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WXXI Local Stories
4:56 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Americans With Disabilities Act Celebrates 26 Years

Credit adaanniversary.org

Local disability rights advocates are commemorating the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The law, which took effect on July 26th 1990, bans discrimination in areas including employment, transportation and government services.

Bruce Darling, the CEO and President of the Center for Disability Rights, says progress has been made, however, there's still room for improvement.

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Government
4:18 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Long Term Effects of Moreland Controversy on Cuomo Unknown

Governor Cuomo has not held any public appearances since a potentially damaging New York Times story that says his top aide interfered in a corruption probe when it focused on Cuomo donors. The governor began the week with rosy poll numbers, and he still has a large advantage over his nearest competitor.  

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WXXI Local Stories
3:52 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Reporting From the Riots, July, 1964

Retired broadcaster Warren Doremus was among the first reporters on the scene when riots broke out in northeast Rochester in July, 1964.
He discussed that night with WXXI's Alex Crichton:
 

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Connections
3:37 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Economic Benefit of the Erie Canal; Impact of a Nuclear Conflict

The economic impact of the Erie Canal; what a nuclear conflict would've meant to the U.S. a half century ago.

Are you a user of that length of waterway, the Erie Canal? Maybe you’re a cyclist, a dog walker or a boat owner, or maybe you’re business depends on it? Someone’s finally got around to measuring the economic benefit of the historic waterway which now has a today-dollar value, and it might surprise you. Fran Gotcsik, director of programs and police for Parks and Trails New York chats with us about the stats.

Then we head into the Nuclear Vault…a repository of formerly classified national security documents curated by the National Security Archive at George Washington University. This week, newly released documents provide surprising insights into what nuclear conflict would have meant to the U.S. half a century ago. We chat with the Archive's senior analyst, Dr. William Burr.

Connections
3:36 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Connections - Innovation Friday: Preserving Upstate's Heritage; Health Insurance

Preserving upstate New York's heritage, and then discussing health care.

We start by looking at measures designed to provide incentives for preserving and repurposing upstate’s industrial heritage, and leveraging the region’s changing demographics. We discuss this with the President of the Preservation League of New York State Jay DiLorenzo. 

Then, It’s been a big week in the nation’s courts of appeal with conflicting rulings on the legality of Federal health insurance subsidies. What does it all mean? We’ll talk to Researcher Kev Coleman from the website healthpocket.com about the developments that have the potential to unpick the Affordable Care Act. 

Government
1:53 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

County Exec. Brooks Goes On Record Opposing Seneca Casino In Monroe County

Credit www.beverageevents.com

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks is taking a stand against gambling... at least in terms of the Seneca Indians starting a casino in her county.

A letter from Brooks to Governor Cuomo this week says that she wants to go on record in objecting to a casino if the Senecas ever decide to try and declare sovereign land in the county for a casino. The Senecas had purchased some land in Henrietta, but two months ago said they no longer planned to go forward with a proposed casino there, citing local opposition.

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Health
1:51 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Emergency Department in Brockport Set to Open

Strong West in Brockport
Credit Alex Crichton / WXXI

Officials from the University of Rochester are awaiting final approval from the state to open an off-campus Emergency Department at the former Lakeside Hospital in Brockport.

The U of R took over the facility last year, and just last week began operating an urgent care center at the property 24 hours a day.

The plan is to replace urgent care with an Emergency Department on August 4th.

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Government
12:54 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Lyft To Suspend Operations In Rochester

Credit forbes.com

The Lyft ride sharing service will have to suspend operations in Rochester and Buffalo by August 1st.

That word came Friday from State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin Lawsky who say that Lyft has agreed to operate in the state in full compliance with existing regulations.

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WXXI Top Stories
12:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Around the State 7-25-14

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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WXXI Local Stories
11:13 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Local Swimmers Raise Funds for Victims of Violence

Credit orangectlive.com

Today is "Orange Day", a day dedicated by the United Nations to ending violence against girls and women.

Locally, an event called "Swimmin for Women" will help raise funds for programs that educate people about how to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.

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