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7:19 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

RG&E Recycles 30,000 Refrigerators

Credit Katie Kaiser / WXXI News

Rochester Gas and Electric and New York State Gas and Electric marked a milestone in Rochester Wednesday with the 30,000th refrigerator donated as part of a recycling program. Both utilities are part of the company Iberdrola.

Denise and Dan Burns of Brighton took advantage of the program by getting rid of their old refrigerator that they were not using anymore.

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Government
5:01 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

NYS Raises Fine For Stealing Pets

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York on Wednesday raised the fine for trying to steal someone's pet to $1,000. 

The amendment to state law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo was effective immediately. The old maximum fine of $200 was set in 1970, according to the governor's office. 

``For many New Yorkers, a pet can be an extension of their family, which is why pet theft is a particularly heartless offense,'' Cuomo said. ``Increasing the penalties for stealing or harming dogs, cats and other animals is an important way that we can crack down on this crime.'' 

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Government
4:47 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Fallout for Cuomo Over Report His Aides Interfered With Ethics Probes

Barbara Bartoletti, an advisor to the Moreland Commission, says it was a failure

One of Governor Cuomo’ s political opponents is calling on  Cuomo to hold an explanatory press conference, and  another is demanding that Cuomo to resign after an in depth account in the New York Times reports that the governor’s top staff repeatedly interfered in an ethics commission investigation.

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Connections
4:10 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Connections: Is Organic Food Better?

Is organic food really better for you?

Two new studies offer more details about organic food is, and what it is not. So is it worth spending more money on organic produce? What is the certification process for organic growing? What are the evidence-based health benefits? Why is Wegmans so supportive of organic? We discuss this with our panel:

Jane Andrews, Wegmans nutrition and product labeling manager
Denis Lepel, Lakestone Family Farm
Todd Lighthouse, Lighthouse Gardens
Anne Ruflin, Executive Director of the Northeastern Organic Farming Association of New York 

Connections
4:03 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Connections: Finger Lakes Cheese Trail

The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail.

The rise of the cheese trail. Specifically, the Finger Lakes cheese trail has shed the training wheels. It might not be quite as expansive as the wine trail, but you can stop and taste cheeses, and this weekend marks the Finger Lakes Cheese Festival. This comes at a time when Senator Chuck Schumer is defending the cheese industry as a vital economic engine; recent regulations threatened certain parts of it. So we talk cheese with:

Carmella Hoffman, Sunset View Creamery
Carol Fingar, Finger Lakes Cheese Festival
Ann Duckett, Little Bleu Cheese Shop

Government
2:31 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Schumer: DOT Has Passed 'Desperately Needed Regulations'

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Senator Charles Schumer says he's pleased the Department of Transportation has proposed new regulations regarding crude-carrying DOT-111 tank cars.

They would no longer ship volatile Bakken crude oil from North Dakota within two years, and within five years for all flammable materials.

Accident investigators say the old tank cars puncture or rupture easily and spill their contents in a derailment.

The DOT is also proposing new regulations regarding speed limits, new braking controls and standards for a safer tank car.

Here's Schumer's statement:

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Health
11:17 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Gay Alliance Leader Applauds State Effort to Track LGBT Demographics

Credit livewellmagazine.org

Governor Cuomo says New York State is the first state in the nation to launch a coordinated effort to collect demographic data for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people.

Eight state agencies either currently collect or will begin to collect LGBT demographic information in an effort to address health disparities that affect that community.

Scott Fearing, executive director of Rochester's Gay Alliance, says it's critical that the state is taking the lead on an initiative like this.              

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Health
10:47 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Agreements Approved For United Memorial & Clifton Springs Hospital To Join New Health System

Definitive agreements have been finalized for two area hospitals to join the Rochester Regional Health System. United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia and Clifton Springs Hospital are both expected to join the hospital system by the end of the year.

The agreement was developed by Rochester General officials prior to the recent merger between RGH and Unity Health System.

RGH has worked with both United Memorial and Clifton Springs in various clinical collaborations for a number of years.

The new Rochester Regional Health System will service a 14 county region.

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WXXI Top Stories
10:21 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Around the State 7-23-14

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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Government
6:38 am
Wed July 23, 2014

NYS Agencies Collect More Gender Data

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State agencies have begun adding gender identity to their data collection, part of an effort Gov. Andrew Cuomo says will help the state better meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender New Yorkers.

A new report Wednesday identifies eight agencies, including the Department of Health, collecting or updating their data systems to gather those demographics.

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