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9:32 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Genesee Brewery Lights Up Beer Keg Christmas Tree

The Genesee Brewery held a special kind of Christmas tree lighting outside its Brew House on Cataract Street Thursday night. The “tree” is made up of 300 empty stainless steel kegs, trimmed with lights and topped by a rotating Genesee sign.

The two-story keg tree was used to also unveil Genesee’s new holiday Tap It Forward social investment beer, which is a salted caramel chocolate porter. A portion of the proceeds of the beer sales will be donated to the GardenAerial FlourGarden project, which is an urban garden at Brown’s Race.

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Economy
8:36 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Xerox To Sell Its Information Technology Outsourcing Business For A Billion Dollars

(Bloomberg & WXXI News)  Xerox has  agreed to sell its information technology outsourcing business to French computer-services provider Atos  for $1.05 billion, giving the U.S. company more funds for acquisitions and shareholder returns.

Atos will pay for the deal in cash, and Xerox may get another $50 million payment based on the condition of certain assets when the transaction closes, the companies said today in separate statements. Because of the sale, Xerox raised its fourth-quarter adjusted earnings forecast  by 2 cents to as much as 30 cents a share.

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Government
6:44 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Body Cameras Coming To RPD

Police Chief Ciminelli explains the police body camera plan.
Credit Veronica Volk / WXXI

Rochester Police are getting body cameras, according to an announcement by city officials. Mayor Lovely Warren joined Police Chief Michael Ciminelli in stressing the potential safety benefits for both police and citizens.

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Understanding The ACA
4:31 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

High Volume Expected on NY Health Exchange as Deadline Nears

Credit www.newyorkstateofhealth.ny.gov

High traffic on the New York State of Health website is to be expected says the head of the state exchange.  

The website could be slow over the next few days.  Saturday is the deadline to sign up for insurance that starts the first of the year.

More than 194 thousand New Yorkers who didn’t have health insurance before November 15th now do.

Donna Frescatore is the Executive Director of the New York Health Benefit Exchange.

She says more than 40 thousand of those were added since last week.

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Capitol Bureau
4:26 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Health Officials Moving Ahead on Setting Up Medical Marijuana in NYS by 2016

Cuomo Administration officials who are devising regulations for medical marijuana in New York say it’s unlikely any patients in the state will get the drug before 2016.  They say they are working through the details of how to implement the program, but there are still many unanswered questions.

Aides to Cuomo say they’ve made some progress on figuring out how to manage a medical marijuana system that is still technically illegal in the United States.

The preliminary rules on how to carry out New York’s medical marijuana program are due by the end of the year.

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Understanding The ACA
4:22 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Vermont Scraps Universal Health Care, NY Undeterred

Credit www.thinkprogress.org

New York’s biggest proponent of single-payer health care says he will not give up on his plan to bring universal coverage to the state despite an announcement Wednesday that Vermont will scrap a similar plan.

Assembly member Richard Gottfried told WXXI in a written statement Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s decision to abandon plans for Green Mountain Case system was a disappointment for that state.

Gottfried says that the move is NOT an argument against the New York Health Act which would create a publicly-funded health care system for all New Yorkers.

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Connections
3:36 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Connections: What is Saturnalia?

Our modern secular Christmas traditions have a surprisingly close link to an ancient Roman holiday. Most of us have never heard of Saturnalia, but it turns out that for hundreds of years, the Romans’ favorite holiday was in December, celebrated with decorations, candles, gift giving, and big holiday parties. There was seasonal music. Some Roman writers complained that Saturnalia season was bleeding into November. It all sounds so familiar! Even Santa Claus has parallels to classic mythology. Here to give us insight on this are:

  • Amy Vail, St. John Fisher professor
  • David White, Baylor University professor

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Connections
3:33 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Connections: Reviewing Wednesday's Casino and Fracking Decisions

We open with a conversation with James Wilmot, principal officer on the Lago Resort and Casino project that was selected to move forward by a state commission.  Then we’ll turn our attention to fracking and the future of energy. We have two guests affected by the state's decision to not allow fracking:

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Capitol Bureau
3:29 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Cuomo Demands Non- "PC" Answers From State Ed Officials

Governor Cuomo has written a letter to state education officials, saying he wants answers on why 99% of teachers scored highly on the most recent evaluations, while other data shows two thirds of school children performing below acceptable levels in math and English.

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