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7:07 am
Thu December 25, 2014

NYS Approves Funds For Legal Bills Of Former Sen. Joe Bruno

Credit wnyc.org

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general has approved $2.4 million for the legal defense bills of a former state senate leader acquitted of federal fraud charges.

Retired Sen. Joe Bruno was eligible for the reimbursement because state law authorizes the payment of "reasonable" attorneys' fees for officials accused of criminal wrongdoing while acting within the scope of their duties.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office wrote in a letter Wednesday that the state has no choice but to reimburse Bruno.

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Weather
6:12 am
Thu December 25, 2014

A Windy Christmas

Strong winds brought down some trees and power lines overnight and early Christmas morning throughout portions of Western NY and the Finger Lakes.

RG&E, NYSEG and National Grid also reported several hundred scattered outages throughout the region early on Thursday.

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Education
6:18 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

St. John Fisher Mourns Loss Of Pharmacy School Dean

St. John Fisher College is mourning the loss of the founding Dean of the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. Scott Swigart died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 58.

Over the last year, the Fisher community rallied around Swigart to support him while he was undergoing treatment. Faculty, staff, and students in the School of Pharmacy created purple “Team Swigart” pins, bracelets, and t-shirts, which were worn by members of the Fisher community on a daily basis

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Understanding The ACA
3:10 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

New York Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Continues to February

With a month and a half left in the second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, professions who help connect New Yorkers with insurance see a change in how individuals approach health coverage this year.

Many health insurance professionals say New Yorkers understand Obamacare better this year.

Jeff Welcher, Account Consultant at Bene-Care, says choosing a plan is STILL not a decision to be taken lightly.

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Health
1:34 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

How to Handle Holiday Stress

Credit www.technorati.com

The normal stresses of life can be accentuated during the holidays.

Tziporah Rosenberg is an assistant professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the institute for the family.

She says whether you spend the holidays alone or with family, many people find the season emotionally taxing.

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Arts & Culture
11:39 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Auburn, Canandaigua Theaters to Show "The Interview"

A poster for The Interview. Some theaters now say they will show the comedy, which Sony Pictures had pulled following threats.
Credit Jim Ruymen/UPI /Landov

If you're curious about the film that Sony Pictures shut down and then ultimately decided to release, you'll have to go to Canandaigua or Auburn.

Movietime Cinemas 10 in Canandaigua and MoviePlex 10 in Auburn are the only area theaters showing "The Interview."   That's the comedy that portrays two tabloid journalists recruited by the CIA to kill South Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.  South Korea threatened 9-11 style attacks against any American theater that showed the movie.

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Environment
11:37 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Livingston County Signs Off On Salt Mine Settlement

Livingston County officials have signed off on a $20 million settlement that will resolve some issues that date back to the collapse of a salt mine near Geneseo in 1994.

The settlement will allow the Dutch company that owned the mine, Akzo Nobel, to dismantle a desalination plant.  The plant actually closed months ago, but County Administrator Ian Coyle says there  have been concerns by some residents that it could someday be used to treat waste water from natural gas drilling that is done in other states.

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Local News
7:40 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Remembering The Victims Of The West Webster Shootings

Credit West Webster Fire Department

(WXXI & TWC News) Friends and family gathered  early Wednesday morning on Lake Road in West Webster to pay their respects. The day  marks two years since an ambush killed two West Webster firefighters who were responding to a call on Lake Road.

On Christmas Eve 2012 authorities say William Spengler Jr. set a car on fire as a trap to lure firefighters to his home and then ambushed responding firefighters, killing Mike Chiapperini and Tomazs Kaczowka.

Spengler's sister was also killed that day. Two other firefighters and a police officer were injured in the ambush.

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Understanding The ACA
7:02 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

NY State Marketplace Adds 225,244 Previously Uninsured New Yorkers

Credit stltoday.com

The New York State of Health Marketplace added 225,244 newly insured people since the start of open enrollment.

Officials credit increased outreach efforts.

83,057 previously uninsured New Yorkers signed up on the state exchange for private insurance coverage between November 15th and December 20th.  142,187 people enrolled in Medicaid over the same period.

"The people who did not sign up last year are by definition hard to reach," said Rachel Klein, director of organizational strategy at FamiliesUSA

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