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Report: Kushner Discussed Setting Up Secret Communications With Russia

Updated at 10:09 p.m. ET Jared Kushner discussed the possibility of Trump's transition team secretly communicating with the Kremlin, the Washington Post reports . Kushner, the president's son-in-law and adviser, spoke with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak in early December of last year about setting up a "secure communications channel ... using Russian diplomatic facilities" in the U.S., according to the report. Intercepts of Russian communications reportedly found that Kislyak...

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There’s a reprieve of sorts for workers at a Kraft Heinz plant in Steuben County who were expected to get layoff notices soon.

Kraft Heinz had sent out a notice to 330 employees of the plant in Campbell  earlier this year, saying that it is possible they could lose their jobs. That notice is required by the NYS Labor Department, and came after the company announced in 2015 it would close seven manufacturing facilities.

Now, Kraft Heinz has filed a new notice with the state, which says 380 workers at that Steuben County plant could be laid off by August 23.

School districts throughout Rochester are battling a storm of unknowns. The federal health care bill which is a repeal of the Affordable Care Act is calling for $880 billion in cuts to Medicaid over the next ten years. Why does that matter to public school districts? It ultimately affects services delivered to some of their most vulnerable students - those in special education.

Susan Hetherington – director of the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Rochester - explains some of the potential implications of the health care bill for students.

This story is from WXXI's  Inclusion Desk, part of our Move to Include partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Police in New York state will be cracking down on drunken driving over the busy Memorial Day holiday. 

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that state and local law enforcement agencies will be adding patrols and using sobriety checkpoints to identify and arrest impaired motorists. 

During last year's campaign, state police made 225 drunken driving arrests and issued nearly 12,000 tickets for a variety of other violations. Other law enforcement agencies made another 196 drunken driving and impaired driving arrests. 

Jim Bunning, an imposing Hall of Fame pitcher and a cantankerous, resolutely conservative U.S. Senator from Kentucky, died Friday at age 85.

Southern Rocker Gregg Allman Dies At 69

May 27, 2017

Gregg Allman, founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, has died at the age of 69.

Allman's manager, Michael Lehman, told NPR News Allman had suffered a recurrruence of liver cancer five years ago, and died from complications of the disease.

A statement on the southern rock musician's website reads,

"Gregory LeNoir Allman

December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017

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ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden echoed some of the same veiled criticism of the Republican Trump administration he has been making at commencement speeches this month when he spoke Saturday at Cornell University.

Although Biden never mentioned President Donald Trump by name, the Democrat criticized the plan to build a wall on the Mexican border and to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

He said last year's election "churned up some of the ugliest realities" in the country.

At the end of a G7 summit, it's customary for the nations to release a communiqué that conveys areas of consensus among the nations. Last year, when America was represented by President Obama, the missive was 32 pages long and outlined many subjects of "common values and principles." Among other things, the group committed to take the lead on the implementation of the Paris Climate Accord.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter and a noted foreign policy expert and thinker, died Friday at the age of 89.

His daughter, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, announced his death on Twitter and Instagram:

In a Saturday morning statement, former President Obama called Brzezinski a "passionate advocate for American leadership."

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Spring flooding along Lake Ontario is damaging many homes along the shoreline, and it’s hurting people who have businesses there. Now, business owners say it will take a long time to recover -- even after the floodwaters go away.

Marge’s is a little bungalow bar in Rochester. Inside, there's a small wooden bar and a few games, but you don't go to Marge’s to stay inside.

Out back is a big stretch of beach looking out over Lake Ontario. There's a tiki hut, and frozen drink machine, and live music on the weekends.

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The latest on the Lake Ontario flooding from our reporters along the lakeshore

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A sheriff's deputy and seven other people were killed in an overnight shooting spree in Lincoln County, Miss., and the suspect is in custody.

The rampage happened at three separate locations in the county, according to a statement from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation carried by The Associated Press and Reuters.

The suspect, identified as 35-year-old Willie Corey Godbolt, was apprehended and moved to a hospital to receive treatment for a gunshot wound. Authorities did not explain how he sustained it.

The Philippine military said on Sunday it had found the bodies of 16 civilians as troops tried to gain control over Marawi City, which has been under siege from ISIS-allied militants.

Nearly every weekend since Inauguration Day, President Trump has flown from Washington to one of his homes outside the capital. Most often he's stayed at Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, Fla.

In April, he hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping there for a summit meeting, and in February he invited Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe down for a round of golf.

Trump has also overnighted at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

All the travel means a lot of work for the United States Secret Service, the legendary agency which protects presidents and their families.

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From the Inclusion Desk

The repeal of the Affordable Care Act could have some unintended consequences on the most vulnerable: children with disabilities. On this special Move to Include edition of Need to Know we’ll learn how special education in our public schools may see unbearable funding cuts.

Also on the show, some local disability rights advocates were recently detained outside the White House. We’ll discuss what they’re calling on President Trump to do and if he’s responded.

And a complex journey for a local artist unfolds on canvas. How local talent is awakening our understanding of deaf culture through art.

Move to Include and the Inclusion Desk is a partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Area lawmakers gathered at the Gates Chili High School field house Thursday to announce $200,000 in state funds to help expand Unified Champion Schools.

That's a program that brings together students with and without intellectual disabilities through education, sports and youth leadership.

It promotes inclusion through shared sport training and competition experiences.

Neal Johnson is the president and CEO of Special Olympics-New York.   He says this program can help battle issues like bullying and harassment.

Golisano Autism Center to be built in Rochester

May 16, 2017

Several agencies are working together on a new facility to provide comprehensive services for the more than 10,000 people diagnosed with autism in the Greater Rochester and surrounding area.

The Al Sigl Community of Agencies, along with the Mary Cariola Center, AutismUp and CP Rochester are collaborating on the new Golisano Autism Center to serve the greater Rochester region.

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GiGi’s Playhouse, a nationwide network of Down syndrome achievement centers is opening its 32nd location in Rochester.

The concept was started in Chicago by Nancy Gianni who named the organization after her daughter who was born with Down syndrome in 2003.

Chris Tumminelli is on the board for the Rochester location, and said as a father of a son with Down syndrome, spaces like these are vital.

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