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Excellus is proposing a 19.5% increase in premium rates for certain health plans in 2025. This proposed adjustment targets community-rated small group plans and individual plans, affecting about 11.5% of Excellus’ membership, or around 167,000 members across 39 counties in upstate New York. The rate increase request was filed with the Superintendent of the Department […]

Governor Kathy Hochul has unexpectedly paused New York’s congestion pricing plan, set to start June 30, citing economic concerns. The plan would have charged motorists up to $15 to enter Manhattan’s business district, aiming to reduce traffic and generate revenue for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Hochul expressed concerns about the financial impact on working […]

Wegmans Food Markets has launched its Fill the Bus/Fill the Backpack campaign to provide food for school-aged children during the summer months when they lack access to free or reduced-price school lunches. Running from June 5-19, the campaign allows customers to donate $3, $5, or any amount at checkout, with all proceeds supporting local Feeding […]

National Donut Day, has some historical basis. The Salvation Army in 1938 established the first Friday in June as National Donut Day to honor the organization’s Donut Lassies, women who traveled to France to serve donuts and other snacks to soldiers during World War I. For National Donut Day on Friday, June 7, you can […]

TJX Companies the parent company of retail stores such as TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods — is equipping employees with body cameras to thwart theft. Over the past year, the company started using body cameras in certain stores across its U.S. portfolio, which also includes Sierra and Home Sense, as a means to “de-escalate incidents, deter […]

Rihanna, the award-winning singer and beauty mogul, has announced the launch of her new haircare line, Fenty Hair. Set to debut on June 13th on FENTYHAIR.COM, the line aims to cater to a diverse range of hair types and textures. The promotional campaign features people of various nationalities, highlighting the inclusivity and versatility of the […]

The New York State Senate and Assembly have passed a bill mandating warning signs in stores that sell or repair firearms. These signs inform customers that having a firearm at home significantly increases risks of suicide, lethal domestic violence, and accidental deaths, especially involving children. The warning message emphasizes the heightened danger and provides the […]

In 2023, CEO compensation packages for S&P 500 companies surged by nearly 13%, far outpacing the 4.1% wage increase for private-sector workers amid rising inflation. The median CEO pay reached $16.3 million, making the typical CEO earn nearly 200 times more than their median employee. Economic resilience and robust profits bolstered stock prices, leading to […]

The Rochester Cocktail Revival, New York state’s only weeklong cocktail festival, starts on June 3, featuring 80 events across various bars in Rochester. The festival celebrates local bar, hospitality, and cocktail culture. Key events include the Launch Pad at Essex on June 3, the Kentucky Garden Party at George Eastman Museum on June 5, Cocktails […]

Nissan has issued an urgent warning to owners of approximately 84,000 older vehicles, advising them to stop driving due to the risk of exploding Takata air bag inflators. The inflators, found in certain 2002-2006 Sentra, 2002-2004 Pathfinder, and 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4 models, have been linked to one death and 58 injuries since 2015. The defective […]

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