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Colleen Wegman named CEO of Wegmans

There are some changes in the executive ranks at Wegmans. In what likely has been a succession plan for some time, on Wednesday, the Rochester-based grocer announced that Colleen Wegman has been named President and CEO of the chain, and her father, Danny Wegman will have the title of chairman. 45 year old Colleen Wegman has been with the company since 1991. She was named president in 2005 by the late Bob Wegman, who was her grandfather, and had been chairman of the company. That same year...

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She was so good when she came to Rochester for "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" that we're inviting her back. Paula Poundstone is coming to Rochester for a show of her own.

We discuss her comedy: her style, her willingness to riff on her own personal issues, and more.


The latest numbers from the New York State Labor Department show a decline in private sector jobs and a rise in unemployment for the Rochester area.

The February unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, up from 5.1 a year ago, and there was a decline of 1,200 private sector jobs compared to a year ago. 

But State Labor Analyst Mark Barbano says it’s hard to compare the numbers because last year was a particularly strong year for job growth in the Rochester metropolitan area.


Officials want working parents to know there are child care services available to them so they don't leave their children alone and unsupervised.

That's after a Rochester couple left their three children, ranging in age from one month to 8 years old, alone on a bench at Eastview Mall while they went to work at the shopping center.

Member of the executive board of the Federation of Social Workers, John Rabish, says the story of that Rochester couple and their children is sad and tragic.

Do we have the "right to be forgotten?" Parts of Europe have adopted a law bearing that name, essentially saying that search engines like Google can be limited from linking to embarrassing stories about our past. Did you get caught going cow tipping on a drunken college night? That can be erased, so a future employer won't find it. Were you charged with a crime? Did you give an interview that you wish you hadn't? New York State had a bill that would give you the right to be forgotten. But is that a good idea?

We discuss the ramifications of our past, and how to make sure our free speech rights mesh with our privacy. Our guests:

  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose practice is focused on the intersection of social media and the law
  • Chris Thomas, partner with Nixon Peabody
  • Ann Marie Walker, workshop specialist at RochesterWorks!

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning that the state might not be able to add more money for schools this year because of uncertainties in Washington over federal funding.

Just days before the state budget is due, Cuomo is urging the state Legislature to pull back on additional spending for school districts beyond the $1 billion increase he’s already proposed, saying there’s too much uncertainty over federal funding right now.

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP)  The World Video Game Hall of Fame's 2017 finalists span decades and electronic platforms, from the 1981 arcade classic ``Donkey Kong'' that launched Mario's plumbing career to the 2006 living room hit ``Wii Sports,'' that made gamers out of grandparents. 

The Second Annual Celebrate City Living Housing Expo will take place at City Hall this weekend.

The event is a one-stop shop to help people find the Rochestser neighborhood that's right for them.

Home hunters will be able to meet with representatives from each neighborhood to find a place that suits their needs.

Realtors and lenders as well as schools and non-profit agencies who specialize in serving city customers will also be available.

City Council Vice President Dana Miller said Rochester is a very neighborhood focused city.

President Trump signed a sweeping executive order Tuesday that takes aim at a number of his predecessor's climate policies.

The wide-ranging order seeks to undo the centerpiece of former President Obama's environmental legacy and national efforts to address climate change.

It could also jeopardize America's current role in international efforts to confront climate change.

In a symbolic gesture, Trump signed the document at the headquarters of Environmental Protection Agency.

Geva Theatre Center has announced its 2017-2018 Season, which is also Geva’s  45th year of providing professional theater.


First hour: Do we have the "right to be forgotten?"

Second hour: Comedian Paula Poundstone; U.S. Sailing coach Mike Ingham


News from NPR

The most expensive part of doing business in outer space is getting there. The private space flight company SpaceX thinks it can change all that, and it's about to face a big test of its technology.

Scott Pruitt, the new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency, is facing a quandary.

A federal court has ordered him to decide by midnight on Friday whether to ban a pesticide called chlorpyrifos. The Obama administration proposed this ban back in 2015.

As China prepares to impose a domestic ban on the ivory trade, a new report has found that the price of raw ivory there is plummeting.

It's good news for Africa's elephants, which have been poached by the thousands for their tusks. Many of those tusks are then smuggled to China, which has been one of the world's largest markets for the banned material.

On Saturday morning a team of six aid workers from the Grassroots Education and Development Organisation in South Sudan decided to get an early start on their day.

More news from NPR

From the Inclusion Desk

Alex Crichton

A new facility will soon be open to serve children and families dealing with autism spectrum disorder.

The ribbon was cut today on UR Medicine's Neuromedicine and Behavioral Health Center on East River Road.

Dr. Nina Schor is Pediatrician-in-Chief at Golisano Children's Hospital.

She says the center will serve as an outpatient facility.

Last week the Supreme Court unanimously ruled on a case that some say may change special education.

Advocates from the Center for Disability Rights and other organizations are calling on local Republican congressional members to preserve critical components of the Affordable Care Act that would affect disabled populations.

Damita Peace works with the Regional Center for Independent Living and said most importantly, they’re asking for the continued right that people with disabilities can live and receive necessary care in their homes, rather than institutions.

Sesame Street Workshop

Sesame Street is introducing a new Muppet to its cast, and she is unlike any Muppet they have had before.

Her name is Julia, and she has autism.

The character was introduced online in 2015, but will now become a regular on the television show.

Rachel Rosner, the director of education and support services at Rochester-based Autism Up, said introducing a character with autism is a huge step forward for the show — and for raising awareness.

More stories from the Inclusion Desk

Rochester: Hub For Photonics

What is photonics and why is it coming to Rochester?

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