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Over one hundred protesters gathered with signs and slogans outside Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's office.

The congresswoman recently signed a bill that would impose stricter screenings for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the country, and her support of the bill has earned her mixed reactions from the community.

Kristin Reisch is a co-organizer of the protests. She says she usually trusts the congresswoman's leadership, but thinks this bill is more about xenophobia than safety.

WHITE PLANS, N.Y. (AP)  A terminally ill former New York state senator will serve six months of house arrest after being convicted of lying to the FBI about arranging a high-paying job for his son. 

Tom Libous must also pay a $50,000 fine following his sentencing in federal court Tuesday. 

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office did not seek prison time for the sixty-two-year-old Binghamton Republican because he has cancer. 

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The NY State Labor Department is out with new numbers on the unemployment rate, and they show a drop of about a half point compared to a year ago. The jobless rate for October was 4.5 percent, down from 4.9 percent in September, and  5.1 percent in October of last year.

State Labor Analyst Tammy Marino says it's the continuation of a recent trend.

On Friday, November 20, 150 University of Rochester students marched and demanded that the university “implement immediate and lasting changes that will reduce intolerable acts of racism that students of color endure at our university.”

University president Joel Seligman has responded, promising to establish a Commission on Racial Relations.

We hear from a student who wants change, and we welcome a pair of University of Rochester administrators. Our guests:

Officials in New York's wine industry say they'll continue to use critical funding from the Market Access Program in a judicious way.

That's according to Jim Trezise, President of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation.

Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer announced $348,814 in federal funding for the New York Wine and Grape Foundation.

Trezise says the money from the Market Access Program will help them accomplish two important things.


Wall Street is taking closer notice of Xerox this week after a well-known activist investor has taken an interest in the company.

Xerox shares jumped on Monday after it was disclosed that billionaire investor Carl Icahn has bought a stake in the company, although the shares settled back on Tuesday.

Icahn now holds a 7 percent stake in Xerox. In a filing, Ichan said he believes the shares are undervalued and intends to have discussions with Xerox's board relating to improving performance and pursuing strategic alternatives.

Foodlink is receiving $100 thousand dollars in federal funding from the U-S Department of Agriculture to help boost child nutrition program in Rochester.

Mitch Gruber is the director of programs and innovation at Foodlink.

He says the grant from the USDA will go toward expanding Foodlink's Value-Added Processing facility, which provides ready-to-eat products to dozens of schools in the region.

Plan Announced To Keep Alcoa Plant Operating In Massena

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Alcoa on Tuesday announced a three and half year deal to keep its smelter in Massena open, and increase its competitiveness. The agreement reduces layoffs at the plant to about 80, according to a spokesman.

In a statement, the company said the agreement with New York State will help maintain “hundreds of jobs” — approximately 600 - in the North Country. It will also support growth at the company’s sister operation in Massena, the cast house. Stafiniak

The State Department is warning Americans to be alert to possible travel risks, especially during the holidays, following increased threats from militant groups around the world. 

A Rochester area travel agency says it has not noticed any decline in foreign travel since the latest terrorist attacks.

However, Rebecca Mineo, vice president of corporate travel and sales at Van Zile Travel says business travelers who book trips through her agency are more mindful when they are abroad.

The WXXI News staff checks newspapers and websites to help keep tabs on what's happening in communities across New York state.