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The trial of the man accused of killing Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson is expected to see opening statements on Monday.

On Friday,  the final seven jurors were selected for the trial of Thomas Johnson III, the man accused of fatally shooting Officer Daryl Pierson last September.

There are now a total of 18 jurors, 12 for the jury and six alternates.

Jury selection has been going on all week, and hundreds of people were screened in the process. The trial may last about a month.

This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide. Lita Boudakian's father - and her husband's mother - were both survivors.

"It's important for us to remember, particularly, as we go on -- as humanity, for us to remember our history. Because we feel that, we don't want to be viewed as victims, we want to be viewed as people who have survived this and have continued to contribute what we feel is a very rich culture to the world."

Officials at M and T Bank are warning customers to watch out for a phone scam.

There have been reports of someone calling random customers claiming that they have important information about their bank account. Reportedly the caller asks for account numbers and other personal information.

A spokesman at M and T tells us they never do something like call a customer and ask for their PIN number.

If you have any questions or concerns about calls like this, contact M and T Bank.

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Alyssa Whitfield is a self-described fashionista since way-back.

"I just love fashion, I just love style, and I know that we can provide that for women."

Whitfield is the founder of Dress for Success Rochester, the recently-opened local branch of an international nonprofit organization that has helped 800,000 women. They help women who are down and out get a fresh start, and get back on their feet.

Whitfield says they work collaboratively with other organizations throughout the city to give their clients professional support.

Yes, the state’s roads and bridges are in a mess, and at the moment we can’t afford to replace them. The Cuomo administration has yet to explain the details of how it’ll fund the new Hudson River Crossing.

A recent report from the transport research group TRIP found that nearly 40 percent of New York State’s bridges are either structurally deficient or obsolete. We’ll talk to one Rochester-based engineer who builds new ones who’s just returned from Washington D.C. to lobby for the funding for these unsexy state and local assets. We’ll also hear from the Brookings Institution on how the policy and finances of infrastructure operate.

Our guests:

We take a slight departure from the usual Innovation Friday topics to acknowledge a major anniversary related to America’s involvement in the war in Vietnam.

In 1975, 2,700 Vietnamese babies and children were evacuated to the US mainland in Operation Babylift. Another 1,300 went to Canada, Australia and Europe. 

A series of commemorative events are planned for Saturday April 25th which marks the day when the last transport plane left the tarmac in Saigon ahead of the advancing North Vietnamese Army. 

Forty years later we speak with some of those adoptees about their lives, and with adoptive parents and veterans who were involved in this major turning point.

Our guests:

  • Greg Hodges, airlift adoptee who grew up in Cohocton, New York
  • Tia Keevil, airlift adoptee who is now a nurse in New York City
  • Lana Noone, adoptive parent who’s first adoptive daughter, Heather, passed away not long after arriving in the U.S.; her other daughter, Jennie, was the last baby placed through the Operation Babylift.
  • Sister Mary Nell Gage, was in Vietnam between 1973-75 and was stationed at the Presidio during Operation Babylift
  • Bill Terrell, a Vietnam veteran who helped rebuild an orphanage destroyed during the war when he was on active service 
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A month-long effort to highlight local efforts in the "Stand Against Racism" included an event Friday  at the Hyatt Hotel downtown which drew about 400 people.

The event, organized by the YWCA, also featured a panel discussion to talk about ways to build awareness on this issue.

Rochester Business Alliance President Bob Duffy says his organization and its member businesses try to get out the word that this not only makes for a more equitable society,  it's also good business.

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The harsh winter put a damper on new home construction in the first quarter.

Chief Executive Officer Rick Herman says they couldn't get building starts into the ground because of the cold winter weather in January, February and March.

But he says last year's winter was also very rough, and new construction rebounded.

Herman says they expect an even larger adjustment this year, and there's plenty of activity in the marketplace.

Around the State 4-24-15

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

Xerox is reporting earnings and sales that are lower than last year.

The report generally wasn't a big surprise. Profits that fell 20 percent to $225 million dollars in the quarter, and sales that were down about 6 percent, were pretty much in line with Wall Street estimates., as were earnings per share of 21-cents.

But what analysts may not be as encouraged about is the fact that Xerox is lowering its guidance for what it expects for the rest of the year.

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