Congresswoman Louise Slaughter announced she has helped prevent over $7 million dollars in cuts from the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics yearly budget.

"This importance of this lab cannot be overstated, and that is why I advocate in Washington every year for continued funding."

The congresswoman says cut funding can slow research and slow the progress scientists are making in this field, as well as affect the economic impact the lab has on Rochester area.

Monroe Health Commissioner Leaving

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Dr. Byron Kennedy is leaving his job as Health Commissioner for Monroe County.

He starts a similar job in Connecticut, closer to family, on May first.

In a note to his staff, Kennedy says he enjoyed being Deputy Director, then Commissioner for the past two years.

County Executive Maggie Brooks named UR Medicine's Dr. Jeremy Cushman to replace Kennedy as Interim Commissioner.

State medical schools use a variety of funding sources for research, but officials are not getting as much money as they’d like in the state budget. Universities say this limits their ability to recruit and retain researchers. We’ll talk to university reps who are trying to get high stakes research funded:

  • John Sharp, chancellor of Texas A&M University System
  • Jo Wiederhorn, president of the Associated Medical Schools of New York
  • Dr. Stephen Dewhurst, vice dean for Research at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Then we focus on Affinity Place, which offers peer based crisis mental health services. We’ll talk mental health and more with our guests:

  • Cheri Reed Watt, associate director of Paul Wolk Commons and program manager for Affinity Place
  • Greg Soehner, President & CEO, East House

We take a trip to the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions for their recognition of National Public Health Week. The field takes a wider view of the health a population.

We’ll learn more about public health and some of the success stories, including reducing tobacco use throughout the United States, and chat about person centered care as movement in medicine and what it looks like in the treatment of patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Then we have a conversation with the primary clinician at the Western New York Center for Survivors of Refugee Trauma and Torture as she reveals how she approaches forensic interviews with people seeking asylum in Buffalo and Rochester.

Our guests this hour:

  • Dr. Jo Freudenhiem, UB distinguished professor and interim chair, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
  • Dr. Davina Porock, associate dean for research and scholarship, UB School of Nursing
  • Dr. Kim Griswold, primary clinician at the Western New York Center for Survivors of Refugee Trauma and Torture
  • Dr. Mark Travers, researcher at Roswell Park Cancer Center

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's comptroller on Friday approved a $565 million contract award to Xerox to redesign and operate the information management system for the state's Medicaid program.

The comptroller's office said its review found insufficient grounds in the protests by Computer Sciences Corp. and Hewlett-Packard to overturn the award.

The current system is operated by Computer Sciences Corp., which declined to bid, saying the new requirements were "unreasonable," including providing only 18 months to implement the new system.

Fund Started To Rebuild Popular Ithaca Pub

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This week, the city of Ithaca lost what many people consider an institution, particularly in Collegetown.

Now, people are contributing to a fund to rebuild the Chapter House Pub.

Investigators are still searching for what caused the early Tuesday fire at the pub. It's fenced off now. 35 apartment residents were also forced out.

Generations of students who went to college in Ithaca knew the place.

EPA Endorses DEC Sewage Plan For Boaters

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On request of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed that a “no discharge zone” can be established for Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake and the Seneca River.

The DEC asked the EPA to prohibit boats from discharging sewage into these waters by establishing a “no discharge zone” for the area.

Corning Museum of Glass

Rochester sculptor Albert Paley is working with scientists and glassmakers at Corning Incorporated, to create objects by fusing glass and metal.

Before Corning developed a type of glass that has the same properties as the metal alloy Kovar, this would not have been possible because the two materials have vastly different cooling rates.

Paley will be publicly demonstrating his glass and metal work for the first time at Corning's new Amphitheater Hot Shop today and Saturday.


WXXI and the Little Theatre have launched a new initiative, Veterans Connections, which is designed to help bridge military and veteran needs with community support and awareness.

Tom Gasek

The Fast Forward Film Festival debuts tonight at the Little Theater.

The event features two nights of screenings of short films made by local professional and aspiring film makers that raise awareness about environmental issues.

One of those films is called "Ain't No Fish", co-directed by professional animator and RIT professor Tom Gasek.  It's a short stop motion animated film featuring singing seals, but it delivers a powerful message about the plight of our oceans.

Tom tells says he actually started working on this short film in the early 1990s.