State awards nearly $37M to area food banks, pantries

ALBANY (AP) — Food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries throughout the state of New York are getting some help from the state.

The administration of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the state is awarding nearly $37 million to support eight regional food banks and more than 2,600 food pantries and soup kitchens.

Together, the different anti-hunger organizations provide about 216 million meals each year to struggling New Yorkers.

Federal statistics indicate that more than 2 million New York residents cannot always afford to meet basic nutritional needs.

Anchor sets record for longest career as TV news broadcaster

ROCHESTER (AP) — This just in: A New York television news anchor officially holds the world record for longest career as a TV news broadcaster.

This week, Guinness World Records sent a world record certificate to Don Alhart, who is now in his 51st year on-air at WHAM-TV in Rochester.

He started working there on June 6, 1966.

The previous record holder was Dave Ward of KTRK-TV in Houston, who worked as a news broadcaster for 49 years and 218 days. Ward retired in May.

Police charge woman with killing her 69-year-old boyfriend

GREECE (AP) — Authorities say they’ve charged a woman with killing her 69-year-old boyfriend with a barbell weight inside his suburban Rochester home.

Police in the town of Greece say Wednesday that 40-year-old Cynthia Whitaker, of Greece, was charged with manslaughter in the death of Michael Taylor.

Investigators say the two were arguing inside Taylor’s home near the Lake Ontario shoreline when she tossed a barbell weight that hit him in the head.

Police say Taylor’s son found his father’s body Tuesday when he went to the home to check on him. Officers say Taylor was found in the kitchen along with a “fair amount of blood.”

Whitaker is being held in the Monroe County Jail on $250,000 bail after pleading not guilty at her arraignment. It couldn’t be learned from prosecutors if she had a lawyer.