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6:01 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Memorial Scheduled This Morning For Larry & Jane Glazer

A memorial service will be held Tuesday morning for Larry and Jane Glazer. The Rochester developer and his entrepreneur wife died September 5 when their small plane crashed off the coast of Jamaica.

The plane wreckage has not been recovered yet. 

The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Temple B’rith Kodesh in Brighton.

The speakers at the service include two of the Glazer’s children and Jane’s brother.

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WXXI Local Stories
10:58 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Golisano Fights Tax Assessment On Mendon Home

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Billionaire philanthropist and Paychex founder Golisano is battling  tax assessments on his Mendon property.

Golisano, who appeared in State Supreme Court in Rochester on Monday, says he's still paying too much money in property taxes for his 38-arce Mendon home. Golisano's primary residence is now in Florida.

Appraisers hired by the Town of Mendon valued Golisano's house at $3.2 million.

During Golisano's last court case, three years ago, a State Supreme Court judge decision lowered his property taxes on the home from $200,000 a year to $100,000.

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Government
4:51 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Homeless Advocates Arrested At The Monroe County Office Building

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A protest by advocates for the homeless at the Monroe County office building Monday ended with three arrests.

Sister Grace Miller of the House of Mercy was among those arrested after allegedly refusing to leave the county building after being told to leave by security.

Also arrested were 70 year old John Malthaner and 31 year old Ryan Acuff.  They all face charges of  3rd degree criminal trespass.

Deputies say the three demonstrators refused to stay in an area designated for the protest and were being disruptive.

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Connections
3:40 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Connections: When the News is Really an Ad

What are the new hidden messages in your news supply? How can you discern an ad that is made to look like news? Is it ethical? Also, we look at the "message makers" -- the people in public relations who shape much of the conversation in our daily news. We talk with two guests who understand the art of shaping communications: 

Connections
3:35 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Connections: Student Loan Relief?

We take a look at Senator Elizabeth Warren's proposal to alleviate student loan debt. Can it work? Our panel includes expertise from education, finance, and an economist. Senator Warren notes that the country's combined student loan debt now exceeds a trillion dollars, and she calls it a scandal. Joining us to talk about this is: 

Government
3:30 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Schumer Pushes For Federal Funding For Supermarket At College Town

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New York Senator Charles Schumer is pushing for federal funds to help make sure that a new supermarket is part of the mix of stores that will make up the College Town development near the University of Rochester.

Schumer notes that the Mount Hope Avenue area has been labeled a ‘food desert’ by the  U.S. Department of Agriculture since the Wegmans store there closed over a decade ago.

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Economy
2:59 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Wegmans Tries A New Concept For Its Prepared Meals

If you've been to the Pittsford Wegmans lately you may have noticed something different in the prepared foods area. Instead of having the meals-to-go prepared by someone behind the counter, they have been pre-packaged.

Spokeswoman Jo Natale says this is only being done at the Pittsford store, which is also known as their 'innovation' store because they will try out new concepts there.

She says one advantage for consumers is convenience. Although the Pittsford store is open 24/7, the counter for the prepared meals isn't staffed late at night.

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Government
1:47 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Green Party Candidate Wants In On Debates

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for governor, answers questions during a recent trip to Albany

The Green Party candidate for governor wants to be included in debates. Howie Hawkins says he is the only candidate left in the race to represent the state’s progressives.

Hawkins, a Syracuse area UPS worker and Teamsters union member, says “by any reasonable standard” he should be included in any debates for the governor’s race that feature major party candidates Democrat Andrew Cuomo and Republican Rob Astorino.

“There a lot of progressives in New York,” Hawkins said. “Their candidate should be in the debates.”

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Economy
1:16 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Genesee Brewery Unveils Small-Batch, Craft-Brewing Project

Genesee Brewmaster Dean Jones (L) and his son (and apprentice) Steve.
Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

The Genesee Brewery is branching out. The company is  unveiling some new craft beers that will available at local pubs.

Genesee Brewing calls this project  "Tap it Forward, " and it involves  making small batches of some unique, craft-style beers that will only be available in this area.

Brewmaster Dean Jones says actually they've had some of these beers available before, but only at the Genesee Brew Pub, which opened a couple of years ago.

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WXXI Local Stories
11:33 am
Mon September 15, 2014

RPD Sets Up At Area Churches As Part Of Its Recruitment Efforts

The City of Rochester is getting ready to give the annual civil service exam for prospective police officers, and as part of that, officials are again involved in an effort to increase the number of minority officers.

Those efforts include setting up tables with information at area churches, not only in the city but also in the suburbs.

Recruitment officer Christine Wilson was set up on Sunday at In Christ New Hope Ministry in Henrietta, and said that churches have been a good venue for this outreach.

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