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Arrest Made In 2003 Xerox Federal Credit Union Fatal Robbery

There’s been an arrest in the 2003 robbery of the Xerox Federal Credit Union in Webster. Reportedly Richard Leon Wilbern is facing federal bank robbery charges in that fatal incident. Other details about the arrest were not immediately available, but are expected to be released Wednesday. Earlier this year, the FBI said there were new leads in the August 2003 robbery which involved a man disguised as an FBI agent. During the robbery, he shot two people, killing Raymond Batzel of Livingston...
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First hour: Panicked? Well, what are you doing about the election?

Second hour: How Rochester is becoming a Parkinson's-friendly community

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Rochester’s changing economy….that’s the focus of segments Tuesday and Wednesday  on Marketplace, the national radio program heard weeknights on WXXI at 6:30pm.

Host Kai Ryssdal was in Rochester to do some reporting on the topic recently and stopped by the WXXI Studios.

“We’re doing a series with Frontline and PBS News hour , it’s called “How the Deck is Stacked,”  it’s our look at various slices of the American economy  as we go into the election and then what it’s going to be like next year when somebody else takes over this economy.”

When it comes to zoology, conservation, and nature studies, America has a significant lack of diversity. At the Seneca Park Zoo, when such jobs become open, there are rarely any nonwhite candidates. Kids in urban centers -- particularly impoverished centers -- tend to grow up disconnected from nature.

The Seneca Park Zoo Society is bringing in Drew Lanham, author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair With Nature. Lanham discusses race, conservation, and how to broaden America's connection to our land. Our guests:

  • Drew Lanham, author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair With Nature
  • Pamela Reed Sanchez, executive director of the Seneca Park Zoo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making some changes to prevent any future bid-rigging in some of his major economic development projects. But critics on both the left and the right say Cuomo is failing to address the bigger picture — whether the $8.6 billion worth of programs are an effective use of public money.

The New York State Comptroller says that Monroe County is one of eight local governments in the state  that are under “significant fiscal stress.”

The phrase used by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, significant fiscal stress, is the highest designation in his review that describes 40 municipalities across the state as being fiscally stressed.

The comptroller’s monitoring system evaluates local governments on several financial indicators including their fund balance, cash on hand and patterns of operating deficits.

In 2000, Florida's now-infamous "butterfly ballot" caused confusion among voters who weren't entirely sure whom they were voting for. The dizzying design was a mess, and it sparked a kind of movement in design.

Marcia Lausen took the opportunity to not only offer a better design concept for ballots; she wanted to redesign democracy to better serve citizens. The result is a book called Design for Democracy, which provides a template for ballots, registration forms, posters and signs, and more.

So have we put these safeguards in place, or is another Florida possible? Lausen joins us to discuss her work, and her visit to RIT for their series on design conversations.

There’s been an arrest in the 2003 robbery of the Xerox Federal Credit Union in Webster.

Reportedly Richard Leon Wilbern is facing federal bank robbery charges in that fatal incident.

Other details about the arrest were not immediately available, but are expected to be released Wednesday.

Earlier this year, the FBI said there were new leads in the August 2003 robbery which involved a man disguised as an FBI agent. During the robbery, he shot two people, killing Raymond Batzel of Livingston County and injuring Joseph Doud of Rochester.

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To get to the root of the problems between some Rochester residents and officers, the city plans to go straight to the sources.  

At a news conference Tuesday morning, Mayor Lovely Warren announced an initiative dubbed “90 Days of Community Engagement” that will begin in October. At her request, Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli and the department’s deputy chief for community relations will spend the first 60 days gaining public input on how to further improve the relationship between officers and the community.  Officers are also expected to provide feedback with the same goal in mind.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has new rules governing fees imposed on gift cards.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a measure into law Monday prohibiting businesses from imposing user fees on the unused balances of gift cards until 25 months after issuance. The old rules allowed user fees after 13 months.

In addition, the new law requires gift cards to be valid for at least five years after the date of issuance.

Cuomo, a Democrat, says the new rules will help ensure consumers "get their money's worth" out of gift cards.

First hour: Design for Democracy and avoiding another Florida 2000

Second hour: Bringing diversity into conservation and nature

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