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Missing Canandaigua teen believed to be in Rochester-area

Missing Canandaigua teen believed to be in Rochester-area
Police report that a missing 16-year-old Canandaigua teen could be in the Rochester-area. Nicole Marie Durkee, 16, of Canandaigua was last seen on Thursday around 8 a.m.. It is believed that she left her home in Canandaigua after a disagreement with her guardian. Police say that Durkee could be in the Lime Street area of Rochester. Nicole Durkee is around... more

THE DEBRIEF: Future of the Depot, Musselman, and War with Con Ed (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing the latest headlines in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast, Josh Durso is joined by Jackie Augustine and Ted Baker to discuss the week’s biggest headlines. The trio will discuss the latest on the waste-elimination efforts in Ontario County; the future of a galvanizing plant at the former Seneca Army Depot; a recently-filled Geneva City Council seat; the latest in Seneca Falls; Gov. Andrew... more

DuPont probiotics, supplements to be produced in Rochester

DuPont probiotics, supplements to be produced in Rochester
DuPont⁠ has opened the world’s largest fermenter for probiotics production in Rochester. It will create the probiotics for human consumption to be used in dietary supplements, food and beverages and distribute products around the world. The plant expansion created many jobs, and promoted different trades within community contractors for nearly the last two years. But project manager Dave Cress says... more

Police continue to probe how three-year-old fell to death in Tim Hortons grease trap

3-year-old boy dead after falling into grease trap at Tim Hortons in Rochester
Investigators are still trying to determine how a three-year-old fell into a grease trap behind a Tim Horton’s restaurant Monday morning and died. Police say the three year old stepped on a grease trap and the plastic lid gave way. We wanted to know more about how these receptacles are used, maintained, and what the law requires. We found quite a bit... more

Disney on Ice, Sesame Street Live not returning to Rochester

Disney on Ice, Sesame Street Live not returning to Rochester
Operators of Disney on Ice, Monster Jam and Sesame Street Live! say their shows will not be returning to Blue Cross Arena “for the foreseeable future.” That is because after months of negotiations with the arena’s new operator, Pegula Sports and Entertainment, talks have reached a stalemate. Jehovah’s Witnesses cited a similar impasse last week as the reason for moving... more

Clinical trial in Rochester could change 26M lives

Clinical trial in Rochester could change 26M lives
A procedure done in Rochester might change the lives of the 26 million people globally who are suffering from chronic heart failure. The V-Wave is a tiny implant designed to regulate left atrial pressure. It serves as a pressure overload valve by diverting a small portion of blood flow from the left atrium to the right atrium. It's designed for... more

Whitney Young leaves WPXY radio citing equal pay dispute

Whitney Young leaves WPXY radio citing equal pay dispute
Whitney Young, a former morning radio show host, announced on social media she was leaving WPXY-FM radio Thursday citing an equal pay dispute. Young, who teamed with Corey James from 5:30 to 10 a.m. weekdays to host #TeamPXY, said, "I choose to leave my position as morning show host, because my male co-host's salary was nearly double my own, and... more

Lakeshore community members brainstorm solutions after Lake Ontario flooding

Lakeshore community members brainstorm solutions after Lake Ontario flooding
As many along the Lake Ontario shoreline continue their fight with the International Joint Commission over the controversial Plan 2014, community leaders are coming up with their own ways to keep the waters at bay. Leaders attended a brainstorming session Wednesday afternoon in Greece. The meeting was part of the Lake Ontario REDI Commission. That’s the governor’s plan to invest... more

MCC recognized for ‘building successful workforce’

MCC recognized for ‘building successful workforce’
The Aspen Institute has recognized collaboration between Monroe County and Monroe Community College as a national model for best practices in workforce development. In a new report entitled “The Workforce Playbook, a Community College Guide to Delivering Excellent Career and Technical Education,” MCC and five other colleges were cited for their successful initiatives. Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and MCC... more

Charlie Tan: NBC’s Dateline to air update on gripping homicide case

Charlie Tan: NBC’s Dateline to air update on gripping homicide case
Charlie Tan is returning to television. NBC’s Dateline will have an updated report that encompasses recent developments in the case. The episode. titled Return to the House of Secrets, will air at 10 p.m. Friday. The murder case that gripped the community was first featured on a 2016 episode of the true crime show. Tan was charged with second-degree murder in the February 2015 shooting death of his father, Liang... more

Jehovah’s Witnesses pull conventions from Blue Cross Arena, unable to reach deal with Pegula Sports

Jehovah’s Witnesses pull conventions from Blue Cross Arena, unable to reach deal with Pegula Sports
Over the course of two weekends in late summer for the past 30 years, thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses have poured into downtown Rochester, filling its hotels. The annual conventions at Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial drew 4,500 attendees each weekend from 90 congregations across Western New York. Not this year. Unable to reach an agreement with new... more

Chief meteorologist Stacey Pensgen announces she’s leaving WROC-TV Channel 8

Chief meteorologist Stacey Pensgen announces she’s leaving WROC-TV Channel 8
Stacey Pensgen announced on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that she's leaving WROC-TV (Channel 8). The CBS affiliate’s chief meteorologist says that next week will be her last at the station. “I have decided not to renew my contract when it is up this month,” she wrote. But, “I am not leaving TV and I am not leaving Rochester.” She promised to... more

Expert says busy year coming for toxic algae blooms in FLX

Expert says busy year coming for toxic algae blooms in FLX
The first suspicious algal blooms of the season have been reported on Conesus, Honeoye, Otisco and Keuka lakes, although none has been confirmed with high toxins — yet.  But conditions are ripe for severe outbreaks later this summer, according to a leading regional expert on harmful algal blooms, or HABs. “I think this is going to be a very busy... more

Pedestrian seriously hurt over holiday weekend after being struck by car along 5&20 in Hopewell

Pedestrian seriously hurt over holiday weekend after being struck by car along 5&20 in Hopewell
Deputies say that a 31-year-old Fairport man was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a car traveling along State Routes 5&20 in Hopewell. The accident happened on Friday a little before 10 p.m., according to the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies report that Phillip J. Koff, 31, of Fairport attempted to cross the road... more

More local parents relying on telemedicine for child healthcare

More local parents relying on telemedicine for child healthcare
Telemedicine is a rapidly expanding medical service. The use of telemedicine has almost tripled over the past two years in upstate New York, according to Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield. “Telemedicine, even though it’s been around for a while, it’s still relatively new technology and I think what’s happened is that there’s greater awareness and there’s a lot more word... more

Rep. Morelle introduces bill to fight opioid epidemic

Rep. Morelle introduces bill to fight opioid epidemic
A new effort Monday morning by local leaders and politicians to fight the deadly opioid epidemic here in Rochester. Rep. Joe Morelle (D-25) introduced a $501 million spending pill to fight against the opioid crisis. Some of that money will go towards supporting grass roots organizations like ROCovery Fitness, who helps people life a better life without drugs. Morelle was... more

High water levels will persist for months even if weather cooperates

High water levels will persist for months even if weather cooperates
Those who live near the shores of Lake Ontario and are hoping for fast relief from this year’s floodwaters are likely to be disappointed. It probably will be months before the lake returns to normal levels — and even that’s not a sure thing. The water in Lake Ontario has been at or above its previous record high since May... more
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