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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislators in New York are taking a look at the state of mental health care for children.

The state Assembly plans to hold a public hearing in Buffalo on Friday focusing on the availability of services specifically in western New York.

Lawmakers on the panel conducting the hearing plan to examine an ongoing effort to consolidate and merge state mental health programs. They'll also look at the impact of the potential closure of the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center.

Sometimes a small archeological discovery can tell us more than we first realize. We're digging into the dirt of South Bristol, Ontario County, where just such a discovery is a window into our history. It's a preview of the ongoing "Science on the Edge" lecture series at the Rochester Museum and Science Center with Ann Morton of Morton Archeological Research Services.

Harris Corporation

Two  local federal representatives are pushing for Harris Corporation to add jobs in Rochester after the merger with Exelis is completed. That deal is scheduled to close on Friday

Both companies have a strong local presence in Rochester, with Harris employing about 2100 people in its RF Communications division  and Exelis  around 1300 in its geospatial systems division. Harris is acquiring Exelis in a deal valued at more than $4.5 billion.

We open with a conversation with Garrison Keillor. The master storyteller is bringing his live show to Canandaigua in a couple of weeks. He tells us about storytelling, the way the live show comes together, his favorite Lake Wobegone character, and his thoughts on retirement.

Cuomo Presses for Raise the Age

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Governor Andrew Cuomo visited a state prison Thursday to announce he’s hiring  more  guards, and to push for a change in how 16 and 17 year olds are treated in the state prison system.

Start Up New York's Executive Vice President Leslie Whatley is on a public relations campaign they're calling the Opportunity Tour that recently brought her to Rochester.

The city seems like a good place to boast the potential of the program. The first business created is right downtown, on Franklin Street. Datto, the cloud computing company, currently employs over 40 full-time staff.

Leaders of Start Up NY report over a hundred businesses have come out of the program since it started last year, 12 of them in the Finger Lakes region.

The former leader of the State Senate was formally indicted on federal corruption charges Thursday. Senator Dean Skelos resigned as leader earlier in May after the accusations against him were announced by the US Attorney.

The indictment alleges that Senator Skelos and his son, Adam,  “ engaged in a  corrupt scheme to monetize” Dean Skelos’ positon as head of the Senate. It accuses them of obtaining  hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, and extortions from campaign donors to enrich the younger Skelos, who was struggling to find a steady job.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)  The Buffalo Sabres have hired Dan Bylsma to become their next coach.

The hiring was announced Thursday, after the former Pittsburgh Penguins coach spent a second consecutive day meeting with Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula and general manager Tim Murray in Buffalo.

NEW YORK (AP)  The former New York Senate leader and his son have been indicted on corruption charges in Manhattan federal court. 

The indictment was returned Thursday against 67-year-old Dean Skelos and his 32-year-old son, Adam. 

The Long Island men were released on bail earlier this month. 

Dean Skelos was New York state's most powerful Republican when he was arrested on conspiracy and extortion charges. He was accused by prosecutors of taking official actions so his son could receive more than $200,000. 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday for the "new" Golisano Children's Hospital.

The 8-story, $145 million project is the largest capital project in the University of Rochester's history. It includes state of the art patient care technology, and living space for parents so they can be with their children during their hospital stay.

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