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Health
8:19 am
Thu September 18, 2014

New URMC Leader says ACA Challenges Funding Models

School of Medicine and Dentistry Dr. Dean Mark Taubman will take over University of Rochester Medical Center’s lead role starting at the beginning of next year. The CEO-designate recognizes the position comes with challenges as the country changes health care funding models.

Taubman thanked Berk, saying he is leaving at the top of his career with a strong and supportive culture at URMC. It’s a culture Taubman says he will emulate.

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Government
8:01 am
Thu September 18, 2014

NYS Poverty & Income Levels Remain Steady In 2013

(AP)  New Census estimates show the number of New Yorkers living in poverty remained steady from 2012 through last year, mirroring national statistics. 

And the Census Bureau says Thursday median household income in the state also remained flat at about $57,000. 

The survey data showed 3 million people, or 16 percent of the state's population, with income below the poverty level in 2013. Nationally, 48.8 million people, also about 16 percent, lived in poverty. 

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Government
7:49 am
Thu September 18, 2014

NYS Unemployment Benefits To Rise

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Benefits for the unemployed are set to go up in New York. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that the minimum weekly rate will increase from $64 to $100 and the maximum weekly rate will increase from $405 to $420. The changes will go into effect on Oct. 6. 

Cuomo says the increases are the result of actions the state has taken to stabilize its unemployment insurance trust fund. The fund struggled for years and was forced to borrow federal money to pay unemployment claims. 

The state labor department says New York's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in July.

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Economy
9:41 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Redesigned Plans For Charlotte Development Released

Rochester city officials and a Michigan-based developer are unveiling some of the plans for the first phase of a development project at the Port of Rochester.

The meeting Wednesday night at Charlotte High School drew more than 200 people, and while there were a few catcalls from opponents of the plans released by a company called Edgewater Resources, there was also applause, especially at the end of the presentation.

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Government
5:56 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Judge Says Redistricting Proposal Cannot be Described on Ballot as Independent

A judge has ruled that the wording on a November ballot item making changes to New York‘s redistricting process is  biased, and must be altered before Election Day.

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Economy
5:30 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Xerox Moving Sales & Technical Training To Webster

 

Xerox says it is moving sales and technical training operations to the Webster campus. The Xerox Technology Learning and Development Center will relocate to the Gil Hatch Center for Customer Innovation.

Those operations are being transferred from Virginia. A Xerox official says the move could mean about a thousand employees and partners annually visiting the facility in Monroe County for training, and that should have a positive economic benefit on hotels, restaurants and local transportation businesses.

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Government
5:02 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Pro Cuomo Ad Criticized for Photo Shopping Opponent's Son Out of Picture

GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino, in a family photo featured on his website
Credit Astorino campaign

This election season seems to feature more than the usual amount of negative ads, with television spots painting opponents in a dark light. But an ad that criticized a candidate’s choice of a football team may have backfired when controversy arose over a picture that was altered to cut out his son.

Viewers of the most recent Buffalo Bills game saw an ad, sponsored by Erie County Democrats, that criticized Republican candidate Rob Astorino for being a Miami Dolphins fan.

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WXXI Local Stories
4:28 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Pegulas A Step Closer To Buying The Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP)  Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula took a step closer to buying the Buffalo Bills after their NFL-record $1.4 billion purchase agreement was unanimously approved by the league's finance committee Wednesday.

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Economy
4:21 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Rochester's First Sonic opens Saturday at 9 a.m.

Credit Sonic Drive-In

The wait for Rochester's first sonic ends on Saturday. The restaurant will open at 9 a.m. at the newly renovated Depot Plaza on East Ridge Road in Irondequoit. A ribbon cutting with Irondequoit Supervisor Adam Bellow and franchisee Fran DeSimone will precede the opening. The Irondequoit location is one of several planned in Rochester and Buffalo. Sonic has more than 3,500 locations in U.S. Prior to the Irondquoit location, the closest Sonic was in the Binghamton area.

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Connections
4:16 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Connections: ISIS Recruiting in ROC; 5k to Honor Teacher

In the first part of the show, new charges were filed against Mufid Elfgeeh, he’s accused of recruiting for ISIS. It’s believed he may be the first person in the U.S. to be charged with recruiting for ISIS. Elfgeeh was arrested earlier this year after he bought guns as part of a plan to kill members of the military returning from war, and Shiites in the Rochester area. So how did the feds know that Elfgeeh was doing all of this, and could there be others? We answer these questions and more with Democrat & Chronicle Reporter Gary Craig.

Then we talk about the Iron Angel 5k taking place September 28, to honor Heather Boyum. Race Director Bonnie Venton joins us to talk about this year’s race.

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