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New York State has been ordered to pay more than 600-thousand dollars to an Albany woman who was raped by a guard at Albion State Prison.
The judgment is believed to be one of the largest for a prison abuse case.
Court documents stated that the woman was raped in June, 2007, by guard Donald Lasker. 
Lasker was later fired and sentenced to two months of weekends in jail.
The unidentified female inmate was serving a sentence for parole violation. 

A jury has convicted Ali-Mohamed Mohamud of second degree murder for the beating death of his ten-year-old stepson.  
Mohamud struck the boy with a baker's rolling pin dozens of times, crushing the back of the boy's head and severing his spinal cord.  After several days of sometimes graphic testimony, jurors deliberated for three hours yesterday before reaching the guilty verdict.  Mohamud now faces a possible 25 years to life in prison at sentencing.

The American Cancer Society says there are 6 new cancer cases per week in Genesee County – that’s 350 a year.
100 of them will not survive.
Hillary Clarke, director of federal government relations for the Cancer Society, brought the Cancer Votes campaign to Batavia yesterday.
She said despite the number of organizations supporting cancer awareness and research, having support of elected officials is vital:
“We’re here to send the message that cancer isn’t just fought in the doctor’s office, but it’s also fought in our nation’s capital and in legislatures across the country," Clarke said. "Whether it be preventing, detecting, or treating appropriately, there’s a role for elected officials at every phase in the continuum.”
Clarke says that politicians can allocate funding for cancer research, tobacco-control programs, or cancer screening programs for the uninsured.
Read our entire story, with comments from Hochul and Collins, HERE

The Rochester region continues to lead the way for upstate communities when it comes to job creation.  

New figures from the state Labor Department show the Rochester area added 92-hundred new jobs over the past 12 months.  Rochester accounted for more than half of the net job creation upstate, and helped offset losses in places like Buffalo. 

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