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5:39 am
Thu December 18, 2014

NY AG Cracks Down on Toy Guns That Look Real

The gun on top is a real Glock 9 mm. The gun on the bottom is a toy.
Credit Scott Horsley, NPR

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York's attorney general wants retailers to stop selling toy guns that are nearly indistinguishable from real firearms. 

Eric Schneiderman's office announced Thursday that letters were sent to Walmart, Amazon, K-Mart and Sears telling them to follow a state law intended to ensure that toy guns aren't mistaken for the real thing. 

The law says toy guns cannot be sold in realistic colors unless they bear an orange stripe on the barrel. 

Schneiderman's office says the toys were sold online, and in one case, at a Rochester-area K-Mart. 

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Connections
4:56 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Connections: Are You a "Binge Watcher"?

What do our media consuming habits say about us? The pejorative term is “binge watching,” and it refers to watching an entire season of a show in one setting. Or it could refer to watching the entire Star Wars series in a weekend, or reading the entire Harry Potter series in a short burst.

Nazareth College professor Lisa Perks has studied this phenomenon and she has just published a book about it, called "Media Marathoning: Immersions in Morality". She believes there are positive aspects to it. But is it good for our health? How is media changing? Is appointment viewing dead? 

Connections
4:46 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Connections: Christmas on the Battlefield; No Fracking in New York

Christmas on the battlefield. 100 years ago next week, the Germans and the British (along with the French and Belgian soldiers) laid down their guns for two days to celebrate Christmas. It happened on a battlefield early in the first world war, with thousands of corpses on that field. They concluded the Christmas service by singing Silent Night together.  30 years later, during World War II, a group of Americans brought Christmas back to a small town in Luxembourg that had been occupied and destroyed by war. The children of that town hadn’t celebrated Christmas in four years. An American (who happens to be from Pittsford) played Santa for the town, and to this day, he remains a celebrity for that Luxembourg village. He’s now 93 years old, and joins us to tell his story. We then play a partial rebroadcast of Walter Cronkite and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing and reading Silent Night, Holy Night to mark the 1914 event. Christmas on the battlefield. 

Then, we get an update from Innovation Trail Editor Matthew Leonard about the Cuomo administration's decision to not allow hydrofracking in New York State.

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Capitol Bureau
3:15 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Fracking Banned in New York

Environmentalists are celebrating after Governor Cuomo says there will be no hydro fracking in New York for now, citing inconclusive scientific evidence on the health effects of the gas drilling process .

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Economy
3:10 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Lago Resort Proposal For Seneca County Gets Casino OK

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Sullivan, Schenectady and Seneca counties have been selected as sites for casinos in upstate New York, a panel announced Wednesday, bringing an end to a fierce competition among 16 developers and job-hungry communities. 

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Environment
12:55 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Cuomo Administration To Ban Hydraulic Fracturing

(TWC & WXXI News) At a New York state cabinet meeting Wednesday, acting state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker and state DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens both gave negative reports on high-volume hydrofracturing in New York state.

Martens pointed to a "patchwork" of bans and off-limits land within the Marcellus Shale, accounting for about 7 million of the 12 million acres.

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Local News
11:22 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Food Pantry Sees Increase in Demand This Season

Credit foodlinkny.org

In the month of November, one of the area's most active food pantries saw an even greater demand for meals.

Dom Lucisano, director of the Hope Food Pantry in Greece, said they served about 30 percent more families than they did last November.

Lucisano says food insecurity can be a middle class, suburban problem as well as an inner city problem.  "There are fast food restaurants and coffee shops open anywhere. You can get a minimum wage job just about anywhere. Where are you going on minimum wage?"

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Local News
9:03 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Rochester Ranks 3rd in Volunteering

A report released by the Corporation for National Community Service shows Rochester ranks among the top cities for volunteering across the nation.

Wendy Spencer is the group's president. She says last year, almost 300,000 residents participated in volunteering activities, from traditional community service to helping out the neighbors. That's over 30% of the city's residents, a higher percentage that almost every other city in the country.

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Government
6:29 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Pataki "Very Seriously" Considering Run For President

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican George Pataki said he is "very seriously" considering a run for president in 2016, arguing that the nation needs a chief executive with the kind of experience he gained during three terms as New York's governor.

Pataki told the Daily News  that he will decide next year whether to run. He said he has received good responses from the ordinary citizens he has met on trips to states that include New Hampshire.

"I ran a big complex state government under very difficult circumstances, in my opinion very well," he said.

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Education
6:17 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Boces Project Gets Overwhelming Approval

Voters have approved the Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES capital project.

The measure on Tuesday passed by  a vote of 607 to 99. The $29.2 million project involves  upgrades to the main campus on Big Ridge Road in Spencerport. 

Officials say the project  will increase classroom capacity to accommodate growth in enrollment in career and technical education programs and add space for professional development for teachers and administrators from around the region.

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