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10:29 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

A Different Kind Of Labor Day Parade

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Although Labor Day is still a couple of days away, it got an early start in downtown Rochester Friday night.

The Rochester Labor Day Parade is typically one of the largest such parades in the state. But the tradition got a new twist with the event being held Friday night, instead of the usual Monday parade.

The reason is because the Drum Corp Associates’ World Championships competition is going on this weekend at Sahlen's Stadium and parade organizers wanted to take advantage of the ability to get some of those bands to march in Friday night’s parade.

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3:32 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Constellation Brands Joins Disaster Relief Efforts In Napa Valley

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Victor-based Constellation Brands is making a $100,000 donation towards disaster relief efforts in Napa Valley, after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake caused millions of dollars in damage last weekend. The money will go to the Napa Valley Vintners' Community Disaster Relief Fund.

The money will help with temporary housing and other basic needs such as food, water and medical care.

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2:32 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Connections: David Lanz; What is Camp EAGR?

A chat with David Lanz. Then we learn about Camp EAGR.

In the first part of the show, we talk to new age recording titan David Lanz, who now makes Rochester his home. He talks about 30 years in the industry, and why he still wants to crank out an album every single year. 

Then, as part of our Move to Include series, we learn all about Camp EAGR. We welcome Mike Radell, Director of the camp, along with Lisa Noonan, a board member of Epilepsy-Pralid, Inc.

2:28 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Connections: State of Our Unions

The state of the labor unions.

Labor Day is coming, and in many ways, union leaders feel that their organizations are under attack. Nationally, there's the right-to-work movement. In New York state, there's the debate over Wicks and Scaffold laws, among others. We check in on the state of our unions with our panel:

Jim Bertolone, President of the Rochester and Genesee Valley Labor Federation and AFL-CIO
Erin Young, Rochester and Genesee Valley Labor Federation
Dave Young, President of the Rochester Building and Construction Trades
Tom Gillette, Regional Director for New York State United Teachers

Arts & Culture
1:12 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Tony Stewart Breaks His Silence On The Fatal Race Track Incident In Canandaigua

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ATLANTA (AP & WXXI News)  Speaking quietly and his voice trembling, NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said Friday that the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will ``affect my life forever'' as he returned to the track for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint-car race in Canandaigua three weeks ago.

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12:32 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Rally to House the Homeless in Rochester

Rally for the homeless outside County Office Building
Credit Alex Crichton

Around two dozen people rallied in front of the Monroe County Office Building in downtown Rochester Friday morning to protest the lockout at the Civic Center Garage, which was home to about 30 people every night.

The demonstration was organized by Sister Grace Miller from the House of Mercy.

She says she brought several homeless to shelters downtown on the night the garage was locked, but they were refused.

Miller says under Article 17 in the State Constitution, Monroe County has a legal obligation to care for its street homeless.

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WXXI Top Stories
10:50 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Around the State 8-29-14

The WXXI News staff checks newspapers and websites to help keep tabs on what's happening in communities across New York state.

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10:30 am
Fri August 29, 2014

New At-Home Test Screens For Colon Cancer

Credit gastroendonews.com

About a third of Americans aren't up to date on their colon cancer screening.

A new at-home test may help detect cancer in people who aren't willing or able to get a colonoscopy.

The FDA recently approved the Cologuard test, which can detect blood and eleven different molecular markers in the stool that can indicate cancer or precancerous lesions in the colon.

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Arts & Culture
8:53 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Celebrating "Shark Girl" In Buffalo

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)  Shark Girl is on display in Buffalo and at least one official from the statue's old home of Cincinnati feels a slight bite of sorrow. 

The life-size statue of a girl in a Victorian dress and a shark head was installed at Buffalo's Canalside this week after a yearlong stint on Cincinnati's waterfront. 

Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery paid an undisclosed sum for artist Casey Riordan Millard's statue, which was funded with a $6,000 grant through Cincinnati's Arts Ambassador Fellowship. 

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8:39 am
Fri August 29, 2014

WXXI Receives Grant To Help Rochester Improve Student Outcomes

WXXI has been awarded a $200,000 grant from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help Rochester improve youth outcomes for all students from preschool through college and onto careers.

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