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9:41 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Redesigned Plans For Charlotte Development Released

Rochester city officials and a Michigan-based developer are unveiling some of the plans for the first phase of a development project at the Port of Rochester.

The meeting Wednesday night at Charlotte High School drew more than 200 people, and while there were a few catcalls from opponents of the plans released by a company called Edgewater Resources, there was also applause, especially at the end of the presentation.

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Government
5:56 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Judge Says Redistricting Proposal Cannot be Described on Ballot as Independent

A judge has ruled that the wording on a November ballot item making changes to New York‘s redistricting process is  biased, and must be altered before Election Day.

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Economy
5:30 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Xerox Moving Sales & Technical Training To Webster

 

Xerox says it is moving sales and technical training operations to the Webster campus. The Xerox Technology Learning and Development Center will relocate to the Gil Hatch Center for Customer Innovation.

Those operations are being transferred from Virginia. A Xerox official says the move could mean about a thousand employees and partners annually visiting the facility in Monroe County for training, and that should have a positive economic benefit on hotels, restaurants and local transportation businesses.

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Government
5:02 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Pro Cuomo Ad Criticized for Photo Shopping Opponent's Son Out of Picture

GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino, in a family photo featured on his website
Credit Astorino campaign

This election season seems to feature more than the usual amount of negative ads, with television spots painting opponents in a dark light. But an ad that criticized a candidate’s choice of a football team may have backfired when controversy arose over a picture that was altered to cut out his son.

Viewers of the most recent Buffalo Bills game saw an ad, sponsored by Erie County Democrats, that criticized Republican candidate Rob Astorino for being a Miami Dolphins fan.

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WXXI Local Stories
4:28 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Pegulas A Step Closer To Buying The Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP)  Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula took a step closer to buying the Buffalo Bills after their NFL-record $1.4 billion purchase agreement was unanimously approved by the league's finance committee Wednesday.

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Economy
4:21 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Rochester's First Sonic opens Saturday at 9 a.m.

Credit Sonic Drive-In

The wait for Rochester's first sonic ends on Saturday. The restaurant will open at 9 a.m. at the newly renovated Depot Plaza on East Ridge Road in Irondequoit. A ribbon cutting with Irondequoit Supervisor Adam Bellow and franchisee Fran DeSimone will precede the opening. The Irondequoit location is one of several planned in Rochester and Buffalo. Sonic has more than 3,500 locations in U.S. Prior to the Irondquoit location, the closest Sonic was in the Binghamton area.

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Connections
4:16 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Connections: ISIS Recruiting in ROC; 5k to Honor Teacher

In the first part of the show, new charges were filed against Mufid Elfgeeh, he’s accused of recruiting for ISIS. It’s believed he may be the first person in the U.S. to be charged with recruiting for ISIS. Elfgeeh was arrested earlier this year after he bought guns as part of a plan to kill members of the military returning from war, and Shiites in the Rochester area. So how did the feds know that Elfgeeh was doing all of this, and could there be others? We answer these questions and more with Democrat & Chronicle Reporter Gary Craig.

Then we talk about the Iron Angel 5k taking place September 28, to honor Heather Boyum. Race Director Bonnie Venton joins us to talk about this year’s race.

Connections
4:11 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Connections: Teachout Helps State Senate; Poisoning the Most Expensive Wine

Last week Zephyr Teachout lost to Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, but not without taking 34 percent of the vote, more than what most people thought she’d get. Teachout has not supported Cuomo in the general election, instead, she will help Democrats get elected to the State Senate, in an effort to reclaim the majority. What would this mean for the State Senate? We discuss this with Laura Nahmias, of Capital.

Then, we talk about a plot to try and poison the world’s most expensive wine. In January 2010, the proprietor of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, a vineyard that produces the most expensive wines in the world, received a letter that unless he paid a one million euro ransom, his vines would be poisoned. He believed it was a joke, but the threat was real. Reporter Max Potter joins us to talk about how went to France to document this crime and wrote about his findings called “Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World’s Greatest Wine”

Arts & Culture
2:52 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Philanthropy Awards Handed Out

Hundreds of people at the Riverside Convention Center for RACF's Philanthropy Award and Report to the Community
Credit Alex Crichton

The Rochester Area Community Foundation held its Philanthropy Awards and Annual Report to the Community Luncheon Wednesday.

People recognized for their philanthropy included Dr. Matthew Augustine, founder of the Urban League's Black Scholars Scholarship Endowment Program, Bob Sikes and his family -- long-time supporters of non-profits, Tom Argust, former Commissioner of Community Development for the city, and long-time volunteer organizer Linda Wells Davey of Pittsford.

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Economy
2:44 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Survey: Expect Modest Pay Hikes Locally In 2015

Credit PBS.org

A new survey by the Rochester Business Alliance finds that 89 percent of Rochester-area employers are planning pay increases for some or all employees next year. Only four percent of those companies responding to the survey anticipate a wage freeze.

The company leaders are budgeting for a projected pay increase of 2.9 percent next year, slightly lower than the 3 percent increase budgeted this year.

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