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10:40 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Around the State 8-28-14

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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Economy
8:48 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Labor Day Travel Expected To Rise; Gas Prices Lower

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If you're traveling for the upcoming Labor Day weekend expect plenty of company. That according to the AAA, which is projecting nearly 35 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more during the holiday weekend, the highest volume for the period since 2008. The auto club is expecting a 1.3 increase in travel from Labor Day 2013.

Local AAA spokesman Steve Pacer says ever says the recession ended several years ago, travel has generally been increasing during the major holidays.

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Health
8:10 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Algae Blooms Persist On Conesus Lake

The Livingston County Health Department has issued an update on the blue-green algae blooms recently discovered on Conesus Lake.

Officials say the blooms continue to be found throughout the lake, primarily at the northern end of the lake. That could have some impact on recreational activities for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

The health department warns that contact with the algae may result in health effects including itching and rashes and if you are in Conesus Lake in areas where the blooms are visible, avoid direct contact with water in that area.

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Government
7:50 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Changes In Juvenile Prosecutions Should Meet Teen’s Needs, Says Former Official

A former commissioner of New York prisons warns changes in the age of criminal responsibility should be coupled with a well-defined process.

New York is one of two states (North Carolina is the other) where 16 and 17-year-olds are automatically put in the adult criminal justice system. This June, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed a commission to make changes to that system.

One member of Governor’s Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice is Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director of the Correctional Association of New York.

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Government
7:27 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Energy Efficiency Programs Save Money for State, Local Governments

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Energy efficiency programs are leading to big savings for state and local governments in New York. 

The New York Power Authority reported Wednesday that $4 million has been saved in the first six months of 2014 after efficiency programs were implemented at 100 state and municipal facilities. 

The efficiency measures have also reduced greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 14,650 tons per year, which the authority says is the equivalent of 3,000 vehicles on the road. 

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WXXI Local Stories
7:14 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Attendance Up at State Fair

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ Attendance is up at the New York State Fair in its first week. 

The fair kicked off its 12-day run last Thursday in Syracuse. 

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that attendance surged Wednesday with more than 65,000 people attending throughout the day. That's up by more than 20,000 people compared to last year, helping bring the seven-day attendance totals up from 2013. 

Officials attribute the surge in attendance Wednesday to good weather and evening shows by Carrie Underwood and Joan Jett. 

The fair runs through Labor Day 

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Government
11:50 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

NY Times Endorses Timothy Wu For Lt. Governor In The Primary

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After The New York Times editorial board announced earlier this week that it will not endorse a candidate in the Democratic Primary for New York Governor between incumbent Andrew Cuomo and challenger Zephyr Teachout, it has now backed the primary election effort of Lt. Governor candidate, Tim Wu.

He is Teachout’s running mate and is up against the former Western New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul on the Democratic Primary ballot on September 9th.

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Connections
10:47 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Thursday, August 28th

First hour: Zephyr Teachout

Second hour: The music of our youth (and why we still love it)

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Education
4:54 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Rochester School District Plans A Big Push For Better Attendance

Rochester school district officials are making a big push to get school started off in the right direction when it comes to attendance.

Superintendent Bolgen Vargas has set a goal of reaching 95 percent attendance on the first day of school, which is next Wednesday in Rochester. And the district's director for youth development and family services, Jerome Underwood, says it's important to set the bar high, even if they can't maintain that level of attendance all year long.

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Connections
4:20 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Connections: The Next Steps For Medical Marijuana in NYS

What are the next steps for medical marijuana in New York state?

Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan for medical marijuana use goes into effect in January 2016, but many wonder what are the next steps for New York State, and some are pushing the state to act quickly. Tonight at 7 p.m., there will be a community forum on medical cannabis at Monroe Community College. Two of the panelists that will be at the forum join us to talk about medical marijuana in New York State, Dr. Luke Peppone from Wilmot Cancer Institute and Julie Netherland of Compassionate Care NY.

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