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Damaging winds possible as fall arrives in the FLX

Damaging winds possible as fall arrives in the FLX
Get ready for an active weather day. High temperatures will approach 90 degrees, but the wind will blow throughout the day – stirring up some significant weather as a strong cold front approaches the area. Forecasters say modeling shows that a squall line will develop at, or ahead of the cold front, prompting thunderstorms – with potentially damaging winds. It... more

Mitrano, Reed will debate, but not in the Finger Lakes

A handful of debates have been scheduled for the New York 23rd Congressional District general election between incumbent Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, and Democrat Tracy Mitrano. The debate schedule thus far will be the following: ‒ Wednesday, Oct. 24 in Jamestown, sponsored by the Jamestown Post-Journal and the Dunkirk Observer. ‒ Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Corning, televised and sponsored by WETM-TV. ‒... more

Algae problem continues to bloom across NYS

An investigative story by the Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester evaluates the statewide situation with regard to harmful algae blooms. Blooms have been observed this summer in Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles, Canandaigua, and Hemlock lakes. Exposure to blue-green algae – what’s been seen locally – can cause a range of symptoms and diseases. It’s even taken the life of a... more

THE DEBRIEF: Tackling plastic straws, primary results, and the FLX Welcome Center (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Tackling plastic straws, primary results, and the FLX Welcome Center (podcast)
As fall approaches, the election season is heating up. Primaries are over, and there is plenty to discuss on this week’s edition of The Debrief Podcast. Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso break down the following headlines: Primary results across New York State (New York Times) Controversy and fallout surrounding investigation into FLX Welcome Center Canandaigua officials consider banning plastic straws... more

Most vibrant fall foliage in the U.S. predicted to grace the Northeast this year

Most vibrant fall foliage in the U.S. predicted to grace the Northeast this year
Forecasters are calling for an excellent fall foliage season in parts of the Northeast this year, thanks to ideal weather conditions over the summer. Leaf peepers are most likely to find vibrant autumn leaves in the corridor stretching from southern New York to southern New England. AccuWeather Meteorologist Max Vido said: “In this region, rainfall has not been as extreme... more

Reed, Mitrano debate over the debates

Reed, Mitrano debate over the debates
No sooner had U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning and his opponent, Democrat Tracy Mitrano, agreed to three debates than the candidates began sparring over the details. The 23rd Congressional District candidates first agreed to face off in three debates leading up to the Nov. 6 election. The events will be on Oct. 24 in Jamestown; on Oct. 30, in Corning;... more

Comfortable temps settle in but focus turns to storms on Friday

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Wednesday and Thursday will serve as seasonable days in the Finger Lakes – as some cooler, less humid air works its way into the region. While this afternoon will definitely be better than Thursday – temperatures should remain comfortable most of that day as well. It isn’t until Friday that things will get a little complicated in the forecast. It... 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

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

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
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