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State & Nation
May 6, 2017
Small Business Lending: Is glass half-full or half-empty?

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) Trying to size up the state of small business lending can prompt the question: Is the glass half-full or half-empty? Banks and government data point to a recovery in small business loans since the recession, with loan figures nearly back to their 2008 levels. But […]

April 29, 2017
US students need more exposure to arts and music, test shows

By MARIA DANILOVA Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) When it comes to music and visual arts, American teenagers could use some help. The National Center for Education Statistics reported Tuesday that in 2016, American eighth graders scored an average 147 in music and 149 in visual arts on a scale of 300. Some 8,800 eighth graders […]

April 29, 2017
Internet firms winding up for a fight on 'net neutrality'

By TALI ARBEL Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) Internet companies are readying for a showdown with telecoms and a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality. Net neutrality basically prevents broadband providers from playing favorites or steering users toward (or away from) particular internet sites. Under rules enacted during […]

April 21, 2017
Where is pot legal? A look at shifting US marijuana policy

Whether it was fear, racism or economic concerns that led the U.S. in the 1930s to ban growing or even possessing marijuana, the nation's wall against pot lasted a generation. Now, it's showing signs of wear. Twenty-nine U.S. states consider pot legal for people with certain medical conditions. Eight of those states, plus the District […]

April 15, 2017
NY makes tuition free, but students must stay after college

By ANNA GRONEWOLD and DAVID KLEPPER Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) There's a big string attached to New York's free middle-class college tuition initiative: Students must stay in the state after graduation or else pay back the benefit. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that the requirement was added to protect the state's investment in […]

April 8, 2017
If you build it, they’ll stay; Boomers remodel their homes

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) If you build it, they will stay. The small businesses that dominate the home remodeling industry are expecting robust growth in the next few years, thanks partly to baby boomers who want to remain in their homes. Home remodelers say they’ve had a pickup in […]

April 1, 2017
Public defenders push strict laws for interrogation footage

By ANNA GRONEWOLD Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Adrian Thomas falsely confessed to harming his infant son when Troy police told him that admittance could save the boy’s life. Video footage of the nearly 10-hour interrogation revealed what they didn’t tell him: the boy was already dead. The recording of the coercive interrogation gave Thomas […]

March 25, 2017
Oaks gives update on State Budget progress

Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R-C Macedon), the ranking member on the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, led a debate on the Assembly’s one-house budget resolution last week in Albany. The resolution is a ceremonial position statement that would spend well over the state’s 2-percent spending cap, while proposing $7 billion in new taxes, and increasing state […]

March 18, 2017
Trump’s first budget boosts military, cuts domestic programs

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump has finalized his first budget for the federal government, a blueprint that would make deep cuts in the Environmental Protection Agency and other domestic programs while significantly increasing spending on the military. The budget, submitted to Congress on Thursday, was widely expected to cause political […]

March 11, 2017
Big thaw? Looks like small businesses ending hiring freeze

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) The hiring freeze at small businesses looks like it's finally thawing. Recruiting is picking up after being dormant at many companies even years after the recession. The factors behind companies' decisions to hire vary, with some anticipating a big revenue kick from the Trump administration's […]

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Recent Obituaries

Lucieer, Joan E. (DeRight) 

SODUS: Joan Lucieer, 89, passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at the DeMay Living Center. Joan was born on June 17, 1934 in Ontario the daughter of the late William and Eleanor (Ruffel) DeRight. She was a reading teacher at the Sodus Central School and a Christian school teacher at the Salmon Creek Baptist Church […]

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Currington, Willie James

SODUS: Willie James Currington, 78, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at his home. Friends and family are invited to attend calling hours from 11:00AM to 1:00 PM on Friday, March 8, 2024 at the Church of God, 6055 Buerman Rd., Sodus, NY. Funeral service will immediately follow at […]

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