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1:11 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Flash Flooding From Overnight Thunderstorms

Credit noaa.gov

Heavy rains caused some street flooding overnight around Western NY and the Finger Lakes.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for several counties including parts of Monroe, Livingston, Ontario and Wayne Counties until 4:45 a.m.  

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Arts & Culture
2:11 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Centennial Celebration In "Polish Town"

Credit "Forgotten Buffalo"

One of the last signs of Rochester’s old Polish Town celebrated its centennial Sunday.

"We're the last building - actual structure - left on Hudson Avenue as a club. Most everybody is either club in name (only) or has a small place to meet somewhere,” said manager Gary Walczak.

On Sunday, the Polish American Citizens club on Hudson Avenue marked 100 years in the community, celebrating with food, reminiscing and polka dancing.

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Government
2:10 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

In NYS, Niche Issues Become Political Parties

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Niche issues are becoming political parties in New York's gubernatorial race.

Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is trying to tap the votes of angry parents and educators by petitioning for a "Stop Common Core" line on the November ballot. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a "Women's Equality Party" line, announced by running mate Kathy Hochul with endorsements from his girlfriend, Food Network star Sandra Lee, actress Lena Dunham and model Christie Brinkley.

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WXXI Local Stories
11:25 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Deputies Blame Drunk Driving for Fatal Crash

A woman from Rush is facing charges for her involvement in a two car fatal collision in Henrietta late Saturday.

Monroe County Sheriffs deputies tell WXXI that Amanda Hunt of Rush was intoxicated at the time of the 11:15 pm crash, which occurred on her 25th birthday.

The accident happened at the intersection of Calkins Road and Hylan Drive. Deputies say Hunt was driving a Ford Focus. The other vehicle was a Toyota Rav4.

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WXXI Local Stories
8:30 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Flood Watch For Western New York

Credit OSHA

The National Weather Service has issued a FLOOD WATCH for western New York from this evening through Monday afternoon.

Storms coming through tonight could produce locally heavy rainfall, 2 to 3 inches where the storms linger.

Areas with poor drainage, rivers and creeks could flood.

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Government
8:20 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Schumer Suggests Possible Missile Defense For Airlines

Credit WXXI

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is urging federal authorities to study whether U.S. passenger jets should be equipped with devices that would protect them against missiles like those that recently shot down a Malaysian Airlines flight over Ukraine and projectiles fired near Tel Aviv airport in Israel.

The New York Democrat is calling for a comprehensive interagency study by the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Department and Federal Aviation Administration.

He notes a federal study on the technology was done in 2004, but no action was taken.

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WXXI Local Stories
4:56 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Americans With Disabilities Act Celebrates 24 Years

Credit adaanniversary.org

Local disability rights advocates are commemorating the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The law, which took effect on July 26th 1990, bans discrimination in areas including employment, transportation and government services.

Bruce Darling, the CEO and President of the Center for Disability Rights, says progress has been made, however, there's still room for improvement.

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Government
4:18 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Long Term Effects of Moreland Controversy on Cuomo Unknown

Governor Cuomo has not held any public appearances since a potentially damaging New York Times story that says his top aide interfered in a corruption probe when it focused on Cuomo donors. The governor began the week with rosy poll numbers, and he still has a large advantage over his nearest competitor.  

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WXXI Local Stories
3:52 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Reporting From the Riots, July, 1964

Retired broadcaster Warren Doremus was among the first reporters on the scene when riots broke out in northeast Rochester in July, 1964.
He discussed that night with WXXI's Alex Crichton:
 

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Connections
3:37 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Economic Benefit of the Erie Canal; Impact of a Nuclear Conflict

The economic impact of the Erie Canal; what a nuclear conflict would've meant to the U.S. a half century ago.

Are you a user of that length of waterway, the Erie Canal? Maybe you’re a cyclist, a dog walker or a boat owner, or maybe you’re business depends on it? Someone’s finally got around to measuring the economic benefit of the historic waterway which now has a today-dollar value, and it might surprise you. Fran Gotcsik, director of programs and police for Parks and Trails New York chats with us about the stats.

Then we head into the Nuclear Vault…a repository of formerly classified national security documents curated by the National Security Archive at George Washington University. This week, newly released documents provide surprising insights into what nuclear conflict would have meant to the U.S. half a century ago. We chat with the Archive's senior analyst, Dr. William Burr.

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