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Indicted Congressman Reverses Course, Says He Will Campaign For Re-Election

An indicted New York congressman who had announced he was withdrawing from his race has reversed course and now says he will continue to campaign for re-election and plans to serve again if he wins this November. In a campaign statement announcing the decision Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y. said, "The stakes are too high to allow the radical left to take control of this seat in Congress." Collins was the first member of Congress to endorse President Trump in 2016. Until the...

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Rochester NY – 116 acres of land in Monroe and Livingston Counties have been purchased by the State of New York. The purchase includes 68 acres of Burger Park in the town of Greece. And 48 acres of land on Conesus Lake in the town of Conesus.Conservationists are happy with the State's decision because it will allow more land to be preserved not only for wildlife. But also for residents who enjoy the outdoors and recreational sports like fishing.It will cost the State $670,000 to purchase the 116 acres of property in both counties.

    Rochester NY – Testifying before the U S Senate Commerce Committee, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter said Congress must send a clear message to the Bush Administration to stop proposed mergers between major airlines. Slaughter said the mergers would limit competition and result in higher air fares. Currently Rochester has some of the highest airfares in the nation.

      Rochester NY – A Rochester-area medical practice has agreed to pay the federal government $2 million in fines for sending false bills to Medicare.

      The U.S. Department of Justice says the seven cardiac surgeons falsely billed Medicare for assistant surgeons' fees. Blue Cross/ Blue Shield of the Rochester Area has also filed a $1.2 million dollar lawsuit against the same doctors. Blue Cross claims they submitted fraudulent billing over a five year period involving over 1,800 cases.

      Rochester, NY – The unlicensed driver who struck and severely injured a Rochester police officer when he suffered a seizure behind the wheel will serve 18 years in prison.

      Ed Jones of Rochester was driving a car that clipped Officer Scott McLaughlin at the corner of Main Street and Clinton Avenue. McLaughlin was tossed through the air and suffered severe injuries that left him in a coma. The officer is recovering, but still suffers health problems and hasn't been able to return to work.

      Rochester NY – Starting February 5th, Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region will offer the option of medical abortion by the use of the pill known as RU-486.Planned Parenthood President and CEO Carol Love said medical abortion will give women an alternative to surgical abortion.

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