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Court papers: Bob Morgan nearing deal to sell real estate

Court papers: Bob Morgan nearing deal to sell real estate
Bob Morgan, one of Rochester’s biggest developers, is nearing a deal to sell off his real estate. The proposed sale of Morgan Properties to a company in King Prussia, Pennsylvania is expected to close this month, according to court documents. On Wednesday, Morgan’s attorney, Joel Cohen, wrote a letter to U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Wolford asking for an extension in... more

Yates family vows not to give up after vaccine exemption denied again

Yates family vows not to give up after vaccine exemption denied again
Carl Schwartz withdrew his lawsuit against BOCES 1’s principal and school doctor after his son’s exemption from vaccines had been denied. But Schwartz is not backing down. Schwartz will give the principal and school doctor another opportunity to review Thorn’s case and let him come back to school. Thorn is 11 and has severe autism. His doctor says vaccines cause infections and... more

Webster Police investigating string of car break-ins

Webster Police investigating string of car break-ins
Police in Webster are investigating a string of car break-ins. Police say there have been 12 incidents in less than two weeks. Criminals stole items out of two cars on Linden Tree Lane. On Summitville Lane, a car was stolen and belongings were taken out of another vehicle. There were five break-ins on Krieger Road. Country Manor Way, Oakmonte Boulevard, and... more

Doctor explains why New York is gaining ground in AIDS epidemic

Doctor explains why New York is gaining ground in AIDS epidemic
Dr. William Valenti with Trillium Health has devoted his career to HIV and AIDS research. He says the state’s newly released numbers on new HIV diagnoses are promising. “We’re really seeing a downward trend in new infections,” said Valenti. New York says 2,481 new HIV diagnoses were reported in 2018, which is a 11 percent drop since 2017, and 28 percent overall... more

Single-payer healthcare hearing will come to Rochester

Single-payer health
State lawmakers next Thursday will hold a public hearing and news conference in Rochester to discuss the proposed single-payer legislation. The measure, known as the New York Health Act, would create a single-payer system in the state. The bill did not gain a vote in either chamber of the Legislature, but has retained support among lawmakers, who have pledged hearings... more

Wet spring delaying prime apple picking season in some isolated cases across Finger Lakes

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Fall means apple season in the Finger Lakes. However, there were some meteorological factors at play over the last 12-months that have had an impact on this year’s crop, according to the experts. Professor Susan Brown of Cornell University spoke with the Chronicle-Express about this year’s crop; and how weather last year had an impact. First, she explained that the... more

Homeowners along Lake Ontario will have to act quickly if they want piece of $20M recovery funds

Millions in funds available for Lake Ontario homeowners
Up to $20 million is now available for home owners along the Lake Ontario shoreline who suffered flooding damages in 2019. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the Homeowner Recovery Program this week. Primary residences can get up to $50,000 in state funding, if eligible, to help rebuild and reconstruct. “A lot of people are looking forward to this,” says Wayne Knox, President of... more

Local researchers find link between pollution and weaker immune systems

Local researchers find link between pollution and weaker immune systems
University of Rochester researchers have made a connection between pollution and your immune system. The study, led by Dr. Paige Lawrence, found that maternal exposure to pollution can harm the immune system of children. It says passing it on through generations weakens your body’s defense against infections like the influenza virus. Continue reading from WHEC-TV more

MCC gets over $4 million for programs in precision optics

MCC gets over $4 million for programs in precision optics
A federal grant will bring $4.4 million in funding to Monroe Community College. Congressman Joe Morelle made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the funding will help fill the jobs of tomorrow. The money, from the Office of Naval Research, will fund training programs and workforce developments in precision optics. Continue reading from WHEC-TV more

Vaccine exemption case involving Yates family goes to hearing

Vaccine exemption case involving Yates family goes to hearing
A local case involving New York state’s new vaccine exemption rules returns to court Thursday. Thorn Schwartz, 11, has severe autism and had his medical exemption denied by BOCES 1. Schwartz had the exemption for three straight years, but the BOCES 1 doctor denied it, saying it did not meet new state guidelines set this summer. His parents then sued the school’s principal... more

What kind of sentence could former Representative Chris Collins receive?

What kind of sentence could former Representative Chris Collins receive?
Chris Collins was elected to four terms in Congress, but this week resigned, and then admitted his guilt in an insider trading case. An upcoming pre-sentencing investigation will determine just how drastically his life could change moving forward. Sentencing guidelines call for Collins to receive about four years in prison, but the judge has discretion to hand the now-convicted felon whatever sentence... more

REDI initiative grants continues to take shape, local match lowered from 15 to 5 percent

REDI initiative grants continues to take shape, local match lowered from 15 to 5 percent
Albany has announced several updates regarding the Regional Economic Development Initiative. That initiative is aimed at providing assistance to municipalities along the Lake Ontario shoreline after another year of flooding and damaging waves. In a letter released Tuesday, initiative co-chairs Basil Seggos and Eric Gertler said the state will now only require local or county governments to match five percent... more

Spectrum cable, internet prices going up… again

Spectrum cable, internet prices going up
Spectrum rates are going up. The company has confirmed that some rates for TV Select and above will be going up. The broadcast TV surcharge will increase and the cost of digital receivers is also going up. The company says there will be an increase for those who subscribe to the internet only. This is the first change in the... more

Cuomo says he’s inclined to call special election to replace Chris Collins

Cuomo says he’s inclined to call special election to replace Chris Collins
A special election for the vacant congressional seat in western New York could be filled “sooner rather than later” in a special election, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday in a radio interview. “Western New York deserves a seat. We have a lot going on in western New York — a lot of good things going on,” Cuomo said, noting the... more

University of Rochester legal team accused of intimidating witnesses in lawsuit

University of Rochester legal team accused of intimidating witnesses in lawsuit
The University of Rochester and its legal team are being accused of trying to intimidate witnesses in a federal lawsuit involving UR’s handling of the Florian Jaeger case. That lawsuit includes allegations from 23 women who anonymously alleged sexual harassment and misconduct by the brain and cognitive sciences professor. Continue reading from the D&C more

UPDATE: What’s next for Rep. Collins district after resignation, guilty plea?

Rep. Chris Collins scheduled to plead guilty in insider trading case
Rep. Chris Collins resigns ahead of expected guilty plea New York GOP Rep. Chris Collins has resigned his seat effective Monday, according to a Republican source, one day ahead of an expected guilty plea to federal insider trading charges. The 69-year-old Collins, one of the first GOP lawmakers to back President Donald Trump before the 2016 election, is scheduled to... more
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