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Today's Top Stories - Friday, January 4th

Missing Penn Yan Teen Located:


The Rochester Police Department has located the 15-year-old girl reported missing earlier this week.  Antonia Mendez was under the supervision of the NYS Office of Children and Family Resources and was wearing an ankle monitor before disappearing.  She allegedly cut off the monitor and a warrant was issued for her.  After being taken into custody, Mendez was transported to a juvenile facility in Rush. 



Government Shutdown Could Affect Tax Returns:


The government shutdown could have a big impact on the upcoming tax filing season if it continues.  During a shutdown, the IRS only retains roughly 12.5 percent of its workforce and while it will continue to process returns and it will accept payments, it will not process refunds.  They also won’t respond to questions from taxpayers, despite the massive changes made to the tax system for the 2018 tax year.  Extensions can still be filed, but if you owe money, that money will still be due by April 15th shutdown or not. 



Local Animal Rescue Believes Cats Being Poisoned, Seeks Help:


Pawz and Purrz Animal Rescue reached out to the public for help after the group found several cats believed to have been poisoned.  In a Facebook post, the organization found three cats dead and one ill Wednesday after it had worked for several months to neuter and treat a feral cat colony in South Corning.  The post asked area residents to help save the surviving animals by taking them into a home.  In a later, updated post, the rescue said it had received several offers of help and is working to get the cats taken to their new homes.  They thanked everyone for their help.



2020 Presidental Speculation Begins:


While 2019 is just getting underway, talk has already begun of the 2020 presidential election with several Democrats coming forward with announcements or consideration to run.  On Monday, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren got things underway by announcing a presidential run, but two New Yorkers are also reportedly considering it.  Former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg said Sunday he will make a decision about possibly running later this month or early February.  Bloomberg changed his party registration in October.  Also, while she said she wasn’t considering it as recently as October, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said in November that she was “definitely thinking about it”, and that she planned to discuss the possibility with her family over the holiday.



Measles Case in Rochester:


The Monroe County Health Department has reported a case of measles in Rochester.  The case involves an unvaccinated toddler.  Health officials say they believe there is limited risk to the public at this time.



Number of Deer Hunted Increases in 2018:


For the third straight year, the number of deer taken during the annual season increased in 2018.  According to the DEC, hunters reported taking 11 percent more deer in the Southern Zone and 14 percent more in the Northern Zone.  Preliminary figures say approximately 109,000 deer were taken statewide, compared to just under 98,000 in 2017 and 86,000 in 2016.  Meanwhile, the number of bear killed decreased slightly.

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