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4:27 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Rochester Man Accused Of Starting Fire That Killed His Grandmother

(AP)  A 22-year-old Rochester man has been charged with starting a fire that killed his grandmother as she babysat four of her grandchildren. 

Donkish Lesane pleaded not guilty on Thursday to second-degree arson in connection with the Tuesday night fire in Rochester. He's being held in Monroe County Jail without bail. 

Court documents allege that Lesane set the fire in a first-floor apartment and left with four young children who are his cousins. All four got out safely. 

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2:38 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Lawsuit Against GM Filed On Behalf Of Local Man

The estate of a local man has filed suit against General Motors and Delphi Corporation in connection with a fatal crash that happened last year. It’s related to the same issue involving faulty ignition switches that have been part of a major recall.

The suit was filed on behalf of Daniel Hollaert.  The 23 year old Hamlin man died last December when his car crossed the center line on Route 104 in Orleans County and hit a school bus head on. The lawsuit alleges that a defective ignition switch on the 2006 Chevy Cobalt caused the crash.

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11:06 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Red Cross Hopes Database Will Benefit Mobile Home Residents in Disasters

Credit redcross.org

The Greater Rochester chapter of the Red Cross is completing a first-of-its-kind survey of mobile home communities across a 17-county section of Western New York and the Finger Lakes.

Mobile home addresses have been collected for a data base that can be accessed by emergency responders in the event of a disaster.

Red Cross spokesman Jay Bonafede says that kind of information can be crucial in the aftermath of events like the tornado that hit Central New York this week.                 

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WXXI Local Stories
6:44 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Police Investigate Object Thrown Onto The Thruway

WHEATLAND, N.Y. (AP) — State police say they're investigating damage caused to a tractor-trailer by an object that was tossed from a Thruway overpass in western New York.

Investigators say the truck was traveling on Interstate 90 early Thursday morning when it was struck by an object that was apparently thrown from an overpass in the Monroe County town of Wheatland, 10 miles southwest of Rochester.

The driver wasn't injured.

The state police Thruway station near Buffalo says troopers remain at the scene investigating the incident. No other details are available.

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11:31 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Tornado Confirmed In Central NY

Credit Ellen Abbott / WRVO

Governor Cuomo tours storm damage in Central NY on Wednesday.

SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP &WXXI)  The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado destroyed the homes in Central NY where four people were killed. 

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WXXI Local Stories
6:53 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Homeowners Reminded To Not Use Certain Fertilizers

Credit theplantfarm.wordpress.com

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ State environmental officials are reminding New Yorkers not to use lawn fertilizers that contain phosphorus. 

New York law prohibits the use of phosphorus fertilizers on lawns unless the lawn is being established or if a soil test shows that it is needed. The state law does not affect agricultural fertilizer or fertilizer for gardens. 

Phosphorus can encourage the growth of algae in ponds and lakes, which is bad for drinking water and for fish. 

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5:44 am
Wed July 9, 2014

RG&E Says Progress Made On Power Restoration

Credit TWC News

Rochester Gas & Electric says they have made a lot of progress in restoring power to the thousands of customers left without electricity due to Tuesday's storms.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, power had been restored to 94 percent of the utility's customers.  In Monroe County, about 290 customers were without power, 500 in Wayne County, and 266 in Ontario County.

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Connections
11:42 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, July 9th

First hour: The end of the human race?

Second hour: Benefits of nurse-family partnerships; the steadfast relevance of Shakespeare 

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11:08 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

One Person Killed In Rochester Fire

Rochester Fire officials are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found after firefighters responded to a house at 294 Fernwood Avenue on Tuesday night. They found a bedroom fire when they got there.

Firefighters found the body of the woman in the room where the fire started. She was pronounced dead at the scene.  Her identity has not been released yet.

The cause of the fire  is still being investigated.

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WXXI Local Stories
5:34 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Bausch+Lomb Recalls Some Eye Ointment

Bausch+Lomb has recalled tubes of one of its eye-care products due to complaints about it causing irritation for some users.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals, the Canadian-based parent company of B+L says the company has voluntarily recalled about 850,000 tubes of an eye-care ointment because some tubes contained tiny crystal particles that could injure the cornea.

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