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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28th, and CEO Bill Carpenter calls it a "game changer," and the completion of the facility marks the transition from an outdated public transit model and routing system to one that is highly efficient.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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WXXI Top Stories
10:09 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Around the State 10-20-14

The WXXI News staff checks newspapers and websites to help keep tabs on what's happening in communities across New York state.

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WXXI Local Stories
8:01 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Local Spice Blend To Support Veterans

Wegmans says it will start selling Salute Seasonings, which is a gourmet spice blend manufactured in Rochester and benefits veterans.

Sankar Sewnauth, the President of CDS Monarch, an organization which provides support to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, says 100 percent of proceeds from the sales benefit clinical therapy, vocational rehabilitation and temporary housing for veterans with issues such as PTSD and traumatic brain injury.

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WXXI Local Stories
12:51 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Water Main Break Causes Problems On Mt. Hope Avenue

Credit TWC News

A water main break flooded a portion of Mount Hope Avenue Sunday night.

So much water poured into the road that it caused a portion of the road to collapse. The pipe is about 100 years old.

Water started to pour in the street around 7:30 p.m, and the situation appeared to be under control a couple of hours later.

A portion of Mt. Hope, from South Avenue to Alexander Street, was closed and crews expect to have one lane open in each direction by 5:00 a.m. on Monday.

It will take some time, however, to complete repairs to the damage caused by the water.

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Arts & Culture
4:29 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Bills Beat Vikings By A Point

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Kyle Orton beat the clock again.

Orton completed a 2-yard pass to Sammy Watkins in the left front-corner of the end zone with 1 second remaining in leading the Buffalo Bills to a 17-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

The touchdown capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive that Orton extended by converting a fourth-and-20 with a 24-yard pass to tight end Scott Chandler over the middle. Three plays later, Orton hit Watkins on a crossing pattern for an 18-yard gain on third-and-12.

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