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Trump Keeps Elephant Trophy Import Ban In Place, For Now

Updated on Friday, Nov. 17, at 10:30 p.m. ET The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that it had lifted an Obama-era ban on importing sport-hunted trophies of elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia. But Friday evening, President Trump seemed to say that decision was being reconsidered , tweeting that he would review "all conservation facts" and issue an update "soon" with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Zinke later issued a statement, saying: "President Trump and I have talked and...

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  The opera Mrs. President is being performed Saturday night in Rochester. It tells the story of the first woman to run for president, which happened earlier than you might think.

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Resist and Persist. That’s the title of this year’s National Organization for Women state conference  held at MCC  on Saturday.

The annual event brings together women leaders and activists for a day of organizing and learning.

President of New York NOW Sonia Ossorio recognized the achievements and actions taken by women in the last year, specifically since the 2016 election.

"Since then when we gathered to mourn and pick ourselves up and we promised each other to go forward, we haven’t stopped."

Some top officials in the administration of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren have submitted their resignations. According to media reports, that includes the police and fire chiefs.

But a spokesman for City Hall says this is really not unusual. Communications Director James Smith issued this statement:

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Rochester Police say that they have located a missing 5 year old girl, unharmed, in California.

Authorities say that a clerk at a Motel 6 in San Diego on Friday night called 911 after recognizing the girl’s mother, Rene Stong from a flier.

Police responded and took Stong into custody without incident. Officers say that Laylani Ortiz was also located at the motel in good health. Her mother is being held in San Diego awaiting extradition, while Laylani is being cared for by San Diego’s Social Services. The family has been notified.

Updated on Friday, Nov. 17, at 10:30 p.m. ET

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • Black Lives Matter and sanctuary counties, with Monroe County Sheriff-elect Todd Baxter;
  • Sexual harassment and abuse in the context of women's history;
  • The medical benefits of birth control, and the Trump administration's efforts to allow employers to deny coverage;
  • R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People, and the impact of "Everybody Hurts."

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An historic building in the Town of Greece has been torn down.

The early 20th century building known as the Hotel DeMay in Greece,  at the intersection of North Greece and Latta Roads was demolished on Friday, which a local preservation group says happened a day after a demolition permit was issued.

The hotel was built in 1909 and according to the Landmark Society it served as a community gathering place and tavern and entertainment establishment for nearly a century. It’s been vacant since 2000.

What are your thoughts on charter schools? That question garners many different answers, and it is one of the most polarizing subjects we can discuss on the program. This hour, we preview a documentary called Backpack Full of Cash. It will be screened at The Little Theatre on November 30, and it explores how different cities have privatized their schools, and the impact that move had on their public schools.

This hour, we discuss the costs and benefits of charter schools, the impact on public school funding, and how to create schools that work well for all students. Our guests:

We discuss a difficult, often grim, but vital issue this hour: when people with disabilities are murdered by their caregivers or family members. According to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, more than 400 people with a disability were murdered by a family member or caregiver in the last five years. In court, perpetrators often receive lighter sentences, and when these crimes are covered in the media, they are frequently described as "mercy killings."

Disability rights advocates are calling for change. They say when the justice system and the media handle murders of this nature in these ways, they dehumanize victims. We discuss the impact on the disability community with our guests:

Allegiant Airlines has launched new non-stop service between Rochester and Southwest Florida.

Airline officials and Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced on Friday that Allegiant has started its new, year-round route between the Greater Rochester International Airport and the Punta Gorda Airport.

The new service was first announced over the summer, and the new route will operate twice a week, offering about 340 seats per week.

Allegiant started service to Rochester in 2015, and also offers twice-weekly, non-stop service to Orlando.



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In 2012, after Devin P. Kelley was convicted of domestic violence by a military court, Holloman Air Force Base failed to input that conviction into a federal database used for gun-purchase background checks.

The oversight enabled Kelley to buy multiple weapons from licensed gun dealers, which the ATF says were found at the scene after he killed 26 people at a Texas church.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder is often associated with combat, but trauma comes in many forms.

It's the season of sinful eating. In just four days we'll be piling our Thanksgiving plates high with buttery mashed potatoes and MSG-laden turkey.

And good news, gobblers: All those forkfuls of goodness may not be as bad for us as we think.

Eminem gave his fans a mix of old and new during his appearance on Saturday Night Live Nov. 18. The Detroit rapper delivered a must-see performance as musical guest during the Chance The Rapper-hosted show.

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The benefits of music on individuals with autism are widely known. Improved focus, advances in speech and language, and better motor skills. But sometimes it’s about the growth that you can’t quantify in numbers.

On a Tuesday night in a sleepy plaza in Penfield, the Music Education Center is buzzing. Kids are in the waiting room, parents are catching up and students are practicing anything from trombone to piano.

Noah Svokos is a curly haired 13 year old who has been taking piano lessons for 5 years at the center.


NPR's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest Winner Gaelynn Lea is in Rochester this weekend for a performance at Nazareth College Saturday.

She never thought she would be a performer full time. Which is a funny thought to come from someone who in the last year had 200 shows in 39 states and 6 different countries.

Born with Brittle Bone Disease, Lea is a violin player but also uses the platform she’s been given to talk about disability rights.

An emerging model called self-direction is enabling people with disabilities to live more independent lives. Self-directed individuals choose where they live, they design their own days and activities, and they have more control over the funding they receive for daily support services.

While the model has produced positive results for people in our community, advocates say not everyone knows about it or understands the process well. We discuss what self-direction means, and we hear from people in our community who are navigating the process. Our guests:

The winner of NPR's 2016 Tiny Desk Concert is a remarkable musician from Duluth, Minnesota named Gaelynn Lea. Lea is a classically trained fiddler whose music includes Celtic and American fiddle traditions. Her submission, Someday We'll Linger in the Sun, was the judges' unanimous choice. If you watch Lea's video, you'll notice that she plays her violin in a style that you might not expect -- she holds it in front of herself, like a cello.

Lea has brittle bone disease, and when she fell in love with the cello as a young student, it was difficult for her to hold it. A teacher noticed, was inspired by Lea's gift for music, and helped her learn how to play the violin in the same style. Now, Lea plays solo shows and with her band. She's also a teacher and an advocate for people with disabilities. 

We talk to Lea about her music, her success, and about how to make all stages accessible to everyone.  She'll be in Rochester for a performance and talk at Nazareth College, but first, she joins us on Connections. Our guests:

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