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Jazz Fest: Day Two - a return engagement for Jack Broadbent

The crowd in front of Brian Setzer’s rockabilly trio at the closed-off intersection of Chestnut Street and East Avenue was shoulder to shoulder for nearly two blocks, thousands of thousands of them, the tight, impressive rockabilly sound pristine in the gorgeous evening air. In Max of Eastman Place, a complete contrast, with Quebec City’s Des Sourcils playing sprightly Gypsy jazz. In the Big Tent, another contrast, the Hip Spanic All Stars, playing what they call “JazzyAfroLatinFunk” at...

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Local activists, members of the faith community, and law enforcement officers are working together to improve police-community relations in the Greater Rochester area. Last weekend, the fourth annual Police Relations Summit covered a range of issues, including police use of force, body cameras, plea bargaining, implicit bias and more.

We sit down with leaders who attended the summit to discuss what they learned and what they hope to accomplish. In studio:

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A Rochester hospital is the first in the state—and one of the first in the country—to replace a patient’s heart valve and discharge him the same day.

73-year-old John Wood had his first heart operation eight years ago. “It was, rip my chest open and rip my heart open,” he said. Not so this time around. Dr. Jeremiah Depta at Rochester Regional Health put Wood through a procedure called TAVR, short for trans-catheter aortic valve replacement, that had him out of the hospital that afternoon.

Governor Cuomo says there are as many as 700 immigrant children in child care services in New York State, and he’s demanding that state health care professionals have access to them, saying under New York’s constitution, the state is responsible for their welfare.

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A new report attempts to explain the causes of last year’s flooding along the south shore of Lake Ontario.

After floods in the spring of 2017 hurt businesses and drove families from their homes along the shore of Lake Ontario, many homeowners and business owners and even some public officials blamed a new lake water regulation plan.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is demanding the Trump administration provide information on the estimated 700 immigrant children sent to foster care agencies in the state after being separated from their parents. 

The Democrat told reporters during a teleconference Thursday that he has written to the Health and Human Services secretary requesting information on the children being housed in New York so the state can provide appropriate services. 

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Xerox has named Steve Bandrowczak  as President and Chief Operating Officer. Those positions were not filled previously.

Bandrowczak will be responsible for developing and executing a global operations strategy for the company.  Recently appointed CEO John Visentin says that Bandrowczak, “brings a track record of growing businesses and enhancing competitiveness through a combination of innovation, technology and operational rigor.”

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House Republican leaders delayed a vote on the "consensus" immigration legislation Thursday afternoon as they scrambled to convince enough GOP lawmakers to support the measure.

The vote on that bill was initially rescheduled for Friday morning. But after a closed-door meeting that lasted more than two hours, leaders delayed it even further — to next week, according to several House Republican sources.

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The press releases have grown so familiar in the past few years, they could almost be a chanted mantra as the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival draws nearer:

320-plus shows, 97 free shows and events, 20 venues.

1,500-plus artists from 20 countries.

And … food trucks!

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New York's paid family leave law is expanding.

Starting in 2020, employees who lose a family member such as a child, parent, spouse, or domestic partner, will be eligible to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave from their job.

Jennifer Johnson, an anchor and reporter at WHAM TV, advocated for the new law.

She said she experienced crushing grief when her daughter, Grace, died five years ago.

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First hour: Discussing police-community relations

Second hour: Make Music Day sparks a "singing intervention"

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Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban On Women Drivers

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Saudi Arabia lifted its widely-criticized ban on women drivers on Sunday, sparking jubilation among many women in the country who went out on the roads shortly after the ban was lifted.

Talk show host and writer Samar Almogren told The Guardian, "I always knew this day would come. But it came fast. Sudden. I feel free like a bird."

This converted schoolhouse still chirps with the sound of children. A volunteer teacher points at her eye and elicits the English word: "¿Cómo se dice 'ojo'?" she asks the group of 6- to 10-year-olds.

They hesitate and look at one another until one of them gets it, and they join in a collective scream: "Eye!"

It feels like a bit of normalcy for this group of Central American children who fled their home countries and are temporarily living in a family shelter in Mexico City.

Mexican actor Diego Luna first shot to fame in the United States after 2001's Y Tu Mamá También. Since then, he's starred in a handful of blockbusters — including, recently, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — and he's about to play the leader of a drug cartel in the upcoming season of Netflix's Narcos.

Luna could have happily continued to live a successful life in Hollywood, but he missed Mexico. At a café near his kids' school in Mexico City, he explains why.

On March 16, 2017, Albino Quiroz Sandoval popped out of the house around 5 p.m. for a little trip to the shop. The 71-year-old lives in Tepoztlán, a small colonial town with little crime, a weekend getaway from hectic Mexico City. Quiroz had been a public school teacher for 48 years. Everyone knows him.

By 8 p.m., he wasn't home. His family grew worried. His son Juan Carlos Quiroz, who was a 90-minute drive away in Mexico City, got a frantic call from his sister.

"We didn't know what to do," Juan Carlos recalls. "My sister and I thought it could be a kidnapping."

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From the Inclusion Desk

National Beep Baseball Association

The largest "Beep Baseball" tournament in the Northeast is being held in Rochester this weekend.

The Beast of the East tournament is for visually impaired or blind athletes, and features teams from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In Beep Baseball, the ball emits a repetitive beep as it's tossed over the plate and hit out into the field.

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Nazareth College is building a new state-of-the-art sports facility on campus that will also help promote inclusivity.

Tim Shriver, the chair of the Special Olympics, attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the event. It was a windy day on campus, which Shriver took as a good sign.

“In this country right now, the winds of change are blowing," he said. "They’re blowing here for us to remind us that we have to be the agents of that change.”

Construction has already begun on the Golisano Training Center at Nazareth College, which will host regional Special Olympics events and be used to help athletes.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Special Olympics, and Rochester’s own history with the event goes back almost as long.


John Robinson and Doug Hamlin are in the midst of what has become an annual endeavor. Partners in the firm Our Ability, they are undertaking their "Journey Along the Erie Canal." For John and Doug, who have little or no use of their legs, the 12-day, 350-mile ride is an "opportunity" to display how people with disabilities can adapt to any circumstance.


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