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FLX FORECAST: Mugginess remains temporarily, then active weather pattern sets up

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Change is in the air. While parts of the Southern Tier saw serious rainfall – upwards of 4 inches in some places, which prompted closures of schools and roadways – the Finger Lakes escaped any serious issues as Florence passed through. FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil says an active pattern is setting up, which will prompt some changes in the... more

Indicted GOP lawmaker Collins will stay on ballot

Indicted GOP lawmaker Collins will stay on ballot
Indicted Rep. Chris Collins (R) will stay on the ballot in his New York congressional district this fall, the Buffalo News reported Monday. Collins, who was arrested on insider trading charges this summer, is following the advice of his criminal attorneys who worry that Democrats would mount protracted legal battles if he removed his name, according to four unidentified sources... more

Keuka College grad to lead Rochester Police Dept.

Keuka College grad to lead Rochester Police Dept.
A Keuka College graduate—twice over—will take the reins of the Rochester Police Department effective Sept. 16. Mark Simmons, B.A. ’08 and M.S. ’15, has been appointed Interim Rochester Police Chief by city Mayor Lovely A. Warren. He will succeed Michael Ciminelli, who has accepted a position with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and will resign Sept. 15. “Mark Simmons was... more

Morelle urged to get off the sideline by activists as incinerator issue looms

Morelle urged to get off the sideline by activists as incinerator issue looms
Joseph Morelle, Majority Leader of the State Assembly and a candidate for Congress in November, wrote key state officials this week to urge them to deny a permit for a proposed garbage incinerator in Romulus, but project opponents say he could — and should — do far more to kill the project. Morelle made his case in a Sept. 10 letter to... more

FLX FORECAST: Flood Watch issued as Florence moves in

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Parts of the Finger Lakes may see some tropical moisture from what’s left of Florence. The storm, which paralyzed parts of North Carolina and South Carolina will make its way northward on Monday – bringing the risk for steady rain in the Southern Tier and Southern Finger Lakes before daybreak on Tuesday. The rainfall will begin making its way into... more

$18M pledged for Blue Cross Arena improvements a game changer for Rochester

$18M pledged for Blue Cross Arena improvements a game changer for Rochester
There are major improvements coming to the Blue Coss Arena as well as a change in ownership for a championship team in Rochester. The presentation of the new owners and the announcement of the funding for the improvements took place outside the arena on the side of the Genesee River. Some of the money pledged by the State Assembly, State... more

Judge Leticia Astacio indicted on weapons charge

Judge Leticia Astacio indicted on weapons charge
Embattled Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio has been indicted by a Monroe County grand jury on a weapons charge. Astacio was indicted Tuesday on the charge of attempted criminal purchase or disposal of a weapon, a felony. She was arrested and charged in April after being accused of trying to purchase a shotgun at Dick's Sporting Goods in Henrietta.... more

Traffic Alert: Patrols expected to increase as ‘speed week’ continues along NYS Thruway

Traffic Alert: Patrols expected to increase as ‘speed week’ continues along NYS Thruway
Drivers can expect to see an increase in patrols starting Monday. It comes as State Police announced another ‘Speed Week Crackdown’. According to state police, more troopers will be out looking for dangerous and reckless drivers. Law enforcement officials said they will be out in both marked and unmarked cars. Speed is a contributing factor in nearly one third of... more

How an app is helping the visually impaired shop at Wegmans

How an app is helping the visually impaired shop at Wegmans
Wegmans is using a new service in hopes of making their stores friendlier to the visually impaired. With lots to see, smell and hear, the grocery store can be a challenging place for the visually impaired. “It’s very overwhelming — it is to anyone, really,” Director of Advocacy for the Association for the Visually Impaired, Rene Latorre, said. “There’s so... more

Sears at Eastview Mall closing date announced, 51 employees to be laid off

Sears at Eastview Mall closing date announced, 51 employees to be laid off
Sears Holdings is closing 46 more locations, including 33 Sears and 13 Kmart stores, this fall. The location at Eastview Mall in Victor will close its doors for good November 25. Affected by the closing of the Eastview Mall location, 51 employees will be looking for a new place of work, including 10 from the Sears Auto Center in Victor.... more

THE DEBRIEF: Cuomo-Nixon debate, Seneca’s new manager, and concerns over absences (podcast)

LIVE AT 10 AM: The Debrief Podcast tackles local issues (podcast)
On the latest edition of the Debrief Podcast Josh Durso and Jackie Augustine tackle a wealth of topics, and headlines. Full video and audio are available at the bottom of this story. Governor’s debate excludes Upstate New York; and broadcast issues take center stage Seneca Co. names Mitch Rowe as ‘Interim Manager’ Sen. Tom O’Mara gets paid as a lawyer... more

FLOOD WATCH: Steady, possibly heavy rain through Monday night

FLOOD WATCH: Steady, possibly heavy rain en route to end weekend
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for most of the region – ahead of what forecasters are saying could be a significant rain event. The watch begins Sunday evening, and continues through Monday night. Steady rain is expected to start during the evening hours on Sunday – continuing through the day on Monday. A large portion of... more

FLX Forecast: Temps moderate, humidity exits ahead of fall-like weekend

FLX Forecast: Temps moderate, humidity exits ahead of fall-like weekend
A strong cold front is pushing through the Finger Lakes – bringing a change in seasons with it. The heat and humidity that has made headlines, and complicated back to school activities over the last three days is over. While the air will still have a slightly muggy feel to it on Thursday – it will be a far cry... more

Rochester triumph at New York State Chess Championship

Rochester triumph at New York State Chess Championship
RIT student Lev Paciorkowski claimed the 140th Annual New York State Chess Championship over Labor Day weekend after six intense matches in Albany. Paciorkowski, 18, learned the game at the age of five from his father and started to play competitively at around 12 years old. After his family moved to Rochester, Paciorkowski continued to play tournament chess in the... more

ANOTHER STEAMER: Heat index could reach, exceed 100 degrees

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Heat index values will approach the century mark. The calendar might say September, and fall might be a couple weeks away – but it will feel like mid-summer, as temperatures push into the 90s. It’s prompted the National Weather Service to issue another heat advisory for the entire region. It’s active until 8 pm. It is anticipated that the combination... more

Finger Lakes wins best wine region, F.L.X. Table best winery restaurant

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The picturesque Finger Lakes wine region was named top wine region in the USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice poll, besting famed areas such as Napa Valley in California, Willamette Valley in Oregon and Walla Walla Valley in Washington. In addition, F.L.X. Table, a cozy eatery on the narrow, block-long Linden Street in Geneva, has won best winery restaurant, with the... more

BACK TO SCHOOL FORECAST: Heat & humidity greet students, faculty this week

Labor Day is behind us and for some it means the first day of school has arrived. While most area schools will be in-session by Wednesday – a few in the Finger Lakes kick off on Tuesday. However, with the unofficial arrival of fall – some might be expecting fall-like weather. That won’t be reality for at least a couple... more

20 years ago, Labor Day Storm killed 2, left severe damage, became burned in CNY’s memory

20 years ago, Labor Day Storm killed 2, left severe damage, became burned in CNY’s memory
In a region known more for its relentless snowstorms every winter, there is at least one summer thunderstorm that many residents in central New York don’t easily, or ever, forget. This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Labor Day Storm — the weather event that jolted many awake in the early morning hours of Sept. 7, 1998 with a... more
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