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5:24 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Growers Expect Another Solid Year For Apples In NYS

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Apple-picking season is underway in New York and growers are expecting another good year, following 2013's record crop.

New York Farm Bureau spokesman Steve Ammerman tells The Saratogian that growers in the state are expected to harvest more than 30 million bushels this fall. Last year, they picked a record 32 million bushels. The average is around 29 million bushels.

The 2014 harvest officially started on Aug. 15.

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Government
5:15 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

More Speculation About What Happens In The NYS Primaries

There are some big questions about what will happen in the race for Governor and Lieutenant Governor and the New York State gubernatorial primary  may play a more significant role than some people originally thought.

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Economy
11:52 am
Mon September 1, 2014

NYS Comptroller Cautiously Optimistic The State's Economy

  

Although consumer spending in the U.S. fell slightly in July for the first time in six months, New York State's top fiscal officer is still sounding hopeful about the overall impact on the state budget.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, who is running for re-election, was in Rochester recently for the Labor Day parade. When asked by WXXI News about the impact of any slowdown in consumer spending on state sales tax revenues, DiNapoli says he is still cautiously optimistic.

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WXXI Local Stories
9:50 am
Mon September 1, 2014

A Challenge To "Eat Local" In September

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York state residents are being challenged to eat local in September. 

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York launched its fifth annual month-long Locavore Challenge  on Monday.  

Participants are encouraged to buy local fruits and vegetables, sip local wines and make bread from local organic grains. People can choose which local challenges to take up at the web site www.nylocavorechallenge.com

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Government
8:25 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Judiciary Committee Takng Up Terrorism Lawsuit Bill

NEW YORK (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee is marking the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by focusing its attention on a long-deliberated bill that would allow victims to recover monetary damages from foreign sponsors of terrorism.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. says the committee will take up consideration of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act as the nation pauses  to remember the victims of the 2001 attacks.

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Economy
7:12 am
Mon September 1, 2014

New NYS Casinos May Be Scaled Back A Bit

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Less may be more when it comes to opening casinos in New York amid an increasingly competitive gambling environment.

More than a dozen contenders are proposing upstate casino projects. Developers say they've carefully studied the local market to ensure they don't overbuild.

That's a problem that's happened elsewhere as gambling options grow and customers favor casinos within a few hours' drive. This year, four casinos are closing in Atlantic City after facing increased competition from smaller casinos in nearby states like Pennsylvania.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Tony Stewart's Return To Racing Ends Early

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HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Tony Stewart's return to the track has ended only a little over halfway through his race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Stewart hit the wall for the second time after his right front tire blew out on lap 172, ending his night. He drove his battered car to the garage and then exited without speaking to reporters.

His crew chief Chad Johnston said the 14 team was disappointed, but will now start focusing on next weekend's race in Richmond, Virginia.

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Health
4:30 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

American Cancer Society Says NYS Needs To Do More To Prevent Smoking

 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new report from the American Cancer Society says New York state needs to do more to prevent smoking.

The Cancer Action Network at the American Cancer Society analyzed the state's efforts to combat cancer through screenings, tobacco taxes, smoking bans and restrictions on tanning booths.

While the state won high marks for breast and cervical cancer screening programs and restrictions on where people can smoke, the group says the state should reverse recent cuts in funds for programs to prevent tobacco use.

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Arts & Culture
2:06 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

State Fair Hits An Attendance Record

GEDDES, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say good weather and popular concerts helped boost New York State Fair attendance to a record single-day high of 120,617.

The attendance level on Saturday beat the last record, set in 1989, by 101 people.

The fair is about 65,000 people ahead of last year's attendance. The fair ends on Labor Day.

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WXXI Local Stories
7:22 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Couple Hit By Falling Tree

Hikers on a trail near the Lower Falls at Letchworth State Park
Credit NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

A woman from Long Island is being treated at Strong Memorial Hospital for serious injuries after she was hit by a falling tree.

Carol Savio, 51, and Robert Savio, 48, of Seaford in Nassau County were visiting Letchworth State Park Saturday evening when the tree fell on them.

Park police say the two were near the Lower Falls in area not open to the public.

Carol was rushed by Mercy Flight helicopter to Strong Memorial and was in guarded condition Sunday morning. Police said she had spinal injuries and that other visitors helped the couple until rescue crews arrived.

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