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7:26 am
Fri September 19, 2014

New York Bans Flame Retardant From Child Products

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York is banning the sale of child products containing a flame retarding chemical known to cause cancer. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law Thursday. It adds a chemical known as TDCPP to a list of chemicals that cannot be used in child care products because of their health effects. 

Specifically, the new law bans the sale of toys, car seats, crib mattresses, strollers and other child products containing the chemical. 

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Government
5:18 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Scottish Voters Reject Independence

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EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Scottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to Britain's economic and political establishment, including Prime Minister David Cameron, who faced calls for his resignation ifScotland had broken away.

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Government
4:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Candlelight Vigil for Fallen Officer

A candlelight vigil is planned for tonight to honor Officer Daryl Pierson, shot and killed in the line of duty earlier this month.

The vigil is being organized by the Partners Behind the Lines organization, a new support group made up of Rochester police Department spouses and partners.

Dr. Gina Cuyler is a co-president of the group and is married to an RPD Captain.

She says they want to take the time to thank officers for their work, but they are only able to thank Officer Pierson posthumously.

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Arts & Culture
12:27 am
Fri September 19, 2014

U.S. Women Shutout Mexico In Rochester.

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Hope Solo extended her shutout record to 73, and Amy Rodriguez, Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe scored to help the U.S. women's soccer team beat Mexico 4-0 in an exhibition game Thursday night in chilly conditions. Nearly 5700 fans turns out at Sahlen's Stadium.

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Government
8:53 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

GOP Candidate Gets Tepid Reception at Business Dinner

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino  received a mostly polite reception from the state’s biggest business  lobby at their annual meeting in Lake George.

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Education
5:56 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

RIT Dedicates New Hockey Facility, The Gene Polisseni Center

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RIT is taking the wraps off its new hockey arena. Dedication ceremonies were held Thursday for  the Gene Polisseni Center, named after the former Paychex official who helped start that company with Tom Golisano.

Polisseni died in 2001. He was a big fan of local hockey as well as the Sabres, the NHL team that Golisano used to own. Both the Polisseni Foundation and Golisano got together to donate $4.5 million toward the construction of the facility.

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WXXI Local Stories
5:53 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Elfgeeh Pleads Not Guilty To Recruiting For ISIS In Fed Court

Credit Democrat & Chronicle

The Rochester man accused of recruiting people to join the Islamic State of Iraq plead not guilty in federal court on Thursday.

Mufid Elfgeeh, 30,  operator of MoJoe's Pizza and Chicken on North Clinton Avenue, was arraigned federal court this morning on 7 criminal counts.

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Education
4:03 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Mayor Warren Aims to Get City Children Reading Younger

Credit Michelle Faust

A new City of Rochester initiative aims to support children before they start school.

Mayor Lovely Warren announced Today/ Thursday the 3-to-3 early learning initiative.

The city multipronged plan will focus on learning for children between 3 years old and the third grade. Warren says she will become an advocate for pre-K providers, provide ideas and programs to empower parents, and reallocate recreation resources to include more educational programs.

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Arts & Culture
2:39 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Changes Ahead For The Finger Lakes Museum

There's been a change in plans for the new Finger Lakes Museum. The board of directors has voted to move the project from its proposed location in Keuka Lake State Park to the site of its Discovery Campus in Branchport. That is a 13 acre site the museum already owns located at the former Branchport Elementary School in Yates County.

Initially, that school was going to serve as the Discovery Campus, a research and education center which would have been an adjunct facility for the museum's main campus in the state park.

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WXXI Local Stories
2:02 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

North Country Couple Now Facing Fed. Charges In Alleged Kidnapping Of Amish Girls

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Federal prosecutors have charged the couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters in northern New York with sexual exploitation of children and possession of child pornography. 

Twenty-five-year-old Nicole Vaisey and 39-year-old and Stephen Howells Jr. have already pleaded not guilty to state kidnapping charges. 

They are being held without bail. 

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