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Food pantries encourage healthier donations

A new healthy-eating initiative is starting up in Ontario County. WXXI’s Brett Dahlberg has more on the pilot program. It’s like “delivering nutrition through the back door,” Maggie McHugh said. McHugh is the senior nutritionist for Eat Smart New York’s Finger Lakes region. Her organization is partnering with Ontario County to encourage food bank donors to make healthier contributions. “We provide resources and tools for community members to learn more what healthy food items that they can...

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There is more information about layoffs facing some Tops supermarket employees in the wake of the decision to close 10 stores in New York State.

A notice posted on the State Labor Department website, shows that 277 workers are facing layoffs at stores on Lake Avenue and North Winton Road in Rochester, Pittsford/Palmyra Road in Fairport, and Pyramid Mall in Geneva.

There is no indication yet how many employees might be affected at a Tops store which is closing in Lyons.

State Fair sets record with over 1.26 million visitors

Sep 4, 2018

GEDDES, N.Y. (AP)  Attendance at the New York State Fair has spurted to a new record.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that over 1.26 million people have gone to the fair during its 13-day run near Syracuse. That's up more than 8 percent from the previous record of a bit over 1.16 million. It was set last year. 

This year's fair also has repeatedly broken single-day attendance records. 

The Democratic governor says recent improvements to the fairgrounds are helping to attract more visitors. 

Wegmans is partnering with a high-tech company to offer a new option for people who are blind or have low-vision.

The Rochester supermarket chain is working with a California-based tech company called Aira, a firm that uses artificial intelligence and augmented reality to remotely assist people who are blind or have low vision with a variety of tasks.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — County leaders from across New York state are urging state and federal environmental officials to set higher standards for industrial chemicals that have contaminated some communities' water.

The state Association of Counties wrote to state and federal health and environmental agencies last week asking them to set a maximum level for PFOS and PFOA to limit how much of the chemicals can legally be allowed in public drinking water systems.

Fifteen students in RIT’s Industrial Design program will spend this semester designing products for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. It’s part of the university’s annual Metaproject, which pairs students with a different industry partner each year.

Actress and advocate Cynthia Nixon is running for governor. The Democrat is challenging incumbent Andrew Cuomo. She’ll be in Rochester Friday to meet with voters.

We talk to her about why she’s running for New York’s top seat, and we discuss issues ranging from the economy to healthcare and more. Then, we hear from local Nixon supporters. Our guests:

  • Cynthia Nixon, candidate for New York governor
  • Patrick Coyle, volunteer for the Nixon campaign
  • Charmaine Gettles, volunteer for the Nixon campaign
  • Rohith Palli, volunteer for the Nixon campaign

Tops Markets is announcing plans to close 10 stores it says are underperforming as part of its effort to restructure and emerge from the Chapter 11 bankruptcy it filed for earlier this year.

The stores identified for closing include three in the immediate Rochester area:

  • 710 Lake Ave.
  • 175 N. Winton Road.
  • 6720 Pittsford/Palmyra Road, Fairport.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says that ‘oak wilt,’ a disease that affects oak trees, has been detected in South Bristol.

This is the second location in Ontario County where oak wilt has been confirmed. It was found in the Town of Canandaigua in 2016.  DEC officials say that Ontario County is one of four counties in the state that have confirmed oak wilt infections.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Democratic primary challenger, Cynthia Nixon, squared off in the only debate before the Sept. 13 election in a testy and contentious hour long discussion broadcast by CBS2 in New York City from Hofstra University on Long Island on Wednesday night. 

The choice, according to Nixon and Cuomo, is between who is more qualified to run New York state, versus the desire for change. 

Many American soldiers who attempt suicide have no prior mental health diagnosis, according to the most recent study to make use of data collected by the U.S. Army and the National Institute of Mental Health.  

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