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Sunbeam Recalls Oil Filled Heaters

Robin Humphrey —  Friday, January 30, 2015

Sunbeam is recalling 34,000 “Holmes” brand oil-filled heaters due to a scalding hazard.

The company has received 40 reports of the units unexpectedly spraying heated oil, resulting in property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The heaters are black or white in color and were sold at Target and small department stores nationwide from last August through November.

Consumers should stop using the unit, unplug it, and contact Sunbeam for instructions on how to get a refund.

 

Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports a major breakthrough in the 1979 unidentified homicide case commonly referred to as the Caledonia Jane Doe case. Livingston County Sheriff’s Investigators have been working closely with the Hernando County Florida Sheriff’s Office on a recent lead, which has led to the identification of the victim. Her name is Tammy Jo Alexander. Tammy Jo was born on November 2, 1963 to Barbara Barnes and Marvin Alexander in Atlanta Georgia. Tammy Jo last lived in Brooksville Florida and attended school at Hernando High School and South Sumter High School, both in Florida. Investigators are asking anyone who knew or has information about Tammy Jo Alexander, please call 1-800-CALL-FBI.
       
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office responded on November 10, 1979 to a report of a young girl found murdered on the side of Route 20 in the Town of Caledonia. Since that day, the Sheriff’s Office has followed up on thousands upon thousands of leads across the world and persistently worked to identify her as new technology developed. The Sheriff’s Office has never given up trying to identify her and her killer. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office continues to lead this investigation while working closely with the Hernando County Florida Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, and the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office to bring justice to Tammy Jo Alexander.

If you have any information about Tammy Jo Alexander, or the “Caledonia Jane Doe” case, please call our centralized hotline at 1-800-CALL-FBI.  

Kia Motors Issues Recall

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, January 26, 2015

If you own a Kia Forte, Kia Motors America is recalling the Forte Sedan made from Dec. 2012, through April 17, 2014. The cooling fan resistor might overheat and melt in those vehicles, increasing the risk of a fire.

The recall is expected to begin Feb. 24.

Owners seeking additional information may contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

 

Now That’s A Lot Of Wings

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, January 26, 2015

Has the Super Bowl gone to the birds? .

According to the National Chicken Council, Americans will consume 1.25-billion chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday.

That’s the same record tie amount consumed on Super Bowl Sunday last year making Super Bowl Sunday the country’s number one wing-eating day. To put it into perspective, if you had 1.25, you could place 572 chicken wings on every seat in all 32 NFL stadiums.

That’s nothing to cluck at!

 

Gas Prices Keep Falling

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, January 14, 2015
According to a new Lundberg Survey, the price of gas fell an average of 27-cents-a gallon over the past three weeks, and it could be going even lower.  The national average price for regular is now $2.20 a gallon.  That’s a $1.14 per gallon less than it was last year at this time.  It’s also the lowest average price in more than five years.  Lundberg said prices would drop even more if not for a spike in the cost of ethanol, which the government requires as an additive

SUNY Geneseo Names New President

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The State University of New York Board of Trustees appointed a new president to SUNY Geneseo. Denise Battles is currently provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  Battles succeeds Christopher Dahl who retired in the fall of 2013 after 20 years of service. Her appointment is effective in July.

If you are an AT&T cell phone customer and you are one of the 50 million customers on their “Mobile Share Value Plan” will soon be able to rollover your unused data from the previous month. The plan allows customers to share data on up to 10 devices on a single plan.

Last month, T-Mobile rolled out a similar plan but with T-Mobile you can rollover unused data for up to a year.

So far there is no word on whether Verizon or Sprint plan to launch similar data plans.

Former Gov. Mario Cuomo Passes At 82

Robin Humphrey —  Friday, January 2, 2015

Mario Cuomo, a son of Italian immigrants who became an eloquent spokesman for a generation of liberal Democrats during his three terms as governor of New York but couldn’t quite bring himself to run for president, has died. He was 82.

Cuomo died Thursday, the same day his son Andrew started his second term in office. He died from heart failure at his home with his family by his side, according to a statement.

Cuomo loomed large in New York politics as governor from 1983 through 1994 and became nationally celebrated for his ability to weave the story of his humble upbringing with ringing calls for social justice.

But he was also known for the presidential races he stayed out of in 1988 and 1992. Cuomo agonized so publicly over whether to run for the White House that he was dubbed “Hamlet on the Hudson.”

In 1991, Cuomo left a plane idling on the tarmac at the Albany airport rather than fly to New Hampshire and jump into the battle for the presidential nomination at the last minute. He left the door open for a lesser-known governor, Bill Clinton of Arkansas.

U.S. Gas Prices Continue To Fall

Robin Humphrey —  Tuesday, December 2, 2014
The cost of a U.S. barrel of crude oil fell by 10 percent over the weekend and experts predict it will drop further still.  The last time American consumers saw oil this low was in late 2009.  The national average is around $2.79 a gallon.  Factors for the decrease include U.S. hydrofracking production, higher fuel-mileage standards, Europe’s economy, and OPECT countries refusal to reduce production.

The publishers of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, has named New York State “Wine Region of the Year.” The prestigious award will be presented in New York City during the Wine Star Awards gala dinner in January.

Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation said, “It is a big honor.”  “This award literally belongs to hundreds of people who have worked together on many fronts to improve the quality of our grapes and wines, grow our industry, and market the products. We’re the 30-year overnight success,”

New York has more than 375 wineries throughout 56 of the state’s 62 counties. The industry generates annual economic benefits to the state exceeding $4.8 billion, according to the foundation.

In the early 1980s the wine industry experienced an economic crisis. Then-Gov. Mario Cuomo initiated a comprehensive package of legislation that transformed the industry “into the fastest growing industry” in the important agriculture and tourism sectors in the state.

That business climate has been enhanced even more since Gov. Andrew Cuomo took office in January 2011. Trezise says the governor has boosted the industry by holding two “Wine, Beer, Spirits & Cider Summits,” changing several important laws and regulations that help the industry, and increased awareness and sales of New York wines.