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ALBANY (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for passage of legislation prohibiting individuals on the U.S. terrorist watch list from buying guns.

Schumer noted the arrests this week of three Brooklyn men on charges they conspired to join ISIS in Syria or carry out attacks at home. If they were on the terrorist watch list, the bill Schumer's backing would have prohibited them from buying firearms or explosives.

The watch list prevents individuals from flying on airplanes into and out of the country.

Remembering Trooper AJ Sperr

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On Sunday, many will remember a State Police officer originally from Greece. Trooper Andrew "A.J." Sperr was killed March 1, 2006, after he came upon two subjects later determined to be involved in a bank robbery in the town of Big Flats in Chemung County.

Investigation determined that Trooper Sperr was fired upon as he approached the subjects' vehicle. Trooper Sperr returned gunfire, striking both subjects before they left the area in a second vehicle, which they had previously staged there for their getaway.

Rochester General Hospital officials say they recently treated some patients with necrotizing fasciitis, sometimes referred to as flesh eating bacteria. Due to privacy regulations, the hospital cannot talk about specific patient information, but officials say none of the cases have been contracted within the hospital.

Dr. Ed Walsh, who is Chief of Infectious Disease at the hospital, says that they believe there is minimal risk of anyone at the hospital contracting the disease.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York legislators have voted to postpone until next year the deadline for doctors to issue only electronic drug prescriptions, saying many still lack the required federal approval to do that for painkillers and other addictive drugs on the government list of controlled substances.

A spokesman says Gov. Andrew Cuomo will review it.

The electronic prescriptions — connected to a central database that doctors and pharmacists can check — are intended to prevent prescription fraud and doctor-shopping for addictive painkillers and illicit re-sales.

"Mega" Winner In New York State

Feb 28, 2015
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The New York Lottery Saturday confirmed that a jackpot-winning ticket for the February 27 Mega Millions drawing was purchased at the South Fallsburg Food Mart.

This sole winning ticket – purchased as a Quick Pick – is worth an estimated $127 million.

The winning numbers for the February 27 Mega Millions drawing were 07 – 49 – 53 – 60 – 64 and Mega Ball 04.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Farmers in New York state are asking Congress to push for immigration reform and changes to new federal food safety rules.

The New York Farm Bureau released its 2015 priorities during a recent trip to Washington to meet with the state's congressional delegation.

The group's agenda includes guest-worker visas to allow foreign laborers to work agricultural jobs. Farm Bureau President Dean Norton says a comprehensive approach to immigration is needed to provide a steady workforce for the agricultural industry.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Senate Republicans have introduced ethics legislation requiring state officials file financial disclosures for everyone they live with — a move that would affect Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo girlfriend and television chef Sandra Lee lives with the governor. The bill would expand existing annual disclosure beyond an official, spouse and dependent children.

Cuomo proposed last week to require detailed disclosure of officials' outside income, which would apply to many Senate Republicans who are lawyers.

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The longtime leader of the Monroe County School Boards Association is retiring. Jody Siegle, who has been the association’s executive director since 2001, will retire at the end of July.

The association provides training and information to school board members and superintendents for 21 school districts.

Siegle says it’s been a privilege to lead the organization and association president Mark Kokanovich said that Siegle’s  “passionate devotion” to public education and to students is unparalleled.

A 19 year old man accused in the shooting death of his father in Pittsford earlier this month has now been indicted. A Monroe County grand jury has indicted Charles Tan on one count of Murder in the 2nd degree in the death of 49 year old  Liang "Jim" Tan.

The district attorney’s office says that Jim Tan was killed in their Coachside Lane home sometime between February 5th and February 9th. Deputies were called to the house on the evening of February 9th and found Jim Tan dead at that time.

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, a major health insurer in Rochester and other parts of Upstate NY, says it posted net profits of .4 percent or $24 million last year on revenues of $5.9 billion.

The company says stronger than expected investment income produced positive net income despite an operating loss of $55 million.  The local Blues blame most of the losses due to its safety net lines of business such as Medicaid. Last year, Excellus dropped some of its Medicaid business in areas where it said it was losing too much money. 

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