ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An investigation of state employees stealing from developmentally disabled people in their care has prompted a call for better oversight by the agency overseeing group homes for the disabled.

New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott says Thursday that her investigation found a widespread pattern of "preying on a vulnerable population by those charged with their care."

Monroe County officials say that as a result of significant rainfall, one county park continues to experience flooding conditions which requires temporary closure.

Park Road in Powder Mills Park has been reopened.

Ellison Park remains closed due to flooding. The dog park, all lodges, shelters and athletic fields are inaccessible. It is anticipated the park will reopen on Sunday.

You can check the county’s park website at www.monroecounty.gov for updates.

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:

Courtesy of Columbia Care

A new pill is on the market in New York state:  a medicinal marijuana pill. Manufacturer and distributor Columbia Care, which has a location in Rochester, says they are the first in the country to put this kind of pill on the market.

Instead of using a chemically synthesized product, Columbia Care CEO Nicholas Vita says, the pills contain a natural botanical extract from cannabis plants grown in Rochester.    


The New York State Comptroller, Tom DiNapoli says his office needs better oversight of state economic development contracts, in light of a corruption scandal that’s led to criminal charges against Governor Cuomo’s former top aide, other Cuomo Administration associates and two major upstate developers.

WXXI’s Karen DeWitt sat down with DiNapoli this week for an interview with public radio and television to talk about that and other topics, including a drop in state revenues of nearly three quarter of a billion dollars so far this year, and his predictions for the elections.

In this month's episode of Second Opinion LIVE, we talk about good bugs versus bad bugs. Although bacteria in your body are microscopic, they can cause big problems or contribute to good health.

Our guest is Dr. Shahzad Mustafa, who is a part of the allergy and clinical immunology team at Rochester Regional Health System and also is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry.

Flash Flood Watch This Afternoon

Oct 21, 2016
Alex Crichton

It's been a very soggy couple of days, and motorists should be on the alert for ponding on the roads and clogged drainage systems.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Rochester and many other areas until 4 this afternoon.

Even after the notification is lifted, small creeks and rivers can still pose a danger from flooding, according to meteorologist David Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

"Streams and creeks will continue to run quite high here, even through the evening hours and overnight hours of tonight," he said.

In this month’s episode of Unleashed, we talk about one of the most controversial topics in the feline world: declawing. There is a bill in the New York State Senate that, if passed, would prohibit declawing cats and other animals. We discuss what declawing is, the effects it has on cats, and we hear from veterinarians and cat owners on both sides of the debate.

Plus, you’ve probably heard about dogs who are trained to detect explosives or illegal drugs, but did you know there are dogs who can sniff out pollution? We go on the job with two dogs working to keep contamination and human bacteria out of the Great Lakes.

And Dr. Michelle Brownstein of Henrietta Animal Hospital is in studio to answer your questions about pet health and behavior.

Proclamation Against Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Oct 21, 2016

Elected leaders and local lawmakers have announced proclamations against anti-Muslim bigotry.

Members of Rochester City Council, The Board of Education and Monroe County Legislature have sponsored proclamations supporting Muslim residents and their right to live and pray safely.

City Council member Molly Clifford, noting the tenor of the Presidential campaign, says they want our Muslim residents to feel welcomed and safe.

First hour: Unleashed: The Pet Show

Second hour: Second Opinion LIVE!