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Gas Prices On The Decline

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, July 27, 2015

With improved relations between the US and Iran, Americans are seeing a dip in price at the pump and experts say its expected to drop more.

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded slipped to $2.82 a gallon last week. Locally the average gas price has gone down about 7 cents a gallon in the past month.

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for a federal investigation of airlines who won’t allow their fares to show up on third-party websites like Expedia and Orbitz. He says the practice prevents consumers from seeing all their options when booking a flight.

The Justice Department is already investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit the number of available seats to keep fares high.

Schumer says the airlines appear to be trying to drive consumers to their own websites, thus limiting its competition and makes it harder for consumers to find the best deal on a flight.

Blue Cross Blue Shield will soon be adding adding identity protection services for their members nationwide by this January.   The services will include credit monitoring, fraud detection, and fraud resolution.  Eligible members will be provided the service for as long as they have a Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance policy.

Reductions At Fort Drum

Robin Humphrey —  Friday, July 10, 2015

US Senator Chuck Schumer confirmed that New York State’s  Fort Drum will lose only 28 soldiers as part of broader troop reductions at military installations nationwide.

Schumer says that compared to the possibility of seeing hundreds or thousands of personnel leave the base, the loss of 28 soldiers is a “victory for Fort Drum and the whole North Country.”

Fort Drum is home to more than 19,000 active-duty military personnel, along with nearly 20,000 family members and 4,700 civilian workers.

If you find yourself hungry for pancakes today, find the nearest I-Hop Restaurant.  you’re looking for somewhere to go for breakfast, I-HOP is marking 57 years of service today.

To celebrate the restaurant’s 57 years of service today, they offering a short stack of pancakes for just 57 cents., three cents less than what customers paid back in 1958 when the restaurant first opened.

The offer is good from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Former majority leader of the New York State Senate, Malcom Smith, was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison for trying to bribe his way onto the 2013 New York City mayoral ballot.  Officials say the bribes amounted to around $200,000.  The judge gave Smith time to get his personal affairs in order. He is due to surrender to the court on September 21st.

 

Bomb Threat A Canandaigua VA

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, July 1, 2015

National Veterans Crisis Line and Homeless Call Center personnel were evacuated for four hours Tuesday following an early morning bomb threat at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. Thanks to a strategic backup plan, no calls from veterans went unanswered during the crisis.

VA Spokesperson Dan Ryan said the bomb threat was called in at 8:30 a.m. to the Homeless Call Center in Building 37 at the Canandaigua VA, on 400 Fort Hill Ave.

About 119 staff members were evacuated immediately, as the VA Police Department conducted a thorough search of the building. The Monroe County K-9 and Bomb Search units were then called in. Nothing suspicious was found by any of the teams, Ryan said.

Staff members from the Veterans Crisis Line and the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans returned to work in Building 37 shortly after 1 p.m., he said.

During the four-and-a-half-hour evacuation, calls from veterans across the nation were diverted to backup call centers, and some local staff were able to use backup phone lines on campus in another location, he said. At no time were phones left unmanned, he said.

Since its launch in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 1.6 million calls and made more than 45,000 lifesaving rescues. In 2009, the Veterans Crisis Line added an anonymous online chat service and has engaged in more than 207,700 chats.

In November 2011, the Veterans Crisis Line introduced a text-messaging service to provide another way for veterans to connect with confidential, round-the-clock support, and since then has responded to more than 32,300 texts.

Gas Prices Coming Down

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, June 29, 2015

Over the past two weeks, the average price of gas dropped two cents. This comes after nine weeks of increases which totaled to 42 cents per gallon.


We could see prices continue to decline in the coming weeks.

Actor Dick Van Patten Has Died

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, June 24, 2015

 

Dick Van Patten,  a former child actor, and who had a familiar face on movie and TV screens for decades, going back to the late ’40s, perhaps best known for his starring role as the father on the 1970s series “Eight Is Enough,” has died due to complications from diabetes at a California Hospital. Van Patten’s long time agent told reporters the actor had been had been ill for a long time. Dick Van Patten was 86 years old.

Air Bag Issues With Jeep Wrangler

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Complaints that a wiring problem in Jeep Wrangler steering wheels that could stop the air bags from inflating in a crash has the attention of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They’ve received 221 complaints that the air bag warning light is illuminating, indicating an electrical problem in the steering wheel.  The probe covers about 630,000 Wranglers from the 2007 through 2012 model years.

The agency reports no crashes or injuries because of the problem, but should the air bag warning light come on, contact your dealer.