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WXXI Local Stories
6:21 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Proposed Bill Would Keep Toys Safe From Toxic Chemicals

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A legislative proposal to eliminate toxic chemicals from children's products is hung up in the state Senate, despite passing in the Assembly last year.

Thursday, Democratic Senator Ted O’Brien, a representative for Republican Senator Joe Robach and health advocates are calling on state leaders to pass the Child Safe Products Act.

“We believe that our count there is enough votes already in the senate to pass it,” says O’Brien.

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Schools for South Sudan
4:13 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

WXXI's Schools for South Sudan: Official Trailer

In January 2013 WXXI’s Hélène Biandudi Hofer traveled to South Sudan to explore the issues of education, diversity, and racism in the war-torn country.  She shares her findings in a full-length documentary that focuses on the unique ties between Rochester and this young African nation. WXXI will host a free screening of Schools for South Sudan followed by a panel discussion moderated by Biandudi Hofer at the Little Theatre on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. The screening is open to the public and seats are first come, first served. Click here for more information on the documentary and the panelists.

Economy
3:26 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Employment Rises In The Latest Rochester Numbers

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The latest numbers out from the New York State Labor Department show continued modest growth in jobs in the Rochester area.

There was a gain of 2900 private sector jobs in March compared to March of last year.  State Labor Analyst John Slenker says the parts of the local economy that saw gains include financial services, private education and health care, leisure and hospitality.

He says one part of the economy that saw a job loss was construction, but that's not a surprise given the weather.

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Health
2:03 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Rochester: A Climate Smart Community

The Sierra Club encourages one community at a time to make changes to prevent the advance of climate change.

Peter Debes is the chair of the Rochester regional group of the Sierra Club. He says New York State is taking a proactive approach to the global problem.

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Connections
1:01 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Connections: Resources For Children

A discussion of state resources for children contained in the new budget.

Jeff Kaczorowski and Carolyn Lee-Davis from the Children's Agenda join us to help us understand what did -- and what did not -- make the cut in the 2014 state budget. From pre-k to children's programs and child care, they break down what resources will soon be available. 

WXXI Local Stories
12:55 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Connections: Nanotechnology

A discussion about nanotechnology.

What is nanotechnology? Is it safe? Can it save lives, with tiny robots coursing through our bodies to root out the dangers? How about the construction industry? We learn all about nanotech from our guest, Sara Brenner of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. She was also a guest speaker at the Rochester Museum and Science Center.   

Government
12:34 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Clean Sweep Now One Day, All-City Event

Clean Sweep crew at Frontier Field
Credit Alex Crichton / WXXI

On a chilly spring morning, city officials and staff joined members of the Rochester Red Wings to announce a new format for the annual Clean Sweep program.

Originally six separate events, then four, now it's a one-day all-city event, originating at Frontier Field on May 3rd.

Volunteers will gather at 8am that morning and head out to various work sites throughout the city.

Then they'll return to the ball park, where they'll be entitled to free admission to a Red Wings game, and a voucher for a hot dog and a drink.

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WXXI Top Stories
12:11 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Around the State 4-17-14

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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Economy
12:08 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

A Harsh Winter Helps Dampen Home Sales

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New numbers out from local realtors and home builders show that the bitterly cold winter probably had an impact on home buying in the first quarter.

The Greater Rochester Association of Realtors says that overall in this area, home sales declined 8.3 percent compared to last year at this time.  The president of the association, Andy Burke, says that the nasty winter may have deterred some people from either getting their home ready to sell or going out looking for a house. He says another reason for home sales decline is a lack of inventory.

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Government
11:17 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Mayor Warren Hospitalized With The Flu

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren had to be hospitalized Wednesday night due to symptoms related to the flu. That according to a statement released by City Hall on Thursday morning.

A spokesperson says she was taken to Strong Hospital by ambulance, but is doing ok now. The 36 year old Warren is expected to be released from the hospital on Thursday and then spend the Easter Weekend with her family. 

Spokesperson Chris Christopher says she would not be surprised to see Warren back in the office early next week.

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