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Local aerial skier Jon Lillis' quest for a medal ends in South Korea

Pittsford native and Olympic skier Jon Lillis made it to the championships Sunday morning in men's aerials at the Olympics, but was out after 2 rounds. The finals began at 6:00 Sunday morning. After two rounds only the top six qualified for the final run, and Lillis came in at eighth. He was the only American to make the men's aerials finals.

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All 65 people aboard an Aseman Airlines plane were feared dead when it slammed into Mount Dena in central Iran Sunday during a bout of bad weather, authorities told the Iranian state broadcaster.

But there was so much fog and rain that rescue crews had been unable to reach the crash site via helicopter and were hoping a drone could aid in their search, reports IRNA, the country's official news agency.

President Trump took to Twitter earlier this week to praise the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The new federal tax bill was signed into law in December of 2017. On Twitter this Sunday, the President said: “4.2 Million hard working americans have already received a large bonus and/or pay increase because of our recently passed tax cut & jobs bill....And it will only get better!”

If that’s the case, why is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo threatening to sue the federal government over the tax law? On this edition of Need to Know we’re examining the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the confusion around the new law, and what it means for New Yorkers.

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Rochester General Hospital is one of five New York hospitals participating in a new drug take back program aimed t reducing the public health and environmental impacts of unused medications.

Doug Hosie, RGH Director of Pharmacy says many people end up flushing unwanted medication down the toilet, but the chemicals in many medications are so small that they get through water filter systems.

Hosie says they also hope the program reduces the risk of addiction.

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Crews battled a 3-alarm fire at a former hotel in the Town of Henrietta Sunday morning.

It’s at the former Country Inn and Suites on West Henrietta Road. Monroe County deputies say that as a result of the fire, W. Henrietta Rd. was closed Sunday morning in both directions between Lehigh Station Rd. and Calkins Rd. but just before 1:00 p.m., deputies said it had been reopened.

Reports of smoke starting coming in around 4:00 a.m.  A passing deputy noticed the flames.

Drew Broderick

Pittsford native and Olympic skier Jon Lillis made it to the championships Sunday morning in men's aerials at the Olympics, but was out after 2 rounds.

The finals began at 6:00 Sunday morning. After two rounds only the top six qualified for the final run, and Lillis came in at eighth.

He was the only American to make the men's aerials finals.

A report from Bloomberg says that Western NY-based Tops Markets may be getting ready to file bankruptcy.

Sources tell the business news site that Tops could potentially seek court protection from creditors as soon as this month.

Tops is based in Williamsville, in the Buffalo area, and runs about 170 stores in the Northeast.

Bloomberg notes that the grocer began almost a century ago in Niagara Falls.

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Although the number of women entering medical school is increasing, women only make up about 7% of orthopedists in the country.

That’s why the University of Rochester Medical Center hosted a workshop Saturday to encourage more young women to enter the field.

Around 40 local high school girls were at URMC getting a hands on look into the field of orthopedics; practicing suturing, fixing bones and trying their hand at rotator cuff repairs and ligament reconstruction.

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President Trump chided his national security adviser on Sunday, tweeting H.R. McMaster "forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians."

McMaster said on Saturday that it is now "incontrovertible" Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

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A rally held Saturday afternoon called on the community to reject President Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric.

The event, held at the Central Church of Christ aimed to develop a united community response and to demand an apology regarding Trump's "ongoing hateful policies."

Demond Meeks helped organize the rally, he says historically Rochester didn’t stand by as a community and watch injustices take place, and that Trump’s comments are empowering those who agree with him.

A neighborhood association has filed a lawsuit against the proposed Whole Foods Plaza in Brighton.

The Clover/Allen’s Creek Neighborhood Association filed a suit in State Supreme Court concerning the process involving the development proposed by The Daniele Family Companies on Monroe Ave. near Clover St.

The suit claims the developer has been allowed to take control of a public trail, a walking and biking path known as the Auburn Trail.

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President Trump spent the weekend at his his Mar-a-Lago resort tweeting about the Russia investigation after a federal grand jury on Friday indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies in connection with what prosecutors describe as a covert Russian campaign to help Trump win the presidency.

All 65 people aboard an Aseman Airlines plane were feared dead when it slammed into Mount Dena in central Iran Sunday during a bout of bad weather, authorities told the Iranian state broadcaster.

But there was so much fog and rain that rescue crews had been unable to reach the crash site via helicopter and were hoping a drone could aid in their search, reports IRNA, the country's official news agency.

The Trump administration is proposing to dramatically cut funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a move critics say is an ongoing assault on the 7-year-old agency.

The bureau was championed by Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats and created in the wake of the financial crisis to protect Americans from getting ripped off by financial firms.

Tommy Rock has had three graduations — high school, college and graduate school. And no one from his family was there — no one to cheer for him, no one to take his picture. And when he came home to Monument Valley, few really cared.

"I didn't get no congratulations or nothing," Rock said. "It was like 'Oh you think you're better than us?' I was like, 'Wow, OK.' "

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AutismUp and the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester are combining forces to provide support for families of individuals with autism or other developmental and intellectual disabilities.

The two organizations are launching a service to connect families with the support and services they will need following a diagnosis.

Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been immersed in music since her childhood. While she says her primary focus in life is on her career as a musician, it was her rise to fame after winning the 2016 NPR Tiny Desk contest when she also took on a new role - that of a disability advocate and public speaker.  During a recent concert in Rochester at Nazareth College, Lea told Need to Know that the underrepresentation of people with disabilities in the arts has given her a new stage to share a powerful message.

We conclude our Dialogue on Disability Week with a conversation about "invisible" disabilities. Our guests share the challenges they face living with multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. In studio:

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Some 2,000 Rochester area residents with disabilities are in need of housing.

And that number only reflects individuals who get services through one state agency, the New York State Office of People With Developmental Disabilities.  The overall need for affordable, accessible housing is even greater.

This has always been an issue, but it's become a bigger problem in recent years, as more people are interested in living independently.

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