Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, July 29th

8 hours ago

First hour: Analyzing the proposed new Code of Conduct for the Rochester City School District

Second hour: Saving western New York landmarks

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will call for passage of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act as she prepares to testify on campus sexual assault before a Senate Committee Wednesday.

She says it's something that will reform the way colleges deal with campus sexual assault.

Gillibrand says the bill would flip the incentives, so that for the first time, it would be in the school's best interest to actually solve the problem, and do it aggressively.

"We did it (the bill) because the price of a college education should never include the risk of a sexual assault."

A new report out by the Empire Justice Center in Rochester says that there are continued disparities in the way home mortgages are granted in parts of the Rochester area.

The non-profit legal advocacy organization says that home mortgage lending  recovered in 2013 from a low point in 2011.  But the report also shows that African American middle and upper income borrowers were denied loans at least twice as often as white people in the same brackets.

Paid Family Leave Supporters Look to 2016

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Supporters of paid family leave in New York say they hope 2016 will be their year, but business groups are urging caution.

A measure to allow all workers in the state 12 weeks of paid leave to take care of a new baby or sick family member was approved in the State Assembly, and two measures gained support in the State Senate, but the issue fell by the wayside in the end of session rush to pass bills and adjourn for the summer.

The Senate sponsor of a two house bill, Joseph Addabbo of Queens, says he thinks it’s not a question of if the measure will pass, but when.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals, the parent company of Bausch + Lomb, has just received $973,000 from RG&E to help with electric infrastructure improvements at the facility on North Goodman Street in Rochester.

Officials say the grant is to support a $200 million project that includes renovations and new construction for

Randy Cunneyworth is returning to his former role as coach of the Rochester Americans.

It will be his second stint as head coach of the team, he previously spent eight seasons in that position from 2000 to 2008, with playoff appearances for the team in six of those seasons.

Most recently, Cunneyworth served as Development Coach for the Amerks' parent club, the Buffalo Sabres.  

We spend this hour talking with Adam Frank, astrophysicist and author from the University of Rochester. We're talking lessons from Pluto, and we'll dive into his recent commentary on embracing ignorance. (Or at least accepting that some questions of the universe will not be answered in our lifetime.)

Rochester is getting ready to roll out a new initiative to help seniors who are going hungry. Our panel explains how it works, and why this has become such a serious issue:

Prepping Those with Disabilities for Competitive Jobs

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The Arc of Monroe, in conjunction with several other partners, is providing new employment opportunities for those with developmental disabilities.

Through Project SEARCH, nine people are now unpaid interns at area hotels.

But Arc of Monroe CEO Barbara Wale says the goal of the program is to train and educate people with disabilities for competitive employment.

"We're really very excited to be able to work with our partners and excited for people with developmental disabilities to truly show the community they have skills, talent and abilities."

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A prison worker who was "in over her head" with two inmates convicted of murder tearfully pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of aiding them by smuggling hacksaw blades and other tools to the pair, who broke out and spent three weeks on the run.

Joyce Mitchell, an instructor in the tailor shop at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, wore shackles and prison stripes as she entered the pleas in a barely audible voice.