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9:21 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Rochester Parents Among Those Filing Suit Against Teacher Tenure System

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A group founded by former CNN journalist Campbell Brown is challenging New York state's teacher tenure system.

Seven parents of public school children from New York City and Rochester filed a lawsuit Monday in Albany alleging that job protections violate a student's right to a quality education.

The lawsuit is the work of a group founded by Brown called the Partnership for Educational Justice.

A similar lawsuit was filed earlier this month in New York City.

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WXXI Local Stories
5:03 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Rain Moves On, But Storm Cleanup Will Continue

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Several inches of  rain caused major travel problems around Western New York and the Finger Lakes Monday. Even though most of the rain has moved on, it will take a while to complete the cleanup.

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Government
4:39 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Cuomo Offers First Comments on Ethics Commission Controversy

Governor Cuomo, in his first appearance since the controversy over his disbanded ethics commission was detailed in the New York Times,  delivered a spirited  speech in Buffalo, touting the work he’s done to help the city’s troubled economy, calling it an  “unbelievable turn around”, and announcing the creation of over 600 new jobs.

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Government
4:27 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Rob Astorino Vows To Clean Up Albany

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

Republican candidate for New York Governor Rob Astorino and his running mate Chris Moss made the rounds in upstate New York Monday to continue hammering on incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo about his handling of the anti-corruption Moreland Commission.

A New York Times story last week brought up questions on how Cuomo and his staff may have interfered with the way that commission operated.

Cuomo again defended his handling of the commission during a stop in Buffalo, but during Astorino's stop in Rochester, he said he wasn't buying Cuomo's explanation.

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Education
4:14 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Former Monroe High School Principal Returns

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A familiar face is returning to Monroe High School in the Rochester City School District, but will the move help steer the school in the right direction?

Armando Ramirez served as principal of Monroe High School since 2012. During his first few months on the job –he told WXXI News Monroe was a “failing school” and that his focus would be to create better relationships with parents, further develop the school’s Latino Student Initiative, and to bring more equity to students and classrooms.

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Connections
2:36 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Connections: Allendale Columbia/RCSD Partnership

The Summer Leap program for kids in Greater Rochester.

The unique "Summer Leap" program partnership between the Allendale Columbia School and  RCSD School Number 17,  involving first and second graders which started this summer, will now continue throughout the academic year.

Our guests describe the positive impact not just on the children, but on the teachers, who have  rediscovered their love of their chosen profession during a time when they would normally be on vacation.

Mike Gee, head of Allendale Columbia School

Nate Merritt, executive director of the "Summer Leap" program

Amy Oliveri, assistant director of "Summer Leap"

Connections
2:29 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Connections: The Beauty and Bounty of the Finger Lakes

What visitors can do in the Finger Lakes.

Our guests this hour key us in on the beauty and  bounty of the Finger Lakes region's food,  beverage  and landscape/scenery offerings from the perspective of the photographer, foodie, and beverage connoisseur.

Our guests are: 

Valerie Knoblauch, president of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Trish Aser, owner of the Brown Hound Bistro

Nicole Heroux, co- owner and director of business development for Simply Crêpes

Dave Schlosser, owner of Naked Dove Brewing Company

Health
1:08 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

New Neuromedicine Intensive Care Unit at Strong

Neuromedicine ICU at Strong
Credit Alex Crichton / WXXI

Strong Hospital is set to accept patients Tuesday to its new 12-bed neuromedicine ICU.

A staff trained in treating neurological disorders like strokes, seizures, and traumatic brain injury will be treating patients around the clock.

In the past, those patients would be scattered in other ICU's and receive care from fragmented teams.

That’s from Medical director Dr. Manju Markandaya, who says diseases that impact the brain and central nervous system have a unique set of challenges, not usually found in a traditional intensive care unit.

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WXXI Local Stories
11:26 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Flood Warning Triggers Wireless Emergency Alert System

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If you had an unexpected wake-up call around one this morning, you're not alone.

That's when many cell phones sent out an alert that the National Weather Service had just issued a Flash Flood Warning.

Fred Rion, head of the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management, says the Wireless Emergency Alert System is a useful tool.                   

"Let's say you're close to a stream or something that floods. The rain was coming down pretty heavy last night. I think it's good to have an additional warning system."

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WXXI Top Stories
11:15 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Around the State 7-28-14

The WXXI news staff checks newspapers and websites to help keep tabs on what's happening in communities across New York state.

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