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Flu cases continue to rise in Monroe County; the number of deaths is up to 11

The latest numbers on the flu in Monroe County show that they have not peaked yet. That according to John Ricci, a spokesman for the county’s Department of Public Health. The latest data does show two more deaths related to the flu, for a total of 11 so far this season. The latest reported deaths both involved people age 75 or older. The information from the county also shows there were 703 new cases in the week ending February 3 rd . Monroe County has seen 3,715 confirmed cases of influenza...

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Democrats in the New York state Senate say they will push harder for gun control bills in the wake of the Florida shooting that left 17 dead and are even considering proposing the measures as hostile amendments.

Before they left for the Presidents week break, Senate Democrats pushed for more measures to strengthen gun control in New York. The state already has one of the strongest gun laws in the nation. Known as the SAFE Act, it was passed shortly after the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut at the request of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Following the deadly school shooting in Florida on Feb. 14, President Trump is directing the Department of Justice to develop regulations to ban bump stocks.

"Just a few moments ago I signed a memorandum directing the AG to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns. I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized, Jeff, very soon," Trump said, referring to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Members of a group calling for a police accountability board in Rochester shared their critiques of an independent report looking into the issue.

A report from the Center for Governmental Research was presented to City Council in November.

Barbara Lacker-Ware with the group Enough is Enough says they don't agree with some of the information in it.

She says there is widespread misconception that New York State law prevents anyone other than the chief of police from imposing discipline on police officers.

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A local tenants group is renewing its call for the establishment of a Housing Court in Rochester.

That comes as several tenants in a Thurston Road apartment complex plan to hold a rent strike so

they can get the necessary repairs to their apartments, and be able to live in dignified conditions.

John Lindsey lives in second floor apartment at 447 Thurston Road.

His bathroom ceiling has collapsed, and there's black water in his bathtub, which doesn't drain.

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Senator Chuck Schumer was in Rochester Tuesday defending the old federal Historic Tax Credit program.

The recent tax bill reduced the value of these credits.

Schumer says major transformation projects like the ones on East Main Street could stall if the federal government fails to approve building applications for the program fast enough.

It’s one reason he didn’t agree with the tax bill.

Should the voting age be lowered to 16? It’s a question that has resurfaced over the last few days, as students across the country have spoken out about gun legislation following the mass school shooting in Florida. Advocates of lowering the voting age say that if students are already participating in politics and can work and drive, they shouldn’t be denied the civic responsibility of voting. Those against the idea say that 16 and 17 year olds are not mature enough to make informed decisions at the polls. Several U.S. cities have already lowered the voting age, as have several countries.

Will it happen across the U.S.? What should the national voting age be? Our panelists debate the issue. Our guests:

  • Dylan Holcomb, senior student-activist and mindfulness facilitator at Brighton High School 
  • Sam Topa, freshman at McQuaid Jesuit High School
  • Zosan Soong, senior patent counsel at Xerox Corporation, and parent 
  • Mary Lupien, RCSD teacher
  • Tim Kneeland, professor and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Nazareth College 

USA Today recently reported on the continuing support for President Trump among evangelical Christians. This comes a little more than a year after 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump. Many leaders in the Christian conservative community sat that the administration’s list of wins – from judicial and personnel appointments to policy changes to pro-life agenda actions – has been lengthy. That has sparked conversations in the local Christian community, particularly among left-leaning faith-based organizations whose leaders say they are confused about that support.

Our panel discusses what it means to be a modern, American Christian. In studio:

Two of Xerox’s largest shareholders continue their battle to change the direction of the company.

On Tuesday, Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason released a letter suggesting that Xerox directors consider consolidating its operations with that of a competitor or actually sell the company.  The two shareholders believe Xerox may be able to find a corporation willing to pay a large premium for Xerox.

The latest numbers on the flu in Monroe County show that they have not peaked yet. That according to John Ricci, a spokesman for the county’s Department of Public Health.

The latest data does show two more deaths related to the flu, for a total of 11 so far this season. The latest reported deaths both involved people age 75 or older.

The information from the county also shows there were 703 new cases in the week ending February 3rd.  Monroe County has seen 3,715 confirmed cases of influenza so far this season. The season began on October 1st.

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In the ongoing debate over a proposed waste to energy facility at the Seneca Army Depot, a group of residents and business owners who are opposed to the project traveled to Albany Tuesday to call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject it.

The facility, proposed by Rochester-based Circular enerG, would produce electricity by burning up to 2,600 tons of trash each day.

A number of residents, neighboring towns, and elected officials have come out against the project.

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A meeting that was to have taken place between Vice President Pence and representatives of North Korea during the Winter Olympic Games fell apart when Pyongyang suddenly backed out, the State Department says.

The meeting, between Pence and Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's nominal head of state, was to have taken place on Feb. 10 during the vice president's three-day visit to the Olympic venue.

The U.S. men's hockey team narrowly lost to the Czech Republic in a tight quarterfinal game that ended in a penalty shootout at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics tournament on Wednesday.

The final score was 3-2, after the Americans were unable to get the puck past Czech goalie Pavel Francouz. In the five-round shootout, only one player managed to score: Petr Koukal of the Czech Republic.

With the win, the undefeated Czech Republic team advances to the semifinals in the Olympics tournament. The Czechs outshot the Americans 29-20 in their game at the Gangneung Hockey Center.

U.S. skiing star Lindsey Vonn turned in a time that was a half-second off the lead in the downhill Wednesday in South Korea, fast enough to win a medal in her final downhill race of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics – and almost certainly the last of her Olympic career. It's the third Olympic medal overall for Vonn.

"It was tough to contemplate this being my last Olympic downhill," Vonn said afterward. "I struggled to try to keep the emotions together, but I left it all on the mountain like I said I would."

Measles is highly contagious, but easily preventable with a vaccine.

However, the numbers of measles cases sharply jumped up in Europe in 2017, according to new data released by the World Health Organization.

In 2017, the disease affected 21,315 people, compared to 5,273 in 2016. Last year, 35 people died in Europe because of measles.

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A recently passed House bill has many in the disability community speaking out.

Advocates say that the ADA Education and Reform Act would gut many provisions under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Ericka Jones is a Systems Advocate with the  Center for Disability Rights says now, when a person files a complaint about a business not being accessible, it’s reviewed and resolved fairly soon.

But this new bill would give businesses 180 days to act.

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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