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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A group of New York public officials led by Gov. Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to travel to Puerto Rico for meetings on the island's economic crisis.

Cuomo cites the state's strong ties with Puerto Rico as one of the reasons for the roughly 24-hour trip starting Monday afternoon.

Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, September 1st

9 hours ago

First hour: Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council pushes for $500 million

Second hour: Misogyny in hip-hop culture

Did you see the Old Dominion University frat banners that became international news? On freshman move-in day, Sigma Nu hung banners that read, "Rowdy and fun / Hope your daughter is ready for a good time." Another read, "Freshman daughter drop off," and the last banner read, "Go ahead and drop off Mom too." The banners sparked outrage, and critics say they encapsulate "rape culture." Others say the response has been too harsh, and the banners were just meant to be a joke. We'll discuss it with guests on both sides with our guests:

  • Barbara LeSavoy, director of the women and gender studies program, the College at Brockport
  • Mike Aydelotte, local comedian

We explore the legacy of the group N.W.A., which is back in focus with the hit movie Straight Outta Compton. Dr. Dre in particular has been criticized for alleged violence against women, and for the group's misogyny. Supporters say that N.W.A. captured the struggle that the black community faces with police departments, which has become a national flashpoint. Our panel debates all of that and more:

  • 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
  • Jason Peck, modern languages and cultures professor at the University of Rochester, and amateur hip-hop historian
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A top U.S. Treasury official led a town hall meeting Monday at the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls.

It was all about the discussion of putting a woman on the $10 bill. The Treasury Department is working on a redesign of the $10  bill, with plans to put a woman on that currency in time for the 100th anniversary of the amendment that gave women the right to vote.

The Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios spoke before a standing room crowd in the Wesleyan Chapel. As she read through questions submitted by the audience, one came up again and again.

Warner School of Education

The Educational Partnership Organization, the University of Rochester group overseeing East High School, recently elected a new superintendent.

Shaun Nelms has been working in education for fifteen years, from teacher to administrator, and says he's picked up several ideas along the way that he's excited about putting into practice at the school

For example, Nelms wants to set up a system to encourage parent participation in a variety of ways. He says he doesn't really believe in apathetic parents.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP)  The Buffalo Bills are turning their offense over to Tyrod Taylor, who has won the starting job after a three-way quarterback competition during the offseason.

Coach Rex Ryan announced his decision following practice on Monday. ``It came down to the explosiveness Tyrod gives us,'' Ryan said.

Taylor won the job over former Bills starter and 2013 first-round draft pick EJ Manuel, and Matt Cassel, a 10-year journeyman who was acquired in an offseason trade with Minnesota.

Battle Against Emerald Ash Borer Continues

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There are measures homeowners can take to save their trees from the emerald ash borer that is killing trees throughout the region.

Laurie Broccolo, owner of Broccolo Tree and Lawn Care Center, says trees can be treated and protected from the insect through an injection in into the trunk.

"If we can protect these trees over the next few years, the emerald ash borer will continue to move out of our neighborhood, and what we have protected will continue to be fine for many years to come."

A professor at the University of Rochester will be getting help from a $430,000 federal grant for advanced laser research.

That according to Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, who says the grant for Chunlei Guo, who is an optical physicist, is to help create surfaces that are either water attracting or water repelling.

The Army is helping to fund the research, which Slaughter says has implications for both defense and industrial uses. For instance, it can help protect military vehicles and appliances against corrosion and chemical and biological contamination.

There will be a vigil on Thursday night in Rochester, to mark the one-year anniversary since the murder of Officer Daryl Pierson.

Family, friends and fellow officers will gather outside the Rochester Public Safety Building at 7:30 p.m. and several members of the Pierson family are expected to speak. The event will take place around the Fallen Police Officers Memorial, where Pierson's name is etched in stone.

The event is open to the public, and those attending are encouraged to bring a candle or some other form of light.