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Sen. John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Cancer, Hospital Says

Arizona Sen. John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer, the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix says. McCain, 80, underwent surgery for a blood clot on July 14. The hospital says testing revealed that a tumor "known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot." "The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation," the hospital statement said. A statement from...

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A well-known Rochester real estate company is now going to be known by another name.

Nothnagle Realtors, the area’s largest realtor,  is now going to be called Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

Pittsburgh-based Howard Hanna acquired Nothnagle and RealtyUSA two years ago.

Officials with the realty companies say that the combining of the three companies under one name means that the Howard Hanna brand will be on more than 100 offices across New York State.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Students and staff at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Monday welcomed their new president.

Gregory Vincent, a New York City native who graduated from the Geneva-based colleges in 1983, replaces Mark Gearan, who held the job since 1999.Gearan left recently and will be ‘president in residence’ at Harvard University.

Vincent is the 27th president of Hobart College and 16th president of William Smith College. The two schools were founded as separate colleges, but are now administered jointly in Geneva.

Governor Cuomo's office

New York’s top elected Democrats rallied against the Republican Congress’ proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, saying they will take legal action, if necessary, to stop it.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, speaking Monday before a crowd of unionized health care workers at Mount Sinai Hospital, said if the plans to repeal and replace Obamacare in the GOP-led Senate and House do become law, he will sue on behalf of New Yorkers.

If you told your boss you needed a couple days off for health reasons, what would he or she say? If you mentioned you needed time off for mental health reasons, would your boss understand?

A woman in Michigan wrote an out-of-office message indicating that she'd be off for a few days to care for her mental health. The CEO of the company wrote back, thanking her for reminding everyone of the importance of using sick days for mental health. His response went viral. 

Our guests join us to talk about the value of taking mental health days, and how both employees and employers can help combat the stigma. In studio:

  • Kyle Baker, lead configuration analyst at a local engineering facility
  • Kristina Mossgraber, events coordinator and walk manager for NAMI Rochester
  • Britton Lui, vice president of people and development at Dixon Scwabl
  • Krista Berry, HR manager at Common Ground Health

A new report takes a look at how police accountability works or doesn't work in Rochester. The report is called "The Case for an Independent Police Accountability System." It was written by Barbara Lacker-Ware and Theodore Forsyth. 

The report looks at years of data regarding how police handle civilian complaints regarding allegations of brutality and misconduct. The report found that from 2002 to 2015, only two percent of civilian complaints of unnecessary force were sustained by the Chief of Police, and only five percent were sustained by the Civilian Review Board.

Lacker-Ware and Forsyth say there is a breakdown in the system, but critics say their report pushes too hard, and misunderstandings need to be addressed.

Lacker-Ware and Forsyth join us in studio to break down the report and its recommendations.

On Tuesday, environmental advocates will be watching closely as a Congressional spending committee considers a $300 million restoration program for the Great Lakes.

Update: Committee vote is good news for the Great Lakes.

President Trump's 2018 budget plan eliminated the money, which has gone to a wide range of projects -- from cleaning up pollution to battling the Asian carp. Now, Congress has a chance to restore funding to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Local Eastman student advances in St, Albans  Organ Competition

The quarter-final rounds of the St. Albans International Organ Festival Competition have just finished, and one of the Eastman students has advanced to the semi-final round.

Thomas Gaynor from Wellington, New Zealand is a doctoral student of David Higgs. Gaynor and the other seven semi-finalists will perform Tuesday at Christ Church Spitalfields in London, and at St Peter's Church in St Albans on Wednesday.

If Gaynor is one of the three organists selected to advance to the final round, he will perform again solo recitals at St. Albans Cathedral on Friday, and a concerto concert at St John's Smith Square in London on Saturday.

The First Prize Gold Medal Winner will receive a cash prize of £6,000 sterling, a concert tour of Europe, and concert management in the United States. The two-week festival wraps up this weekend. The next St. Albans International Organ Festival will take place in July 2019.

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M&T Bank has a new survey out about what small and medium sized businesses think about the U.S. economy and their individual businesses, and the outlook is optimistic

Randy also takes a peek into the new contract for Harris Corporation, and previews Constellation Brads upcoming annual meeting.

You’ll also learn about a new company coming to take part in Rochester’s growing photonics initiative, and there’s a new CEO at Harris Beach.

County officials are announcing the next phase in the $60 million  renovation of the Greater Rochester International Airport.

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says a bid package for the new canopy at the airport has gone out. and this project comes with a BUY AMERICA mandate.

"All steel and iron that is used in this project must come from domestic sources," she said.

The canopy will be 75,000 square feet and require 420 tons of American-made steel.

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Doctors use words like "aggressive" and "highly malignant" to describe the type of brain cancer discovered in Arizona Sen. John McCain.

The cancer is a glioblastoma, the Mayo Clinic said in a statement Wednesday. It was diagnosed after doctors surgically removed a blood clot from above McCain's left eye.

Doctors who were not involved in his care say the procedure likely removed much of the tumor as well.

A small, humble-looking bag is getting its moment in the spotlight today. It traveled to the moon and back, then sat forgotten in a museum basement. It was seized by officials who didn't know its value, sold unceremoniously to a keen-eyed space enthusiast, then battled over in court.

Now the lunar collection bag from the Apollo 11 mission — and the tiny bits of moon dust embedded within it — are hitting the Sotheby's auction block.

Nancy Carlson purchased the bag for less than $1,000. Sotheby's expects it to sell at auction on Thursday for $2 million to $4 million.

India announced the election of its new president Thursday — but before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP party nominated him last month to be head of state, few saw Ram Nath Kovind coming.

Kovind secured 65 percent of the votes from an electoral college drawn from more than 4,000 members of 31 legislative assemblies across the country and 776 members of Parliament. He will take office as India's14th president next week.

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The United States has ended the ban on large electronics in the cabins of airlines that it announced in March.

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From the Inclusion Desk

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It has become easier for Monroe County residents who have disabilities to navigate the sometimes frustrating process at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Reasonable accommodations can be requested when people make an online reservation for a DMV appointment at the Greece, Henrietta, and Irondequoit locations.  There is now also an option on the DMV's recorded message at (585) 753-1604 to request special accommodations for people with disabilities at another location when possible.

An international disability rights activist known for his work in native Saudi Arabia is in Rochester. Mohammed Saad joins us to talk about his work to make a variety of every day life experiences more accessible for the visually impaired, including cooking, using technology, and event photography. He's our guest for the hour. 

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Two area lawmakers brought a number of service providers and other agencies together Friday in an effort to help the families impacted by the sudden closure of a local daycare operation.

It’s now estimated that more than 150 families were affected by last week’s closing of the Stepping Stones Learning Center, an Irondequoit daycare that provided daycare and classroom instruction for a number of children, many of them with developmental disabilities.

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Like most teenage boys, Johnny Berg loves music and electronics of all types.

But every year, as summer nears, Johnny straps on a helmet and becomes a Super Kid.

Johnny is among the young competitors in the Greater Rochester Soap Box Derby who love getting in their cars every year and letting gravity speed them down the hill on Lakeshore Boulevard.

Tammi and John Berg decided to get their 17-year-old son involved in the derby’s Super Kids program in 2014.

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