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Is so-called “helicopter parenting” ruining youth sports? On this edition of Need to Know, we examine how some say the joy for the game is being impacted by parent outbursts and how this issue is resulting in some kids dropping out of sports altogether.

Also on the show, we get an inside look at a sport that makes it possible for blind and visually impaired fans of baseball to become players. It is unique and you have a chance to check out the world series of this sport right now in Rochester.

And the latest installment in our American Graduate Champions series. Meet the young founders of a summer academy for boys. The mission: to help students create their own economy through reading and writing.

Rural/Metro Ambulance, the Arizona-based company which has operations across the country including Rochester, is being acquired by American Medical Response, which is a subsidiary of Colorado-based Envision Healthcare. 

Michelle Faust

Community health organizations gathered Thursday at Samuel Torres Park in Northeast Rochester to provide health education. The event coincides with the end of National Latino HIV Testing Month.

The loud music and a bouncy house contrast with a stark statistic: rates of new HIV transmissions among Latinos in the U.S. are 3 times higher than that of Caucasians, according to 2010 numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


Schools across the state are bracing for a potential zero percent growth in their tax levy next year. While the latest provisions of an ongoing tax cap won’t take effect until the 2016 school year, the state schools boards association says schools are starting to worry now.

According to projections from the State Comptroller, the rate of inflation will rise by less than a percentage point over the next year. The state’s tax cap limits increases in property taxes to 2% or the rise in inflation, whichever is lower.

We're talking about the mainstreaming of whole foods, plant-based diets with a man who has helped make that happen. Dr. Tom Campbell is a UR Medicine Primary Care doctor who specializes in nutrition. He's out with his second book and the now-mainstream movement that is prompting more people to switch over to a whole foods, plant-based diet. Campbell and his physician wife, Dr. Erin Campbell, along  with UR Medicine Primary Care, have just launched a unique nutrition program – the first such program in the region to be backed by a health system. The UR Program for Nutrition in Medicine provides evidence-based interventions to promote prevention and to treat disease. 

Bernie Sanders is closing the polling gap with Hillary Clinton in the early voting states. So, who is Bernie Sanders? Why did he draw 10,000 people in Wisconsin? Can he beat Clinton? What are his politics? We'll talk about that with a group known as ROC4Bernie and some of their members:

artist Sherri Hamilton

More than 200,000 people are expected to come to Rochester's Park Avenue Festival this weekend. 

The two-day event will feature work from more than 300 artists from across the U.S. and Canada.

Jimmy Catalano of the Park Avenue Revitalization Committee says Rochester police will be on hand to keep the event family-friendly.

"As far as police presence is concerned, it's not heightened compared to other years. It's our usual police presence, but they will have a focus on the parties, to keep the neighbors happy," he said.

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

Coming up on Connections: Thursday, July 30th

Jul 29, 2015

First hour: Who is Bernie Sanders?

Second hour: The mainstreaming of plant-based diets

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The Monroe County Democratic Committee has chosen a new chairwoman.

On Wednesday night, the party picked Jamie Romeo, who has been executive director of the party since January.

She previously worked as chief of staff for former State Senator Ted O’Brien until he was defeated by Republican Rich Funke last fall.

Romeo also worked on O’Brien’s Senate campaigns and previously was staff director for the Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature.