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Irma Recovery Begins; Storm Flooded Parts Of Florida, South Carolina And Georgia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFu2L-fLieM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrJsba_DfYA Updated at 3:35 p.m. ET As millions of Florida residents begin to assess damage left by Hurricane Irma, people in Georgia and South Carolina are also struggling to cope with heavy flooding and power outages in coastal areas. Some 5.2 million Florida homes and businesses — close to half the state's electricity customers — were without electricity, along with nearly 1 million customers in Georgia, about 140...

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December Unemployment Rate

Jan 18, 2001

Rochester NY – The December 2000 unemployment rate for the Greater Rochester area stands at three-point-seven percent, according to figures released today from the State Labor Department. An increase in private sector jobs was one reason given for our area's low jobless rate. Statewide, New York's unemployment rate for December 2000 was four-point-five percent.

    Albany, NY – Governor George Pataki stressed fiscal prudence as he introduced an 83-billion-dollar state budget proposal. It includes a controversial retooling of New York's school financing system that may make the budget a tough sell in the state legislature.

    Violence Task Force

    Jan 12, 2001

    Rochester, NY – Half-a-dozen democrats on the Monroe County Legislature want to establish a permanent violence reduction task force. It would be a panel including all levels of government, law enforcement, private agencies and neighborhood groups. And it would plan ways of decreasing violent crime.

    Democratic leader Todd Bullard submitted the proposal, along with Democrats Christopher Wilmot, Ronnie Thomas, Bill Benet, Willie Lightfoot and Jose Cruz.

    Museum Grant

    Jan 12, 2001

    Rochester, NY – An area museum is receiving a substantial gift. Genesee Country Village and Museum is getting 300-thousand dollars worth of financial support from the Gleason Foundation.

    The grant goes to the museum's "Adopt A Village" program, and will be used to help take care of the museum's more than 100 buildings, including 57 historic structures. The funding will be used for renovation projects include roofing and painting, along with a comprehensive maintenance and restoration plan for the buildings.

    Vending Machine Cameras

    Jan 12, 2001

    Rochester, NY – Kodak is teaming up with Maytag Corporation to put film and single-use cameras in vending machines. They plan to roll out thousands of camera-and-film vending machines over the next three years.

    Officials at Kodak say they want to satisfy instant cravings for must-have snapshots in morethan 10,000 high-traffic locations around the country like beaches, parks or ski resorts.

    Search Continues for Missing Woman

    Jan 11, 2001

    Shortsville, NY – The search continues for an 82-year-old woman missing since Tuesday. Helen Lois Goodwin walked away from the privately run home for adults where she had lived since 1998, police said. Temperatures were below freezing on Tuesday.

    Goodwin, who had a history of depression, frequently went for walks but usually told the house's owners when she was going out. There was no mention this time and she left her purse behind.

    Woman Found

    Jan 11, 2001

    Shortsville, NY – The body of an elderly Ontario County woman was found this afternoon in a snow bank, about one thousand feet from an adult facility she walked away from earlier this week. Hundreds of people were involved in the search for 82-year old Helen Lois Goodwin of Shortsville.

    Missing Woman

    Jan 11, 2001

    Shortsville, NY – The Ontario County Sheriff's Department is searching for a missing elderly woman. 82-year old Louis Goodwin was last seen last night leaving her Shortsville home. She is described as being 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds with blue eyes and white hair. Deputies say Goodwin left her home between six and nine last night and hasn't been seen since. She does not own a car and is taking medication.

      Rochester NY – The noted defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran filed a notice of claim against Monroe County on behalf of a 20-year-old woman who says she was raped by three county sheriff's deputies.

      Cochran was joined by the Reverend Norvel Goff of the Rochester NAACP in calling for rapid completion of a state police investigation into the rape charge. Cochran also wants the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Bureau to investigate the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.

      Clean Air in the Classroom

      Jan 10, 2001

      Rochester, NY – One key to improving student performance and attendance in schools may have nothing to do with standardized tests and raising standards, but everything to do with the air in classrooms.

      State advocates released a parents' right-to-know guide about laws governing safe air and other conditions in schools they say are distracting students, making them sick and affecting their performance.


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      Tesla owners who were in Hurricane Irma's path in the Southeast recently got an unexpected boost to help them, after the carmaker remotely upgraded vehicle batteries to their highest capacity.

      The boost gave customers' cars an extra 30 to 40 miles, but it's also temporary: The batteries will lose their extra juice this weekend.

      The move came at the request of a customer who was worried about traffic and the range between charging stations during a massive evacuation that saw millions of Americans leave their homes in Florida, Georgia and neighboring states.

      We don't usually think of adorable puppies as disease vectors, but they might actually be making people sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a Campylobacter outbreak in people and its link to puppies purchased from a chain of pet stores.

      The U.S. Thought It Was Rid Of Hookworm. Wrong

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      The U.S. thought it wiped out hookworm decades ago. But a new study shows that it never truly went away.

      Hookworm thrives in regions of extreme poverty with poor sanitation and affects some 740 million people worldwide. Developing nations with warm, moist climates, in regions like South America, South Asia and Southeast Asia, are most susceptible to the worm.

      Pakistan's prime minister has warned that the U.S. would be degrading its own capabilities to fight terrorism if it degraded Pakistan's military strength. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi made the comments Tuesday in a roundtable discussion with journalists before he leaves for the United States on Saturday.

      Abbasi is expected to address the United Nations General Assembly during his U.S. visit. So far, there are no organized plans to see U.S. President Donald Trump, said Abbasi's spokesperson, Musadik Malik.

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      A woman who helped shine the light on the unique abilities of an autistic mind will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls next week.

      Temple Grandin, an author, speaker, and champion of farm animal welfare said the honor means a lot to her.

      "Because when I first started in the seventies,” she said, “being a woman in a man's industry - the cattle industry - that was hard and I had to prove that I could do it. I was really motivated to make sure that my stuff was really good and that I wasn't stupid." 

      When a member of your family is in a wheelchair you may not think taking off on a kayaking adventure together on the Erie Canal is possible. However, it is. On this Need to Know segment we join in on the experience with an area mother and son sharing this special moment together for the first time through Rochester Accessible Adventures. We also learn about the work being done by RAA in an effort to revolutionize inclusion when it comes to eliminating barriers to active lifestyles for individuals with disabilities and their families. 

      A living wage. That’s what a coalition of advocates and community agencies that support individuals with disabilities have been calling for in our state. The focus of that fight - the more than 120,000 New Yorkers who work with and care for individuals with disabilities. They’re called Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and according to the New York State Chapter of the Arc they’re in chronic short supply While the governor allocated $55 million in the budget this year to support a wage increase for these professionals working with nonprofits - is that enough to recruit, train and sustain employees? We examine the current state of DSPs and the challenges they’re continuing to face on this Move to Include edition of Need to Know.

      A hard-fought wage increase battle saw some success this year. But workers who help those living with disabilities say they are still in need of support. On this edition of Need to Know we’ll discuss what a profession that some call underpaid and undervalued is looking for in an effort to help our most vulnerable and those trained to care for them.

      Also on the show, a revolution in inclusion. We’re checking out a local group on a mission to get businesses and organizations equipped to offer recreational activities to people of all abilities.

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