014

WATCH: Citizen Reaction to Gubernatorial Debate

We invited citizens who participated in our Voice of the Voter survey to watch the debate at the WXXI studios on Wednesday night. We got reactions from the citizens after the debate which you can watch here:

Innovation Trail
10:06 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Today in Innovation Friday: Ebola Update, Crowdsourcing Healthcare Costs, Data Poverty

Hosted today by Matthew Leonard and Michelle Faust.

FIRST HOUR

Update on New York Ebola case with Dr Peter Salgo, host of Second Opinion and practicing physician at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC

Jeanne Pinder, ex New York Times journalist and founder of Clear Health Costs, a startup that is compiling some revealing data about the real costs of healthcare. Share your story.

HOUR TWO

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Health
8:47 am
Fri October 24, 2014

New Information About NYC Ebola Case

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NEW YORK (AP)  A doctor who became New York City's first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation's most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began. 

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Health
6:24 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Business Leaders Consider Health Care

Sandy Parker, President and CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance
Credit Michelle Faust

In an effort to better understand how the Affordable Care Act affects local employers, the Rochester Business Alliance held a conference Thursday morning.

The majority of RBA members offer health coverage to their employees. Chris Wiest, RBA Vice President, says the organization is dedicated to making the process easier.

"It's the number one issue among our member companies. The number one concern they have in doing business in New York State: rising health care costs have been a huge challenge," said Wiest.

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