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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Monroe County from 4pm Monday to 10am on Tuesday. Rain will change to snow, accumulating about 3 to 6 inches by later on Tuesday morning. There is a Winter Storm Warning for Livingston, Ontario, Wayne and other counties to the south and east with accumulations of 6 to 10 inches expected during that same time frame. Whatever snow we do get is expected to be the heavy, wet variety, which may make the Tuesday morning commute...

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The leader of the Senate Republicans said he’s not happy with what he said is over $800 million in new taxes and fees tucked away in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new state budget.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said he’s upset over about new proposed fees that a preliminary analysis shows total $803 million – with $250 million in new Department of Motor Vehicles fees alone.

Flanagan said he’s also not happy with the way Cuomo presented his spending plan to lawmakers. He said Cuomo failed to mention all of the new fees in a private briefing at the executive mansion.

We talk about creative therapies for children with autism. Research proves that art can directly impact brain development in people with autism. We talk about the benefits of activities that incorporate music, dance, film, visual arts, writing, and more. 

We also preview the documentary, Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the Arts, which airs Thursday, January 26 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Our guests:

The following program is presented as part of Dialogue on Disability Week – a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies – in conjunction with the Herman and Margaret Schwartz Community Series. Dialogue on Disability is supported in part by The Golisano Foundation with additional support from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.

Saturday's series of marches and demonstrations around the world were remarkable in size, scope, and meaning. We discuss the focus of the movement, and the goals for the future. Our guests:

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First hour: Reactions to the Women's Marches in Washington and around the world

Second hour: Creative therapies for children with autism

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More State University of New York students than ever before are completing their degrees.

That's according to SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, who delivered her final State of the University address today.

The outgoing chancellor highlighted new initiatives such as the SUNY Impact Foundation, which would actively seek private sector investment in programs.

"A system-level repository that allows us to actively seek private-sector investment in programs proven to expand access, drive completion, and prepare students for success," she said.

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President Trump acted on Monday to keep a signature campaign promise: withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Trump's action is mostly symbolic.

As he signed the memorandum in the Oval Office, Trump said, "We've been talking about this for a long time," adding it's "a great thing for the American worker."

Rochester Regional Health is the latest local hospital system to implement visitor restrictions in an effort to keep the flu virus from spreading.

As of Noon Monday, visitors at Rochester General and Unity Hospitals will restrict visitors to no more than two people per patient at a time.

All visitors must be at least 14 years old, and you are asked not to visit at all if you are ill , including having things like a sore throat, fever, runny nose or a cough, even if you have been vaccinated against the flu.

AM 1370 and WXXINews.org brings you a new, weeknight call-in radio show that invites everyday Americans to talk, debate, and find common ground in the first 100 days of the new administration.

Indivisible, airs Monday through Thursday from 8 to 9 p.m. for 14 weeks beginning January 23, features a different host and focus each night, bringing listeners across every divide together to weigh in and participate in lively, candid, and inclusive conversations.

What’s set to take place after the Presidential inauguration this week is nothing less than “a global movement.” That’s according to one of the leaders of the Women’s March on Washington. There are nearly 400 women’s marches planned throughout the US and on six continents on January 21st, all inspired by the women-led DC march. The idea is to bring together women and men of all ages, races and backgrounds to be proactive about women’s rights and social justice under a trump presidency. More than twenty of the “Sister Marches” as they’re being called are taking place in upstate New York.

RIT has found someone to be its next president.

The university announced on Twitter and Facebook Monday that its national search is complete and its 10th president will be announced Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., at the Gordon Field House.

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Six million years ago, giant otters weighing more than 100 pounds lived among birds and water lilies in the wooded wetlands of China's Yunnan province.

That's according to new research from a team of scientists who discovered a well-preserved cranium of the newly-discovered species in an open lignite mine in 2010. They recently published their findings in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.

President Trump is now filing the documents needed to remove his name as top executive at his companies, finally making good on a promise to leave management by Inauguration Day.

Ajit Pai, the senior Republican on the Federal Communications Commission, will be the country's new chief telecommunications regulator. He's a proponent of limited government and a free-market approach to regulations.

Pai's promotion within the FCC under the administration was long rumored and confirmed on Monday by his office. In a statement, Pai said he looked forward "to working with the new Administration, my colleagues at the Commission, members of Congress, and the American public to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans."

There has been a lot of arguing about the size of crowds in the past few days. Estimates for President Trump's inauguration and the Women's March a day later vary widely.

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From the Inclusion Desk

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A new mandate from New York State is bringing big changes to organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We recently visited one organization that has been part of the Rochester community for 70 years.

Holy Childhood is getting ready to not only greatly expand the opportunities of its clients, but launch a new business.

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Music has a way of touching every one of us. Some of us may have a deep appreciation for the artistry in making music, others may appreciate its ability to convey emotion and transport us to a different place.

But, as shown at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, music can also be used as a form of therapy. Expressive Arts sessions improve the quality of life for people who are well, and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities, disorders, illnesses, or learning differences. 

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At the Golden Globe Awards this year, Meryl Streep received an honorary award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

In her acceptance speech, she criticized President-elect Trump for mocking a reporter with a disability. Trump, who denies that, dismissed Streep’s comments on Twitter.

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Rochester: Hub For Photonics

What is photonics and why is it coming to Rochester?

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