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Education
8:54 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Greece School Official To Help Lead Changes At Rochester's East H.S.

A Greece School District official will become East High School's new Deputy Superintendent. The job being filled by Shaun Nelms is a new position created by the partnership that will see the University of Rochester taking over administration of East High.

In late February, Nelms, who is currently deputy superintendent for the Greece School District, will become deputy superintendent at East H.S., overseeing the hiring of all administrative and staff positions as well as the day-to-day operations.

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Arts & Culture
8:51 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

RPO Board Optimistic, Despite Last Year's Losses

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra held their annual meeting Thursday night where they reflected on the fiscal year and looked toward the future.

The RPO is still not breaking even, despite recent budget cuts and their employee's voluntary salary freeze. According to fiscal reports released at the meeting, revenues were up thanks to their first trip to Carnegie Hall in 30 years, but ticket sales were down. They measured an operational deficit of over $250,000. They are able to operate at a loss, temporarily, thanks to endowments.

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Economy
5:54 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

JP Morgan Chase To Cut 350 Positions In Rochester

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An improvement in the U.S. economy is being cited as the reason why JP Morgan Chase plans to cut 350 jobs in Rochester.

A corporate spokesman tells WXXI News that the jobs being cut are in the mortgage banking business, and they are located in the Chase Tower building downtown. Chase says that as the U.S. economy improves, it has meant fewer people have needed refinancing and other mortgage services, and that's meant less demand for that business unit.

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Economy
5:22 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Rochester's Crisis of Poverty Addressed

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Higher paying jobs-that’s what the keynote speaker at Rochester Business Journal’s Power Breakfast series says would most improve the nation's poverty crisis.

At the morning event entitled Rochester’s Crisis of Poverty, Peter Edelman, Georgetown University Law Center professor, gave 9 causes for the poverty currently seen across the nation.

Among those causes, Edelman explained the country saw a decline in public education that corresponded with a need for a more educated workforce.

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Government
5:15 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Field For Assembly Speaker Candidates Gets Smaller

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News)  Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, a longtime legislator from Brooklyn, has dropped his candidacy to become the new leader of the state Assembly, reducing the field to three. 

Lentol, saying Thursday he doesn't have enough support, is backing Assemblyman Carl Heastie of the Bronx, now the clear front-runner. 

Assemblyman Keith Wright of Manhattan withdrew Wednesday. 

The other two remaining candidates are Majority Leader Joseph Morelle of Irondequoit and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan of Queens. 

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Health
5:15 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Hospice Offers Comfort to Dying Vets

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Warriors who fought in the Second World War, Korea, and Vietnam are aging.

According to We Honor Veterans, one in four dying Americans is a veteran.

Jacqueline Coastes is a Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Nurse. She says Post Traumatic Stress can become a problem late in life.

"It may lay dormant for years and at the end of life it may see it show up in how a patient acts, their behaviors, their nightmares, what things they say and do," explains Coates.

Coates says nurses and volunteers do what they can to treat the symptoms and give dying vets peace.

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Connections
5:11 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Connections: Experiencing How the Poor Live

We push ahead to tonight’s Need to Know (8 p.m. tonight and 11:30 a.m. Sunday on WXXI-TV), and focus on the recent poverty simulation event. It’s a good concept: give people the actual experience of being poor and realize the challenges they face: difficulty getting help, services closed off, doors that seem to be closed. Our panel weighs in:

  • Bill Moehle, Brighton town supervisor
  • Sherry Walker-Cowart, ​president and CEO of the Center for Dispute Settlement 
  • Saul Maneiro, program officer at Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Hanif Abdul-Wahid,  community liaison for neighborhood initiatives, Monroe County Department of Planning & Development

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Connections
5:02 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Connections: Senator Rich Funke; Soledad O'Brien

We start the show talking with State Senator Rich Funke (R), who represents the 55th State Senate District. Then, we air a pre-recorded interview with Soledad O'Brien who was speaking at RIT today.

Capitol Bureau
3:50 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Turmoil in Assembly Leads to Calls for Reform

The maneuvering for the next Speaker of the State Assembly is going on largely behind the scenes, and government reform groups say that’s the wrong way to begin a new era in what’s been called the people’s house.  They’ve asked the announced candidates to commit to an open process, and want an answer before the weekend.

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