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One of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature economic development programs is being downsized in his new state budget. Start-Up NY is being rebranded as other economic development projects have suffered setbacks.

The Start-Up NY program — which offered 10 years of freedom from income, business and other taxes to companies that sought to begin a business on a college campus — initially was a centerpiece of Cuomo’s big plans for more jobs in upstate New York.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, which means organizations are talking about cervical cancer, HPV and prevention.

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Governor Cuomo's budget does not include funding to help direct care workers achieve a living wage, and that could mean changes at organizations like the Arc of Monroe.

The coalition “bFair2DirectCare” has been pushing for $45 million dollars in funding to raise caregiver pay.

Barbara Wale is CEO and President Arc of Monroe.

She says his budget doesn't include funding for direct support professionals --they assist people with developmental disabilities with activities for daily living.

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The 2017 Athena Award winners were announced Thursday by the Women’s Council, an affiliate of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

The organization presented Nannette Nocon with the 31st annual ATHENA Award. Melisza Campos, Dale Carnegie vice president of operations, won the ATHENA Young Professional Award.

The ATHENA Award is given annually to a professional female leader who has demonstrated significant achievements in business, community service and the professional advancement of women.

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The latest numbers on job growth from the New York State Department of Labor show an increase in jobs in the Rochester area. Officials say the Rochester area saw an increase of 4,200 private sector jobs in December compared to the previous year.

Overall for 2016, state labor analyst Tammy Marino says it was a pretty good year for job seekers.

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School funding advocates are concerned that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is setting up for another political battle over school aid next year in a little-noticed provision in his new state budget.

Tim Kremer is with the School Boards Association, one of the groups worried about Cuomo’s proposal to end what’s known as the foundation aid formula in 2018. The formula was set up to address a decade-old court order known as the Campaign for Fiscal Equity that said the state was underfunding schools by billions of dollars.

Brighton Police Chief Mark Henderson is not retiring after all.

He had announced last month he would be leaving for a job at the University of Rochester in a management position, but on Thursday, town Supervisor Bill Moehle issued a statement saying that Henderson had withdrawn his retirement notice.

Moehle says that since announcing the retirement, the police chief and the Town Board heard from many members of the Brighton community asking Henderson to reconsider.

In a tense hearing Thursday morning, the new administration's Treasury secretary nominee, Steven Mnuchin, faced scrutiny from Democratic senators concerned about him profiting handsomely off homeowners who lost their homes during the housing crisis.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal contains a number of  non-fiscal items including one that would allow movie theaters to sell beer and wine.

The idea would be to allow the state to issue liquor licenses to movie theaters and provide incentives to have them sell drinks from New York breweries and wineries.

That’s an idea that intrigues Scott Pukos, public relations coordinator for The Little Theatre in Rochester. The theater is operated by WXXI.

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An avalanche in central Italy has buried a ski resort, leaving about 30 people missing and prompting a frantic rescue effort.

Three bodies have been recovered, The Associated Press reports, but the full extent of the death toll is not yet known. Children are believed to be among the missing.

Rescue workers who arrived at the hotel found two survivors outside, but "no sign of life" in the building, the AP reports.

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