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Trump Warns Against 'Bailouts' For Insurance Companies In Bipartisan Health Care Deal

Updated at 12:15 p.m. ET Less than a week after President Trump said he is cutting off subsidies to health insurance companies, lawmakers announced Tuesday that they had a deal to restore the money and take other actions that could stabilize insurance markets for next year. Trump offered mixed opinions on the deal at first, though he encouraged the bipartisan effort. But on Wednesday morning, he tweeted that he "cannot support" measures that he sees as bailouts of insurance companies, which...

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Among a sea of green jumpsuits at the Monroe County Correctional Facility, Rugby’s huge pit bull smile and wagging tail stands out.

He’s the first dog to participate in "A New Leash on Life", a recent partnership between the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, which trains Monroe County jail inmates to handle “unadoptable” dogs. The dogs stay at the facility in Brighton for six to eight weeks and are with their trainers 24-7, learning commands and proper dog behavior.

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The Landmark Society of Western New York is announcing its 2017 Five to Revive list. That's a list that identifies opportunities for targeted, strategic revitalization.

The goal is to return historic venues to a place of prominence, so that they become economic and social assets that spark even more investment and revitalization.

The five locations include the Elim Bible Institute in the village of Lima; Lehigh Valley Railroad Roundhouse in Manchester; Hotel DeMay in Greece; Tent City in Rochester, and front porches of houses throughout Western New York.

Some high tech jobs are coming to the Town of Gates. Supervisor Mark Assini says that Novomer, a sustainable chemicals company, will be expanding into a location on Buell Road and they expect to employ about 60 people.

Right now, they employ less than half that amount at a pilot facility in the Eastman Business Park.  The new location is near the airport, and the company is expected to employ chemists, engineers, lab technicians and other types of workers at the new facility.

What kinds of stories can be told by studying material objects? In other words, what can we learn about a culture and its people based on the clothing, housing, tools, and art that they produce?

That’s the focus of an upcoming symposium at Ganondagan. We talk about what we can learn from Native materials. Our guests:

  • Michael Galban, curator and historian at the Seneca Art and Culture Center at Ganondagan, and organizer of the Symposium on Woodland Material Culture and Art
  • Mindy Magyar, assistant professor of industrial design at the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at RIT

The United Way of Greater Rochester and the ESL Federal Credit union are announcing a $500,000  ESL “Give Back Challenge,” for next year's United Way Campaign.

ESL will match all new and increased donations to the United Way's Community Fund next year, up to a half-million dollars. Officials say this is one of the largest challenge grants and corporate donations in United Way's history.

Faheem Masood is president and CEO of ESL. He says making this challenge just makes sense for his organization.

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A grassroots community organization is reporting success with a program designed to help people trying to overcome addiction to opioids.

Over the past eight weeks, 47 individuals have been enrolled in addiction treatment programs after they attended a drop-in center in the town of Gates.

"Gates to Recovery" is a program that runs every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gates recreation center meeting room.  It's open to anyone looking for support or information. 

As the Healing Our Waters conference gets underway in Buffalo, environmental advocates from around the region have a front-row seat to issues central to the city.

But the conference is also a time to gather hundreds of environmentalists and start to inspire change -- on issues like diversity.  

A federal judge in Maryland has blocked parts of President Trump's most recent attempt to impose broad limits on who can enter the U.S., granting a motion for a preliminary injunction that was filed by plaintiffs led by the International Refugee Assistance Project.

The plaintiffs "have established that they are likely to succeed on the merits," District Judge Theodore D. Chuang wrote in the Tuesday order dealing another setback to the Trump administration's attempt to ban travel to the U.S. by citizens of certain countries.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The first openly gay member of New York state's highest court is being sworn in.

Judge Paul Feinman will formally take his place on the Court of Appeals following a ceremony Wednesday in Albany.

Feinman has been a judge for more than 20 years. He fills a vacancy created by the death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, who was found dead in the Hudson River near her Manhattan home in April.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo nominated Feinman and has called him a "trailblazer" whose career has been dedicated to the causes of justice and fairness.


First hour: What we can learn about Native American culture by studying Native materials

Second hour: The Landmark Society's 2017 "Five to Revive" list


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A federal judge in Washington has ordered the Trump administration to allow a detained teenage who is in the U.S. illegally to have an abortion.

The 17-year-old, identified in court documents only as "Jane Doe," is being held in a private facility in Texas after she was apprehended crossing the U.S.-Mexico border last month. She is 15 weeks pregnant and has asked for an abortion.

By the end of November 1965, U.S. officials were well aware that mass murders were underway. At this point, roughly two months into an Indonesian military campaign that would ultimately kill at least half a million people, U.S. Embassy staff privately expressed no shock in reporting that thousands had already been summarily executed.

They did comment on the resourcefulness of the killers, though.

If there's one thing President Trump's critics want from him, and he refuses to give up, it's his tax returns.

The returns didn't come up during Wednesday's hearing in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan. But the hearing was the first step in a process that could loosen Trump's grip on them.

If the next step goes the plaintiffs' way, the case could make the president's tax returns surface.

Editor's note: This story contains graphic language.

As women around the world tell their stories of sexual harassment and assault using the phrase "#MeToo," one prominent voice added her own harrowing account.

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From the Inclusion Desk

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The state comptroller has announced that New York is joining 28 other states in offering a program that will help parents with disabled children save money for their future.

The program is modeled on the college savings program, which also is operated by the comptroller’s office. It allows an account to be set up in the name of any New Yorker who is diagnosed with a disability before the age of 26.


A new apartment complex in the town of Sweden is providing affordable homes for people with disabilities and low to moderate income individuals and families.

The 56-unit complex is co-owned by Lifetime Assistance and Rochester’s Cornerstone Group, a housing development and property management firm. 

Whitney MacIntyre, housing transition coordinator at Lifetime, says the new development is an inclusive environment where neighbors know neighbors and they can ask each other for help.

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Despite the gray sky outside, inside the studio was quite cheerful.

The bright, colorful space housed three girls chatting about the weekend while glazing handmade bunnies.

Sarah Beren is a licensed creative art therapist and owns Spotted Rabbit, a studio with art classes, art therapy and an apprenticeship program for a population within the disability community she saw was underserved.

Julie Cataldo is strapped into a harness as she sits in her wheelchair just a few feet from the edge of the Erie Canal. A hydraulic lift hoists her from the chair and swings her out over the water.

The lift lowers her into a kayak, and its operator adjusts her seat.

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