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Republicans Admit Defeat On Health Care Bill: 'Obamacare Is The Law Of The Land'

Updated at 5 p.m. ET House Republicans scrapped a vote on their health care replacement plan on Friday after defections from both the right and center that made it clear the bill would not pass. "Obamacare is the law of the land. It is going to remain the law of the land," House Speaker Paul Ryan admitted shortly after he pulled the bill. "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future. I don't know how long it's going to take us to replace this law." Ryan may have...

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New York State is home to over 4.4 million immigrants and now a new initiative will guarantee them access to legal assistance.

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A search that is reportedly related to the death of a Chili teen continued over the weekend in South Carolina.

That's according to the FBI, who tells Spectrum News the search related to the death of Brittanee Drexel will continue at least until Sunday. 

Myrtle Beach Police say officers from their department along with sheriff's deputies and the FBI began searching  Friday in an area around Georgetown, South Carolina.

A new report sums up the crazy winter that brought unusually warm temperatures to the Great Lakes region -- as well as some brutal Lake Effect snowstorms.

Toronto recorded its highest February temperature -- 66 degrees -- on Feb. 23, according to the Midwestern Regional Climate Center. The following day, more records were set in Syracuse (71), Binghamton, N.Y. (70), and Erie, Pa., (77).

The KeyBank Foundation has announced a $250,000 grant to help Rochester Preparatory Charter School.

Rochester Prep is free and open to all families living in Rochester, which helps prepare students while they are still in high school and also follows them to college to ensure they are getting the support and resources they need.

The grant from KeyBank will be used for the school’s College Access and Success program, which helps ensure students are choosing colleges that are the right fit for them.

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About 200  protesters gathered outside the Federal Building Friday afternoon on State Street in Rochester to voice their concerns about recent incidents involving immigrants in Western NY.

The protest was actually scheduled even before Thursday night’s rally outside the Border Patrol station in Irondequoit. It had been scheduled in connection with the recent detention of farmworkers in Orleans County.

But Thursday night’s incident brought an additional sense of urgency to the downtown  protest.

Elected officials react to scrapped health care bill

Mar 24, 2017

Republicans on Friday pulled the bill that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act, with House Speaker Paul Ryan saying, “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”

Elected officials representing the region and state had this to say about the scrapped effort:

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer:

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The U.S. Border Patrol released this statement on Friday in connection with the immigration story involving some people from Guatemala:

"On March 23, 2017, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rochester Border Patrol Station responded to a call from a local police department requesting assistance during a vehicle stop.

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:

  • The Rochester Association of Black Journalists' "Rochester Legends;"
  • A local man's struggle with kidney disease, and his video series, "Cooking for Your Kidneys;"
  • Gay conversion therapy, and the new film, Fair Haven;
  • The discovery of the Trappist star system.

Rochester Reads is Writers & Books annual event, choosing one title for the community to read together. They've selected The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld, a book about a death row in an ancient stone prison. Through the eyes of an inmate who finds escape in books and in re-imagining the life around him is woven a fantastical tale of the people he observes and the world he inhabits.

We talk to Denfeld about the book, and the upcoming events surrounding her visit. Our guests:

  • Rene Denfeld, author of The Enchanted
  • Kyle Semmel, executive director of Writers & Books
  • Karen vanMeenen, director of special projects at Writers & Books

M&T Bank

M&T Bank’s regional Rochester headquarters has a new home. On Friday the bank officially unveiled its new space at the building formerly occupied by Frontier Communications on South Clinton Avenue.

M&T had its regional headquarters on East Avenue near Union Street for a number of years, but regional president Dan Burns says they really needed some updated offices.


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After yesterday's pulled health care vote, many on the left and the right are seeing it as a failure for Republicans — but former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says it's actually a blessing in disguise.

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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham faced a tough, boisterous crowd at a town hall in Columbia, South Carolina today.

The public meeting came the day after Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. "The process was not what I wanted it to be," he said, adding that he thinks Obamacare is a disaster and is going to collapse. And he doesn't think one party is going to be able to fix it alone.

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From the Inclusion Desk

Advocates from the Center for Disability Rights and other organizations are calling on local Republican congressional members to preserve critical components of the Affordable Care Act that would affect disabled populations.

Damita Peace works with the Regional Center for Independent Living and said most importantly, they’re asking for the continued right that people with disabilities can live and receive necessary care in their homes, rather than institutions.

Sesame Street Workshop

Sesame Street is introducing a new Muppet to its cast, and she is unlike any Muppet they have had before.

Her name is Julia, and she has autism.

The character was introduced online in 2015, but will now become a regular on the television show.

Rachel Rosner, the director of education and support services at Rochester-based Autism Up, said introducing a character with autism is a huge step forward for the show — and for raising awareness.

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Rainey Walker had been out of work for about four years.

But that all changed when he partnered up with the Arc of Monroe’s Job Path program, which works to find jobs for people with developmental or intellectual disabilities.

After completing development training and assessments, Walker decided to give being a cashier a shot.

Walker has been working at Hart’s Local Grocers in Rochester for about three months now. He said there’s a lot about his job that he likes.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York State Senate and Assembly are in agreement on a plan to increase funding for the care of the developmentally disabled. 

The Republican-led Senate and Democratic-controlled Assembly both included $45 million in additional funding in their chamber's proposed state budgets. 

The money would support pay raises for the direct support professionals who care for people with developmental disabilities. Low pay has created high turnover and staffing shortages. 

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