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5:28 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Amish Sisters' Alleged Kidnapper in Court Thursday

Nicole Vaisey and Stephen Howells, Jr.
Credit Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A woman accused along with her boyfriend of abducting and sexually abusing two young Amish sisters is due in court for a preliminary hearing.

Nicole Vaisey will be in court on Thursday. Her lawyer says she's a victim of an abusive relationship with 39-year-old Stephen Howells Jr.

Howells waived his right to a similar hearing. His case will go to a grand jury in St. Lawrence County near the Canadian border.

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Arts & Culture
5:18 am
Thu August 21, 2014

State Fair Opens in Syracuse

Credit agriculture.ny.gov

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Fair is kicking off its 12-day run with national touring acts and a new operator for the rides on the midway.

The gates at the fairgrounds in the Syracuse suburb of Geddes open at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Kellie Pickler leads off the fair's entertainment lineup with a free afternoon concert at Chevy Court, followed by the Barenaked Ladies at night. Other acts performing free concerts include Ashanti on Sunday and the Doobie Brothers on Labor Day, Sept. 1.

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Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Tony Stewart Skips 3rd Race After Canandaigua Fatality

Credit northcountrypublicradio.org

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart will not race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, the third Sprint Cup race he's skipped since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race in Canandaigua.

Stewart's decision was announced Wednesday and Jeff Burton will once again replace him in the No. 14 Chevrolet. Burton also drove Stewart's car at Michigan last weekend.

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Arts & Culture
7:05 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Jim Kelly's Follow-up Exam Shows No Sign Of Cancer

Credit bleacherreport.com

(AP) Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly received encouraging news in his battle with cancer.

An initial physical exam showed no evidence of sinus cancer three months after the former Buffalo Bills quarterback completed radiation and chemotherapy treatments, Dr. Peter Costantino said in a release issued by New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital on Wednesday.

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WXXI Local Stories
7:00 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Rochester & Other Cities Won't Be Asked To House Border Children

Credit PBS.org

Rochester and other cities that had considered housing some of the immigrant children from Central America won’t have to consider that possibility any longer.

Mayor Lovely Warren sent a letter to about 30 representatives of various human services agencies telling them that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has informed Rochester and other cities that it is no longer seeking temporary facilities to shelter the unaccompanied minors.

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Connections
3:25 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Connections: Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren was our guest for a full hour on Wednesday to talk with callers abou  issues in the City of Rochester.

Connections
3:21 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Connections: Bills Fan Alliance; Talking With Rosanne Cash

Talking with the Buffalo Bills Alliance, and then with Rosanne Cash.
In the first part of this show, we welcome the Buffalo Bills Fan Alliance. We want to know what they have planned to try to keep the team in western New York. Who is their preferred owner? Which bidder worries them the most? And can Buffalo realistically have anything close to the Green Bay model? We talk with co-director of the alliance, Brian Cinelli, and sports journalist Greg Hanlon. Then we talk with Rosanne Cash, who released a new album and will be performing at The Smith in Geneva on Thursday night. 
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Government
3:04 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Poll Shows Cuomo Popular, But With Weaknesses On Corruption Issue

A Quinnipiac University poll shows the race for Governor virtually unchanged since the spring, with incumbent  Governor Andrew Cuomo far ahead of his Republican and Democratic challengers.  The favorable ratings for Cuomo come after weeks of negative news stories about the governor’s alleged interference in an ethics panel, and an on going federal investigation.

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Economy
2:18 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

100 Days Until Transit Center Opens

Credit myRTS.com

Officials with Rochester's bus company say the new RTS Transit Center will open ahead of schedule and under budget this fall.

The grand opening is set for November 28th.

Chief Information Officer in charge of the project, Miguel Velazquez, most of the work on the outside of the facility has been completed.

But  there are several systems that need to be commissioned, such as HVAC and technology systems that will need to be tested and vetted before the system goes live in November.

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Government
2:05 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

New Video Emphasizes Safety in Work Zones

Gary Farrell was working as a flagger in work zone in 2009 when he was struck and killed by a vehicle.

A new Public Service Announcement features his wife Michelle asking motorists to slow down and be more aware of their surroundings in work zones.

State DOT spokesperson Lori Maher says a highway work zone is someone's work environment, and when drivers don't slow down or pay attention, the risk to those workers is very real.

Last year, the State Department of Transportation reports there were 525 accidents in work zones, resulting in 149 injuries and 2 fatalities.

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