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Brittany Williams is a 25-year-old artist from Rochester. This year she was invited to participate in Wall Therapy, an international week-long mural festival.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)  Authorities in western New York say they've arrested a 44-year-old man from Lackawanna on a charge of attempting to support the Islamic State group. 

U.S. Attorney William Hochul said at a news conference Wednesday morning in Buffalo that authorities were tipped off by a resident who heard Arafat Nagi talking about his jihadi beliefs. 

Nagi is due in court later Wednesday to face a charge of attempting to support a terrorist organization. Authorities say his social media posts and travel records were checked out as part of the investigation.

A lower percentage of Rochester homeowners have mortgages that are "underwater" than any of the other real estate markets ranked in a recent report.

The social media company WalletHub analyzed data from 25 real estate markets.  The report ranks Rochester eighth overall on a list of the top ten healthiest housing markets.

The report said 6.3 percent of Rochester-area mortgages are "underwater", or higher than the home's value. That's compared to 38 percent in Las Vegas.

Water for South Sudan

On this segment of Need to Know we look into the work of Rochester-based Water for South Sudan. The non-profit, founded by former "Lost Boy of Sudan," Salva Dut, has drilled, to date, more than 250 water wells throughout the country. According to UNICEF, 32% of the population in South Sudan doesn’t have access to clean water. Need to Know’s Hélène Biandudi Hofer recently sat down with Salva Dut and Angelique Stevens of Water for South Sudan. They discussed their recent work and explained how digging wells in the middle of an ongoing war in the country has a significant meaning.

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With perhaps the hottest day of the week on tap Wednesday, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has initiated the city's Cool Sweep Heat Emergency operation.  Temperatures are expected to get into the low 90s.

Cool Sweep provides relief from the heat with cooling sprays from fire hydrants, extended hours at city pools, Durand Eastman Beach, and spray parks.

During a 'heat emergency' the Cool Sweep program extends into the Carter Street Community Center and city branch library locations where residents without air conditioning can go to cool off.

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, July 29th

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First hour: Analyzing the proposed new Code of Conduct for the Rochester City School District

Second hour: Saving western New York landmarks

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will call for passage of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act as she prepares to testify on campus sexual assault before a Senate Committee Wednesday.

She says it's something that will reform the way colleges deal with campus sexual assault.

Gillibrand says the bill would flip the incentives, so that for the first time, it would be in the school's best interest to actually solve the problem, and do it aggressively.

"We did it (the bill) because the price of a college education should never include the risk of a sexual assault."

A new report out by the Empire Justice Center in Rochester says that there are continued disparities in the way home mortgages are granted in parts of the Rochester area.

The non-profit legal advocacy organization says that home mortgage lending  recovered in 2013 from a low point in 2011.  But the report also shows that African American middle and upper income borrowers were denied loans at least twice as often as white people in the same brackets.

Paid Family Leave Supporters Look to 2016

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Supporters of paid family leave in New York say they hope 2016 will be their year, but business groups are urging caution.

A measure to allow all workers in the state 12 weeks of paid leave to take care of a new baby or sick family member was approved in the State Assembly, and two measures gained support in the State Senate, but the issue fell by the wayside in the end of session rush to pass bills and adjourn for the summer.

The Senate sponsor of a two house bill, Joseph Addabbo of Queens, says he thinks it’s not a question of if the measure will pass, but when.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals, the parent company of Bausch + Lomb, has just received $973,000 from RG&E to help with electric infrastructure improvements at the facility on North Goodman Street in Rochester.

Officials say the grant is to support a $200 million project that includes renovations and new construction for