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In Monroe County and the Finger Lakes, thousands of students could graduate high school without ever seeing a black teacher in their school hallways. A year-long WXXI News investigation found that five districts in Monroe County don’t employ a single black teacher in kindergarten through 12th grade, according to the numbers from the 2015-16 school year. Four districts have only one. The countywide lack of diversity on teaching staffs is significantly more severe than the national average....
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As public housing authorities get ready to comply with a new federal ban on indoor smoking, the Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) has had a three-year head start.

The RHA implemented a ban on smoking at all of its approximately 2,400 housing units and administrative buildings in October 2013.

Executive director John Hill said the indoor smoking ban was just a suggestion from the federal government at the time, and RHA decided to put it into action.

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Dr. Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development in his incoming administration.

"Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities," Trump said in a statement released Monday. "We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities."

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Members of the Monroe County School Board Association are on the road to Albany Monday morning to discuss legislative priorities for the coming year with state officials.

The association plans on discussing a number of issues including state mandates, undoing legislation that ties teacher evaluations with state test scores, the shortage of English language learning teachers and special education.

But at the top of their list is foundation aid, the set amount of funding that districts get from the state, and the amount that they can fundraise, or the tax caps.

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In Monroe County and the Finger Lakes, thousands of students could graduate high school without ever seeing a black teacher in their school hallways.

A year-long WXXI News investigation found that five districts in Monroe County don’t employ a single black teacher in kindergarten through 12th grade, according to the numbers from the 2015-16 school year. Four districts have only one.

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Second hour: Monthly Science Roundtable looks at human evolution

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns to rally the Oakland Raiders to their biggest comeback in 16 years with a 38-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

After falling behind 24-9 following touchdowns on the first two drives of the second half for Buffalo (6-6), the Raiders (10-2) took the game over with 29 straight points and won their sixth straight to remain one game ahead of Kansas City in the tough AFC West.

Italian voters have dealt a serious defeat to the government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. In a referendum Sunday, they rejected Renzi's proposed constitutional reforms, which would have changed the balance of power between the executive and Parliament.

The "no" vote is expected to win by a margin of nearly 20 percentage points, in what is seen as a resounding message of discontent with Renzi's government. The lopsided result also signals the strength of anti-establishment sentiment in the country.

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The Hilton School District is mourning the death of a 13 year old boy who died after being struck by a fire department vehicle on Sunday afternoon in the Town of Greece.

Greece police say it happened just after noon when the boy was walking  and entered Flynn Road when he was hit by a vehicle belonging to the Lakeshore Fire Department.

The young teen was pronounced dead at the hospital and circumstances surrounding the accident are still under investigation.

The Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit for the construction of a key section of the Dakota Access Pipeline, granting a major victory to protesters who have been demonstrating for months.

The decision essentially halts the construction on the 1,172-mile oil pipeline about half a mile south of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Thousands of demonstrators from across the country had flocked to North Dakota in protest.

Updated at 7 p.m. ET Sunday.

Officials say they have so far recovered 33 victims killed in a warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif., and say there may be more.

The fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. Friday during an electronic music show at the "Ghost Ship," an artists' collective in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood.

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The people of southern Madagascar are on the brink of a famine and need immediate humanitarian aid, according to United Nations food agencies. A three-year drought, exacerbated by this year's El Niño, has caused harvests to continue to fail. And people are left with no money and almost nothing to eat.

Firefighters have temporarily halted efforts to recover bodies from the site of a devastating fire in Oakland, Calif., citing concerns that part of the building might collapse.

The "Ghost Ship" — a warehouse that was used as an artists' collective — burned down Friday night during a dance party. It was the deadliest fire in Oakland history.

At least 36 people are dead, authorities said Monday, and they expect the number of fatalities to rise when recovery efforts resume.

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A man with a rifle who claimed to be "self-investigating" a baseless online conspiracy theory entered the Washington, D.C., pizzeria Comet Ping Pong on Sunday, according to local police.

The man allegedly pointed the gun at a restaurant employee who managed to escape, then fired the weapon inside the restaurant. There were no reports of injuries, police say. A North Carolina man has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon in connection to the shooting.

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