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4:31 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Open Enrollment Update

We get updates on what is happening the second open enrollment period of the New York State of Health Marketplace with our guests:

  • Christine Wagner, Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Neighborhood center
  • Shannon Kelly, Health Insurance Assister, Trillium Health
  • Jeff Welcher, Account Consultant, Bene-Care
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Health
4:16 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Pediatricians Weigh In on NIH Decision to Cancel Children's Study

Golisano Children’s Hospital’s lead pediatrician agrees with the National Institutes of Health for their decision to cancel a long term study.

This National Institutes of Health recently announced a decision to pull funding from the National Children’s Study—even after spending more than a billion dollars over 10 years of the project.

Nina Schor is the Pediatrician-in-Chief at Golisano Children’s Hospital. She says the NIH had to make a cost benefit analysis and decided the project would not give enough useful results to justify continued funding.

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Capitol Bureau
2:45 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Poll finds NYers Are Scrooges When it Comes to Pay Raise for State Lawmakers

A new poll finds New Yorkers don’t want legislators to gain a pay raise if they agree to ethics reforms by the end of the year.

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Business
2:21 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Exit Interview: Sandy Parker On Her Tenure At The RBA

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

A local business organization has said goodbye to the woman who has led that group for nearly a decade. Sandy Parker, President and CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance, officially retired at the end of this week.

In an interview with WXXI News, Parker says when she signed on as President of the RBA in 2005, and even before that when she was involved in the former Industrial Management Council, she never imagined she'd been in this role for so long. Parker figured she'd one day return to the private sector, but that didn't happen.  And she doesn't sound regretful, in fact she says leaving the RBA post is bittersweet.

“I’ve got to meet many different,  just really exciting, interesting people at all levels across the state, I’m going to miss that.”

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Capitol Bureau
2:14 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Ed Comm Exits With Common Core as his Legacy, for Better or for Worse

Credit Charles Lane WSHU

The state is losing it’s education commissioner, as John King takes a job with the Obama Administration.   King was in charge of school policies during a tumultuous time, and he admits there are things he might have done better.

King is leaving after five and half years to become assistant US education secretary under Arne Duncan.  In an interview with public radio and TV, He says he hopes his legacy in New York will be his intense focus on getting the Common Core learning standards push started in the state.

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Government
1:20 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Former Rochester Police Chief Gets White House Appointment

Credit WSB-TV

A former Rochester Police Chief has been named to a new Presidential task force on policing and community relations.

Cedric Alexander is among several people named by the White House to the task force which will examine how to strengthen public trust and foster strong relationships between police and the communities they serve.

The task force was formed in light of recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland and around the country.

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Sports
12:58 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Red Wings Name New Manager

Mike Quade, a former manager of the Chicago Cubs, has been named the new manager of the Rochester Red Wings. He replaces Gene Glynn who will serve as the third base coach for the Wings’ parent organization, the Minnesoa Twins next year.

The 57 year old Quade managed the Cubs during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He also worked with the New York Yankees organization in 2014 serving as a roving outfield/baserunning coordinator.

He was also with the Oakland A’s as first base coach from 2000-02 and the Cubs as third base coach from 2007-10.

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Business
10:02 am
Fri December 19, 2014

First Niagara Cutting Some Management Positions

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)  First Niagara Financial Group Inc. says it will eliminate up to 200 jobs company wide in a move aimed at better serving customers and boosting competitiveness. 

The Buffalo-based bank announced Thursday that it will cut 150 to 200 management positions at its operations in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The cuts are expected to be completed next month. 

Despite the layoffs, the bank says it still plans to hire 200 people across the company.

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Business
9:17 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Paychex Tops Earnings & Sales Estimates

Paychex has released quarterly numbers that top Wall Street analyst estimates for both profits and revenue.

For the company's fiscal second quarter, Paychex saw earnings of $173 million. That was up 9 percent from this time last year, and earnings per share of 47-cents beat Wall Street estimates by a penny.

Total revenues of $676 million were up 10 percent over last year, and that number also beat the analysts' estimates.

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Government
6:22 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Siena Poll On Garner Death; Fracking; Politicians & Candidates

A new Siena College Poll shows that by almost a two-to-one margin, New Yorkers believe that the Staten Island grand jury was wrong to not have brought charges against the police officer in the death of Eric Garner. Siena says there were significant partisan, geographic and racial differences. With similar differences, voters favored having the federal government bring civil rights charges against the officer.

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