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Hydrofracking has been banned in New York State for nearly a year now, but opponents of the natural gas extraction process have other concerns, including new pipelines. Opponents of hydrofracking are now focusing on gas pipelines that conduct fracked gas from other states underneath New York. 30,000 people signed petitions against doubling the size of the Algonquin Incremental Market also known as the AIM pipeline. The 21 inch wide gas conduit is located near the Indian Point Nuclear Power...
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Rochester is among the top ten best cities if you like food and don’t want to have to pay too much.

That’s according to the website WalletHub, which in its “2015 Best and Worst Food Cities For Your Wallet”  ranks Rochester 9th among 150 U.S. cities in terms of affordable grocery and restaurant items.

Wallet Hub spokesperson Jill Gonzalez says Rochester ranks well in terms of the number of grocery stores and restaurants on a per capita basis.

The University of Rochester School of Nursing is recruiting adults between the ages of 18 and 40 who have been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa for a new study. We talk about what we already know, and what researchers want to find out. In studio:

  • Mary Tantillo, professor clinical nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, director of WNYCCCED, and founder of The Healing Connection
  • Michelle Morales, parent peer mentor for WNYCCCED
  • Alyssa Morales, advocate for eating disorder awareness

Hydrofracking has been banned in New York State for nearly a year now,  but opponents of the natural gas extraction process have other concerns, including new pipelines.

The Rochester-Monroe County Anti-Poverty Initiative: why will this time be different?

After months of work, the initiative has released some specific ideas. The goal is to reduce poverty by 50% in 15 years. Our panelists talk about what they've learned, and how they'll be accountable. In studio:

  • Leonard Brock, Director of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative
  • Maggie Brooks, Monroe County Executive
  • Lovely Warren, Mayor of the City of Rochester 
  • Joe Morelle, Majority Leader of the State Assembly 
  • Fran Weisberg, President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Rochester
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A team from IBM is in Rochester to develop a plan to fight poverty.

Rochester was one of 16 cities chosen to participate in the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge.

It brings top experts from the technology company here for the next three weeks to develop strategies to tackle what Mayor Lovely Warren calls Rochester's greatest challenge -- poverty.

"Poverty is Rochester's most pressing challenge, and to be frank, poverty is Rochester's greatest shame."

The IBM team is led by Rochester native Martin Laird.

Rochester Institute of Technology has a new networking and mentorship program for women. It's called Women of Color, Honor, and Ambition -- or WOCHA.

The program is designed to create a peer network and other support structures to help women throughout their education, and also prepare them to enter the workforce.

Stephanie Paredes is the Manager of Multicultural Programs at RIT. She says they wanted to create a year-long program to help women of all different backgrounds. Thompson

Members of a coalition of local community and faith-based groups will be staging a rally outside the Monroe County Office Building this evening.

They're calling on all three candidates for county executive to pledge to double of the number of children who receive child care assistance.

(AP & WXXI News) Xerox will book a pre-tax charge of around $385 million, after the company announced Tuesday it will not complete the implementation of new Medicaid payment systems for Montana and California.

The company says it will still process Medicaid claims in those states using existing systems to avoid interrupting any services. Xerox had experienced delays implementing its platform in both Montana and California.

Xerox said Tuesday that it remains committed to implementing its Health Enterprise platform for other states.

Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, October 13th

19 hours ago

First hour: Anti-poverty initiative

Second hour: New eating disorder research

City of Rochester

A cohort of community and faith leaders have organized in support of Rochester's homeless, and their main priority is shelter from the cold winter months.

The organization is called REACH: Rochester Emergency Action Committee for the Homeless. Peter W. Peters is a retired priest, and a member of their steering committee.

"What we want to do is go to the County Legislature to alert them to the fact that there is now a broad, based citizen support for the care for the homeless."


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