ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Sen. Charles Schumer is asking federal regulators to set a strict standard for the volatility of crude oil shipped by rail to help reduce destruction from accidents like a fiery derailment in West Virginia last month.

Schumer says Wednesday he's particularly concerned about oil from the Bakken Shale formation in North Dakota and Montana because it has more volatile gases and higher vapor pressure than some other crude.

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It was the charter schools’ turn to rally at the State Capitol Wednesday in support of Governor Cuomo’s proposal to allow 100 more charter schools in New York.

Thousands of charter school students on 450 buses, along with their parents and teachers, came to the Capitol for a rally that was billed by organizers as a school field trip.  They heard nearly two hours of speeches, watched dance performances, and saw celebrities like Grammy winning singer Ashanti.

Among the speakers, Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

The Rochester Broadway Theatre League has dedicated the "Joseph A. Floreano Entertainment and Education Center" at the Auditorium Theatre.

Floreano, the longtime director of the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, died last year after a battle with cancer. He was also a member of the RBTL Board of Directors for 15 years.

Eleven more companies have decided to expand, or locate in New York State as part of the START-UP NY program, including two in the Rochester area.

That program allows participating companies to operate free of state and local taxes at sites that have ties to the state’s colleges and universities.

The local companies just signing onto the program include ClearCove Systems. That is a renewable energy company that will locate its headquarters to the RIT downtown campus and create 23 jobs while investing nearly $4 million.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is on a state tour to pressure legislators into adopting a $10.50 per hour minimum wage by the end of 2016. The plan comes at the same time some retailers are raising wages on their own.

Last month, Walmart announced a plan to raise the minimum wage it pays its employees to $9 an hour—$10 in a year. A number of retailers have pledged to follow suit, taking the wage they pay above the federal minimum of $7.25.


A local business leader says if the state wants to add another billion dollars to the Governor's proposed Upstate Revitalization Fund, that's fine by him. But Mark Peterson, President of Greater Rochester Enterprise is just happy the Governor has put a focus on the upstate economy.

Peterson is reacting to the report that there will be an Op-Ed piece sent to newspapers across the state this week signed by about 50 business leaders including U of R President Joel Seligman, Wegmans' CEO Danny Wegman and Rochester Business Alliance President Bob Duffy.

First we talk with WXXI’s Michelle Faust to discuss the future of the Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments today on whether people who buy insurance through health insurance exchanges are eligible for subsidies. If they aren’t, what does that mean for those who purchased insurance through the New York State of Health marketplace? You can find more Affordable Care Act coverage at our Understanding the Affordable Care Act website.

Then we talk with local writer Rodney Brown. Brown’s biography on Freddie Thomas, Silent Leader, is just out. As my colleague Hélène Biandudi-Hofer discovered on Need To Know, Freddie Thomas made a greater impact on this community than most people realize (he was a research scientist at Kodak & University of Rochester, an inventor, he had a number of patents, he played a role in civil rights legislation, and his home served as a library/community center for city youth).

Is Putin losing it? What's going on in Russia? Top opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was murdered this past weekend, gunned down within sight of the Kremlin. His own mother had recently expressed concern that Putin would have him killed. Now we're told that Putin himself will lead the investigation. Is he finally losing his grip and his claim to legitimacy? Our panel includes two very smart observers from the University of Rochester:

  • Randall Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies
  • Matthew Lenoe, associate professor of history

Governor Cuomo joined Mayor Lovely Warren and Gary Bonadonna of the Rochester Joint Board to push his minimum wage increase agenda at Workers United.

The governor says the economy is on the upswing, and the state is producing more millionaires and billionaires than ever before. But, he says, that doesn't mean everyone is benefiting.

"It's not success when just those at the top do well because we define success as shared success. We want people all along that economic spectrum to do well."