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11:33 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Webinar Planned for Malt Barley Growers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Small Business Administration are teaming up to present a webinar next month for people interested in the malt barley industry.

The webinar is being offered for malt growers, hop farmers and those in the brewing and distillery business to learn about any available financing and federal assistance.

Senator Chuck Schumer said that over the next decade New York law may require farm craft brewers and distillers to get 90 percent of their ingredients from local farms and malt houses.

Business
11:19 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Bausch + Lomb Seeks County Incentives For Rochester Expansion

Bausch + Lomb goes before COMIDA, the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency Monday, looking for tax breaks for a nearly $118 million project to upgrade its facilities on North Goodman Street.

 B+L, which is owned by Valeant Pharmaceuticals, wants to add manufacturing lines for contact lenses.

As part of that expansion, the company expects to create 112 new jobs over the next three years.  RG&E will also be providing incentives and the state’s economic development agency will provide up to $11 million in tax incentives as well.

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Local News
10:57 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Two Men Plead Not Guilty In Death Of Chautauqua Violinist

Credit wqxr.org

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP)  Two men have pleaded not guilty to state charges stemming from the slaying of a New York City violinist who was killed at her upstate summer home last year. 

Local media report that 43-year-old Jonathan Conklin and 30-year-old Charles Sanford pleaded not guilty Monday in a Chautauqua County court to charges that include second-degree murder, burglary, robbery and grand larceny. 

Both remain in federal custody with bail set at $1 million cash. 

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WXXI Top Stories
10:18 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Around the State 1-27-15

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

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Local News
8:03 am
Tue January 27, 2015

3-Alarm Fire Rips Through Building On North Goodman St.

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

Dozens of Rochester firefighters battled a fire early this morning near the Memorial Art Gallery.

The fire involved a three story vacant building just behind the Memorial Art Gallery on North Goodman Street. It was in the process of being converted into offices. The three alarm fire required about three quarters of the city firefighters on duty at the time, more than 60 of them to get to the scene. There were no injuries.

Fire Department Captain Ted Kuppinger says the frigid temperatures, in the teens this morning, makes it an even bigger challenge

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Local News
7:58 am
Tue January 27, 2015

NYC Eases Back On Travel Restrictions

Credit wnyc.org

Governor Cuomo on Tuesday morning announced that the travel ban in the Hudson Valley (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester counties), Nassau County, and New York City is lifted effective at 7:30 a.m. I-84 as well as the Thruway have been reopened. Drivers should use extreme caution and prepare properly as driving conditions remain poor and other states still may have travel bans in effect.

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Government
10:32 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Assembly Expected To Reconvene Tuesday On Future Of Leadership

Credit wnyc.org

(AP & WXXI News) —Democrats in New York's state Assembly are debating whether to call for the ouster of their longtime leader, Speaker Sheldon Silver, following federal corruption charges.

The lawmakers plan to continue closed-door talks Tuesday on whether they want to retain Silver as their leader. Lawmakers left the Capitol late Monday after several hours of deliberations.

An increasing number of lawmakers say Silver must step down, but so far the Manhattan Democrat has fought to keep the positon he has held for 21 years.

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Weather
10:18 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Blizzard Blasts The Northeast

Credit Reuters

NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of millions of people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days.

Snow was coating cars and building up on sidewalks and roadways in New York City by evening, and flurries were flying in Boston. Forecasters said the storm would build into a blizzard, and the brunt of it would hit late Monday and into Tuesday.

As the snow got heavier, much of the region rushed to shut down.

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Government
5:28 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Authorities Identify Jane Doe of Livingston County

A yearbook photo of Tammy Jo Alexander

Authorities have identified the body of a teenager found in a Caledonia cornfield in 1979 as Tammy Jo Alexander of Florida.

Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty says a missing persons report filed by a former classmate came in just this past summer. That, along with DNA and tips through social media, helped authorities identify the girl.

Dougherty says they still have an open investigation in front of them, but he hopes this new information could lead to the killer.

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