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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.

MLK Celebrations at URMC

Jan 16, 2017
Alex Crichton

Local 1199 SEIU health care workers hosted their 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr celebration today, with music, dance and spoken word.

People filled Whipple Auditorium, where they heard from Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, who delivered the keynote address.

She talked about the history of the local SEIU 1199 healthcare workers union, and how it continues to fight for better wages, better healthcare, better training, job security and more.

She said Dr. King stood up for social justice and equal rights under the law.

Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

(WXXI News & AP) Among the local activities for Monday’s observance of the birthday of  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the annual celebration held at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester.

It’s organized by the Greater Rochester MLK Jr. Commission, and its chair, Simeon Banister says the theme this year was ‘the presence of justice.’

“The goal is not to just sit quietly by and allow for the retrogression of justice, but that we want to be active and engaged and ensure that justice continues to persist," Banister told WXXI News.

National Park Service

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York State Barge Canal has been designated as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced the designation on Wednesday. The New York Democrat had sought the national recognition, saying it will spur economic growth across the upstate region and honor the canal system's place in the nation's heritage.

Gillibrand says the canal shaped the course of settlement from the Northeast to the Great Plains and established New York City as the nation's premiere seaport and commercial center.

The Midtown Monorail, which has been in storage for the last several years after Midtown Plaza was demolished, won’t be seeing the light of day anytime soon.

The City of Rochester had put out a request for proposals to see if there was a company or institution who would take the beloved Christmas-time activity and set it up on permanent display.

But a spokesperson for the city, James Smith says that while there were two inquiries, neither results in a formal proposal.

Lakes are often portrayed as calm and serene, but Dave Sanford knows better. He's based in London, Ontario, and grew up about a half-hour from Lake Erie. He's been a professional photographer for 20 years, and uses his images to reveal a more ominous and eerie side of the Great Lakes.


Tom Magnarelli / WRVO

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers and federal parks officials are gathering in Washington, D.C. to formally establish the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in New York.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will preside over an official signing ceremony Tuesday that will make the park part of the National Park System. I

t encompasses the site of Tubman's old home on the outskirts of Auburn, about 25 miles west of Syracuse, and a nearby church where she worshipped.

(AP) "La La Land" steamrolled, "Moonlight" swooped in at the last minute and Meryl Streep offered an impassioned rebuke to President-elect Donald Trump at a schizophrenic Golden Globes that pivoted between heartfelt moments of protest and old-fashioned song and dance

Damien Chazelle's bright-hued Los Angeles musical "La La Land" dominated the Beverly Hills, California, ceremony with seven awards — a Golden Globes record — including best motion picture, comedy or musical, further cementing its Oscar favorite status.

A Finger Lakes restaurant has been named the country’s best new restaurant in the USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice poll.

FLX Table, owned by the husband and wife team of Christopher Bates and Isabel Bogadtke, own the restaurant in Geneva.

Bates told WXXI News earlier this week he believes the attention is not only good for his restaurant, but for the region.

The George Eastman Museum has received a grant of nearly a half-million dollars from the state to continue its ongoing restoration work.

The grant of nearly $469,000 comes from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation via the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.

The money will be used to address urgently needed repair and restoration of 68 windows in the historic mansion. The windows are original to the house and were installed between 1903 and 1905.

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