MANILA, Philippines (AP & WXXI News) — A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized Thursday minutes as it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 dead and 26 others missing, coast guard officials said. A retired Livonia volunteer firefighter was on board that ferry and tried to save others.

They said at least 127 people from the M/B Kim Nirvana were rescued by nearby fishing boats and coast guard personnel or swam to safety off Ormoc city on Leyte Island.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Former Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison in a scheme to bribe his way onto the ballot for the 2013 New York City mayoral election.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas agreed with the defense that unlike other recent public corruption cases there was no evidence Smith lined his own pockets. But the judge called his crime no less serious, saying, "What makes this case different from the others was the corruption of the process."

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women's World Cup semifinal.

The decisive goal Wednesday came when Japan's Nahomi Kawasumi drove up the right side and sent a cross into the middle for Yuki Ogimi. Bassett reached out with her right foot and caught the ball flush, inadvertently sending it toward her net. The ball struck the crossbar and bounced in just before goalkeeper Karen Bardsley could get across.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month.

The state correction department said Wednesday that includes stepped-up searches of inmates' cells, staffing changes to ensure bed checks are more effective and installation of security gates in the facility's tunnels.

Roberts Wesleyan College is reorganizing the way it handles its academic programs.  The Chili college is creating five new schools, headed up by deans who come from existing faculty.

Currently, Roberts Wesleyan has two schools, Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Professional studies. Those names will go away, and now there will be the following schools and deans:

* School of Arts and Humanities: Scott Caton

* School of Business: Steven Bovee

* School of Natural and Social Sciences: Julie Grimm

* School of Nursing: Cheryl Crotser

The recent legislative session has closed in Albany and we bring in Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle (D) to reflect on the session.

When is it okay for a photojournalist to manipulate a photograph, and how? A new exhibit shows dozens of famous photographs that were altered before publication. We'll talk to veterans in the field about whether they edit, and how they decide what's appropriate. Our guests:

Max Schulte, Democrat & Chronicle Lead Photographer
William Snyder, award-winning photojournalist and RIT professor
Loret Steinberg, RIT professor of photojournalism ethics

Senator Charles Schumer was in Seneca Falls on Wednesday to push for a town hall meeting on a new design for the ten dollar bill.

And Schumer feels that Finger Lakes location is ideal to talk about a new face for that currency.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has said that a woman will be featured on the new bill, in the spirit of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote.

Matt Richmond WSKG

There’s word that the commissioner of the state’s environmental agency is leaving, just two days after Joe Martens issued the final environmental impact statement banning hydro fracking in New York. The final report on fracking is a signal for others to move on as well. Anti fracking groups say they are using New York’s stance to help convince other states, and even countries to ban the gas drilling process.

Triple A is projecting 41.9-million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday weekend, an increase of .07 percent over last year, and the heaviest Independence Day travel period since 2007.

The travel period is defined as today through Sunday, July 5th.

Public affairs manager for Triple-A Western and Central New York, Diana Dibble, says there are several reasons for the increase in travel.