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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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Alternative to incarceration in Ontario County

Mar 27, 2017

Ontario County is looking at a program that would offer treatment for people with substance abuse problems, rather than incarceration at the county jail.

That's as officials there try to address the issue of overcrowding at the county jail in Hopewell, particularly on weekends.

Probation Director for Ontario County, Jeffrey Rougeaux, says they may have found an answer.

A  North Carolina company is planning to bring operations to Canandaigua, and with that expansion, create 214 jobs locally.

According to Empire State Development officials, Akoustis Technologies has also agreed to make significant investments of up to $20 million at the facility in Canandaigua, which is called the Smart Systems Technology & Commercialization Center.

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A judge ruled on Monday that Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio did not violate terms of her sentence related to her DWI conviction last year.

Ontario County Judge Stephon Aronson has been presiding over the bench trial because of Astacio’s position as a city judge.

On Monday, Aronson ruled there was a lack of evidence to prove Astacio was drinking at a Thanksgiving party  and also at a local restaurant.

The judge also dismissed an allegation that the judge circumvented her interlock device on her car  by having others blow into it.

(WXXI News & AP) Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday warned so-called sanctuary cities they could lose federal money for refusing to cooperate with immigration authorities and suggested the government would come after grant money that has already been awarded if they don't comply.  

Sessions said the Justice Department would require cities seeking some of $4.1 billion available in grant money to verify that they are in compliance with a section of federal law that allows information sharing with immigration officials.   

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders plan to meet all week, but no agreements are finalized yet on a state budget that’s due Friday.

Cuomo and the state Legislature have not yet nailed down a budget deal that could include an extension of a tax on millionaires, more tuition aid for middle-class college students and more spending on clean water infrastructure. They continue to meet — together, and in their separate party conferences — behind closed doors.

The Justice Department is following through on an executive order to withhold as much as $4.1 billion in federal grants from so-called "sanctuary cities," generally defined as places where local law enforcement limit their cooperation with federal authorities on immigration enforcement.

We're examining the fractures in the local Democratic Party. For years, there's been discussion, both publicly and privately, about the battles in the party, and the lack of unity. At committee meetings last week, the frustrations bubbled over, resulting in a public letter condemning city councilman Adam McFadden for, among other things, race-based comments. But McFadden says the letter was filled with lies, and offers more examples of the under-handed behavior that has hurt the party. So can the Democrats heal?

Our guests:

  • Adam McFadden, Rochester City Councilman
  • Beatriz Lebron, leader of the 25th legislative district
  • Joe Rittler, communications director for Rachel Barnhart's campaign
  • Dawn Richardson, 25th legislative district committee member

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct has decided to censure a local judge for issues that arose after a 2015 trial. 

The commission chose 'censure', which is more serious than an ‘admonition’ but not as severe as removing a judge from the bench, in a case involving State Supreme Court Justice James Piampiano.

The commission censured the jurist in part, because of media interviews that he gave regarding the mistrial he granted in the Charlie Tan murder case.

The newest Gallup poll shows 60% of Americans support full legalization of marijuana. With several states legalizing marijuana, this seems to be a moment of change in the country, right? Well, perhaps not with Jeff Sessions serving as the Attorney General. Sessions recently said that marijuana was almost as bad as heroin, which surprised some experts who work in the field of opioid addiction. Sessions has said that good people don't smoke marijuana.

So what's next for weed? Our guests discuss it:

New York State Public Service Department officials have announced that there will be four hearings to get public comment on how well prepared RG&E and NYSEG were in their response to the recent windstorm.

That storm, on March 8th, resulted in more than 100,000  customers losing power in parts of  Western New York and the Finger Lakes.

A few days after that storm, Governor Cuomo criticized the response by the two utilities which are both part of a company called AVANGRID.


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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.

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From the Inclusion Desk

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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.

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