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Days after the terror attacks in Bagdad, Beirut, and Paris, people are still scrambling for answers about why and how this happened, and how to move forward.

Mark Concordia worked counter terrorism at the FBI for thirteen years. Now he's a professor of criminal justice at Roberts Wesleyan. He says, the motivation behind the attacks, and behind ISIS, hasn't changed at all.

They want to inspire terror in who they perceive as "other."

What has changed is their ability to organize.

Veronica Volk / WXXI

A coalition of advocates and elected officials gathered at the the Monroe County Executive's Office to call for more funding for roads and bridges.

An infrastructure advocacy group called Rebuild NY Now is asking the state government to invest as much in the Department of Transportation as they are in the MTA.

Last month, Cuomo committed to investing over $8 billion in the MTA's five-year capital plan.

Gib Gagnons is the Chairman of Rebuild NY Now, and he says Upstate is being ignored.

ALBANY (AP) The New York Legislature's calendar for next year shows 57 days for actual legislative sessions in Albany.

The schedule begins Jan. 6 and ends June 16.

The Legislature is considered part time. Base pay is $79,500.

The 2016 calendar shows seven session days in January, seven in February and 16 days in March, when lawmakers face a deadline for passing the state budget and related legislation.

It shows six working days in April, another 12 in May and nine in June before recessing for the year.

Carl Patrick, Seneca White Deer, Inc.

ROMULUS (AP) Hundreds of ghostly white deer roaming among overgrown munitions bunkers at a sprawling former Army weapons depot face an uncertain future after living and breeding largely undisturbed since the middle of last century.

The white deer - a genetic quirk that developed naturally on the 7,000-acre, fenced-in expanse - have thrived, even as the depot itself has transitioned from one of the most important Cold War storehouses of bombs and ammunition to a decommissioned relic.

NEW YORK (AP) U.S. officials briefed by the Justice Department after the Paris terror attacks tell The Associated Press there is no evidence of any specific or credible threat targeting the American homeland.

Nonetheless patrols were being increased and security measures were being stepped up nationwide after more than 120 people were killed and hundreds more injured in Friday's assault on the French capital.

Heavily-armed officers stood guard in Times Square and extra security was sent to French government sites in New York, Boston and Washington.

NEW YORK (AP)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he has directed state law enforcement officers to remain vigilant after several dozen people were killed in shootings and explosions at multiple sites in Paris. 

Cuomo said Friday the attacks were tragic and senseless. He says New York law enforcement officers are in constant contact with federal officials. 

French officials say dozens died in Friday's attack, many of them in a popular concert hall where patrons were taken hostage. 

RIT Veterans Day Breakfast

Nov 11, 2015

Hundreds of people attended Rochester Institute of Technology's fifth annual Veterans Day Breakfast.

The event was held at the Gordon Field House.

On Veterans Day, the organizer of the breakfast, Barry Culhane, said the school has a message.

"I think Pres. Destler said it very well, we thank you for protecting our freedoms, freedoms that we enjoy every day, and freedoms for which you've made the sacrifices."

Among the veterans in attendance, Gary Beikirch of Greece, one of only 79 living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's attorney general on Tuesday ordered the daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel to stop accepting bets in the state, saying their operations amount to illegal gambling.

In a pair of letters sent to the companies, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that after a one-month investigation, his office had concluded that the daily contests are essentially games of chance, not skill.

New Supportive Housing for Veterans

Nov 10, 2015

On the eve of Veterans Day, ground was broken on new supportive housing for veterans.

Veterans Housing for Canandaigua will feature 48 units for low income households, including 25 set aside for homeless vets or those at risk of becoming homeless.

Several partners helped fund the project, including New York State Homes and Community Renewal.

It's CEO and Commissioner is Jamie Rubin, who says we owe veterans gratitude for their service.

"We owe them the ability to provide them with support as they get their legs back under them after their service."

(AP)  The New York Thruway Authority says bridge and highway tolls won't increase in 2016.

The agency also says Monday a new panel will look at future rates, potential discount programs and other aspects of the system's financing.

 The authority is proposing a $2.1 billion budget that is $291 million, or 16 percent, higher than this year.