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Trump Keeps Elephant Trophy Import Ban In Place, For Now

Updated on Friday, Nov. 17, at 10:30 p.m. ET The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that it had lifted an Obama-era ban on importing sport-hunted trophies of elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia. But Friday evening, President Trump seemed to say that decision was being reconsidered , tweeting that he would review "all conservation facts" and issue an update "soon" with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Zinke later issued a statement, saying: "President Trump and I have talked and...

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The latest numbers for job growth are out from the New York State Labor Department, and they show the Rochester with a decline of 3,200  private sector jobs in October compared to a year ago.

That was the largest loss of any metro area in the state, in fact, most metropolitan areas showed gains for the month.  Elmira was the only other metro to see a drop in jobs in October.

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Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero has announced he won't seek re-election, and next year will be his last with the Sheriff's Office.

He says by the end of next year, he will have been with the department 47 years, and it's time to move on.

"I've come to realize that it's been a very, very happy with the types of activities and the accomplishments we've been able to do collectively in Ontario County, " he said.

One of the things he's most proud of is the creation of the school resource officer program in Ontario County schools.

Now that the US House of Representatives has voted for a tax overhaul plan that some state leaders say will harm New York, the action moves to the Senate, where a vote is expected after Thanksgiving.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson announced Friday that he has Parkinson's disease, saying that he first noticed symptoms "about three years ago."

Jackson, 76, released the news in what he called an update "on my health and the future."

The longtime political and social activist, who was part of Martin Luther King Jr.'s inner circle in the 1960s and who later founded the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, said that after noticing signs of the motor system disorder, he attempted to work through it.

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The announced departure of one franchise and the possible loss of another is an indication that Rochester's minor league sports market has been oversaturated.

That's the assessment of Todd Harrison, chair of the sport management department at St. John Fisher College.

"People are very interested in sports and they've been very good followers of the teams that have been here and that demand drove the supply of teams,” he said. “But when you stand back and look, we have had a number of sports franchises. Probably too many for what we could handle as a city our size.”

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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says former Democratic President Bill Clinton should have resigned over his sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky 20 years ago.

The New York Democrat made the remark in an interview with The New York Times that was published on its website Thursday after being asked if she believed Clinton should have stepped down at the time.

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The holiday season is getting underway, and many parents have already begun shopping. But Judy Braiman of Empire State Consumer Project has a warning about some of this year’s popular toys and gifts.

She says that popular gifts like fidget spinners, silk-screened clothing and metal jewelry pose serious risk due to high levels of toxic metals, specifically lead and cadmium.

With the most segregated public schools in the nation residing right here in New York, some education leaders are now saying “enough is enough.” Fixing the diversity gap in our school districts starting from the top, on this edition of Need to Know.

Also on the show, for some, life after high school means endless opportunities. For others, in particular those with disabilities, exiting the school system and entering the adult world can be a daunting process. A new WXXI podcast explores that journey for young people.

And we get a first look at how the concept of “small homes” is changing nursing home culture in Rochester.

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The New York State Public Service Commission says it has completed its investigation into the windstorm last March that swept through the region and it has determined that RG&E and NYSEG  had a poor response to storm restoration.

The PSC says that violated the companies’ own emergency response plan and as a result, the utilities are potentially face millions of dollars in fines.

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The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report on what its investigation shows about the cause of the 2014 plane crash that killed well known area business people and philanthropists, Larry and Jane Glazer.

That crash of the jet piloted by real estate developer Larry Glazer who was traveling with his wife Jane, also a local business executive, happened more than three years ago, on September 5, 2014.

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Sexual assault allegations against Roy Moore have reverberated from Alabama to Washington, D.C.

Many Republican leaders have pulled their support from Moore. They include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, the head of National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is in charge of electing GOP senators.

The 'Missed Opportunity' Of Trump's Asia Trip

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When President Trump returned this week from a 12-day, five-nation swing through Asia, he gave himself high marks for the "tremendous success of this trip."

But experts say that while he avoided major blunders during his stops in Japan, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, the president missed more than one opportunity to offer his administration's strategic vision for the region — the world's largest, most populous and fastest growing.

When he started working as a bartender a few years ago in Seattle, Howie Echo-Hawk says he began experiencing discrimination. First, a bar manager told him to get a respectable haircut.

"I had a Mohawk, which is the traditional style of my people and I wore it because of that," he said. Echo-Hawk is a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.

Rather than argue, Echo-Hawk cut his hair. Then, a few months later, he broke his ankle and had to take some time off.

Every time there is a mass shooting in the United States, there is a flurry of concentration on those who died, the alleged or confessed perpetrator, and the sobered, devastated town that will be forever changed.

Then at some point, the press caravan moves on — from Sutherland Springs, from Orlando, from Las Vegas. And within weeks, or sometimes just days, another mass shooting is being reported.

The public attention moves on, but those affected families don't.

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The benefits of music on individuals with autism are widely known. Improved focus, advances in speech and language, and better motor skills. But sometimes it’s about the growth that you can’t quantify in numbers.

On a Tuesday night in a sleepy plaza in Penfield, the Music Education Center is buzzing. Kids are in the waiting room, parents are catching up and students are practicing anything from trombone to piano.

Noah Svokos is a curly haired 13 year old who has been taking piano lessons for 5 years at the center.

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NPR's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest Winner Gaelynn Lea is in Rochester this weekend for a performance at Nazareth College Saturday.

She never thought she would be a performer full time. Which is a funny thought to come from someone who in the last year had 200 shows in 39 states and 6 different countries.

Born with Brittle Bone Disease, Lea is a violin player but also uses the platform she’s been given to talk about disability rights.

An emerging model called self-direction is enabling people with disabilities to live more independent lives. Self-directed individuals choose where they live, they design their own days and activities, and they have more control over the funding they receive for daily support services.

While the model has produced positive results for people in our community, advocates say not everyone knows about it or understands the process well. We discuss what self-direction means, and we hear from people in our community who are navigating the process. Our guests:

The winner of NPR's 2016 Tiny Desk Concert is a remarkable musician from Duluth, Minnesota named Gaelynn Lea. Lea is a classically trained fiddler whose music includes Celtic and American fiddle traditions. Her submission, Someday We'll Linger in the Sun, was the judges' unanimous choice. If you watch Lea's video, you'll notice that she plays her violin in a style that you might not expect -- she holds it in front of herself, like a cello.

Lea has brittle bone disease, and when she fell in love with the cello as a young student, it was difficult for her to hold it. A teacher noticed, was inspired by Lea's gift for music, and helped her learn how to play the violin in the same style. Now, Lea plays solo shows and with her band. She's also a teacher and an advocate for people with disabilities. 

We talk to Lea about her music, her success, and about how to make all stages accessible to everyone.  She'll be in Rochester for a performance and talk at Nazareth College, but first, she joins us on Connections. Our guests:

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