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11:30 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Tony Stewart's Return To Racing Ends Early

Credit northcountrypublicradio.org

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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Arts & Culture
2:56 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

AP Says Source Confirms Bills' QB Deal With Kyle Orton

(AP) ORCHARD PARK - Quarterback Kyle Orton agreed to sign with the Buffalo Bills in addressing the team's lengthy search for an established veteran to play behind second-year starter EJ Manuel.

A person familiar with the deal confirmed the agreement on Saturday, and spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not announced the move. ESPN first reported the agreement Friday night.

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Government
11:37 am
Sat August 30, 2014

New "No Discharge" Zones Proposed

The state Department of Environmental Conservation wants to make Seneca and Cayuga Lakes No Discharge Zones.

That would make it illegal to discharge sewage from boats. Boaters would pump out at marinas.

The designation to add Seneca and Cayuga to a group that includes the Erie Canal and Lake Ontario is because of their connection to the state canal system.

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Government
11:26 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Road Work Suspended For Holiday

ALBANY (AP)  New York state is suspending non-emergency road work over the busy Labor Day weekend.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he directed state agencies to pull back on road construction until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The directive covers the Thruway Authority and the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

The Governor also asked the bi-state Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to review its construction schedule to minimize the impact on drivers.

Cuomo says he wants to prioritize the convenience of New Yorkers on the road this weekend.

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WXXI Local Stories
11:24 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Competitive Eaters "Wing" It

BUFFALO (AP)  Reigning chicken wing-eating champion Miki Sudo will defend her title against Joey Chestnut, Badlands Booker and Sonya ``The Black Widow'' Thomas at this year's National Buffalo Wing Festival.

Sudo, competitive eating's top-ranked female, cleared 178 wings in 12 minutes to claim the title last year.  

The annual festival takes place in Buffalo, where chicken wings were invented, every Labor Day weekend. This year's celebrates the 50th anniversary of the finger food.

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WXXI Local Stories
10:29 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

A Different Kind Of Labor Day Parade

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

Although Labor Day is still a couple of days away, it got an early start in downtown Rochester Friday night.

The Rochester Labor Day Parade is typically one of the largest such parades in the state. But the tradition got a new twist with the event being held Friday night, instead of the usual Monday parade.

The reason is because the Drum Corp Associates’ World Championships competition is going on this weekend at Sahlen's Stadium and parade organizers wanted to take advantage of the ability to get some of those bands to march in Friday night’s parade.

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Economy
3:32 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Constellation Brands Joins Disaster Relief Efforts In Napa Valley

Credit Constellation Brands

Victor-based Constellation Brands is making a $100,000 donation towards disaster relief efforts in Napa Valley, after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake caused millions of dollars in damage last weekend. The money will go to the Napa Valley Vintners' Community Disaster Relief Fund.

The money will help with temporary housing and other basic needs such as food, water and medical care.

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