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Health
5:44 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Cuomo Defends Ebola Policy

Credit CDC

Governor Cuomo is defending the state's policy of calling for a 21 day quarantine for people who have come into contact with an Ebola patient.

There has been some criticism of a policy announced recently by Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie by public health officials and others who worry it might discourage health care workers from going to West Africa to fight Ebola.

During a campaign stop in Rochester Friday, Cuomo said it's a prudent way of dealing with this crisis.

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Arts & Culture
5:42 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Judge's Ruling In Eligibility Case Goes Against Aquinas

Credit TWC News

The Aquinas Institute football season is over. State Supreme Court Judge Scott Odorisi issued a written decision Friday after hearing arguments earlier in the day on a lawsuit brought by Aquinas. School officials were trying to overturn a Section V ruling that made the school forfeit its quarterfinal victory last week for using an ineligible player.

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The Two-Way
4:05 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

1 Dead After Commercial Spaceship Crashes During Test Flight

The commercial space ship, pictured here in an earlier test flight, crashed in the California desert.
Mark Greenberg Virgin Galactic

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 5:28 pm

In what could be a major setback for commercial space tourism, a manned spaceship has crashed in California's Mojave Desert.

The Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two was on a test flight this morning, with two pilots aboard. Minutes after its rocket fired, the company announced on Twitter that spacecraft experienced an "anomaly."

Capt. Tom Ellison of Kern County Fire Department said that Spaceship Two had a malfunction shortly after it separated from White Knight Two, the rocket that gives Spaceship Two a lift up to 45,000 feet.

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Connections
3:55 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Connections: Candidate Free Air Time

For the 16th straight year, WXXI has invited candidates running for office to record short video messages for their constituents. You can watch all the videos here, but if you prefer to listen, we play them all for you in this show.

Connections
3:47 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Connections: Dying with Dignity

Dying with dignity: 29-year-old Brittany Maynard moved to Oregon so she could end her life on her own terms. She has incurable brain cancer. She's become a kind of spokesperson about the right to die with dignity. Will other states follow Oregon? Only three other states allow similar actions, and New York is not one of them. We discuss this with our guests: Dr. Timothy Quill, University of Rochester Medical CenterBarbara Mancini, who was featured on a recent 60 Minutes report; she was arrested when her elderly father chose to end his life with pills at home. 
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Government
2:55 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

2014 Governors Race Into the Final Weekend

Cuomo and Astorino shake hands before debate at WNED-WBFO studios in Buffalo October 22
Credit Eileen Elibol/WNED

The governor’s race is entering its final weekend. Candidates planned get out the vote rallies across the state as the contest comes down to whether supporters will turn out at the polls.  

Governor Cuomo, with a large lead in the polls, has nevertheless been pulling out all the stops to try to win over more voters.

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Government
2:14 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Subplot in the Governor's Race- Green Party Candidate Gaining Ground

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins is poised to do better than in the past, and possibly better than the left leaning candidate has ever done in New York.

Hawkins, who’s been running as high as 14% in the polls in some regions of the state , says New Yorkers on the left are increasingly disenchanted with Cuomo. The Green Party candidate cites Cuomo’s budget cuts, enacting lowered pension benefits for new state workers, and the governor’s refusal, so far, to ban hydro fracking.

“He’s my best campaign worker, he’s pushing people toward me,” Hawkins, said of Cuomo.

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Economy
12:20 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Agricultural Experiment Station In Geneva Gets A Boost

Officials from Cornell University this week unveiled renovated greenhouses at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva.

Jan Nyrop is a Senior Associate Dean at Cornell. He says the renovations have resulted in greenhouses that will be more energy efficient, allowing those savings to be plowed back into research.

And Nyrop says that research has provided a big boost to the state’s economy.

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Economy
8:13 am
Fri October 31, 2014

UTC Retail Leads The Latest Top 100 List

UTC Retail, a developer of software, hardware and other products that help retailers improve their businesses is ranked #1 in the latest Rochester Top 100 list.  Those rankings, produced annually by the Rochester Business Alliance and KPMG, list the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the Rochester area.

UTC Retail employs 76 people and is based in Victor. The local development firm, The Pike Companies came in at #2  and ConServe, a collection agency, was ranked #3.

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