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National Women's Hall of Fame Welcomes New Inductees

The National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls celebrated their 2017 Induction Weekend this past weekend. 10 women were inducted at a ceremony on the campus of New York State Chiropractic College on Saturday including athlete and actor Aimee Mullins.

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The state Board of Regents is taking steps to make it easier for teachers to become certified in New York. But the state education commissioner denies that it’s a lessening of requirements. 

Prospective teachers in New York will no longer have to score as high on a qualifying test to obtain teaching certificates now that the Board of Regents has agreed to lower the passing score

Last year, 72 dams across the US were demolished; hundreds more were removed in the past ten. Most dam removals are part of an effort to restore rivers and the animals that live there. But when a dam across the St. Regis River in Upstate New York was removed late last year, the Mohawk people that live there saw it as an opportunity to reclaim the land and use it to express their culture and heritage.

Twelve finalists have been announced for the next class of inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

The list includes the games Clue, Risk and Uno, plus the Magic 8 Ball, Matchbox Cars, My Little Pony, the PEZ Candy Dispenser, Transformers, the Wiffle Ball, play food, the paper airplane, and sand.

Those last three, according to chief curator at the Strong, Chris Bensch, are all about back-to-basics play.

"Things that are tactile and basically free and really encourage both kids and adults to just get in there a shape a playful reality," he said.

Report finds $1.4B problem in New York's Medicaid program

Sep 13, 2017

color:#333333">ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal officials say New York state paid out $1.4 billion in Medicaid funds to care providers who didn't follow the state's rules.

A small island in the Niagara River has received a makeover, thanks to the New York State Power Authority and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.Angelica A. Morrison reports.

In Ontario County, there were two candidates competing in two different primaries for District Attorney.

Current D-A Mike Tantillo, who has been in office for 28 years, is not running again. His First Assistant D-A, James Ritts, beat Kristina Karle in the Republican Primary by about a 55 to 44 percent margin.

The two candidates also faced off in a Reform Party Primary, and Karle won that primary, 56 to 43 percent.

Karle is also on the Conservative and Independence lines in November.  She is a former Monroe County Assistant D-A, who is now in private practice.

  Poet John Ashbery died on September 3rd. He was born in Rochester and raised in Sodus. His impact on American letters was wide-ranging and the acclaim for his work included the Pulitzer and many, many other awards. We asked Hobart and William Smith Colleges professor and poet James McCorkle to offer some perspective on John Ashbery.

New York tweaks, renames Common Core learning standards

Sep 12, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York education leaders have tweaked and renamed the Common Core learning standards in response to criticism over the way they were written and implemented.

Andrew Cuomo, in what has become an annual event for the New York governor, led a motorcycle ride along the path of a New York City firefighter rescue team to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Cuomo was introduced by actor Robert De Niro at a luncheon at the Javits Center in Manhattan, just before the final leg of the motorcycle ride. De Niro said when he heard he would be speaking before members of a motorcycle gang, he expected the Hells Angels. 


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sending units of the New York Army and Air National Guard to two southern states to assist in the response to Hurricane Irma.

Cuomo says 10 Blackhawk helicopters and 55 soldiers from the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade deployed Monday to Florida. The unit operates out of airports in Rochester, Albany and Long Island. The crews are flying to Richmond, Virginia, and are scheduled to arrive in Jacksonville on Tuesday.