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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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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News)  Some 8 million New Yorkers were affected by the massive cyberattack targeting the credit monitoring company Equifax. 

The figure comes from the office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who on Friday launched an investigation into the massive breach. 

In total, the cyberattack targeting the credit monitoring company exposed data belonging to 143 million Americans including Social Security numbers, birthdates and driver's license numbers. 

Schneiderman says his office aims to ``get to the bottom'' of how the breach occurred. 

One of the women soon to be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame has been breaking through barriers her entire life.

"I can do anything if I set my mind to it, which is a wonderful naiveté,” said Aimee Mullins. “Most people have it beaten out of them, just because of life."

Mullins, a motivational speaker, actor, and model, said she turned what some call a disability into a superpower.

Steve Buchiere of the Finger Lakes Times stopped in to look back on news in the month of August including the discharge of sewage into Seneca Lake and the City of Geneva's continuing transparency issues. We also look ahead to a story Steve is working on regarding Geneva's Food Justic Committee.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's ban on assisted suicide stands after the state's highest court rejected arguments from terminally ill patients who want the right to seek life-ending drugs from a doctor.

The Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that state lawmakers had a rational reason for passing a ban on assisted suicide and that the ban doesn't violate the state constitution.

The case was brought by patients and advocates who say New Yorkers with a terminal illness shouldn't have to suffer needlessly.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York State is being sued over the way it purges names from voting rolls. 

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed the federal lawsuit against state elections officials Wednesday on behalf of the good-government group Common Cause-New York.

The lawsuit argues the state violates federal law by aggressively removing the names of voters determined to be inactive. 

More people visited the 2017 edition of the New York State Fair in Geddes than any other. 1,161,912 million visitors came to the fair during its 13-day run, breaking the overall attendance record set last year. 

Higher Education leaders from around the state are expressing their support for those with DACA status and their concerns over President Trump's decision to end the program. The presidents of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium, including Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Gregory Vincent, issued a statement as well as Cornell University’s President Martha Pollack. The complete texts of those statements are below.

Letter from the Presidents of the New York Six

Since 2014, Geneva has officially celebrated the life and legacy of jazz bassist Scott LaFaro around his birthday in April. The group behind Geneva Night Out successfully lobbied to have a stretch of downtown street named in his honor. Another committee organizes an annual concert at The Smith Opera House. Tonight, at City Council the Public Art Committee will present a plan to erect a statue honoring LaFaro. It’s an idea that’s starting to gain traction, but it’s actually been on the mind of Kevin Dunn, a professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for more than a decade.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York State had more jobs last year than at any time since the Great Recession, though upstate regions continue to struggle, according to a new report on employment published Monday by NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. 

The figures, first reported by The Associated Press, show that more than 9.12 million New Yorkers worked a job in 2016, the highest since 2008, when there were 9.14 million people employed in the state. The statewide unemployment rate last year was 4.8 percent, the lowest in nine years. 

The Trump administration is cutting funding to programs that promote Obamacare – by a lot.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a statement detailing major changes to  budgets for advertising and grants to nonprofits that employ navigators to help people sign up for plans.

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