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NRA Leader Warns Conservatives Of 'Socialist Wave' In Wake Of Shooting

Just over a week after 17 people were killed at Parkland, Fla., high school, National Rifle Association executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre gave a fiery, defiant speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, on Thursday. LaPierre defended Second Amendment rights and warned of a "socialist agenda" intended to strip firearms away from law-abiding citizens. "As usual, the opportunists wasted not one second to exploit tragedy for political gain," LaPierre...

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Following the deadly school shooting in Florida on Feb. 14, President Trump is directing the Department of Justice to develop regulations to ban bump stocks.

"Just a few moments ago I signed a memorandum directing the AG to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns. I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized, Jeff, very soon," Trump said, referring to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.


Members of a group calling for a police accountability board in Rochester shared their critiques of an independent report looking into the issue.

A report from the Center for Governmental Research was presented to City Council in November.

Barbara Lacker-Ware with the group Enough is Enough says they don't agree with some of the information in it.

She says there is widespread misconception that New York State law prevents anyone other than the chief of police from imposing discipline on police officers.

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A local tenants group is renewing its call for the establishment of a Housing Court in Rochester.

That comes as several tenants in a Thurston Road apartment complex plan to hold a rent strike so they can get the necessary repairs to their apartments, and be able to live in dignified conditions.

John Lindsey lives in second floor apartment at 447 Thurston Road.

His bathroom ceiling has collapsed, and there's black water in his bathtub, which doesn't drain.


Senator Chuck Schumer was in Rochester Tuesday defending the old federal Historic Tax Credit program.

The recent tax bill reduced the value of these credits.

Schumer says major transformation projects like the ones on East Main Street could stall if the federal government fails to approve building applications for the program fast enough.

It’s one reason he didn’t agree with the tax bill.

Should the voting age be lowered to 16? It’s a question that has resurfaced over the last few days, as students across the country have spoken out about gun legislation following the mass school shooting in Florida. Advocates of lowering the voting age say that if students are already participating in politics and can work and drive, they shouldn’t be denied the civic responsibility of voting. Those against the idea say that 16 and 17 year olds are not mature enough to make informed decisions at the polls. Several U.S. cities have already lowered the voting age, as have several countries.

Will it happen across the U.S.? What should the national voting age be? Our panelists debate the issue. Our guests:

  • Dylan Holcomb, senior student-activist and mindfulness facilitator at Brighton High School 
  • Sam Topa, freshman at McQuaid Jesuit High School
  • Zosan Soong, senior patent counsel at Xerox Corporation, and parent 
  • Mary Lupien, RCSD teacher
  • Tim Kneeland, professor and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Nazareth College 

USA Today recently reported on the continuing support for President Trump among evangelical Christians. This comes a little more than a year after 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump. Many leaders in the Christian conservative community sat that the administration’s list of wins – from judicial and personnel appointments to policy changes to pro-life agenda actions – has been lengthy. That has sparked conversations in the local Christian community, particularly among left-leaning faith-based organizations whose leaders say they are confused about that support.

Our panel discusses what it means to be a modern, American Christian. In studio:

Two of Xerox’s largest shareholders continue their battle to change the direction of the company.

On Tuesday, Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason released a letter suggesting that Xerox directors consider consolidating its operations with that of a competitor or actually sell the company.  The two shareholders believe Xerox may be able to find a corporation willing to pay a large premium for Xerox.

The latest numbers on the flu in Monroe County show that they have not peaked yet. That according to John Ricci, a spokesman for the county’s Department of Public Health.

The latest data does show two more deaths related to the flu, for a total of 11 so far this season. The latest reported deaths both involved people age 75 or older.

The information from the county also shows there were 703 new cases in the week ending February 3rd.  Monroe County has seen 3,715 confirmed cases of influenza so far this season. The season began on October 1st.


In the ongoing debate over a proposed waste to energy facility at the Seneca Army Depot, a group of residents and business owners who are opposed to the project traveled to Albany Tuesday to call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject it.

The facility, proposed by Rochester-based Circular enerG, would produce electricity by burning up to 2,600 tons of trash each day.

A number of residents, neighboring towns, and elected officials have come out against the project.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has completed the final land acquisitions in Genesee County needed to build a new National Veterans Cemetery.

The Democrat from New York says with the two newly acquired parcels, one which is 60 acres, and the other 77 acres, the cemetery in Pembroke will effectively double in size.

The two parcels are located adjacent to the 132-acre cemetery site that was purchased by the VA in 2014.

Schumer is urging the VA to swiftly begin construction of the cemetery this year. 


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A quarter of a million Americans die every year from sepsis, which is the body's reaction to overwhelming infection. This cascade of organ failure can be nipped in the bud if health care workers know it's ramping up, but that's often not easy to do.

Take $3,500 and a one-way ticket to Africa by April, or face forced deportation or jail.

This is Israel's new plan for thousands of East African migrants, mostly from Eritrea and Sudan, who crossed the Sinai Desert into Israel over the last decade.

The blind have descended in droves on the Bisidimo Hospital in Eastern Ethiopia.

The Himalayan Cataract Project is hosting a mass cataract surgery campaign at the medical compound that used to be a leper colony. For one week a team from the nonprofit has set up seven operating tables in four operating rooms and they're offering free cataract surgery to anyone who needs it.

On the first day of the campaign it's clear that the need is great.

Just over a week after 17 people were killed at Parkland, Fla., high school, National Rifle Association executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre gave a fiery, defiant speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, on Thursday. LaPierre defended Second Amendment rights and warned of a "socialist agenda" intended to strip firearms away from law-abiding citizens.

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The Olympics in Pyeongchang aren’t the only ones to look out for this weekend.

The New York State Special Olympics will take place all day Saturday in venues across Rochester. Nearly 1,000 athletes and coaches will be in town to compete.

As an Honorary Chair of the winter games, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo hosted some of the athletes in the legislature chambers Wednesday morning.

A recently passed House bill has many in the disability community speaking out.

Advocates say that the ADA Education and Reform Act would gut many provisions under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Ericka Jones is a Systems Advocate with the  Center for Disability Rights says now, when a person files a complaint about a business not being accessible, it’s reviewed and resolved fairly soon.

But this new bill would give businesses 180 days to act.

AutismUp and the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester are combining forces to provide support for families of individuals with autism or other developmental and intellectual disabilities.

The two organizations are launching a service to connect families with the support and services they will need following a diagnosis.

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.

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