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2:02 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Record Breaking Catch

James VanArsdall shows off his record fish
Credit dec.ny.gov

A WestHenrietta man has landed a record breaking fish from the waters of Irondequoit Bay.

The State Department of Environmental Conservation reports that James VanArsdall caught a freshwater drum that measured 33 and a half inches long and weighed 26 pounds, 9 ounces.

That broke the previous record by more than 2 pounds.

The DEC says the fish, also known as a "sheepshead" primarily dwell in large rivers and lakes, and feed on snails, clams and crayfish using small round teeth made for crunching.

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Economy
1:31 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

June Jobless Rate Falls To 5.8 Percent In The Rochester Metro

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The unemployment rate fell in June in the Rochester area to 5.8  percent. That was the same as it was in May, but down from 7.1 percent in June of a year ago.

State labor analyst Tammy Marino says this has been a trend of slow, steady improvement in recent years.

"Looking back over the past four years employers have been creating new jobs on a very consistent basis so as a result the local unemployment rate fell to its lowest June level since 2008."

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Health
12:57 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Life Saving Training for Law Enforcement Officers

Officials demonstrate how naloxone is administered to reverse heroin or opioid overdoses
Credit Alex Crichton / WXXI

The State Division of Criminal Justice Service is joining other state agencies in training law enforcement officials on how to use naloxone.

It's a drug that can reverse the effects of a heroin or opioid overdose.

Mike Green, head of the State Division of Criminal Justice Services, says officers are often the first on the scene responding to a report of an overdose, and with the proper training, they now have a life-saving tool.

The naloxone is administered as a nasal spray.

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Economy
12:43 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Looking For Input On Economic Development Projects

Eastman Business Park
Credit Eastman Business Park

The Eastman Business Park again tops the list of priorities for the Finger Lakes Economic Development Council as it releases its draft progress report.  The report is part of the regional council's effort to make the case for some of the millions of dollars in state funding that will be available for various projects.

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WXXI Top Stories
11:18 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Around the State 7-22-14

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

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Health
11:10 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Cool Sweep Tuesday and Wednesday

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The heat will be on the next couple of days, so Rochester mayor Lovely Warren has put Cool Sweep operations into effect Tuesday and Wednesday, when temperatures are expected in the mid 80s.

The program, in conjunction with Rochester Gas and Electric, offers residents a number of ways to get relief from the heat: at fire hydrants and spray parks, extended hours at City pools, or at Durand Eastman Beach.

Here's the schedule from the city of Rochester:

Hydrant Locations (noon to 4 p.m.):

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Health
10:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Red Cross Issues Urgent Call For Blood Donors

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The Red Cross has issued an urgent call for blood and platelet donors in our area.

Spokesperson Cara Noble says donations are down about 8 percent over the last 11 weeks. "And that's resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations that expected. And you know, hospital patients, they don't take a summer vacation, so the blood supply can't take a summer vacation. We really want to get the word out there that we really need donors to come out so we can prevent an emergency situation in the coming weeks."

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Arts & Culture
10:54 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Rochester Chamber Orchestra Names New Leader

The Rochester Chamber Orchestra has named a successor to longtime music director David Fetler.

Orchestra president Ray Grosswirth says that Gerard Floriano will become artistic director for the 2014-15 season, and he will become the orchestra’s music director in August of 2015.

David Fetler will remain as music director for the upcoming season (his 51st year with the chamber orchestra), and after Floriano takes over, Fetler will become conductor laureate and as part of that position will conduct the annual performance of Handel’s Messiah.

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WXXI Local Stories
10:13 am
Tue July 22, 2014

More Details About Proposal To House Immigrant Children In Rochester

Credit TWC News

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is releasing some more details about a proposal made to house immigrant children in the city.

She says she met with her senior staff on Monday to talk about an inquiry made to house up to 172 of the children at the former Blossom South nursing home on Monroe Avenue.  The mayor says she and other officials are in the process of gathering more information before any decisions are made.

Warren says the city will engage in discussions with City Council, neighborhood groups and others before drafting any formal proposal.

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