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Senecas Ordered to Pay State $255 Million in Casino Revenues

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By Spectrum News Staff The Seneca Nation of Indians must pay $255 million to New York State, according to an arbitration panel. Back in January, the panel decided against the Senecas in their fight with the state over casino revenues. The Seneca Nation stopped its annual payments to the state two years ago, claiming a […]

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La’Ron Singletary Named New Rochester Police Chief

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By Spectrum News Staff Twenty applications have been reviewed and the Rochester Police Department’s new chief has been chosen — and that man is La’Ron Singletary. Mayor Lovely Warren made the announcement from City Hall Tuesday morning. Singletary is a Rochester native, 19 year-veteran with RPD Will take office July 1, upon City Council confirmation […]

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Interim Rochester Police Chief Not Seeking Position Permanently

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By Spectrum News Staff City officials are expected to name a new permanent Rochester police chief on Tuesday, but one man who won’t be taking the job is Interim Chief Mark Simmons. He confirmed Monday that he did not submit his name for consideration, and says that accepting the job would not be in the […]

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2 Dogs Missing after Fire Destroys Shelby Home

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By Spectrum News Staff An Orleans County home is a total loss after an early morning fire. East Shelby Fire Department officials said the two-alarm blaze started in the kitchen around 5 a.m. and quickly spread through the Shelby home. A woman was still inside the home when firefighters arrived. She was trying to get […]

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Who’s Up Next for Rochester City Council?

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By Spectrum News Staff Rochester City Council was going to look different even before now-former councilman Adam McFadden pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to wire fraud and filing a false tax return. McFadden had previously announced he wouldn’t seek re-election after he was initially charged in the investigation. A spokesperson for the Monroe County Democratic […]

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Man Driving Stolen Car Leads Police on Chase, Crashes into 2 Cars

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By Spectrum News Staff A man is facing felony charges following a short police chase in Rochester Friday night. Rochester police and State troopers say they tried to stop a stolen vehicle on the Bausch Street bridge, but the driver pulled a u-turn and hit a State Police and civilian vehicle. Police say the driver, […]

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Study Finds Black Communities Suffer from Higher Comparative Rates of Sudden Cardiac Death Than White Ones

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By Kiersten Willis New research from the American Heart Association reveals an explanation as to why Black communities see higher rates of sudden cardiac arrest death — especially between women — than white ones. Findings from a study by the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) revealed that by age 85 black men account for 9.6 percent of […]

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New Study Shows Opioids Are Claiming More African-American Lives as Deadly Epidemic Spreads Across the Country

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By Tanasia Kenney The largely white faces of the deadly opioid epidemic that has claimed more than 350,000 American lives since 1999 are rapidly changing as the drug crisis makes major inroads into the big East Coast cities, according to a recent study by Stanford University researchers. Researchers with Harvard University and the University of […]

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Sickle Cell Anemia

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By BHM “We need education. We need funding. We need research,” said Cassandra Dobson, director of nursing and undergraduate studies at City University of New York-Herbert H. Lehman College, during the Third Black Health Matters Health Summit held at Riverside Church in Harlem, New York, earlier this month. Dobson was talking about sickle cell, a […]

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Assembly Lawmaker Wants A Beer And Wine Tax

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By Nick Reisman A bill that would place new taxes on wine and beer sales would raise $260 million annually, specifically for addiction prevention and recovery programs. That bill, introduced by Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-34), would add 3 cents to the price of a 12 ounce can of beer and 2 cents per glass of […]

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Tenants Escape Apartment Fire Despite Lack of Working Smoke Detectors

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By Spectrum News Staff Tenants at a Rochester apartment were forced out of their home by a fire early Thursday morning. Firefighters say someone on the second floor of a Woodward Street duplex noticed smoke and called 911 around 1:30 a.m. Officials say there were no working smoke detectors in that unit. “Had the occupant […]

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Felicia Astacio Running for City Council

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By Spectrum News Staff Felicia Astacio, the sister of former Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio, is running for City Council. Felicia posted on her Facebook page that she has already started to collect petition signatures that would get her a place on the ballot for the East district seat. Felicia wrote: “Petitions have already […]

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Maximum Sentence for Man Who Hit and Killed Toddler With Car

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By Mary McCombs A Mount Morris man will spend 25 years to life in prison for murder in connection with the death of a toddler last summer. Frank Cassata, 49, was sentenced on several counts, including murder, vehicular manslaughter, and DWI. Amir Pallet, 3, was struck and killed after Cassata purposely drove his car into […]

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