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MVP Health Care, which is the Rochester area's second largest insurer, is reporting a deficit of $12.4 million in 2014. But the organization says that was a nine percent improvement over 2013.

MVP says revenues increased by nearly 18 percent and membership remained strong.

Revenues totaled $2.9 billion in 2014.  

Officials say MVP's fiscal performance last year significantly exceeded its earlier projections due in part to great savings realized through the integration of Hudson Health Plan, which is a Medicaid managed care organization based in Tarrytown, NY.

911 Center Under Scrutiny

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Mayor Lovely Warren says you can't condemn an entire department because of the actions of a few people.

A 911 center employee was arrested on child pornography charges this week, while the department's deputy director was suspended last month for inappropriate remarks on social media.

Warren says they plan to further discuss the matter with Emergency Communications Department Director John Merklinger.

The Rochester Museum and Science Center is kicking off their Science on the Edge 2015 Series on Wednesday night. We get a preview with Mark Mapstone, researcher and clinician at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, who is working on new ways to detect Alzheimer's Disease early. He'll talk about the research and the progress.

In 1950, physicist Enrico Fermi famously asked, "Where is everybody?" He was talking about the nearly infinite sea of stars, but the lack of any evidence of other intelligence. Perhaps we can't see nearly far enough to find other civilizations. Or perhaps climate change is a phenomenon that happens on every planet that sees technological development.

University of Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank posed that idea in a recent New York Times piece. He joins us to go down the rabbit hole: How likely is it that intelligent life exists elsewhere? Should we try to find it? What if it finds us? And what if climate change could threaten our future? 

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The YWCA on Wednesday kicked off its annual Stand Against Racism. That’s an annual effort to build awareness about racism.

YWCA CEO  Jean Carroll says although the national stand against racism  day is usually held later this month, the local effort encourages activities by various groups all month long.

“We reach out to businesses, schools, houses of worship, organizations and government agencies  to  create greater awareness and to encourage conversations on race.”

New Ethics Law Has Loopholes, Reformers Say

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The New York legislature completed an almost on time budget, around 3 AM on the first day of the state’s fiscal year. One of the final pieces to come together was an ethics reform package, which will provide greater disclosure of lawmaker’s outside income. But critics say it does not go far enough.

Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic in Ontario County has joined Rochester Regional Health System, effective April 1.   They've been talking about that merger since last summer. 

It's another in a series of hospital mergers that have been happening locally and across the country. Clifton Springs is now the fifth hospital in the health system, which was formed when Rochester General and Unity Health System combined in July of last year.

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Two area state parks have been voted among the top state parks in the country.

Letchworth State Park has been chosen as the Best State Park, according to a poll conducted for USA TODAY. According to the newspaper, the decision, which was partly based on online voting, was neck and neck between Letchworth and Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan.

Letchworth edged ahead at the end to take top honors. Watkins Glen State Park ranked at #3.

Some Rochester-area organizations are offering their opinion on the new state budget that won legislative approval in the early morning hours Wednesday.

The head of a local pro-business group is pleased with what the spending plan means for the area employers.

Unshackle Upstate executive director Greg Biryla is grateful for the one and a half billion dollars targeted for economic development.

The strong museum is usually full of kids screaming and playing, but it's especially powerful as the background noise of a press conference about child abuse awareness.

On display at the Strong Museum is a series of murals covered in tiny shoes. The shoes are meant to represent the 125 children evaluated for abuse each month at Bivona Child Advocacy Center.

Anna Potter is the Director of Programs and Services. She says this campaign is about moving away from numbers on a page, and making this issue real.

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