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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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Connections
3:55 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Connections: Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon With Lynn Sherr

The annual Susan B. Anthony birthday luncheon is coming up, and their guest speaker, Lynn Sherr, joins us. Sherr is a journalist and author, both of a book about Sally Ride, and a biography about Susan B. Anthony. We are also joined by Deborah Hughes, president and CEO of the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House.

Connections
3:51 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Connections: Why Do Some Parents Skip Vaccinations?

We're following the news of the Measles outbreak at Disneyland. The number of cases has grown to 81. Doctors are concerned about parents who are choosing not to vaccinate their children in particular. Our panel will address vaccination, this case, and whether we're more likely to see similar stories as a result of the anti-vaccine movement. Our panel includes:

  • Dr. Michael Pichichero, Director of Rochester General Hospital's Research Institute
  • Dr. Geoffrey Weinberg, pediatric infectious disease specialist at UR Medicine's Golisano Children's Hospital
  • Dr. Paul Graman, Clinical director of the infectious diseases division at UR Medicine's Strong Memorial Hospital
Government
12:28 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Leading Member Of The Assembly Wants Silver To Step Down

Assemblyman Keith Wright

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A senior Democratic member of the New York state Assembly is calling for Speaker Sheldon Silver to step down in the wake of federal corruption charges.

Assemblyman Keith Wright of Harlem says Monday that Silver must resign as speaker "immediately" after what he called the "extraordinarily disturbing events" surrounding Silver's arrest.

Wright formerly led the state Democratic Party and is the highest profile Democrat to call for Silver's ouster so far.

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Government
11:59 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Thruway Authority Issues Advisory Due To Winter Storm

The NYS Thruway Authority has issued a travel advisory between Albany and NYC due to the impending storm.

According to the Thruway: The National Weather Service has issued a severe winter storm warning from Albany to the NYC line beginning today through Tuesday night. Heavy snow, high winds and poor visibility are expected. Motorists are encouraged to avoid travel if possible.

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Economy
11:13 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Optimism on the Rise Among Rochester Area CEOs

Credit Siena Research Institute

A survey of about 150 CEOs in the Rochester area shows there is more optimism in the executive suite now than there has been in eight years.

The annual Upstate New York Business Leader Survey from Siena College finds that 40 percent of Rochester CEOs are optimistic. That's the highest rate of all the Upstate regions and the biggest jump from last year.

SRI director Don Levy believes the diversification of the local economy is paying off, and a lifting of what he calls the “post-Kodak hangover”, is starting to become evident.

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Need To Know
10:07 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Coming Up On NTK: How Do We Fix Rochester's Poverty Crisis?

Watch Need to Know with host Hélène Biandudi Hofer Thursdays at 8pm on WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.

Economy
6:44 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Local Business Leader Optimistic Despite Recent Economic Study

Credit PBS.org

Despite a recent study that shows the Rochester area still has a ways to go in recovering from the Recession, one local business leader is optimistic about the region's prospects.

A study by the Brookings Institution and JP Morgan Chase shows that the Rochester metro area has only partially recovered from the recession. Although employment has bounced back, economic output for the region still has some ground to make up.

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Government
5:35 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Sheldon Silver Expected To Temporarily Give Leadership Power To Group Of Legislators

Credit wnyc.org

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & NY Times) — The speaker of the New York state Assembly plans to temporarily cede power to a small group of top lawmakers as he fights federal corruption charges.

A spokesman for Speaker Sheldon Silver said the Manhattan Democrat plans to brief Democratic members of the Assembly on his intentions Monday.

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