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

Siena College is out with a survey that probably won't surprise you if you've been following the increasing use of cell phones over landlines, and the utilization of smartphones for a whole range of activities.

Rochester Gas & Electric officials say a power outage affecting 475 customers  in Downtown Rochester is related to a water main break near East Ave. and Scio Street.

It appears to involve a problem with an underground cable related to that water main break. RG&E says it will have to wait until the Water Authority repairs the leak, and then they will have to locate just where the cable fault occurred and repair it.

There’s no word yet when power will be restored.

 How will New York's medical marijuana law affect employees in the workplace? 

The new law, once it's implemented, will limit access to marijuana only to those who have one of 10 serious medical conditions including AIDS, ALS, and multiple sclerosis.  But how far do those legal rights extend into the workplace?

Local attorney Elizabeth Cordello of Pullano & Farrow, PLLC, specializes in employment law.  She says New York's medical marijuana law is unique because it contains a non-discrimination clause.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. senators from New York are urging Canada to raise a threshold for duty-free purchases by its citizens to boost shopping excursions to places like Buffalo, Watertown, Niagara Falls and Plattsburgh.

Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say the American policy is more favorable to U.S. shoppers who visit Canada.

They say, for example, that a Canadian family buying $100 of clothes in Buffalo and shipping them home faces a duty of about $22.

An American family, doing the opposite in Toronto, would pay no duty.

Rochester’s School Superintendent, Bolgen Vargas is ready to take legal action against the school board in a sudden escalation of tension between Vargas and the board.

This all came to light Tuesday evening, just before a special board meeting, when a letter was released from Vargas’ lawyer to the school board’s attorney, protesting a move by the board that would change the superintendent’s ability to hire and fire.

It's the end of a tradition for a well known local fruit farm, Brown's Berry Patch.

After 30 years of providing retail operations at their fruit farm in Waterport, Orleans County, the Brown family won't be doing that anymore.

Governor Cuomo is taking credit for the state budget’s turn around from huge gaps to healthy surpluses, but a watchdog group says  Cuomo is relying on future funds that have not yet materialized .

Cuomo often lists his achievements as governor when he gives speeches, and he likes to recount how he turned the state’s finances around, as in his Inaugural address earlier this year.

“We turned a $10 billion dollar deficit into a $5 billion dollar surplus,” Cuomo said on January 1st.

Leaders of the faith community in Rochester say they've been working with the Rochester Police Department to communicate the importance of the reorganization plan to residents. 

Bishop Greg Parris says it is not up to the church to decide how the RPD implements its policing strategies. Instead, he says its the responsibility of the church to help make the community a happy and healthy place.