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A Rochester police officer has received one of the highest civilian awards for saving four small children from a burning minivan.

Christine Wilson was off-duty when she witnessed the accident on November 23rd, 2013. 

She helped four children to safety before the van was engulfed in flames.

"I was at the right place at the right time, so I'm just grateful I'm here to tell the story in a positive manner, as well."

Wilson says she feels she did what any normal person would've done in that situation.


A researcher at the University of Rochester has developed a smart phone app they believe could help diminish the spread of Ebola and connect patients with necessary health care more quickly.

The app, called "Node", asks people to input their physical symptoms such as fever. If the answers are consistent with Ebola symptoms, they can be connected with health care workers.

The app is the creation of Solomon Abiola, a Uof R research associate. He says the app's ability to track a person's location is crucial in limiting the spread of the disease.

Supporters of Tax Cap Push to Make it Permanent

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There’s a push by business groups and Republicans in the State Senate, as well as Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, to make the state’s 2% per year property tax cap permanent. Backers have issued a report to bolster their views, and say public opinion is on their side.    

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Between 60 – 70 percent of people living with autism in America are unemployed, And we’ll touch base with families who are working to support people with autism and look at local programs aimed at getting people on the spectrum into meaningful employment. We’ll also speak with a former director of the California State Labor Department, Michael Bernick about the Autism Job Club and six strategies that could reshape employment for adults with autism.  

(WATCH: Innovation Trail report below)

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The top lawyer to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to meet with representatives of other state leaders to discuss potential changes to the administration's policy of purging emails. 

Friday's meeting was prompted by criticism of Cuomo's policy of deleting most emails after 90 days. The governor's office called the meeting to discuss creating a new policy that would also apply to the Legislature, but lawmakers balked. 

Top lawmakers ignored the invitation to the meeting and said Cuomo can change his email policy without their input. 

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  More than 40 years after the nation's bloodiest prison rebellion, newly released documents contain accounts, some never before seen publicly, from National Guardsmen and a doctor who said they saw injured inmates beaten with clubs and others with wounds indicating they were tortured as state police and guards retook control of Attica. 

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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was at RIT to speak with students and faculty, and promote legislation that would set uniform sexual assault response policies for colleges all over the state.

With less than a month to the end of the legislative session, Hochul is doubling down on the "Enough is Enough" legislation that has defined much of her term so far.

The Rochester area saw more job growth in April. The NYS Labor Department says that this region saw 5800  more private sector jobs in April compared to a year ago.

State labor analyst Tammy Marino says that another positive development was that the latest job growth was generally spread over a number of sectors.

"If we look back at last year most of our job growth was concentrated primarily in education and health care. However this year, we have a much more diverse set of employers that are hiring.”

Blue Angels Prepping for Air Show

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Members of the Blue Angels were making a few practice runs over downtown Rochester in advance of this weekend’s  2015 Rochester International Airshow.

It’ll be held at the Rochester International Airport Saturday and Sunday.

The famed precision flying team will join civilian aerobatic acts, including an all veteran parachute team’s “Salute to Heroes”

Portions of the proceeds of the airshow go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The county says there will be road closures as a result of the air show: