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UPDATE: as of 9:20 a.m. : During a 9am media briefing, RPD Chief Michael Ciminelli said that the ‘tactical’ part of the overnight investigation has ended, but a portion of North St. remains closed. He did not release any more details on the type of wounds Officer Nash suffered, but said Nash is in good spirits considering the circumstances. Ciminelli thanked the many people in the Rochester area who have expressed thoughts of concern for the injured officer, and also praised the cooperation...

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The state Senate is likely to confirm Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nomination to fill the latest vacancy on the state’s highest court.

Judge Paul Feinman would be the first openly gay judge on the Court of Appeals. During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, the Long Island native was generally praised by committee members.

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A  local business leader who started at the ground floor of the food processing industry and now leads one of the Rochester area’s top employers is receiving a major award from RIT.

When John LiDestri emigrated from Sicily to the U.S., he started as a bottle washer for Ragu. But he quickly rose through the ranks, becoming company president at Cantisano Foods, later buying out that business and renaming it LiDestri Foods.

The war of words between N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the International Joint Commission is continuing,  as residents along Lake Ontario deal with weeks of flooding.

In a letter to Cuomo, the IJC says flooding was triggered by heavy spring rains. And it rejects his suggestion that preventive counter-measures -- like releasing more water through a downstream dam -- should have been made.

A local youth advocacy organization is making an offer to the Rochester City School District.

The Children’s Agenda has a new project to analyze the district’s annual $920 million budget.

CEO of The Children’s Agenda, Larry Marx, says that no other local budget has as much of an impact on the well-being of area  youth as the city school district budget does.

Larry Staub

Despite unusually high water levels on Lake Ontario, Ontario Beach Park is on track to open as scheduled on Friday.

"A couple of months ago, I would have really doubted that we would be able to do that,” said Larry Staub, director of the Monroe County parks department.  Crews spent the last two months cleaning debris that washed onto the beach as Lake Ontario swelled to record high levels.

"There were large trees, large limbs, a lot of debris,” Staub said. “We even had a typewriter show up (laughs). I don't know where it came from, but we saw it."

Allegiant Airlines is expanding service between the Greater Rochester International Airport and Southwest Florida. 

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says that Allegiant will begin new, twice-weekly, non-stop service from Rochester to Punta Gorda, Florida beginning November 17.

The year-round route will offer approximately 340 additional non-stop seats to the west coast of Florida.

With the addition of the route, Allegiant will operate two, non-stop routes from Rochester.

Congressman Chris Collins, who last week raised eyebrows by suggesting he would carry a gun following the shooting of a colleague, has again stated his intention to be armed during public appearances, not just for his safety but also for that of staff and constituents.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new report from New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli concludes that state officials can do more to protect residents from drinking water contamination.

The findings are part of an analysis released by DiNapoli's office on Monday. They come after potentially harmful industrial chemicals were found in water in Newburgh and Hoosick Falls.

The Democratic comptroller says those and other recent incidents of contamination revealed vulnerabilities in the state's drinking water supply.

Karen DeWitt

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A plan to permit movie theaters in New York to seek a license to serve alcohol appears to be a flop.

State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie told reporters Monday that he opposes the idea on safety grounds. Heastie's comments all but ensure the proposal won't pass this year.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo pitched the idea last winter, saying allowing theaters to serve alcohol would be a boon to both theaters and the state's burgeoning craft beverage industry.

It was supposed to be an easy win for Republicans.

But the more than four-month-long bitter special election fight in Georgia's 6th Congressional District has been anything but simple. Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel are locked in a tight contest that has obliterated spending records, with tens of millions pouring into the critical contest in the northern Atlanta suburbs with major national implications.


The latest on the Lake Ontario flooding from our reporters along the lakeshore

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An eight-hour cease-fire declared by the Philippine military ended abruptly on Sunday. As soon as the "humanitarian pause" reached its designated end, though, Marawi descended back into the gunfire that has pervaded the southern city for more than a month.

Will arming teachers make schools safer? While that debate continues across the country, this week more than a dozen school employees from around Colorado spent three days learning advanced gun skills at a shooting range outside of Denver.

With 2,500 inmates, the penitentiary institution of Fresnes, about 20 miles south of Paris, is one of the largest prisons in Europe. Like most French prisons, Fresnes is overcrowded. Built in the late 19th century, its tiny cells, each meant for one prisoner, most often house three.

Inmates scream curses and catcalls from their barred windows as I visit a small, empty sports yard ensconced between cell blocks. Plastic bags and punctured soccer balls are caught in the surrounding concertina wire.

Ernest Littlebird put his grill out on the side of Route 39 in Lame Deer, Mont., under the shade of a tree and started grilling hamburgers.

"Come get a dollar burger," he says. "Good meal, you know, something to put in the belly at least."

Littlebird is an entrepreneur. This is his second year selling dollar hamburgers out of his minivan when he couldn't find other work. Jobs are scarce here on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation and so is money.

But Littlebird thinks they don't have to be.

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From the Inclusion Desk

Scott Pitoniak

Children from across the greater Rochester area poured onto Frontier Field Saturday for the 25th annual Challenger Baseball Little League World Series.

The league enables kids ages 6 to 18 who have mental and physical disabilities to play the game with the help of on-field buddies – other children and adults who guide them at bat, around the bases, and in the outfield.

Click on the LISTEN link above to learn more about how the league and World Series were started and about the players who look forward to participating every summer.

There's a lot going on in the local autism community: The U of R has the brand-new Levine Autism Clinic. On South Avenue, there are plans for the new Golisano Autism Center. And this weekend, national experts will be in town to give talks, run workshops, and help lead a conference on autism. So what does the latest research tell us? Our guests:

  • Suzannah Iadarola, Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • Chris Hilton, mother, and finance and operations director for AutismUp
  • Terrie Meyn, COO of CP Rochester

This conversation is part of WXXI’s Inclusion Desk, spotlighting issues related to disabilities. The WXXI Inclusion Desk is part of Move to Include — a partnership to encourage thoughtful discussion about issues of inclusion and the differently-abled.

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Area law enforcement agencies joined dozens of Special Olympics athletes on Friday for a torch run from Gates Town Hall to Downtown Rochester.

The event raises money for Special Olympics, and that’s something that participants like Kenny Moriarty of Rochester really appreciate.

“It’s incredible, the flames and the running, you’re doing the exercise.” Moriarty also told WXXI News he really appreciates “the sponsors and all the thanks and all the help we get.”

The repeal of the Affordable Care Act could have some unintended consequences on the most vulnerable: children with disabilities. On this special Move to Include edition of Need to Know we’ll learn how special education in our public schools may see unbearable funding cuts.

Also on the show, some local disability rights advocates were recently detained outside the White House. We’ll discuss what they’re calling on President Trump to do and if he’s responded.

And a complex journey for a local artist unfolds on canvas. How local talent is awakening our understanding of deaf culture through art.

Move to Include and the Inclusion Desk is a partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

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