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CDC Says to Clean Refrigerator After Buying Contaminated Lettuce
If you purchased romaine lettuce recently during the nationwide E. Coli outbreak, you should clean out your refrigerator in addition to throwing the lettuce out according the CDC. Surfaces that came directly in contact with the contaminated lettuce can be a breeding ground for the virus and should be washed with hot, soapy water and disinfected with bleach. Other items in your fridge should be fine so long as they have not touched the romaine.


Verizon Responds to Unsent Area Amber Alerts
The Amber Alert sent out earlier this week on Tuesday warned residents in the Finger Lakes area about the one-year-old girl who was missing and possibly in danger but there were reports that not everyone in the region received the alert. According to CBS News 8 of Rochester, a few people reported they never got the Amber Alert sent out to their phones. Verizon issued a statement stating the Alert was not delivered to some phones in the Rochester area because of a network routing issue. A Verizon spokesperson then added: "We have fixed the problem and everything is now working as it should. We are relieved to hear that the child has been found."


Cuomo Says “I’m Upstate’s Voice” at Buffalo Appearance
During a trip to Buffalo this week to hand out Thanksgiving turkeys, Governor Andrew Cuomo made a comment claiming he was the voice of upstate despite the criticism of him not representing upstate interests. The governor said: “I’m Upstate’s voice. They have a very loud voice in the room. It’s my voice.” Cuomo received criticism weeks ago in this year’s midterm election cycle for not talking about issues that mattered most to Upstate New Yorkers in the gubernatorial debate against Republican Marc Molinaro, whom he lost in 44 of the 50 counties upstate.


I Love NY Signs Removed and Repurposed Yesterday
Over 500 “I Love NY” signs along the state Thruway system and other highways were removed yesterday after an agreement with the Federal Highway Administration. The FHA declared the signs were illegal and the agency said if New York did not remove them by September 30th, the state would be withheld $14 million in highway funding. In an agreement worked out before the September deadline, New York removed the last four signs in each five-sign grouping yesterday but is keeping the first sign in each group with modifications while the four other signs in each group are relocated at places of tourism like welcome centers, highway rest areas and Thruway travel plazas.


NYS Bill 9191 Would Review Internet History of Handgun Applicants
A new law being proposed in the state assembly could make New Yorkers applying for or renewing handgun licenses submit to a state review of internet searches going back to one year and social media histories going back to three years. The purpose of submitting these online histories is to give State Police the power to investigate "commonly known profane slurs or biased language used to describe the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person." The New York State Senate Bill 9191 is opposed by Second Amendment Group SCOPE President Tim Andrews who declared it a Bill of Rights violation. Supporters consider it helpful in using “red flag” provisions to prevent guns from getting in the wrong hands.


Wegmans Pays Million Dollar Fine for Liquor Violations
Wegmans Food Markets and five of their affiliated liquor stores have been fined $1.1 million for liquor license related charges. The New York State Liquor Authority says Wegmans was fined $750,000 to settle eight charges that include: six violations for availing their license to their five affiliated liquor stores, one for availing the license of a wholesaler, one of illegally trafficking wine and a single charge of aiding and abetting illegal gifts and services. Each of the five liquor stores were charged an additional $75,000 for availing their license to Wegmans and accepting illegal services and gifts from Milton’s Wholesale. Wegmans Food Markets has appointed a new corporate compliance officer and composed a new corporate compliance program as a condition of this settlement to prevent future legal complications.

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