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7:38 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Bills Stadium Group Meets with Sense of Urgency

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Bills owner Ralph Wilson's death has raised the sense of urgency for a newly formed stadium search committee to address the franchise's long-term needs to remain viable in Buffalo.

That was the consensus voiced by members of what's called the "New Stadium Work Group,'' which met for the first time Tuesday, a week after Wilson died.

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy said members "understand the seriousness of the process.''

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz called the meeting productive, but cautioned it could take years before making recommendations.

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WXXI Local Stories
7:33 am
Wed April 2, 2014

In Tax Season, NY Officials Warn of Phone Scams

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New York officials are warning about tax collection scams. 

Scammers are calling people claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service or the state Tax Department and demanding immediate payments.

Tax officials say New Yorkers should be careful about providing personal information or making payments in response to telephone calls.

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WXXI Local Stories
7:31 am
Wed April 2, 2014

NRC Lets Constellation Transfer Nuke Licenses

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SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) _ The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the direct transfer of operating licenses for five commercial nuclear power reactors, including three in upstate New York. 

The licenses for the Nine Mile Point and Ginna nuclear power plants on Lake Ontario, along with two at Calvert Cliffs in Maryland, will be transferred from Constellation Energy to Exelon. 

The license approval also includes three spent fuel storage installations and allows Exelon to integrate the operations of the facilities into its existing nuclear fleet. 

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Connections
10:21 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, April 2nd

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12 noon: Social media and the law

1pm: The future of a local performing arts center

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Need to Know Rochester
2:45 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The Common Core In Action

On this week’s edition of Need to Know Rochester – we’re inside the classroom to get a first-hand look at the Common Core…in action. We talk to parents, teachers & education leaders about the new standards as state testing kicks off this week in Rochester-area schools. We also hear from local private schools leaders about the Common Core. Some say they’ve got the cure for the new standards. And we complete our Italian cooking lesson with the owner of Fina’s Café.

Watch this Thursday at 8pm on WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.

WXXI Local Stories
11:03 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Secrecy About Salaries Contributes To Wage Gap

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The U.S. Senate is holding hearings this week on the Paycheck Fairness Act.

One provision of that proposed legislation would ban workplace policies that keep employees' pay secret.

Rochester attorney Beth Cordello handles cases involving employment discrimination.

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WXXI Local Stories
7:44 am
Tue April 1, 2014

GOP Gubernatorial Hopeful Blasts Common Core

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino says he will pull his children from New York's Common Core tests this week, claiming the new academic standards are turning children into guinea pigs.

The Westchester County executive on Monday released a video on his campaign website saying he and his wife are protesting Common Core by opting out of the exams this week for their children in third and fifth grade. 

Astorino calls the standards "Cuomo's Common Core'' and says New York's parents and teachers will lose local control over classrooms.

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WXXI Local Stories
7:41 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Lawmaker Wants NY to License, Tax Internet Poker

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  ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ A key lawmaker is pitching a plan to legalize, license and tax Internet poker in New York state. 

The legislation from Republican Sen. John Bonacic would amend state gambling laws to license up to 10 operators to offer online poker games, specifically including Texas Hold `em. 

Operators would pay a $10 million licensing fee and a tax of 15 percent of their gross revenues. 

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WXXI Local Stories
7:30 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Commission Starts Seeking Casino Applications

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ State regulators selecting new casino operators in upstate New York say they will weigh local support from community groups and businesses. 

The state Gaming Commission's Facility Location Board put out requests for applications Monday for casinos in the Albany area, the Catskills and the Southern Tier. Applications need to be in by June. 

Regulators say they will seek exhaustive information from applicants on their finances, background and site plans. They also said they will consider a broad array of local opinion. 

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Connections
9:35 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, April 1st

12 noon: First day of Common Core testing

1pm: The Vietnam veteran who went back 

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