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Xerox officials today cut the ribbon on a nearly $35 million expansion project at its toner plant in Webster.

The company says the expansion is needed to keep pace with growing demand for so-called “ EA “ toner,  which officials say is more environmentally friendly and also produces better quality images. That type of toner takes less energy to produce.

Initially, Xerox had said the new plant would create an additional 25 permanent jobs, but now the company says it will create about 54 new jobs.

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It can be very difficult for children to tell an adult that they have been abused.

Now, technology may play a part in starting these difficult but important conversations.

Bris, a Swedish non-profit, has created several emojis (or emoticons)depicting sad or injured children.

"Mostly children communicate through text messaging and sharing things on their iPhones and iPads. This is a way of putting pictures to words that maybe they're not comfortable saying, " said Mary Whittier, executive director of Bivona Child Advocacy Center.

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A new Siena College poll gives Governor Cuomo his lowest favorability rating since he's been governor. The survey released Monday shows 53 percent of voters viewing him favorably, 44 percent unfavorably.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State lawmakers in New York are set to examine current laws relating to privacy violations and data breaches and whether current penalties fit the crime.

The Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation, and Entrepreneurship plans to hold a hearing on the topic Wednesday at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

Discussion is expected to focus on legislative proposals to protect privacy as well as to prevent thieves from obtaining an individual's personal data.

J.P. Morgan Chase

Thousands of feet will be pounding the pavement around RIT on Tuesday evening for the 25th annual  J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge.

The road race and walk is held by the banking company all over the world, but on a per capita basis, Rochester is one of their more popular spots. The local race originally was held in Highland Park, but as it grew, they needed a bigger venue, and  now use the RIT campus.

Mark Allen is a regional executive for J.P.  Morgan Chase.  He says more than 400 companies, non-profits and other groups are fielding teams. 

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There aren't as many anymore, but local Battle of the Bulge veterans marked Memorial Day at the monument at Ontario Beach Park.

"I just hope we're able to keep it up for a while. I'm going to be 90 in a couple of months, and I'm the baby of the group," said World War II machine gunner John Foy of Rochester.  The Battle of the Bulge was one of the deadliest in World War II.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The leader of the Republican minority in New York's state Assembly says legislators must pass ethics reforms before adjourning next month.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, a Republican from Canandaigua, says that recent corruption scandals have disrupted legislative work and damaged the public's trust in government.

Kolb wants lawmakers to OK a Constitutional Amendment that, if passed by the voters, would strip pensions from convicted public officials.

Kolb also wants to see eight-year term limits for legislative leadership positions.

A day after severe weather left three people dead and washed away hundreds of homes in Texas and Oklahoma, another Rochester area Red Cross volunteer is deploying to that region.

Officials with the organization say that Lucille Frisicano of Webster left Monday for Oklahoma to help Red Cross efforts there as a health services supervisor. She becomes the 6th volunteer from the Western and Central New York Region to help with the Red Cross response in that area.

The Red Cross is doing things like providing shelter, food and other types of support.

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