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An indictment on federal charges for the Geneseo man accused of running one of largest Marijuana farms ever in Livingston County. 
45-year-old Michael Mettler faces six counts in connection with the alleged growing operation. 
Authorities say Mettler was cultivating more than 250 pot plants on his 44-acre farm when sheriff's deputies raided the property late last month.
He could face life behind bars if convicted.

Depending on which political poll you look at, Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino from Buffalo is either really close or really far behind Democratic opponent Andrew Cuomo.  The latest survey from Siena College gives Cuomo a 33-percentage point lead at 57-to-24 percent.  That comes after a Quinnipiac University poll earlier this week put Paladino just six points shy of Cuomo.  The difference could be in the methods used.  Quinnipiac did not include Rick Lazio in their survey while Siena did. 

Thousands of public workers could be out of a job before the end of this year.  Governor David Paterson is ordering state department heads to begin cutting two-thousand state jobs.  The governor is looking to trim the state work force through layoffs, retirements, and attrition. 
The Governor said the early retirement incentive program came up short and blames the public employee unions for offering no alternatives. 

Two busloads of local veterans, their friends and families are in Washington, DC this morning.
The 90-member group left Batavia early yesterday on Patriot Trip 3, an excursion organized by State Assemblyman Steve Hawley.
For many of the vets, it is the first time they will see the monuments and memorials dedicated to their military service. The group returns to Batavia on Sunday. Read complete story HERE.

A Caledonia woman is New York's newest multi-millionaire.  Josephine Berndl hit a $2-million jackpot on a $20 scratch off ticket.  She says she plans to buy a new car and build a log cabin in the woods. 
She will receive $100,000 a year for the next 20 years before taxes.

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