Continuing the discussion around heroin as part of our Heroin at Home series, we learn about the science and the dangers of heroin, and what we can do about it. We'll have sound clips from Jim Wesley, supervisor of the chemistry section of the Monroe County Public Safety Laboratory and more info from our panel:

  • Olinda Ford, associate director of the harm reduction initiative at Trillium Health
  • Dr. Timothy Wiegand, professor of emergency medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Elizabeth Burek, Rochester Drug Treatment Court

As part of our month-long series Heroin at Home, Michelle Faust joins Evan Dawson to talk about the beginnings of the recent heroin epidemic that is plaguing Rochester. Our guests:

Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

Ben Allen, reporter at WITF

Camp Good Days and Special Times

It's the opening of another season today for Camp Good Days and Special Times.

This year, organizers of the camp - which provides support to kids and adults with cancer - are hoping to avoid the flooding issues they had to deal with last summer.

Chairman and founder Gary Mervis said engineers have shored up the area around the creek that runs through the camp and so far, that seems to be working.

Cool Sweep Today And Tomorrow

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has put the city's Cool Sweep initiative into operation today and tomorrow.

With temperatures expected well into the 80s, the program offers cooling sprays for residents from fire hydrants, at spray parks, and with extended hours at city pools and beaches.

Here's the scheduled for today and tomorrow, according to

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

. #41 School parking lot, 279 W. Ridge Rd.

. Baden Park gateway, Vienna Street

Spray Parks (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.):

With temperatures expected to be in the mid 80s Monday and near 90 on Tuesday, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has declared the first 'Cool Sweep' of the season for those two day.s  That gives city residents the opportunity to get relief from the heat by taking advantage of things like spray parks, and extended hours at city pools and Durand Eastman Beach.

Cool Sweep operations take place at the following locations and times:

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

. #41 School parking lot, 279 W. Ridge Rd.

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

On this edition of Need To Know: Heroin and Opioid abuse is on the rise here in Monroe County and across the country. What efforts are in place to combat this?

Plus, OSHA is trying to curtail a disease that's plagued stone workers since the ancient greeks. We look into how OSHA is tackling silicosis.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers have passed a bill that would require new smoke detectors contain 10-year non-removable batteries.

The bill, which would take effect in 2017, would make it illegal to sell smoke detectors with replaceable batteries or those incapable of powering the device for at least 10 years.

Sponsors say it should further reduce fire-related injuries and deaths, noting the state first required smoke alarms in homes starting in 1961 and that has cut fire deaths in half.

Coming up on Connections: Monday, July 6th

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First hour: The roots of the heroin epidemic

Second hour: The science of heroin and what we can do about it

ALBANY (AP) An escaped murderer who was shot after three weeks on the run has been moved from a New York hospital to another maximum-security prison.

The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says David Sweat was moved from the Albany Medical Center early Sunday. He was taken to the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus. The prison is about 200 miles west of Albany.

Officials say Sweat initially will be in the infirmary and then housed in a single cell in a 23-hour confinement unit.