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A proposal to raise the age to buy tobacco products in Monroe County did not make it out of committee at a county legislature meeting on Monday.

That proposal by Democratic legislator LaShay Harris lost in a 3 to 2 vote along party lines in the Agenda/Charter committee.

Several organizations spoke, including the American Heart Association, speaking in support of the measure, and the New York State Vapor Association, which was opposed.

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The Republican Majority Caucus of the Monroe County Legislature is demanding an investigation of how documents are treated at the Department of Motor Vehicles in the County Clerk's office.

This week, News10NBC reported that documents containing personal information were simply thrown away instead of properly disposed of at the Henrietta and Irondequoit branches.

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Funeral services for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter are being held Friday at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre and a number of notable political officials will be in attendance.

Among the most recent names mentioned, Former President Bill Clinton. It was previously announced that his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be among those delivering a eulogy, along with civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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Hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial in Rochester on Monday night to honor the life of Trevyan Rowe, the 14-year-old boy whose body was recovered from the Genesee River on Sunday.

Trevyan had autism, and when he got off a school bus on Thursday morning to go to School 12 on South Avenue, he apparently never went into the school, and wandered away.

More than a thousand people, including many volunteers, were looking for him right up until his body was found in the river near the Douglass Anthony Bridge.

For the first time in about a month, the number of new confirmed flu cases in Monroe County have dropped from the previous week.

The latest weekly numbers show 540 new cases of flu, down from 715 the week before. And the total number of deaths so far this flu season remains at 11.  There has not been a flu related death since the week that ended on February 10th.

Monroe County health department spokesman John Ricci  says it may be too early to call it a trend, but it is a positive sign.

The number of flu  cases in Monroe County continues to rise, but there were no new deaths related to the flu for the latest reporting week, which ended February 17.

The county reported total confirmed cases for the season at 4,430, up 715 from the previous week.

The number of new flu cases has risen each week for the last four weeks.

Where should residents call to report possible child abuse? The county or the state?

Since 2015, Monroe County residents have had to rely on calling the statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment. The county hotline is defunct. But County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo’s eight-point plan to overhaul the local child welfare system includes re-establishing the hotline.

The Monroe County Legislature on Tuesday night unanimously approved a new long term lease for the Rochester Red Wings.

That lease, which is for 10 years with an option to renew for another 10, was first announced late Monday afternoon by County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Naomi Silver, who is CEO for Rochester Community Baseball.

They had announced the framework of an agreement last August, but that lease deal apparently got bogged down in various details. Dinolfo has said one complicating factor has been the move away from the county using Local Development Corporations.

The latest weekly figures on the flu in Monroe County show an increase in confirmed cases, but no additional deaths.  There have been 9 deaths related to flu so far this season.

The data shows that from January 27th to February 3rd, there were 686 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu, bringing the season total so far to 3,012.

County health department spokesman John Ricci says there’s no sign yet that flu season has peaked.

The latest weekly numbers of the number of flu cases in Monroe show another death, and an increase in the number of confirmed cases overall.

The number of deaths so far this season rose to 9, with the latest person to have died said to be someone between the ages of 50 and 64. Other details are not released. Of the deaths reported so far, all nine were people ages 50 or older.

The Monroe County Health Department also says that the county saw just 2,326  confirmed cases of influenza for the week ending January 27th,  an increase of 609 from the previous week.

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