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Trump's Refusal To Back U.S. Intel Over Russia At Putin Summit Sparks Bipartisan Ire

Updated at 7:13 p.m. ET President Trump's effort to reset relations with Russia backfired at home after he failed to side with the U.S. intelligence community over Moscow's interference in the 2016 election. The president's equivocation drew bipartisan condemnation, capping a week in which Trump alienated allies and cozied up to adversaries. Trump himself declared his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday in Helsinki a success, in what he called the "proud tradition of bold...

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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.

    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.

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      News from NPR

      Netflix says its faulty forecasting caused it to miss its target for new subscribers, falling short by more than a million even as it reported quarterly earnings that beat analysts' expectations.

      Given the attitude with which President Trump has greeted all news of the Russian interference in the 2016 election, his performance in Helsinki on Monday should have come as no surprise.

      And yet there was surprise — even shock — when the president of the United States stood on stage alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin and accepted the former KGB officer's denials regarding that interference.

      To an outsider, the fancy booths at a June health insurance industry gathering in San Diego, Calif., aren't very compelling: a handful of companies pitching "lifestyle" data and salespeople touting jargony phrases like "social determinants of health."

      But dig deeper and the implications of what they're selling might give many patients pause: A future in which everything you do — the things you buy, the food you eat, the time you spend watching TV — may help determine how much you pay for health insurance.

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      From the Inclusion Desk

      Prime Care Coordination, described by its executive director Tracy Boff as “an umbrella organization” for groups that aid people with disabilities, has opened its regional hub in Webster.

      “This is going to coordinate all of a person’s care including their medical care, behavioral health needs, social needs, their housing — all of their needs,” Boff said.

      Prime Care, a Medicaid-funded company wholly owned by non-profit agencies, has replaced the Medicaid Service Coordination program, which until July 1 handled medical and social services for people with disabilities.

      New York agency to protect disabled vows more transparency

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      New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs

      ALBANY — New York's agency tasked with investigating accusations of abuse and neglect against disabled people in state care is promising to improve transparency following years of complaints about conducting nearly all of its work in secret.

      Denise Miranda took over last year as executive director of the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.

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      The founder of Rochester's first film camp for deaf and hard of hearing youth is offering a workshop at Writers and Books this summer.

      Speaking through an interpreter, Stacy Lawrence said she wants to share her passion for filmmaking with kids and help them understand what they are capable of.

      "I want these children to realize that they are in the same company as wonderful deaf artists and deaf poets right here in Rochester, right under our noses."

      Reports of sexual abuse of individuals with disabilities in New York State funded and licensed facilities will now be investigated by a newly created response team.

      The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs says the establishment of the specially trained team comes at a critical time.

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