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9:51 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Around the State 10-1-14

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

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Government
9:46 am
Wed October 1, 2014

New York Legislator Facing Charges

New York State Assemblyman William Scarborough
Credit aqeny.org

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ An official with knowledge of the investigation says a New York legislator has been arrested and is headed for an Albany courtroom. 

The official, who was not authorized to discuss the case publicly before Wednesday morning's arraignment, says the arrest of Assemblyman William Scarborough follows a joint investigation by the state comptroller and attorney general's offices. 

The Queens Democrat was first elected to the Assembly in 1994. 

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Economy
8:52 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Kodak Hires Chief Marketing Officer

Kodak has named a new Chief Marketing Officer. He is Steven Overman, who previously was global head of brand strategy for Nokia. He also has been a consultant supporting marketing agencies.

Kodak has not had an overall corporate chief marketing officer for the last few years, since Jeff Hayzlett left.

CEO Jeff Clark says that, "Kodak has a big brand and we need a creative thinker to unlock its power and lead our marketing efforts."

Since Kodak emerged from bankruptcy last year, the company focuses on commercial printing and packaging.

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Arts & Culture
8:03 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Sonnenberg Gardens Looks To Expand

Credit sonnenberg.org

Senator Charles Schumer will be in Canandaigua Wednesday to urge federal agencies to work with officials at Sonnenberg Gardens to help them acquire federally owned property adjacent to the museum grounds.

He says Sonnenberg currently lacks from key features, including a welcome center, and a climate-controlled space to archive and display artifacts as well as adequate paved parking.

Schumer says Sonnenberg is looking to expand in order to build these amenities and needs to acquire three and a half acres of land next to the museum.

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Education
6:27 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Schools Alerted About Phony Invoices

Credit Alex Crichton / WXXI

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general has issued a consumer alert about a scam targeting school districts by sending phony invoices for products never ordered or delivered.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the scam involves a bogus company named Scholastic School Supply. One Rochester-area school district contacted Schneiderman's office to report receiving an invoice in the amount of $657.50 for an English Language Arts Practice Book that was never purchased or supplied.

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Government
6:24 am
Wed October 1, 2014

New Yorkers Warned About Tax Rebate Scam

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers are being warned about scam artists trying to get personal information by offering to help them get tax rebates.

New York State Taxpayer Rights Advocate Margaret Neri says anyone who gets such a phone call should hang up and report the call to the attorney general's consumer protection line (800-771-7755).

She says the state Tax Department has learned that scam artists have contacted taxpayers and offered to help them receive a tax rebate. The callers are seeking personal information such as Social Security numbers.

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Connections
10:30 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, October 1st

First hour: Rob Astorino

Second hour: Going vegan

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Health
4:52 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Drug Company Payments to Doctors Data Released

One provision of the Affordable Care Act makes the payments pharmaceutical companies give to medical professionals public.

The federal government released data Tuesday under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.

In the latter months of 2013, US doctors accepted nearly 1.4 billion dollars from drug companies for promotional speaking, consulting, meals, educational items and research, according to online news organization ProPublica.

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Government
4:24 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Cuomo Faces Deadline to Chose High Court Nominee

Governor Cuomo has until the end of this week to fill a vacancy on the state’s highest court. His choices include the reappointment of a Republican woman judge who currently holds the seat,  and several Democratic alternatives. 

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Connections
4:10 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Connections: New Birth Control Guidelines; Enterovirus

In the first part of the show, we talk about new birth control recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Academy recommends that pediatricians suggest LARC (Long-acting reversible contraception) methods of birth control, including IUDs. We talk about these recommendations with Dr. Katherine Greenberg from URMC.

Then we talk with Dr. Geoffrey Weinberg from URMC about the outbreak of Enterovirus 68. 

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