WXXI AM News

Top Stories

Trump Says He Will Sign Order To End Family Separations

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET President Trump said on Wednesday he will be signing an executive order to address his controversial zero-tolerance immigration policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans. "We're going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and that we don't want," Trump said. At a brief...

Read More

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

President Trump said on Wednesday he will be signing an executive order to address his controversial zero-tolerance immigration policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans.

"We're going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and that we don't want," Trump said.

npr.org

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A New York court has thrown out rules that would have let some charter schools certify their own teachers. 

Acting State Supreme Court Justice Debra Young has ruled that only the state education commissioner and Board of Regents can set teacher qualification standards. 

The ruling voids an alternative certification process approved by the State University of New York Charter Schools Committee last October.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced legislation that would designate manufacturing hubs across New York State and the country.

She says the "Made in America Manufacturing Communities Act" would create jobs and invest in local economies, creating dedicated federal funding and technical assistance to communities that are awarded the designation.

She says a "designated community" could be a city, a county, or a region; any area that has a history of manufacturing or a business plan to enhance it.

provided

A play echoing the themes of the #MeToo movement premiers at Geva Theatre's Fielding stage on Thursday.

Swans explores a family torn apart by abuse. It's a story of reckoning, recovering lost memories, and maybe even redemption. It’s the work of playwright Maria Brandt, who also teaches creative writing at Monroe Community College.

Brandt says while many women have been empowered to find their voices and speak out against their abusers, it's important to include men in conversations about violence against women.

First hour: Should security guards in schools be armed?

Second hour: Discussing suicide prevention

Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning)

Congressman Tom Reed is calling for bi-partisan action to solve the immigration crisis.

Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, the Southern Tier Republican says he would support a bill that strives to keep children from being separated from their parents, providing that the adults were not involved in some kind of criminal activity such as human trafficking or drug smuggling.

Vice President Mike Pence was in central New York today for a fundraiser for Rep. John Katko, and to visit to a steel factory in Auburn.  But he was greeted by protesters as he arrived at a $1,000 per plate fundraiser at a Syracuse hotel.

Vice President Mike Pence visited central New York Tuesday and said Congress is working on immigration reform this week that will address issues including the separation of children and their families crossing the Southern border. Pence said he and President Donald Trump do not want children taken away from their parents and want a solution to the problem.

Spectrum News

Rochester City Council has unanimously approved the budget for the City of Rochester for the upcoming fiscal year.  Also on Tuesday night, Council voted 6 – 3 to approve the city school district budget.

The new city budget also includes an amendment that transfers $291,000 to reinstate three community policing officers in the RPD’s new Bureau of Community Affairs and increase the size of the upcoming recruit class.

Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is entering the race for governor against incumbent Andrew Cuomo. The long time Democrat is the candidate for a newly formed political movement.

Miner, coming to the race relatively late, and with little money and name recognition outside of upstate New York, says she knows she faces an uphill battle.

“The challenges are clearly there,” said Miner, who said there is also an “opportunity” for a new message in what she says is a “toxic” political atmosphere.

Pages

What question do you want to ask the Democratic candidates for Congress?

Ask them your question for their Thursday, June 21 debate on WXXI-TV and Radio

News from NPR

Embattled Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen ate dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Washington on Tuesday – and she was targeted by protesters who are angry over the Trump administration's separation of children from their families along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Pope Francis has added his voice to the growing chorus of those decrying the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy on illegal border crossings that has resulted in the separation of parents and children traveling together.

Surgeon, author and checklist-evangelist Atul Gawande has been picked to lead the health care venture formed by online giant Amazon, conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway and banking juggernaut JPMorgan.

It's an interesting choice.

Gawande, a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, is probably best known for his work writing about health care for The New Yorker and in books that include the influential Checklist Manifesto.

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

President Trump said on Wednesday he will be signing an executive order to address his controversial zero-tolerance immigration policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans.

"We're going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and that we don't want," Trump said.

More news from NPR

From the Inclusion Desk

Tianna Mañón/ WXXI news

Nazareth College is building a new state-of-the-art sports facility on campus that will also help promote inclusivity.

Tim Shriver, the chair of the Special Olympics, attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the event. It was a windy day on campus, which Shriver took as a good sign.

“In this country right now, the winds of change are blowing," he said. "They’re blowing here for us to remind us that we have to be the agents of that change.”

Construction has already begun on the Golisano Training Center at Nazareth College, which will host regional Special Olympics events and be used to help athletes.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Special Olympics, and Rochester’s own history with the event goes back almost as long.


John Robinson and Doug Hamlin are in the midst of what has become an annual endeavor. Partners in the firm Our Ability, they are undertaking their "Journey Along the Erie Canal." For John and Doug, who have little or no use of their legs, the 12-day, 350-mile ride is an "opportunity" to display how people with disabilities can adapt to any circumstance.


Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon brought her campaign to Rochester on Sunday, specifically to focus on the needs of the disability community.

Nixon met with a variety of  supporters, including those active in the disability community locally during her campaign stop at Ontario Beach Park.

The actress and activist who is hoping to face Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo in a September primary keyed in on several points important to those with disabilities, including low wages for home health care aides.

More stories from the Inclusion Desk

What's the ripple effect of the opioid crisis?

WXXI News looks at the people, places, and issues indirectly affected by the opioid crisis

Meet the WXXI News Team

The reporters you hear everyday