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7:03 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Rochester's Sentry Safe Sold To Master Lock

A well-known Rochester company has been sold. Sentry Safe, a leading manufacturer of personal safes, has been sold to an Illinois company called Fortune Brands for just over $117 million.

Sentry has been around since 1930, and it employs around 400 people in Rochester and another 100 in Indiana.

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5:05 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

ROC Parents & Teachers Protest Teacher Tenure Lawsuit

Several Rochester school teachers, parents and advocacy groups are protesting a lawsuit challenging New York’s teacher tenure system.

The lawsuit was filed this week in Albany Supreme Court and alleges teacher tenure in the state protects poor performing teachers by making it harder for them to get fired or to improve classroom instruction.

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4:20 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Cuomo's Opponents up the Ante in Moreland Commission Criticisms

GOP candidate for Governor Rob Astorino at Albany stop of his statewide tour Tuesday

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s opponents in the November races are stepping up accusations over the ethics commission scandal, and citing sections of state law that they say might have been broken by the governor’s aides.

Lieutenant Governor candidate Tim Wu, who along with Zephyr Teachout is challenging Cuomo and Kathy Hochul in the state Democratic primary, teaches New York State criminal law at Columbia University.

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3:41 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Addressing Campus Sexual Assaults

  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says there's been an endless wave of sexual assaults on the nation's college campuses.

So she's co-sponsoring legislation designed to create incentives for schools to take proactive steps to protect students.

Gillibrand says she was moved by a recent article about a Hobart and William Smith college student named "Anna" who told the New York Times she was sexually assaulted on campus.

The college said it handled the case properly with compassion, respect and seriousness.

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3:40 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Kodak Makes Changes To Retirement & Other Benefits

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Kodak is making some changes to its retirement plans and other benefits. A memo from CEO Jeff Clarke to employees on Wednesday says that the company's Executive Council recently held discussions on Kodak's strategic direction, with a focus on how to accelerate long term growth and sustainable profitability.

Clarke says to make the company more competitive the following changes are being made:

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WXXI Local Stories
3:36 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Rochester Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Miss Jane Pittman Drinking Foundation

Ms. Midge Thomas accompanied by City of Rochester employees on the 25th anniversary of the Miss Jane Pittman Drinking Fountain.

City of Rochester officials commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Miss Jane Pittman Public Drinking Fountain in the Liberty Pole Plaza on Wednesday.

The three-headed, brass Miss Jane Pittman water fountain is symbolic of the era when blacks and whites could not sip from the same drinking fountains.

"It represents liberty, equality and humanity for the city of Rochester,” says Midge Thomas, the wife of late Dr. Freddie Thomas, the driving force behind the fountain.   

“I needed a drink of water 25 years ago, and I wanted to make sure that people had free drinking water in the downtown area."

In 1987, Thomas was charged $.10 for a cup of water in downtown in order to take her medication.

The public drinking fountain earned its historical name based on the Ernest Gaines' novel “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” 

“We wanted this drinking fountain to have more meaning than just having a drink of water. It talks about the history of this country of America," Thomas says.

The Freddie Thomas Foundation donated the fountain back in 1989. Thousands shared in the unveiling ceremony on July 30, 1989, while Mayor Ryan, Ernest Gaines and Midge Thomas took their ceremonial drink from the brass fountain.

Mayor Warren declared July 30th Midge Thomas Day for her many contributions to the Rochester community.

3:21 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Connections: Puerto Rican Festival

Previewing the Puerto Rican Festival this weekend.

The Puerto Rican Parade and Festival kicks off this weekend. We chat with the organizers about the history of these events, and preview what will be coming up over the weekend. To sum up the hour, we’ll have a conversation about Latinos representation in the local media with our guests:

Geena Cruz, parade committee president

Orlando Ortiz, president of Puerto Rican Festival

Leslie Rivera, vice-president of Puerto Rican Festival

Julio Saenz, founder of ConXion, board member of Ibero-American Action League, and Author of “Rochester’s Latino Community”

3:15 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Connections: Raising Healthy Children

How do we raise healthy children?

We ask the question, “How do we raise healthy children?” We discuss the risk of childhood obesity, healthy eating, and exercise. We also discuss about how to best keep their minds healthy, as well. How much screen time is healthy for kids and what are some of the alternatives to video games and television? Our panel weighs in:

Debra Ross, founder of Kids Out and About

Stephen Cook, UR Medicine pediatrician

Adrienne Furness, Henrietta Public Library

Tonia Burton, children’s services consultant at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County

12:48 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Cuomo: Children With Epilepsy Need Quicker Access to Medical Marijuana

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Governor Cuomo has asked Acting State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker if there's a way to speed up access to medical marijuana to children with epilepsy.

This follows the recent deaths of two Western New York girls who struggled with the neurological disorder. 

A local epilepsy service organization says it has had inquiries from clients about medical marijuana.

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WXXI Top Stories
10:06 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Around the State 7-30-14

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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