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More people out of work in Genesee County.
The unemployment rate locally edged up in December to 8.1-percent.
A month earlier, the county’s jobless rate was 7.4-percent.

A poll in the U.S. Senate race in New York highlights the shifting political landscape in the wake of Senator-elect Scott Brown's upset victory in Massachusetts.  The latest Rasmussen poll finds Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand holds a slight lead over an unnamed generic Republican candidate, 39-to-34-percent.

If employees at Wegman’s supermarkets are smiling you'll know why.  The company has been rated the third best on the most recent Fortune Magazine list of top 100 companies to work for.  The company has always been near the top and the third place ranking is actually slightly better than last year's fifth place finish. 
Other Western New York companies that make it into the top 100:  Paychex, the Rochester based payroll company founded by billionaire Thomas Gollisano, checks in at 54, down from 39th place last year.  Toy maker Mattel is 78th.  It is the parent company, Fisher-Price based in East Aurora.

One of Governor Paterson’s revenue generating proposals in the upcoming budget year is to allow supermarkets to sell wine. The food retailers would have to buy a license from the state to do and that could bring in millions for state coffers.
Liquor stores owners are not at all happy about the plan.
They argue that in states where wine is sold in grocery stores, DWI deaths and injuries are twice that of states where only independent retailers sell wine.
The governor says he’s willing to compromise by letting liquor stores sell snacks.

Bills owner Ralph Wilson is standing firmly behind new head coach Chan Gailey.  Wilson tells "The Buffalo News" he thinks Gailey will be good for the Bills because of his head coaching experience and years as an offensive coordinator. Wilson calls last season "painful for the fans." 
 

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