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12:32 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Voters Have Mixed Feelings About Expansion of Gambling Upstate According to New Poll

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Voters across New York have mixed feelings about the expansion of casino gambling Upstate.

A new Time Warner Cable/Siena College Poll surveyed voters in the three regions earmarked for new casinos.

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Arts & Culture
10:36 am
Tue July 29, 2014

RPO Announces New Music Director

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After a search that has been going on for about a year and a half, the Board of Directors of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has announced it has hired a new music director.

He is Ward Stare, a 31 year old Pittsford native whose recent work included conducting with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He also served as resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2012.

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WXXI Local Stories
10:33 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Local Event Raises Awarness About Human Trafficking

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When you hear the term "human trafficking", you may think of victims in Asia or Africa.  But that's because of a lack of awareness about the scope of the problem, according to the head of a local group.

Renee Minarik is chair of the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking. She says there are local victims of this 32-billion dollar criminal industry. 

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WXXI Top Stories
10:09 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Around the State 7-29-14

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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Arts & Culture
7:41 am
Tue July 29, 2014

RPO To Make "Historic Announcement"

Officials with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra say they will make an "historic announcement" on Tuesday morning at city hall.

It is expected that the RPO will announce a new music director to replace Arild Remmereit, whose contract was terminated in December of 2012.  The orchestra has been using guest conductors since then.

Among those scheduled to be at the city hall announcement, Mayor Lovely Warren, RPO Board Chair Dawn Lipson and the orchestra's president and CEO Charles Owens.

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Health
7:34 am
Tue July 29, 2014

A Warning About A Dangerous Plant

Credit www.dec.ny.gov

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  If you come across a plant that's as tall as a house and topped with umbrella-shaped white flower clusters, don't touch it. It might be giant hogweed, which can cause blistering and blindness. 

The state Department of Environmental is continuing its ongoing efforts to control invasive giant hogweed plants across the state. It's reminding residents to look out for the plant and report any new locations. 

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Education
9:21 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Rochester Parents Among Those Filing Suit Against Teacher Tenure System

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A group founded by former CNN journalist Campbell Brown is challenging New York state's teacher tenure system.

Seven parents of public school children from New York City and Rochester filed a lawsuit Monday in Albany alleging that job protections violate a student's right to a quality education.

The lawsuit is the work of a group founded by Brown called the Partnership for Educational Justice.

A similar lawsuit was filed earlier this month in New York City.

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WXXI Local Stories
5:03 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Rain Moves On, But Storm Cleanup Will Continue

Credit TWC News

Several inches of  rain caused major travel problems around Western New York and the Finger Lakes Monday. Even though most of the rain has moved on, it will take a while to complete the cleanup.

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Government
4:39 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Cuomo Offers First Comments on Ethics Commission Controversy

Governor Cuomo, in his first appearance since the controversy over his disbanded ethics commission was detailed in the New York Times,  delivered a spirited  speech in Buffalo, touting the work he’s done to help the city’s troubled economy, calling it an  “unbelievable turn around”, and announcing the creation of over 600 new jobs.

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Government
4:27 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Rob Astorino Vows To Clean Up Albany

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Republican candidate for New York Governor Rob Astorino and his running mate Chris Moss made the rounds in upstate New York Monday to continue hammering on incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo about his handling of the anti-corruption Moreland Commission.

A New York Times story last week brought up questions on how Cuomo and his staff may have interfered with the way that commission operated.

Cuomo again defended his handling of the commission during a stop in Buffalo, but during Astorino's stop in Rochester, he said he wasn't buying Cuomo's explanation.

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