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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A conservative free market group has joined liberal environmental advocates criticizing New York's plan to charge ratepayers up to $7.6 billion to keep three aging upstate nuclear plants operating.

Citizens Against Corporate Bailouts director Gregg Keller says state lawmakers should reject the deal, which he says amounts to "corporate cronyism."

A spokesman for Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the group is just doing the bidding of the fossil fuel industry.

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A survey of U.S. political science faculty a month into Donald Trump's presidency shows that fraud-free elections tops a list of 19 principles most essential to democracy, as do free speech and a free press.

Professors at Dartmouth College, the University of Rochester and Yale University collaborated on the Bright Line Watch survey to get an expert reading on the status of democratic practices and potential threats to American democracy.

A section of Bay Street between Hebard and Miller Streets was closed to traffic early Saturday morning after a fatal three-car crash.

Police say when they got to the scene near Bay and Hebard at about 3:00 a.m., they found one man who was already dead,  inside one of the vehicles.

Another person who was in one of the other cars was taken to the hospital for complaint of pain and officers say the people inside a third vehicle fled the scene before the police got there.

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Rochester City Council President Loretta Scott says the shooting this past Wednesday on Genesee Street is very disturbing, but says incdents like that are not a reflection on that entire southwest Rochester neighborhood.

Four people were injured in an apparent drive-by shooting not far from the site of the deadly shootings two years ago in front of the Boys and Girls Club.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • Music, history, and culture, with cellist Rufus Cappadocia;
  • The heroin epidemic and one former addict's story;
  • The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council;
  • The Arnett Cafe's success story and the co-owner's thoughts about growing up in Rochester;
  • A new CSA charter.

The company that owns the major shopping malls in the Rochester area remains upbeat about the ongoing presence of J.C. Penney, despite word that chain plans to close some stores across the country.

J.C. Penney has announced it will close 130 to 140 underperforming stores over the next few months. But just which ones will close hasn’t been released yet, that should happen in March after the company sees just how many employees take advantage of an early retirement program.

We preview this Sunday's Academy Awards. Our guests give their predictions for who will win, who should win, and we discuss how this year's Oscar nominations have ended the diversity drought. Our guests:

  • Jack Garner, longtime film critic
  • Lester D. Friedman, professor and former chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith College
  • Adam Lubitow, film critic for City Newspaper

Rufus Cappadocia began playing the cello when he was three-years-old. 14 years later, he added a fifth string to his instrument, and was thinking about music through a global and historical context.

We talk to this remarkable musician about composing and playing music, designing instruments, and about the social and environmental causes he supports.

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First hour: Cellist Rufus Cappadocia

Second hour: Previewing the Oscars

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Judith Enck, the former regional administrator of the EPA under President Barack Obama, said the new head of the EPA under President Donald Trump threatens to roll back major environmental regulations, including climate change actions and pollution protections.

In an interview for public radio and television, Enck explained why she took the unprecedented step of signing on to a letter, along with hundreds of former EPA staff, protesting Scott Pruitt.

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