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(AP) - A federal appeals court in New York City is getting conflicting advice from the government over whether a civil rights law covers sexual orientation.

The Department of Justice told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in court papers Wednesday that sexual orientation is not covered by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The law bans workplace discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

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Local business leaders are responding to comments made by President Trump about the economy in Upstate NY.

In an interview this week with the Wall Street Journal, Trump indicated that people ewho live in what he called 'upper New York state,'  and some other states will need to move to states like Wisconsin, Iowa and Colorado, which are adding manufacturing jobs.

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Finding the right place to live requires a different type of checklist for individuals with developmental disabilities. And for those seeking independent housing the barriers can be daunting. But now there’s a new local model created to change that. Easing the transition to independent living on this special Move to Include edition of Need to Know.

Also on the show, they’re called “Super Kids” for a reason. We’ll learn about a local group teaching young people with disabilities far more than the skill of racing.

When James Beard set out to write the definitive book on the American food scene, he didn't anticipate the book swelling to 600 pages and 450 recipes.

But he was forced to confront some massive culinary questions, such as: Does the Sloppy Joe deserve a recipe in this book? Is that part of American food culture? Beard determined that yes, it was, and broken down by region, American food is diverse and sprawling.

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Planned Parenthood leaders in New York are anxiously monitoring the actions in the Republican-led Congress to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and they say in all versions, their health care centers face big reductions.

Robin Chappelle Golston with Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, the lobby group for the state's Planned Parenthood clinics, is watching the attempts to repeal and replace the ACA, also known as Obamacare, with trepidation.

She said it’s hard to follow, and she thinks that’s deliberate.

Vox warns that "net neutrality is dying with a whimper." So remind us again: what exactly is net neutrality? How does it relate to internet freedom, download speeds, competition, and the public good? And why is Congress divided on such partisan lines over this issue?

Our guests will explain:

Josephine Wolff, assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy, and member of the extended faculty in the Department of Computing Security at RIT.

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The CEO of Kodak Alaris is in town this week, talking about the company’s announcement this week that it will be moving from the Eastman Business Park to Rochester Technology Park in Gates.

In an interview with WXXI News Marc Jourlait said the move  to Gates will benefit employees of Kodak Alaris in various ways, in terms of the building being more conducive to collaboration.

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Second-quarter home buying statistics show home buyers are still motivated to purchase a home, but there isn't much of an inventory to choose from.

The Greater Rochester Association of Realtors released statistics Thursday.

President Linda Wilson says sales fell 12 percent in the quarter, and the market is down over 37 percent because of the low inventories.

"This quarter we've only had 1,597 houses that are available for sale.  The good part is the sales price has increased by 4.1 percent," she said.

That translates to a median house price of $138,500.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his first remarks since President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that he was banning transgender people from the military, condemned the action as “terrible" and “hateful,” and said it is contrary to American values.

Cuomo, speaking before a meeting of the business group ABNY, said it’s “true” that you can base a political movement on “fear and negativity,” but he said the divisiveness is “corrosive” and comes at a “terrible price.”

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First hour: Is net neutrality dying?

Second hour: Summer of Food explores the identity of Finger Lakes food culture

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