Kate O'Connell http://wxxinews.org en West Valley Nuclear Waste Facility Still Years Away From Full Decommissioning: Video http://wxxinews.org/post/west-valley-nuclear-waste-facility-still-years-away-full-decommissioning-video <p>The U.S. is the world’s largest nuclear power producer, and more than a quarter of New York’s electricity is supplied by atomic energy. As older nuclear plants in the state, and across the US, reach the end of their operational life, managing the nuclear waste left behind has become an ongoing national issue.</p><p>For nearly half a century, western New York has been home to one of the nation’s most unique nuclear facilities. The <a href="https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Energy-and-the-Environment/West-Valley.aspx" target="_blank">West Valley nuclear site</a>, 30 miles south of Buffalo, is the only commercial nuclear <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xAlXteRiXQ" target="_blank">reprocessing plant</a> to have operated in the United States. (Video tour of the facility after the jump)</p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:13:40 +0000 Kate O'Connell 21085 at http://wxxinews.org West Valley Nuclear Waste Facility Still Years Away From Full Decommissioning: Video CityGate Project Is Moving Forward http://wxxinews.org/post/citygate-project-moving-forward <p>Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks have announced a bipartisan deal that will see the stalled CityGate project move forward.</p><p>The development will include Western New York’s first Costco store.</p><p>And, Warren says the retail giant will bring hundreds of living-wage jobs to the Rochester area.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:34:11 +0000 Kate O'Connell 20192 at http://wxxinews.org CityGate Project Is Moving Forward PSC to be Sued Over Withheld Information http://wxxinews.org/post/psc-be-sued-over-withheld-information <p>The state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) is coming under fire yet again with claims that the body’s proceedings lack transparency.</p><p>A group of elected officials, ratepayers, and environmental groups announced Thursday that they’re filing a <a href="http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/Verified-Petition_Memo-Law.pdf" target="_blank">lawsuit</a> in state Supreme Court against the PSC in an attempt to gain access to documents relating to the future of two power plants in upstate New York.</p><p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:53:47 +0000 Kate O'Connell 19989 at http://wxxinews.org PSC to be Sued Over Withheld Information Fast Food Workers Vie for Higher Wages http://wxxinews.org/post/fast-food-workers-vie-higher-wages <p>Rochester was just one of many cities that saw strikes Thursday as part of a campaign by fast food workers to raise the federal minimum wage.</p><p>Walkouts were planned in at least 100 cities in support raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour, roughly $15,000 per year for a full-time job.</p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:43:47 +0000 Kate O'Connell & Matt Martin 19890 at http://wxxinews.org Fast Food Workers Vie for Higher Wages More Arrests In LDC Investigation http://wxxinews.org/post/more-arrests-ldc-investigation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An investigation into local development organizations (LDCs)&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in Monroe County saw four more arrests today. Robert </span>Wiesner<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, husband of County Executive Maggie Brooks was included in the group facing criminal charges. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charges&nbsp;brought against the four by the state Attorney General's office include money laundering, conspiracy, and falsifying business records.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 20:50:02 +0000 Kate O'Connell 19694 at http://wxxinews.org More Arrests In LDC Investigation Human-on-a-chip http://wxxinews.org/post/human-chip <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/innovationtrail/audio/2013/11/Organ_on_chip_web.mp3" class="asset-audio">Learn more about the human-on-a-chip research platform and its potential impact on the scientific and medical fields.</a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a handful of labs around the U.S., researchers are creating human tissue from stem cells and manipulating them to replicate the functions of human organs, all on platforms about the size of a thumb drive. This research platform is known as a ‘human-on-a-chip’, and it has the potential to change the nature of medical treatment.</span><p>Dr. Harry Salem has been involved in his fair share of exciting scientific breakthroughs, including the creation of the breathalyzer, the infant incubator, and Nyquil.<p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:46:30 +0000 Kate O'Connell 19669 at http://wxxinews.org Human-on-a-chip The Copy Machine Turns 75 http://wxxinews.org/post/copy-machine-turns-75 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s one of the most iconic pieces of office equipment from the past century. It’s saved countless hours for workers, become a symbol for office shenanigans, and revolutionized the way we do business.</span></p><p>And it all started 75 years ago, today.</p><p>The Xerox copy machine stems from a breakthrough made by inventor Chester Carlson on October 22 1938.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:01:42 +0000 Kate O'Connell 19541 at http://wxxinews.org The Copy Machine Turns 75 Advocates Urge Cuomo, Raise the Age http://wxxinews.org/post/advocates-urge-cuomo-raise-age <p>New York is one of only two states in the country where all children 16 and older are treated as adults in the criminal justice system. This month the <a href="http://raisetheageny.com/" target="_blank">Raise the Age</a> initiative kicked off a statewide campaign in upstate New York, renewing their effort to keep kids under 18 out of adult prisons.</p><p>Kyle Chambers was incarcerated in an adult prison when he was 16 years old, and spent his 17<sup>th</sup> birthday inside.</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 19466 at http://wxxinews.org Advocates Urge Cuomo, Raise the Age CarestreamTeams With The Bills On Investigating Head Injuries http://wxxinews.org/post/carestreamteams-bills-investigating-head-injuries <p>Carestream Health and the Buffalo Bills have entered into a partnership aimed at advancing medical imaging technology that could help with earlier detection and treatment of brain injuries.</p><p>The agreement builds on research already in the works between Carestream and Johns Hopkins University and will expand the collaboration to include new systems for imaging head trauma.</p><p>President of digital imaging solutions at Carestream, Diana Nole says the partnership with the Bills will help them understand how their equipment could be used in a real-life setting.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:12:51 +0000 Kate O'Connell 19136 at http://wxxinews.org CarestreamTeams With The Bills On Investigating Head Injuries The Book of Mormon, Way Off Broadway http://wxxinews.org/post/book-mormon-way-broadway <p>With its cast of 750, more than a thousand costumes, and special effects to rival a James Cameron film, the annual Hill Cumorah Pageant is back in town.</p><p>It’s been touted as the way off-Broadway version of the Book of Mormon, but this one’s the real deal.</p><p>The show, held in Palmyra, is a retelling of the history of Mormonism involving hundreds of cast and crew members.</p><p>People travel from across the country and around the world to be involved, but they’re not just here to entertain.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:13:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 18946 at http://wxxinews.org The Book of Mormon, Way Off Broadway