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In Inaugural Address, Trump Decries 'Carnage' And Promises 'America First'

A newly inaugurated Donald J. Trump delivered a fiercely populist and often dark address, promising to transfer power in Washington from political elites to the people and vowing to put "America first." Surrounded by members of Congress and the Supreme Court, the nation's 45th president repeated themes from his historic and divisive campaign message, describing children in poverty, schools in crisis and streets pocked with crime and "carnage." "For too long, a small group in our nation's...

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The Community Design Center is launching its 2017 Reshaping Rochester Series, with a call for more civic engagement.  The new season of events is titled "Our City, Ourselves: Loving Where We Live."

The first event focuses on how to bring the arts to where they're needed most, to revitalize neighborhoods. We talk about how the arts are impacting Rochester neighborhoods, and we look at a successful endeavor in another city. Our guests:

  • Maria Furgiuele, interim executive director for the Community Design Center of Rochester
  • Helen Hogan, marketing and communications specialist
  • Gina Renzi, executive director of The Rotunda, and director of the 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program

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The Dean of the College for the University of Rochester for the past decade will be stepping down from that role.

Richard Feldman will leave the dean position at the end of the current academic year. 

Feldman, who is also a professor of philosophy in the School of Arts & Sciences will be returning to the philosophy department after a year of leave in the 2017-18 academic year.

U of R President Joel Seligman says that Feldman “has demonstrated an enormous commitment to the college and his impact on its progress cannot be overstated.”

The International Joint Commission released its draft progress report Wednesday morning, calling for aggressive action by the U.S. and Canada to protect the Great Lakes.


A new report on the Rochester area commercial real estate market shows some positive signs for the local economy.

The annual report from the Rochester division of CBRE, a global realty company, says that vacancy rates for commercial buildings both downtown and in the suburbs have been decreasing.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget is not just facts and figures about what taxes to collect and how to spend them. Cuomo also has put unrelated changes into the spending plan — everything from allowing ride-hailing services to expand in the state to enacting ethics reforms.

From allowing Uber and Lyft outside of New York City to imposing term limits on lawmakers, the governor’s budget includes many items that normally would be considered policy changes and debated and approved in the regular part of the session.

A pilot facility for developing new battery technologies at Eastman Business Park will be ramping up. 

Empire State Development officials say that Kodak, in partnership with the consortium called "NY-BEST, " which is a collection of battery manufacturers and other entries, will be installing two assembly lines at the business park.

That site will produce products for the battery industry, and it's expected to create nine jobs by 2019  and officials are also hoping to attract more new businesses to the Eastman Business Park.

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Roadside billboards are going up around the country this month featuring the face of a Rochester child. Her name is Brook Stagles. Police say the 3-year-old who died late last year was the victim of a homicide. Her father and his girlfriend have been charged in her death. It’s the grandfather of Brook Stagles who is putting the billboards up to raise awareness around child abuse. He has told local media outlets that Child Protective Services was notified about Brook’s situation weeks before her death. But it’s no secret that CPS workers have more cases than they can handle and the numbers are only going up.

On this edition of Need to Know we’ll learn why is this happening, how is this happening, and realistically what can be done to help fix it.

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The Marsh Road Bridge over the Barge Canal in Bushnell's Basin will close for the day Thursday.

That's according to the State Department of Transportation, which says the closure is to allow access to the top of the truss for engineering purposes.

Weather permitting, the bridge will close at 9am and reopen by 3.

Motorists who normally use the Marsh Road Bridge over the Barge Canal should plan an alternate route.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter is calling for an investigation into the recent stock trading activity of Buffalo-area Congressman Chris Collins and Georgia Congressman Tom Price, Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services.

In letters to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Slaughter is questioning the timing of the Republicans' purchase of stock in the Australian pharmaceutical company Innate Immunotherapeutics.

Collins is the biotech firm's largest investor and is a member of its board of directors.

AAA busload goes to Washington

Jan 18, 2017

AAA took a busload of people from Rochester and western New York to Washington, D.C. for Friday's inauguration.

The auto club made the trip available, which includes sight-seeing and Friday's ceremony.

A group of eleven left Williamsville around five this morning, stopping in Rochester to pick up sixteen more.

Paul Calkins of Buffalo was looking foward to the excursion.                              

"It's a chance to witness a change of power of the greatest country in the world," he said.


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Donald Trump had already emerged as the likely presidential nominee of the Republican Party back in April when he gave a foreign policy speech pledging that "America First" would be "the major and overriding theme of my administration."

President Donald Trump, fulfilling a campaign promise to start to repeal Obamacare on Day 1, signed an order directing federal agencies to waive enforcement of large swaths of the law.

The one-page order allows the head of the Department of Health and Human Services or any other agency with authority under the law, not to enforce regulations that impose a financial burden on a state, company or individual.

Ed Boutin, 62, stood to the side of the road wearing a biker vest with pins, patches and flags, and sporting a "Navy Veteran" hat. He said he traveled from Springfield, Mass. to watch Donald J. Trump, his candidate of choice, get sworn in to the nation's highest office.

The current state of race relations in America is the result of Barack Obama's presidency, Boutin said. But maybe, he said, the new administration can fix things.

As promised, President Trump got to work on Day One, spending some time in the Oval Office in between the inaugural parade and a trio of formal balls.

Trump signed an executive order Friday night directing government agencies to "ease the burdens" of Obamacare while the new administration and Congress work toward repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus presented Trump with the order, which he described as: "An executive order minimizing the economic burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act pending repeal."

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From the Inclusion Desk


Music has a way of touching every one of us. Some of us may have a deep appreciation for the artistry in making music, others may appreciate its ability to convey emotion and transport us to a different place.

But, as shown at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, music can also be used as a form of therapy. Expressive Arts sessions improve the quality of life for people who are well, and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities, disorders, illnesses, or learning differences. 

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At the Golden Globe Awards this year, Meryl Streep received an honorary award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

In her acceptance speech, she criticized President-elect Trump for mocking a reporter with a disability. Trump, who denies that, dismissed Streep’s comments on Twitter.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is due to release his budget on Tuesday, and agencies that work with those with intellectual disabilities are among those hoping for more funds. They say they need help to pay workers the new higher minimum wage.

New York’s minimum wage is going up over the next few years, to $15 eventually in New York City and lesser amounts upstate. Groups that provide services for the developmentally disabled rely on Medicaid reimbursements to pay their workers, and they say they’ll have a hard time meeting the higher wages without more money from the state.

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