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Senate GOP Leaders Push Off Health Care Vote Until After July 4th

Updated 3:30 p.m. ET With their health care bill facing a perilous path, Senate Republican leaders have decided to push off a vote until after Congress returns from next week's July Fourth recess, GOP aides confirm to NPR's Susan Davis. "We're still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday at a press conference on Capitol Hill. Despite the delay, McConnell confirmed that Republican senators were heading to the White...

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Starting Thursday, you can summon a ride through a ride hailing app in Rochester and other upstate cities.

Uber and Lyft lobbied hard to get permission to operate outside of New York City. That battle was won and now the drivers for the services can start working.

68-year old Chris Grattan of Hamlin has signed up to drive with Lyft.

Rochester Police say that one of their investigators fired a shotgun Wednesday  while in the process of executing a search warrant.

Authorities say it happened at about 10:30 am on the northeast side on Rustic Street. Police say one of the members of the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team fired a shotgun at someone at 77 Rustic Street when that person reached for a weapon.

Officials say it appears that neither the officer nor the suspect were injured by the gunfire.

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) Elected leaders from the upstate region have returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where they met with federal officials to discuss the flooding along Lake Ontario's New York shoreline. 

Among those making the trip to the nation's capital Tuesday was Cheryl Dinolfo, the executive for Monroe County, scene of the some of the worst flooding. She and other officials from areas hit by flooding met with members of the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Western New York's representatives on Capitol Hill are urging the federal government to keep pilot training rules in place that were implemented one year after Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence, killing all aboard and one person on the ground.


Xerox says it is selling its Xerox Research Centre Europe in Grenoble, France. It is being purchased by NAVER Corporation, described as South Korea’s leading internet company.

The research facility was founded in 1993, focusing on things like artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing and ethnography.

Xerox’s chief technology officer, Steve Hoover, says that the majority of research by the facility was supporting the company’s business processing unit.

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First hour: Rochester mayoral candidate Alex White, part two

Second hour: Why fewer teens are working summer jobs

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York judge has dismissed all criminal charges against Republican state Sen. Robert Ortt, who was accused of violating state election law.

In Tuesday's ruling, Judge Peter Lynch cited a lack of evidence.

The Niagara County lawmaker had pleaded not guilty in March to felony charges that, as mayor of North Tonawanda, he used a no-show job to funnel money to his wife.

The bipartisan Board of Elections had referred the case to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

There was dramatic testimony Tuesday in the hearing on whether former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino should be ousted from the Buffalo school board.   Paladino took the stand, and apologized for racist comments he made last December regarding President and Mrs. Obama.

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Conrad Herwig Latin Side, Jae Sinnett's Zero to 60 Quartet, and Lera Lynn were some of the performers that took the stage Monday night at the 2017 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. View the photos from Monday on our Flickr page courtesy of photographer Fred SanFilipo.

We convene a panel of journalists to discuss how things are covered and what is covered at all. Megyn Kelly from NBC News took a lot of criticism when she decided to interview conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. And what about journalists who have interviewed Richard Spencer, the white nationalist?

Our panel discusses who journalists should interview and why. Our guests:  


The latest on the Lake Ontario flooding from our reporters along the lakeshore

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Americans may be celebrating 241 years of independence this Fourth of July, but they won't be liberated from their cars on what's forecast to be the "most traveled Independence Day holiday" ever.

AAA says that 44.2 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home, with the vast majority on the road. That's an increase of nearly 3 percent from the year before, or more than a million people.

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The Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a legal dispute over the death penalty that pits a local prosecutor against the governor.

At issue is whether Gov. Rick Scott has the authority to remove cases from State Attorney Aramis Ayala of Orlando because she won't seek the death penalty.

The last few months have not been easy ones for the small companies that supply Whole Foods with quinoa and kale. As big investors demanded a shakeup at the company, maybe even a takeover by a much bigger supermarket chain, Janey Hubschman felt that the fate of her own company, Epicurean Butter, was also at stake.

"The fact that their sales have not been great affects every single product that is in Whole Foods, and their reputation affects everything that is on the shelf," says the Colorado businesswoman, who has been selling to Whole Foods since 2005.

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From the Inclusion Desk

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Children from across the greater Rochester area poured onto Frontier Field Saturday for the 25th annual Challenger Baseball Little League World Series.

The league enables kids ages 6 to 18 who have mental and physical disabilities to play the game with the help of on-field buddies – other children and adults who guide them at bat, around the bases, and in the outfield.

Click on the LISTEN link above to learn more about how the league and World Series were started and about the players who look forward to participating every summer.

There's a lot going on in the local autism community: The U of R has the brand-new Levine Autism Clinic. On South Avenue, there are plans for the new Golisano Autism Center. And this weekend, national experts will be in town to give talks, run workshops, and help lead a conference on autism. So what does the latest research tell us? Our guests:

  • Suzannah Iadarola, Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • Chris Hilton, mother, and finance and operations director for AutismUp
  • Terrie Meyn, COO of CP Rochester

This conversation is part of WXXI’s Inclusion Desk, spotlighting issues related to disabilities. The WXXI Inclusion Desk is part of Move to Include — a partnership to encourage thoughtful discussion about issues of inclusion and the differently-abled.

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Area law enforcement agencies joined dozens of Special Olympics athletes on Friday for a torch run from Gates Town Hall to Downtown Rochester.

The event raises money for Special Olympics, and that’s something that participants like Kenny Moriarty of Rochester really appreciate.

“It’s incredible, the flames and the running, you’re doing the exercise.” Moriarty also told WXXI News he really appreciates “the sponsors and all the thanks and all the help we get.”

The repeal of the Affordable Care Act could have some unintended consequences on the most vulnerable: children with disabilities. On this special Move to Include edition of Need to Know we’ll learn how special education in our public schools may see unbearable funding cuts.

Also on the show, some local disability rights advocates were recently detained outside the White House. We’ll discuss what they’re calling on President Trump to do and if he’s responded.

And a complex journey for a local artist unfolds on canvas. How local talent is awakening our understanding of deaf culture through art.

Move to Include and the Inclusion Desk is a partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

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