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News update for Thurs., Aug. 14, 2014


Robertson makes campaign stop in Fredonia; gets endorsement for stand on senior issues...

The Democrat candidate running against Congressman Tom Reed brought her campaign to Fredonia this morning.  Martha Robertson appeared at Fredonia Place where she received an endorsement from the National Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare.  The group's Political Director, Phillip Rotondi tells us why they're supporting the Tompkins County Democrat.  Rotondi says they ask the candidates to come in, and meet with them, and they liked Robertson's stand.  He says Reed's stance "left a lot to be desired."  Robertson says there's a big difference between herself and her opponent when it comes to the future of Social Security and Medicare.  She says Reed has voted to privatize Medicare... and, cut benefits for Social Security, and raise the retirement age.  Robertson says that won't happen if she's in Congress.  She is challenging Reed... a Corning Republican... who is seeking his third-term in the U.S. House of Representatives.  In a symbolic gesture... Rotondi presented Robertson with a pair of boxing gloves during the Fredonia appearance. 


City police arrest man for allegedly burglarizing downtown U.S. News store...

A Jamestown man is jailed for allegedly breaking into a West Third Street store... and, taking stealing a number of items.  City police were called to U.S. News at 111 West Third St. just after 1 a.m. Friday for a burglary in progress.  Officers found the suspect kicked-out the glass in the front door to gain entry... and, that he had fled the scene before they arrived.  Police say they located 35 year-old Patrick Blakemore a short distance away... and, he was arrested.  Blakemore was arraigned on charges of third-degree burglary... criminal mischief and petty larceny.


Five teen hikers now safe and sound after getting lost in Chautauqua Gorge(corrected copy)...

Five teenaged hikers are safe and sound after they became lost in the Chautauqua Gorge late Tuesday night.  Several fire rescue teams... the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office... the county's Emergency Services Department and New York State Forest Rangers were involved in the search efforts that began around 9:30 p.m.  Mayville Fire Chief Ron Trippy says by tracking down the "pings" from the cell phones of the hikers, searchers were able to locate the hikers on a ledge around 4 a.m. Wednesday.  Sheriff's officers say one of the hikers was 16... two others were 17... and, two were 18.  All were from out of town -- with two from Israel.  Due to darkness and other safety concerns, firefighters didn't remove the hikers until around 8 a.m. Wednesday.  The hikers were given supplies to sustain them until they could be moved safely.    


State Standardized Test results released...

New test results show most New York elementary and middle school students still aren't on track to graduate ready for college, but education leaders saw progress in gains in math across all races and economic levels.  State education officials Thursday released results of English and math tests given to students in grades 3 through 8 in April.  It was the second year tests were based on the Common Core curriculum adopted by most states to improve college readiness.  Once again... less than a third of students -- 31 percent -- scored well enough in English to be considered proficient and on track to graduate college-ready.  In math... 36 percent were proficient, compared to 31 percent last year.  Test results are used in annual teacher evaluations and can be considered for student placements.

 

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