The Democratic candidate for Monroe County Executive is proposing a permanent anti-violence task force in response to the recent shootings in the city and other violent crimes.

That’s part of Sandra Frankel’s 10-point anti-violence agenda which also includes mandatory gun locks with gun purchases in Monroe County.

Around the State 9-2-15

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

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The Great New York State Fair is in the running for best state fair in the country in a reader's choice online contest.

As of Tuesday, the fair ranked second behind the Iowa State Fair in USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest.

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — A Batavia woman who was accused of murder and living with her dead baby daughter's body for three months has been released from custody because of a lack of evidence.

Authorities this weekend said they believed 28-year-old Batavia resident Christina Colantonio killed the girl "shortly after birth" about three months ago and charged her with second-degree murder.

But prosecutors Tuesday said the charge required them to prove a live birth occurred. A medical examiner couldn't establish that three months later.

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, September 2nd

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First hour: Sankofa, highlighting African American playwrights

Second hour: The state of labor as we approach Labor Day

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An animal rights group seeking "legal personhood" for chimpanzees won't get a hearing in New York's highest court.

The Court of Appeals, without comment Tuesday, declined to hear the appeal by The Nonhuman Rights Project on behalf of Kiko and Tommy.

Lower courts had rejected the organization's argument that scientific evidence of chimps' emotional and cognitive abilities should qualify them for basic rights, including freedom from imprisonment.

Xerox has acquired a Massachusetts based company which provides patient access and reimbursement services for more than 17 major pharmaceutical companies.

Xerox has acquired inVentive Patient Access Solutions. Xerox officials say the purchase will expand the company's pharmacy solutions portfolio.

Xerox industry leader for Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences, Steve Roden, says with the acquisition, his company will expand affordable access to medications.

A regional banking company is out with an economic survey that is generally positive for Upstate New York as well as other parts of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

The semi-annual survey of M&T bank's business customers shows that mid-sized companies remain optimistic about near-term growth prospects.

About a third of the companies surveyed plan to hire additional workers within the next six months, with just three percent of them planning to lay off employees.

Tupac Shakur urged women to "keep ya head up" when fathers didn't do their part in raising children in poverty. He also recorded songs with misogynystic lyrics. How does that square? This hour, we continue our Monday conversation about misogyny in hip-hop culture. Our guests in studio:

  • Natasha Chen Christensen, chair of anthropology, history, political science and sociology at Monroe Community College
  • William Cleeton-Gandino, college student and rapper
  • Marquette Loyd, social activist
  • Gregory Brandon, aka DJ G-Nyce

Connections: What Can We Do With $500 million?

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What would you do with $500 million? The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council is competing for that state money, a taxpayer-infused boost for the winning regions. Three will be chosen; four will not. On Tuesday, we sit down with the people leading the effort to land the cash. What are the plans? What is the strategy? In studio:

  • Joel Seligman, president of the University of Rochester
  • Anne Kress, president of Monroe Community College
  • Mark Peterson, CEO of the Greater Rochester Enterprise