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USDA to mail additional pre-filled applications to producers impacted by 2020, 2021 disasters

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced another installment (phase) in assistance to commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021. More than 18,000 producers will soon receive new ... more
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Geneva man who assaulted, strangled woman before holding her at gunpoint sentenced to 18 years

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A Geneva man who assaulted a woman and held a gun to her head will spend nearly two decades in prison. Marco Almonte, 45, was sentenced this week in Ontario County Court to 18 years ... more
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Former Breen’s grocery store in Palmyra leveled: Byrne Dairy on track to open in November

Former Breen’s grocery store in Palmyra leveled: Byrne Dairy on track to open in November
The former Breen's grocery store in Palmyra is gone. The 31,000 square foot store sat at 611 East Main Street and was shuttered after operating in the village since the 1960s. The grocery business was ... more
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Lawmaker takes aim at ‘Under the Hood’ requirement for CDL license: Proposal would remove requirement for school bus drivers

Teen crashes school bus in Seneca County, then skips court appearance
Lawmakers in Congress have introduced legislation that could have a positive impact on the bus driver shortage. Congressman Joe Morelle, who represents the Rochester area, introduced a piece of legislation that he says would help ... more
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New York State Division of Consumer Protection provides targeted back-to-school tips for parents and children

New York State Division of Consumer Protection provides targeted back-to-school tips for parents and children
As summer winds down and parents begin getting their students ready to go back to school, the NYS Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) is providing targeted scam prevention and shopping tips for parents and children ... more
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Tammy Lyman named Regional Property Manager at Christopher Community

Tammy Lyman named Regional Property Manager at Christopher Community
Christopher Community, Inc. has announced the appointment of Tammy Lyman as Regional Property Manager. “We are very pleased to announce the promotion of Tammy Lyman to Regional Property Manager within our organization,” said Christopher Community President ... more
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Invasive Swallow-wort, spotted in the Finger Lakes, will hurt Monarch Butterfly population

Invasive Swallow-wort, spotted in the Finger Lakes, will hurt Monarch Butterfly population
There's a non-native plant in New York that could harm the Monarch Butterfly population. It's the Swallow-wort, which was originally introduced in the 1800s. It's considered invasive, and nothing currently to control its spread. It's ... more
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State re-launches #VaxToSchool program to boost COVID-19 vaccine rates among kids

State re-launches #VaxToSchool program to boost COVID-19 vaccine rates among kids
Governor Kathy Hochul annoucned the re-launch of New Yorks' #VaxToSchool program. The multi-faceted statewide campaign aimed at increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates among school-aged children. "As we prepare for the beginning of the school year and ... more
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Animals looking for love at Sweet Farm: ‘Speed Dating Tours’ of animal sanctuary next weekend

Animals looking for love at Sweet Farm: ‘Speed Dating Tours’ of animal sanctuary next weekend
Sweet Farm is hosting free 'Speed Dating Tours' at their Climate Sanctuary in Himrod next week. The animal sanctuary recently moved all of its over 140 rescued farm animals from the Bay Area of California ... more
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Safety inspections underway for rides at NYS Fair

Safety inspections underway for rides at NYS Fair
State officials are inspecting amusement rides in anticipation of the Great New York State Fair. New York State Department of Labor inspectors are performing on-site pre-inspections before the state fair begins on August 24, according ... more
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Childcare providers have closed over 3,000 locations in New York State

Childcare providers have closed over 3,000 locations in New York State
Families are in desperate search of childcare as more than 3,000 facilities close their doors in the state of New York. Childcare providers not only struggled to keep children healthy and safe during the pandemic, ... more
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Steuben County man charged after attacking, choking deputy

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A Campbell man was arrested following an alleged attack on a deputy. According to a news release, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kris E. Calkins, 50, of Campbell for assault and criminal obstruction of ... more
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COVID-19: Experts say cases are rising and a new variant called BA.4 and BA.5 are why

COVID-19: Experts say cases are rising and a new variant called BA.4 and BA.5 are why
COVID-19 cases are on the rise again, and experts claim it's due to a new variant known as BA.4 and BA.5. According to The National Desk, these two subvariants are what people are being infected ... more
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Shooting in Ithaca under investigation: Victim found inside gas station

Auburn woman facing murder charge in bar shooting will remain in jail
Police say they're investigating a shooting that happened at Chuck's Gas Station on West State Street in Ithaca. Around 6:35 a.m. on Wednesday police received a report of a person who had been shot. The ... more
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Convicted felon arrested in Waterloo on weapon charge

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A Waterloo man was taken into custody on a weapon charge on August 4. David Fish, 55, of Waterloo was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon. The arrest stems from investigation into a domestic ... more
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Inflation Reduction Act is law now, but climate future still uncertain

Getting climate action right
Although President Joe Biden has signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, many are hoping he will declare a climate emergency to provide further funding. It would allow for additional provisions to fight the effects ... more
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Small earthquake recorded in Genesee County

Small earthquake recorded in Genesee County
A small earthquake shook Genesee County on the morning of Monday, August 15. The earthquake was very weak. It had a magnitude of 1.2, meaning it can be felt by people nearby but is unlikely ... more
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What is New York’s marriage tax penalty?

What is New York's marriage tax penalty?
A marriage penalty is when a household owes more in taxes due to a couple marrying and filing jointly. New York is one of sixteen states to have a marriage penalty in its individual income ... more
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Dave Carro hired as Director of Corporate Communications at Thompson

Dave Carro hired as Director of Corporate Communications at Thompson
Dave Carro has been hired as the Director of Corporate Communications at UR Medicine Thompson Health. A 25-year resident of Canandaigua, Carro is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. He has spent the ... more
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