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Understanding The ACA
5:14 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Enrolling in Health Insurance More of a Challenge for New Immigrants

Navigator Shannon Kelly goes over health insurance plans with Prem Biswa.
Credit Danielle Preiss

  The English phrase “tax credit” sticks out of a string of Nepali words as Prem Biswa tries to explain the intricacies of the federal health insurance exchange to his uncle, Dhak Rasaily. Rasaily has come to the South Ave Community Center with his wife and son to enroll in a plan with the help of Shannon Kelly, a health insurance assister from Trillium Health.

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Health
3:19 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Retired Webster Nurse Reflects On Helping Ebola Patients

Credit redcross.org

A retired Webster nurse is out of quarantine now, following her recent trip to help Ebola patients in West Africa. Lucille Frisicano  is really glad she could help out.

Frisicano got to spend Christmas with her family. The Red Cross volunteer ended her 21 day voluntary quarantine at home last Monday. She agreed to stay at home for the three weeks  since she had been part of a team helping patients with Ebola in Liberia.

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Local News
11:26 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Red Ribbon Anti-DWI Initiative Underway

Credit madd.org

The New York State Thruway Authority in collaboration with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and State Police on Friday are kicking off their annual Red Ribbon campaign.

To mark the 28th annual campaign, Thruway Authority toll collectors will hand out red ribbons at select toll facilities along the Thruway.

The Red Ribbon campaign is MADD's longest running and most visible public awareness project.

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Business
10:59 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Post-Christmas Sales Expected To Keep Stores Very Busy

Credit npr.org

The day after Christmas traditionally is one that is filled with shoppers returning items they just received to find one that's a better fit, or more to their liking.

But the way the calendar worked out, Friday is also expected to be a very busy day and so is the weekend with people coming in to take advantage of big sales and redeem those gift cards.

At Marketplace Mall, general manager Mike Wilmot says the number of gift cards have been increasing every year, and with a lot of people off from work today, he expects many of those cards to be redeemed.

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Environment
9:31 am
Fri December 26, 2014

NYS Revises List Of Species In Need Of Conservation

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  The state Department of Environmental Conservation has revised its list of Species of Greatest Conservation Need, which is used to focus conservation resources where they're most urgently needed. 

The draft final list contains 372 species. High priority species needing swift intervention include black rail, loggerhead shrike, piping plover, eastern hellbender, Blanding's turtle, and Atlantic sturgeon. 

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Environment
9:23 am
Fri December 26, 2014

New Law In New York To Help Preserve Dark Night Skies

Credit onpoint.wbur.org

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A new state law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently is designed to preserve dark night skies by setting shielding requirements for outdoor lighting installed by state agencies. 

Major industry and advocacy groups, including the International Dark Skies Association, worked with state Assembly and Senate members to develop the model outdoor lighting bill. 

So-called ``light pollution'' obscures views of the stars, intrudes on the privacy of others, and interferes with normal patterns of behavior and physiology of plants and animals. 

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Environment
11:35 am
Thu December 25, 2014

NYS Wants Help With Study Of Wild Turkeys

Credit NYS DEC

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is asking landowners for help in its work to protect the state's wild turkeys.

The Department of Environmental Conservation this week made a public request for landowners willing to let the state place a trap on their property for a few months early next year. Captured turkeys will be tagged and released at the same site.

The work is part of a four-year project to study the turkey population, which has declined in many parts of the state in recent years.

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Government
7:07 am
Thu December 25, 2014

NYS Approves Funds For Legal Bills Of Former Sen. Joe Bruno

Credit wnyc.org

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general has approved $2.4 million for the legal defense bills of a former state senate leader acquitted of federal fraud charges.

Retired Sen. Joe Bruno was eligible for the reimbursement because state law authorizes the payment of "reasonable" attorneys' fees for officials accused of criminal wrongdoing while acting within the scope of their duties.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office wrote in a letter Wednesday that the state has no choice but to reimburse Bruno.

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Weather
6:12 am
Thu December 25, 2014

A Windy Christmas

(WXXI News & AP) Strong winds brought down some trees and power lines overnight and early Christmas morning throughout portions of Western NY and the Finger Lakes.

RG&E, NYSEG and National Grid also reported several hundred scattered outages throughout the region early on Thursday.

There were wind gusts of over 50 miles an hour at times.

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Education
6:18 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

St. John Fisher Mourns Loss Of Pharmacy School Dean

St. John Fisher College is mourning the loss of the founding Dean of the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. Scott Swigart died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 58.

Over the last year, the Fisher community rallied around Swigart to support him while he was undergoing treatment. Faculty, staff, and students in the School of Pharmacy created purple “Team Swigart” pins, bracelets, and t-shirts, which were worn by members of the Fisher community on a daily basis

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