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Katko says Republicans 'fumbled' healthcare reform

Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) has some harsh words for his fellow Republicans about how they are handling health care reform.

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Cortland – Police investigating a suspicious weekend fire that destroyed a county recycling center in Cortland have found some clues to help them determine the cause. Investigators found that the entrance gates at Cortland County's Recycling Center had been ripped from its hinges.

Inside one of the storeage bays, police discovered a burnt-out minivan that had been stolen from a nearby neighborhood.

Police think the fire got started near the minivan, although they're not sure how.

Canandaigua – A day long telecom summit was held in Canandaigua on Friday.

Business leaders from around the state and around the nation met with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to discuss strategies to attract investment in broadband infrastructure in Upstate New York.

The leaders also discussed how technoology could bring new jobs to upstate New York.

Senator Clinton says the telecom summit yielded some interesting discussions and she hopes to hold another meeting in the future.

Buffalo – WRVO's Amy Cavalier reports that the idea of allowing pharmacists to give shots isn't a new one:

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Washington, D.C. – New York's senior senator says it's too easy for teens to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products over the internet.

Charles Schumer demonstrated just how easy it was with help from his 13 year old daughter, Alison.

Alison Schumer sat at a computer in her father's New York City office yesterday and ordered a carton of cigarettes from the web site www.cigarettesexpress.com.

She did not complete her purchase. However, there were no age verification requirements on the site.

Albany – Union College archeologists have found what they believe to be the stones of the wall of Lock One on the Old Erie Canal in Albany. The locks acted like water elevators -- moving boats through changes in elevation along the canal. Lock One was part of an extension of the 363-mile canal more than 150 years ago.

Researchers say the canal spurred westward expansion in the country and was a link to the nation's fertile interior lands. It tied the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

Oswego, NY – The Oswego County Office of Emergency Management tested all 37 of it's nuclear alert sirens Friday morning.

The tests went off without a hitch, but the loud alerts caught some students and faculty off guard.

CLICK on the "Listen" icon above to hear Elizabeth Christensen's report.

Buffalo – A researcher says pharmacists should be allowed to give flu and pneumonia shots.

Wayne Anderson -- Dean of the University of Buffalo's School of Pharmacy -- says the change would improve the state's rate of immunization. The state ranks 41st in the nation. He says that's because only doctors, physician assistants, registered nurses and nurse practitioners are allowed to give the shots in New York.

Utica, NY – Local chapters of the American Diabetes Association want runners and walkers to participate in it's "Team Diabetes" program. They'll run in races all over the world.

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Utica, NY – Officials with the Lairdsville Fire Department hope ending the use of live "victims" during training drills will prevent another tragedy.

19 year old Bradley Golden, a trainee in the department, died in September of 2001. He was acting as a victim during a "live burn" drill at an abandoned house. When the structure failed, Golden was trapped. Another trainee who was also playing a victim was injured when he was forced to jump from a second story window.

Niagara Falls, NY – The U.S. Department of the Interior is expected to approve a Seneca-run casino in Nigara Falls in the next few days.

The green light would be the last major legal hurdle the tribe must clear to open a temporary casino on December 31.

Several anti-gambling groups have filed lawsuits protesting the project, but legal experts say those suits will not pose a serious challenge to the casino's approval.

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