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JCC of Rochester gets $200,000 for security enhancements

In the wake of recent threats to the Jewish Community Center in Rochester and other Jewish institutions across the country, Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle announced on Sunday that he secured $200,000 in funding for improving security at the Brighton facility. Morelle said the funding is intended to proactively respond to the threats, and to help ensure and restore a sense of safety to the center and its members. "This community has come together, they are stronger than ever. They are...

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Rochester fire officials say high levels of carbon monoxide in a church on the city’s northwest side resulted in several people being treated.

Firefighters were called to the scene at about 1:40pm at Emmanuel Temple Church on Seneca Parkway.

When they got there, the crew found high levels of the odorless gas. Everyone was evacuated and RG&E pinpointed the problem to an improperly installed furnace.

Fire crews ventilated the building; two adults and one child were taken to the hospital as a precaution to be checked out, and eight others were treated at the scene.

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GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP & WXXI News) — The FBI says its work in a wooded area of South Carolina has brought authorities closer to resolving the case of a Chili area teenager who disappeared during a spring break trip that she took without her family's knowledge in 2009.

Multiple media outlets report an FBI supervisory agent said Sunday the work over three days in Georgetown County "progressed the investigation" into the disappearance of 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel.

She was last seen leaving a Myrtle Beach resort on April 25, 2009.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is recruiting volunteers to conduct water quality assessments this summer.

So-called WAVE monitoring helps DEC identify bodies of water in need and encourages residents to better understand the health of waterways where they live. Volunteers visit streams and rivers once and collect insects and other small organisms from the rocks and rubble at the bottom.

In the wake of recent threats to the Jewish Community Center in Rochester and other Jewish institutions across the country, Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle announced on Sunday that he secured $200,000 in funding for improving security at the Brighton facility.

Morelle said the funding is intended to proactively respond to the threats, and to help ensure and restore a sense of safety to the center and its members.

A shooting in a Cincinnati nightclub left 15 people wounded, one of them fatally, early on Sunday morning.

The number of victims could rise, however, because people were traveling to hospitals on their own, Cincinnati police Capt. Kim Williams said.

NBC affiliate WLWT reported that police officers outside the club heard gunshots around 1 a.m., as the Cameo Night Club was closing.

Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate has tweeted that there was "only one reported shooter," and that police are "still investigating if others [are] involved."

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).

As Iraqi forces backed by the United States ramp up efforts to take Mosul back from ISIS, there are reports of scores of civilians killed by airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition.

In a statement, the United States Central Command admitted that its airstrikes had hit an area where civilian casualties have been reported.

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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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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