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Former Police Chief James Sheppard announces he is officially running for Mayor

A crowded room of supporters filled the Workers United Union Hall on East Avenue Saturday morning as former Rochester Police Department Chief James Sheppard officially announced his candidacy for the Mayor of Rochester.

In his announcement, Sheppard did not shy away from addressing his issues with some of Mayor Lovely Warren's actions.

"When's the last time this administration has stood up to acknowledge a homicide? A double homicide? A triple homicide? A quadruple...

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Rochester, NY – There are several developments today involving Eastman Kodak Company.

The picture company has unveiled a new device at the Demo 2001 high tech conference in Phoenix, Arizona. It's a combination MP3 music player and digital camera that will sell for less than 300 dollars.

Kodak is targeting its "MC3" device at "generation Y." Those are people born between 1979 and 1994, who are comfortable with the Internet and using it to send music and pictures.

Rochester, NY – An appeals court ruling says Betty Tyson can't sue the state of New York for wrongful imprisonment.

Tyson spent nearly 25 years in prison on a 1973 Rochester murder conviction. She became the state's longest-serving female inmate.

Her conviction was overturned in 1998 after a judge ruled that evidence in her favor had been wrongly surpressed from her original trial. The district attorney's office -- which had turned up the evidence -- declined to try her again.

Rochester, NY – A Rochester-area state senator is amending legislation to expand the so-called "Son of Sam" law -- in light of reports that an inmate at the Elmira Correctional Facility made nearly $1 million by investing in the stock market.

Republican Michael Nozzolio of Seneca County says he'll introduce legislation to cofiscate any profits a prisoner makes from "non-sanctioned ventures" while behind bars. Nozzolio would turn the money over to the state Crime Victims Assistance Fund, to be used in aiding crime victims.

Rochester, NY – The new heart transplant program at the University of Rochester Medical Center has performed its first proceedure. The heart transplant was performed early yesterday morning...on a 58 year old Rochester man. Patient David Beatson was the first to be placed on the cardiac transplant list at Strong Memorial Hospital.

He's in stable condition, and doctors say he's doing well.

Rochester, NY – Senator Charles Schumer says the Senate Judiciary Committee heard "devestating testimony" today about the effects of proposed airline mergers on New York.

Schumer is calling on the Justice Department and the White House to block the wave of airline mergers sweeping the industry until the stituation can be studied. Senator Schumer says he plans to talk with Transportation Secretary Norman Minetta to get his point across.

Rochester, NY – The Rochester Institute of Technology has announced plans for a new high-tech college.

R-I-T's eighth college will be a school of Computer and Information Sciences. It will bring together all the high-tech fields already taught at the school into a single discipline.

R-I-T officials have been raising millions of dollars required to add the new college. They believe it will increase enrollment by another one-thousand students.

Rochester, NY – A disability rights advocate wants to work with Amtrak on emergency evacuation for wheelchair users -- after being involved in Monday's train wreck near Syracuse.

Teresa Carroll of Rochester is a quadraplegic who gets around in an electric wheelchair. She's on the board of directors of Rochester's Center for Independent Living.

Seven members of the center were taking the train to a legislative breakfast in Albany. The train had just left Syracuse when it slammed into the rear of a CSX freight train.

Rochester NY – The American Classical Music Hall of Fame is honoring the founder of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Frederick Fennell has been selected as one of this year's inductees. The director of the Eastman School of Music calls Fennell " a music legend". The induction ceremony will take place April 21st in Cincinnati Ohio.

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    If repealing the Affordable Care Act is the Republican Congress' job one, defunding Planned Parenthood is a close second.

    In fact, the two priorities might be paired. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Jan. 5 that efforts to defund the organization "would be in our reconciliation bill," referring to a measure Congress has put on a fast track in order to repeal major pieces of the health law.

    After its nearly century and a half run, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus plans to shut down "The Greatest Show On Earth" forever.

    The American spectacle will conclude with its final show in May, says Kenneth Feld, the chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, the producer of Ringling.

    Feld announced the news on the company website Saturday night, citing declining ticket sales — which dipped even lower as the company retired elephants — combined with high operation costs.

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    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.

    At least one person in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts did not agree Monday when Governor Cuomo's State of the State message included a full-throated pitch for ridesharing, like Uber and Lyft.  Todd Vaarwerk, director of advocacy and public policy for the Western New York Independent Living Center, does not agree with the pitch, saying ridesharing companies do not allow access for people like him, the state's disabled community.


    Mary Cariola Children's Center has helped thousands of developmentally and medically challenged children and their families since opening its doors in 1949.

    Now, according to Karen Zandi, the agency’s president, a new therapeutic respite program will allow the center to better serve youth with severe behavioral issues and their families.

    “It's a very innovative program where we go into a family's home for a period of time, engage with them, and help assess what's the most challenging circumstance for them,” Zandi said.

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