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Education
8:37 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Power Issues Results In Changes For Some RCSD Programs Tuesday

Officials with the Rochester City School District say that work being done by RG&E to a transformer has shut off power Tuesday to district facilities and a charter school  at 40 Hart Street.

Three student programs are affected.  That includes adult education classes which are canceled Tuesday;  Young Mothers and Interim Health Academy will have classes at 175 Martin Street. 

and the Rochester Career Mentoring Charter School is canceling classes Tuesday.

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Government
7:56 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Hearings On Open Space Conservation In NYS

(AP & WXXI News)  State environmental and parks officials are holding public hearings on the 2014 State Open Space Conservation Plan this week. 

The plan updates the existing 2009 plan and guides state Environmental Protection Fund investments in open space preservation. The 300-page document is posted on the Department of Environmental Conservation website , along with times and locations of public meetings being held to discuss the plan Tuesday through Thursday.

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Government
6:15 am
Tue October 21, 2014

New York Warns Against Ebola Scams

Credit CDC

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's attorney general is warning consumers about scammers preying on Ebola fears with fundraising scams claiming to benefit victims and dubious offers of so-called preparedness kits that claim to contain preventive medicines.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says there is no approved vaccine.

He says scammers are "shamefully exploiting" heightened concerns since a few cases have been documented in the U.S. following an outbreak earlier this year in Africa.

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Connections
9:55 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, October 21st

Credit NPR

First hour: Police body cameras

Second hour: New book details U of R history

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Connections
4:21 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Connections: Five To Revive

The Landmark Society has released their 2014 “Five to Revive” western New York properties. Their goal is to rehab or rebuild properties with historic values. They’ll explain what they chose to focus on, and why. Joining us from the Landmark Society are Caitlin Meives, Larry Francer, Wayne Goodman, and Mary Nicosia.

Connections
4:16 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Connections: Tobacco Settlement Funds; Finger Lakes Restaurant Week

We start this hour by talking to Cal State finance professor Jim Estes about how the big tobacco settlement money has become a potential disaster for states like NY. Estes wrote a piece in the New York Times explaining how the states have mismanaged the money in two ways:

1)      Less than 2% is being spent on smoking prevention, and

2)      Many states have taken advance payments, opening a big potential hole decades from now.

Then we’ll preview Finger Lakes Restaurant Week, which is aimed at convincing the Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse markets to try new places. Joining us will be Christina Roberts of Finger Lakes Wine Country and Orlando Rodriguez, Executive Chef of Veraisons Restaurant.

Health
4:03 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Survey: More Area Businesses Offering High-Deductible Health Insurance Plans

Employers in the Rochester area are increasingly using high-deductible health plans as a way of  trying to  provide health care coverage to their employees at a reasonable cost.

That according to Sandy Parker, president of the Rochester Business Alliance which just released a survey about how its members are providing health benefits in the coming year.

She says high deductible plans do make employees more conscious of how much health care costs, but those kinds of plans may also discourage some people from seeking medical attention.

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Economy
2:52 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Dedication Ceremonies for New Downtown Bus Station

Interior of the new transit center
Credit Alex Crichton

Federal, state and local officials gathered Monday for dedication ceremonies for Rochester's new 50-million dollar downtown transit center.

The center officially opens November 28th, and CEO Bill Carpenter calls it a "game changer," and the completion of the facility marks the transition from an outdated public transit model and routing system to one that is highly efficient.

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Education
1:51 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

New York Allows Alternatives To Fulfill Regents Requirement

The New York State Board of Regents has approved a proposal that will allow high school students to skip one of the Regents social studies exams in exchange for a career, arts or science assessment.

It's a change that supporters say would provide students with the necessary skills to find meaningful work and possibly result in higher graduation rates.

Dr. Anne Kress, president of Monroe Community College, sees this change as a wonderful opportunity for students. She also believes that in order to make a difference, it should involve more than test-swapping.

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Government
10:19 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Rochester & RPD Union Reach Agreement On A New Contract

Rochester and the Locust Club, the union representing city police have agreed on a new contract.

The contract was approved last Thursday by a vote of 485 to 58.

Mayor Lovely Warren says the three year pact represents the first contract settlemen between the city and the Locust Club in nearly 20 years.  

Under the agreement, officers will get a 3 percent raise retroactive over the last year. They will also get a 2 percent raise in the second year and a 3 percent raise in the third year.

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