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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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Connections
2:32 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Connections: David Lanz; What is Camp EAGR?

A chat with David Lanz. Then we learn about Camp EAGR.

In the first part of the show, we talk to new age recording titan David Lanz, who now makes Rochester his home. He talks about 30 years in the industry, and why he still wants to crank out an album every single year. 

Then, as part of our Move to Include series, we learn all about Camp EAGR. We welcome Mike Radell, Director of the camp, along with Lisa Noonan, a board member of Epilepsy-Pralid, Inc.

Connections
2:28 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Connections: State of Our Unions

The state of the labor unions.

Labor Day is coming, and in many ways, union leaders feel that their organizations are under attack. Nationally, there's the right-to-work movement. In New York state, there's the debate over Wicks and Scaffold laws, among others. We check in on the state of our unions with our panel:

Jim Bertolone, President of the Rochester and Genesee Valley Labor Federation and AFL-CIO
Erin Young, Rochester and Genesee Valley Labor Federation
Dave Young, President of the Rochester Building and Construction Trades
Tom Gillette, Regional Director for New York State United Teachers

Arts & Culture
1:12 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Tony Stewart Breaks His Silence On The Fatal Race Track Incident In Canandaigua

Credit nascar.com

ATLANTA (AP & WXXI News)  Speaking quietly and his voice trembling, NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said Friday that the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will ``affect my life forever'' as he returned to the track for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint-car race in Canandaigua three weeks ago.

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Government
12:32 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Rally to House the Homeless in Rochester

Rally for the homeless outside County Office Building
Credit Alex Crichton

Around two dozen people rallied in front of the Monroe County Office Building in downtown Rochester Friday morning to protest the lockout at the Civic Center Garage, which was home to about 30 people every night.

The demonstration was organized by Sister Grace Miller from the House of Mercy.

She says she brought several homeless to shelters downtown on the night the garage was locked, but they were refused.

Miller says under Article 17 in the State Constitution, Monroe County has a legal obligation to care for its street homeless.

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