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Shooting At Kentucky High School Leaves 2 Dead, At Least 17 Injured

At least two people were killed Tuesday in Benton, Ky., after a shooter opened fire on students and faculty at a local high school. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said at least 17 others were injured in the attack on Marshall County High School, 12 of whom sustained gunshot wounds. Both of the victims, a girl who died on the scene and a boy who died of his wounds later at a hospital, were 15 years old. "We are trying to determine that every one of those that has been shot was a student. It is our...

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Flyers with anti-immigration sentiments and  inappropriate messages about sexual assault were discovered on the campus of St. John Fisher Monday morning.

A statement from a college spokesperson says St. John Fisher College has a zero tolerance policy for behavior not consistent with the school's values.

The spokesperson said immediate steps were taken to recover and remove the flyers, and the school is actively trying to find out who was responsible for distributing them in and around the academic corridor.

A powerful magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska late Monday night, initially prompting a tsunami warning for a large section of the state's coast and parts of Canada. As more data came in, the U.S. Tsunami Warning System downgraded the threat to an advisory for Alaska's Chignik Bay.

SUNY's new chancellor looks to clean energy for the future of its campuses. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says that was one of four themes Chancellor Kristina Johnson outlined in her first State of the University System Address in Albany Monday.


Jurors have been chosen in the public corruption trial of Governor Cuomo’s former top aide Joe Percoco and told to report back at 9:15 am Tuesday morning for opening statements.

The racially diverse jury of five men and seven women were chosen from a pool of thirty potential jurors, some of whom expressed strong feelings about corruption and big money in politics, and even about hydro fracking.

The number of flu cases in New York State continues to rise, and the latest figures also show additional deaths related to the flu in Monroe County.

The latest numbers from the Monroe County Health Department show another two deaths tied to the flu; so far this season, there have been a total of five deaths in the county, with four of the deaths involving people 75 years of age or older, and one of the deaths involving someone between the ages of 50 and 64. 

Officials do not release anything more specific about the people who died.

Wendell Castle, an icon in the furniture design movement, has died. Castle had deep roots in the Rochester community, and leaves a storied career and legacy.

We discuss it with our guests:

One year after worldwide women's marches, thousands more took to the streets in western New York and across the country.

We discuss the issues central to the movement. We also discuss what it means to be active, beyond marching or protesting. Our guests:

  • Mercedes Mike, education organizer for Metro Justice/Alliance for Quality Education who attended marches in Rochester in 2017 and 2018
  • Stephanie Vargas, activist who attended the 2017 march in Washington, D.C.
  • Miriam Zinter, activist who attended the 2017 march in Washington, D.C.
  • Marta Driscoll, program and outreach manager at Causewave Community Partners who attended the 2017 march in Washington, D.C.

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A new report says that two of Xerox’s biggest investors are pushing the company to consider a possible sale.

The story is in the Wall Street Journal which says that billionaire investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason have formed an alliance and plan to encourage Xerox to look at the possibility of selling the office technology company.

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The JP Morgan Corporate Challenge is running back to its roots with a 2018 May start date.

The race had been held in late May or early June since 1991, with the exception of last year when it was moved to July.

Director of Communications for the race Alan Tieuli said that’s because they really wanted to get the race into downtown Rochester.

"It was an important move for the Mayor.  Important as Rochester was revitalizing its downtown. Important as more businesses are there. We wanted to really become a focal point for the community by moving down there."

First hour: Discussing the Women's March, one year later 

Second hour: Remembering artist Wendell Castle

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It was 8:07 a.m. when the alert hit phones across Hawaii.

"BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII," it declared in no uncertain terms. "SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL."

Just two minutes later Gov. David Ige learned the alert was a mistake.

Then, an additional 15 minutes passed.

President Trump will have some shoveling to do as he heads to snowy Switzerland this week.

He's trying to sell his "America First" brand of economic nationalism in the mecca of globalization — the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. The president will also be meeting with the head of the African Union, two weeks after he reportedly dismissed African nations in crude and vulgar terms.

Ursula K. Le Guin, a prolific novelist best known for the Earthsea series and The Left Hand of Darkness, died Monday at the age of 88. Across more than 20 novels and scores of short stories, Le Guin crafted fantastic worlds to grapple with profoundly difficult questions here on Earth, from class divisions to feminist theory.

Her agent Ginger Clark confirmed Le Guin's death to NPR.

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Turkey's military offensive in northwest Syria, dubbed "Operation Olive Branch," has alarmed several countries and led to an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council. It pits U.S. ally and NATO member Turkey against a Kurdish fighting force armed and trained by the United States as part of the fight to defeat ISIS in Syria.

The fighting has thrown a spotlight on the confusing and at times conflicting alliances and goals in the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition.

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From the Inclusion Desk

Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been immersed in music since her childhood. While she says her primary focus in life is on her career as a musician, it was her rise to fame after winning the 2016 NPR Tiny Desk contest when she also took on a new role - that of a disability advocate and public speaker.  During a recent concert in Rochester at Nazareth College, Lea told Need to Know that the underrepresentation of people with disabilities in the arts has given her a new stage to share a powerful message.

We conclude our Dialogue on Disability Week with a conversation about "invisible" disabilities. Our guests share the challenges they face living with multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. In studio:

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Some 2,000 Rochester area residents with disabilities are in need of housing.

And that number only reflects individuals who get services through one state agency, the New York State Office of People With Developmental Disabilities.  The overall need for affordable, accessible housing is even greater.

This has always been an issue, but it's become a bigger problem in recent years, as more people are interested in living independently.

Our Dialogue on Disability Week continues with a conversation about adaptive sports. According to the CDC, nearly half of adults with disabilities ages 18 to 64 do not get aerobic physical activity. Local organizations are helping to change that by offering opportunities in adaptive sports.

We hear the stories of local athletes in those programs. Our guests:

  • Michael Cocquyt, supervisor of SportsNet
  • Jen Truscott, alpine skier
  • David Grace, sled hockey athlete, who participates in many winter sports

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