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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, February 21st

Two Facing Drug Charges in 390 Pullover:


Two people were arrested on drug charges over the weekend following a traffic stop I-390.  The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office reports that they got a tip that 46-year-old Robert Rogers of Rochester and his passenger, 48-year-old Tina Mackenzie of Hornell, were in possession of drugs.  During the traffic stop, the two were allegedly found in possession of 20 bags of crack cocaine, as well as marijuana.  Rogers were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.  Mackenzie was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child, and unlawful possession of marijuana.  Both were remanded to the custody of the Sheriff without bail due to previous felony convictions.  Child Protective Services was also contacted and an investigation has been opened into the welfare of the child, whose mother was contacted.  She did respond to the Sheriff’s Office to pick him up.



Push Back Against Proposed Romulus Trash Incinerator:


Residents, businesses, and town officials are pushing back against a proposed trash incinerator in the Town of Romulus.  Opponents say the incinerator poses too great a risk to the businesses and schools next to the facility and that it’s already driving people away.  They’re calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to come out against the project.  A lawyer for the company behind the project, Circular EnerG, says that the incinerator would convert the trash into energy and that it would only emit carbon dioxide and steam, and that neighbors would not even smell the garbage burning.  The company has decided to go through the Public Service Commission to get its plans approved. 



Federal Legislations Looks to Curb Southern Tier Doctor Decline:


New federal legislation is looking to curb the shortage of physicians in the Southern Tier.  By the year 2030, the United States is expected to hit a shortfall of roughly 100,000 doctors, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.  The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2017 would see 3,000 new slots to train new physicians enrolled in Graduate Medical Education programs over the next five years, creating a total of 15,000 slots that would be funded by Medicare.  Senator Charles Schumer said G.M.E. programs at Arnot Health and other small hospital networks in New York would have top priority to those slots. 



Senator O’Mara Seeking Nominees for “Women of Distinction” Program:


With Women’s History Month fast approaching in March, Senator Tom O’Mara has announced that nominations are now open for the Senate’s 21st annual “Women of Distinction Program” to honor local women making outstanding contributions to area communities.  Nominations will be accepted until March 16th through O’Mara’s Senate website at http://www.omara.nysenate.gov.  Selected honorees will be invited to an awards ceremony and reception in Albany in early May.



NY Hits Lowest Recorded Levels for Adult Smoking:


Governor Andrew Cuomo is praising the state’s wide-ranging tobacco cessation and prevention efforts, as the latest reports show that the adult smoking rate has fallen to the lowest in New York’s recorded history.  The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an annual statewide telephone survey of adults developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that smoking rates have declined even more dramatically among young adults between 18 and 24 years of age.  It fell from 21.6 percent in 2011 to 11.7 percent in 2016.  

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