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2:42 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Connections: Talking Landscaping

Tree and landscaping questions answered.

The good people from Ted Collins Tree and Landscape are with us to discuss landscaping trends locally and regionally. With us on the show are Greg Frank and Mike Tanzini.

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1:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Boating Restrictions On Honeoye Lake

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The Ontario County Sheriff’s Department is issuing a boating advisory that restricts boat traffic on Honeoye Lake to emergency boats and vessels that are involved in removing debris or making dock repairs.

Officials say that due to Monday’sheavy rains and water washing into Honeoye Lake from surrounding hills, large amounts of debris, including full-sized trees are now in the Lake. 

Several docks have also washed from shore and some residential docks are submerged or at lake surface level. 

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12:32 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Voters Have Mixed Feelings About Expansion of Gambling Upstate According to New Poll

Credit casino.org

Voters across New York have mixed feelings about the expansion of casino gambling Upstate.

A new Time Warner Cable/Siena College Poll surveyed voters in the three regions earmarked for new casinos.

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10:33 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Local Event Raises Awarness About Human Trafficking

Credit globalgiving.org

When you hear the term "human trafficking", you may think of victims in Asia or Africa.  But that's because of a lack of awareness about the scope of the problem, according to the head of a local group.

Renee Minarik is chair of the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking. She says there are local victims of this 32-billion dollar criminal industry. 

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5:03 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Rain Moves On, But Storm Cleanup Will Continue

Credit TWC News

Several inches of  rain caused major travel problems around Western New York and the Finger Lakes Monday. Even though most of the rain has moved on, it will take a while to complete the cleanup.

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11:26 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Flood Warning Triggers Wireless Emergency Alert System

Credit planoaesthetics.com

If you had an unexpected wake-up call around one this morning, you're not alone.

That's when many cell phones sent out an alert that the National Weather Service had just issued a Flash Flood Warning.

Fred Rion, head of the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management, says the Wireless Emergency Alert System is a useful tool.                   

"Let's say you're close to a stream or something that floods. The rain was coming down pretty heavy last night. I think it's good to have an additional warning system."

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9:53 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Flooding Results in Travel Advisories For Ontario & Livingston Counties

Travel advisories have now been issued for Livingston and Ontario Counties.

This advisory issued Monday morning just after 9:30 in Ontario County:

"The Ontario County Office of Sheriff is issuing a travel advisory for the Town of Richmond, the Hamlet of Honeoye, and the Town of Canadice in Ontario County.

Continuing heavy rains have flooded several roads in the Honeoye area.  With more rain in the forecast, it is anticipated that some roads in the Town of Richmond may be washed out. 

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9:30 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Thruway Reopens After Flooding Problems

Heavy rains have caused issues with a number of highways this morning including the New York State Thruway.

The Thruway Authority reported just after 9:15 a.m. that all lanes Eastbound were blocked between exits 46 and 47 in the Rochester area, but that highway was reopened at about 11 a.m.

Earlier, a lane was closed due to flooding on both 490 near Goodman St. and 590 near Highland.

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7:16 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Local Power Outages for RG & E, NYSEG Customers

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Local utilities are reporting hundreds of people without power on Monday.

More than 2300 Rochester Gas and Electric customers were without power as of about Noon, with about 1400 of those in Webster. That was due to a wire down on gravel road and those customers were expected to be back on line by 2pm.

NYSEG is reporting just over 1500 customers without electricity in Wayne County. A lot of those outages were in Macedon and Walworth.

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