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7:57 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Joe Franklin Dies, Ending 60 Year Career

NEW YORK (AP) A pioneering New York City radio and TV host who gave breaks to Al Pacino and Bill Cosby long before they became famous and boasted he never missed a broadcast in decades has died. Joe Franklin was 88.

Longtime producer Steven Garrin says Franklin died Saturday of cancer.

Franklin often is credited with developing the standard TV talk show format, sitting behind a desk interviewing wanna-be celebrities, minor celebrities and the occasional bona fide celebrity.

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Business
1:09 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Kia To Recall Thousands Of Fortes

Credit Kia

(AP) Kia Motors America is recalling nearly 87,000 of its 2014 Forte sedans because of faulty equipment that could cause the cars to catch fire.

The recall notice issued Saturday affects Kia Fortes made from Dec. 5, 2012, through April 17, 2014.

The cooling fan resistor might overheat and melt in those vehicles, increasing the risk of a fire.

The recall is expected to begin Feb. 24.

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Around The State
10:16 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Welcome Back to "Snowtown"

Credit Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerc3e

WATERTOWN, NY (AP) Watertown is again celebrating its "Snowtown'' nickname.

The northern New York city's "Snowtown USA" celebration continues this weekend with a snow softball tournament and other events. The celebration began New Year's Eve and runs through mid-February.

City parks superintendent Erin Gardner tells the Watertown Daily Times that attendance is up from last year, when Snowtown USA was brought back after a 27-year absence.

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Government
10:07 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Renewed Calls For NYS Ethics Reform

Credit Matt Ryan New York Now

ALBANY (AP) New York good government advocates are renewing calls for ethics reform at the state Capitol after the arrest of the Legislature's top Democrat.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested Thursday on charges that he collected nearly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks since 2002 and disguised it as legitimate income. Silver says he is confident he will be vindicated.

Reform groups are now calling for an overhaul of ethics oversight, more disclosure by lawmakers, stricter rules for lobbying and changes to the state's campaign finance system.

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Environment
6:57 am
Sat January 24, 2015

State Parks' Advocates Like Budget Proposal

Credit NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A group that advocates for parks and trails across New York says it likes what it sees in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal released this week.

Albany-based Parks & Trails New York says Cuomo's spending plan for the 2015-16 fiscal year includes $110 million for the extensive backlog of infrastructure needs at more than 200 state parks and historic sites.

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Government
6:07 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

New Guidelines On Social Media Use At Rochester City Hall

Credit cityofrochester.gov

The City of Rochester is releasing some new guidelines for the use of social media by its employees. The action comes in the wake of unauthorized use of the mayor's Facebook page.

The city's new Communications Director James Smith announced the new policy in the wake of an incident in December when an unauthorized Facebook message from Mayor Lovely Warren was posted publicly. 

Warren asked Smith to look into the misuse of her Facebook account, but the city's I-T people told him that there is no way to identify who accessed that account and made the unauthorized post.

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Connections
4:54 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Connections: Innovation Friday - Access to Broadband, Older Entrepreneurs

Both Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Barack Obama talked about connectivity and access to broadband in their addresses this week. We’ll talk with Doug Brake who gets paid to think about this stuff for the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation.

Then, we’ll catch up with Kara Miller from our sister program Innovation Hub who’s been looking into the latest innovations in seafood production and also, about the value of OLDER entrepreneurs.

Finally, Michelle Faust will join us briefly to preview the local screening/forum on poverty that she’s hosting at the Little Theatre on Monday

Connections
4:43 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Connections: Innovation Friday - Reviewing the State Budget and State of the State

The think tank Truth in Accounting calculates that New York state has quite a bit of 'hidden debt' (roughly $78 billion) which puts an interesting spin on the notion of budgetary windfalls the Governor is looking to spend. Sheila A. Weinberg is founder & CEO, she will talk us through how to make sense of those big numbers thrown around in Albany (no not Sheldon Silver’s, the ones in the state budget delivered on Wednesday).

Then we’ll talk with the dynamic Tom Stewart, executive director of the National Center for the Middle Market. These types of companies occupy an important space in the national economy. They're not small businesses, but not mega corporations either. We’ll ask Tom about venture fund investment and the role of Middle Market companies which were featured in both the State of the State and State of the Union this week.

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Understanding The ACA
1:29 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

NY State of Health and Captain America Team Up to Educate New Yorkers

Captain America is coming to Rochester. As part of an outreach initiative with the state health department, experts are partnering with costumed heroes at Marketplace Mall.

Captain America - the superhero - may not be the guy most people associate with health insurance, but Sherry Tomasky of New York State of Health says he can still help their cause by catching the attention of people of all ages.

"They remember these from when they were kids and now their own children are enjoying a resurgence of these characters."

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Capitol Bureau
12:07 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

After Arrest, Speaker Silver to Return to the Capitol Monday to Try to Maintain Business As Usual

Credit Matt Ryan New York Now

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver returns to the Capitol Monday to preside over the scheduled legislative session, for the first time since being arrested and charged with running illegal kickback and bribery schemes that earned him $6 million dollars.

Speaker Silver is scheduled to return to the Assembly  Monday, and, despite his grave legal troubles, he will have the solid support of  most of his 100 or more Democratic Assemblymembers . His top lieutenant, Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle made that clear as he stood with a couple of dozen veteran Democrats.

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