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It’s likely among one of the most asked questions of news outlets: Why did the media cover this story and not that one? On this edition of Need to Know, members of local media discuss what gets covered in the news, what doesn’t and why. 

Counties Squeezed by Lower Gas Prices, Taxes

5 hours ago
Alex Chrichton WXXI News

Cheap gas prices are making consumers happy at the pump, but not everyone is benefitting from the lower prices. New York’s counties, who impose a sales tax on gasoline, have lost over $200 million dollars in revenues.

The state of New York also charges a gasoline tax, but it’s a uniform rate of eight cents per gallon. Counties charge a 4% sales tax on the PRICE of gas. Stephen Aquario is with the New York State Association of Counties, says they see less revenue when the price plunges from $4 a gallon to $2 a gallon, which is the average rate right now.

How can we help local women and children in crisis find stability in their lives? It's a vital but often difficult step, and a new partnership is aiming squarely at improving outcomes.

We explore how Sojourner House at PathStone and Wilson Commencement Park are looking to help families with housing, life skills, and more. Our guests:

  • Stuart Mitchell, president and CEO, PathStone Corporation
  • Tree Clemonds, director of resident services, Sojourner House at PathStone
  • Krystle Ellis, director of operations, Wilson Commencement Park at PathStone
  • Shamantha Cooper, Wilson Commencement Park graduate, and current resident at Monica Place

A Fairport-based finance company is adding 30 jobs. First American Equipment Finance says it recently expanded its office space and will expand again this year.

The majority of the new jobs will take place in the company's commercial lending development program for recent college graduates and MBAs. First American employs 170 people.

First American is a wholly owned subsidiary of Los Angeles based City National Bank.

In light of the Flint lead crisis, many communities are examining their own lead problems.

Rochester has been dealing with lead for decades. What progress have we made, and what's next? Our panel looks at Flint, Rochester, and the effects of lead. Our guests:

Cuomo Says He'll Fight Bank Merger

6 hours ago

Governor Cuomo says he’s fighting a proposed merger of Key Bank with first Niagara Bank, saying it would limit choice for New York consumers and could possibly violate anti trust laws.

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP)  A New York judge's ruling will allow the Chautauqua Institution to move ahead with plans to demolish and rebuild its historic open-air theater. 

State Supreme Court Justice Frank Sedita III on Thursday declined to block the project and lifted a temporary restraining order obtained by a preservationist group. 

The western New York arts and education retreat plans to knock down its 123-year-old Amphitheater and replace it with an updated replica with better access and amenities. 

J-Mac, Ten Years On

7 hours ago
Alex Crichton

A celebration was held Thursday to mark one of sports amazing feats: Jason McElwain's 20 point performance in the waning moments of a game against Spencerport.

McElwain, a teenager with autism, was the team's manager, and coach Jim Johnson decided to give him an opportunity late in the game.

Johnson says J-Mac's performance gave inspiration and hope to a lot of people.

Thursday, J-Mac teamed up with his former coach again and the AutismUp organization for a fundraising luncheon.

The keynote speaker was Roy Firestone, formerly of ESPN and a public speaker.

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(NPR & WXXI News) Far from our galaxy, in the vast darkness of space, two massive black holes merged into a single, larger hole.

And now researchers say they have detected rumblings from that cataclysmic collision as ripples in the very fabric of space-time itself. The discovery comes a century after Albert Einstein first predicted such ripples should exist.

The former Dean of the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester has been named the next president of Alfred University.

Mark Zupan is currently director of the Bradley Policy Center and is also a professor of economics and public policy at Simon. He served as the school's dean for ten years until 2014.

He will succeed Charles Edmondson, who has been president at Alfred since 2000. Edmondson is retiring. 

Zupan's appointment is effective July 1.