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Rep. Louise Slaughter dies; remembered as 'trailblazer' and 'tireless advocate'

Rep. Louise Slaughter, 88, died early Friday, her office has announced. Liam Fitzsimmons, chief of staff to the congresswoman, said she passed away surrounded by family at George Washington University Hospital after suffering an injury in her Washington, D.C., residence last week. Slaughter was the first woman to chair the powerful House Committee on Rules since it was formally constituted on April 2, 1789, and was serving as its ranking member. Her office said she was "a relentless fighter...

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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.

    Rochester NY – The University of Rochester Medical Center will receive over one million dollars from the American Cancer Society. The grant will go towards helping medical researchers understand the cause of nausea from chemotherapy. Nausea is one of the most serious side effects from undergoing chemotheraphy treatment for cancer.Scientists have recently developed new drugs that better control vomiting. But they are not as effective when it comes to reducing nausea.

      Rochester NY – 116 acres of land in Monroe and Livingston Counties have been purchased by the State of New York. The purchase includes 68 acres of Burger Park in the town of Greece. And 48 acres of land on Conesus Lake in the town of Conesus.Conservationists are happy with the State's decision because it will allow more land to be preserved not only for wildlife. But also for residents who enjoy the outdoors and recreational sports like fishing.It will cost the State $670,000 to purchase the 116 acres of property in both counties.

        Rochester NY – Testifying before the U S Senate Commerce Committee, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter said Congress must send a clear message to the Bush Administration to stop proposed mergers between major airlines. Slaughter said the mergers would limit competition and result in higher air fares. Currently Rochester has some of the highest airfares in the nation.


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          Monroe County, the town of Irondequoit, the city of Rochester and the state of New York all marked Wednesday, March 7, as “Spread the Word to End the R-Word," day, an effort led locally by the Golisano Foundation.

          That R-Word is "retard" or "retarded," considered offensive and derogatory to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to Evalyn Gleason, grants coordinator for the Golisano Foundation.

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          Thousands of athletes participated in the Special Olympics New York State Winter Games Saturday.

          The second floor of the convention center was packed with volunteer’s coaches and athletes getting ready for a full day of floor hockey.

          Teams from all around the state made the trip to participate. Andy Watson was with his team from Brooklyn, he’s been coaching for over 30 years. He talked about what being a part of the Special Olympics means to him.

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          The Olympics in Pyeongchang aren’t the only ones to look out for this weekend.

          The New York State Special Olympics will take place all day Saturday in venues across Rochester. Nearly 1,000 athletes and coaches will be in town to compete.

          As an Honorary Chair of the winter games, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo hosted some of the athletes in the legislature chambers Wednesday morning.

          A recently passed House bill has many in the disability community speaking out.

          Advocates say that the ADA Education and Reform Act would gut many provisions under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

          Ericka Jones is a Systems Advocate with the  Center for Disability Rights says now, when a person files a complaint about a business not being accessible, it’s reviewed and resolved fairly soon.

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