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2:31 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Schumer: DOT Has Passed 'Desperately Needed Regulations'

Credit montrealgazette.com

Senator Charles Schumer says he's pleased the Department of Transportation has proposed new regulations regarding crude-carrying DOT-111 tank cars.

They would no longer ship volatile Bakken crude oil from North Dakota within two years, and within five years for all flammable materials.

Accident investigators say the old tank cars puncture or rupture easily and spill their contents in a derailment.

The DOT is also proposing new regulations regarding speed limits, new braking controls and standards for a safer tank car.

Here's Schumer's statement:

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Health
11:17 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Gay Alliance Leader Applauds State Effort to Track LGBT Demographics

Credit livewellmagazine.org

Governor Cuomo says New York State is the first state in the nation to launch a coordinated effort to collect demographic data for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people.

Eight state agencies either currently collect or will begin to collect LGBT demographic information in an effort to address health disparities that affect that community.

Scott Fearing, executive director of Rochester's Gay Alliance, says it's critical that the state is taking the lead on an initiative like this.              

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Health
10:47 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Agreements Approved For United Memorial & Clifton Springs Hospital To Join New Health System

Definitive agreements have been finalized for two area hospitals to join the Rochester Regional Health System. United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia and Clifton Springs Hospital are both expected to join the hospital system by the end of the year.

The agreement was developed by Rochester General officials prior to the recent merger between RGH and Unity Health System.

RGH has worked with both United Memorial and Clifton Springs in various clinical collaborations for a number of years.

The new Rochester Regional Health System will service a 14 county region.

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WXXI Top Stories
10:21 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Around the State 7-23-14

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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Government
6:38 am
Wed July 23, 2014

NYS Agencies Collect More Gender Data

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State agencies have begun adding gender identity to their data collection, part of an effort Gov. Andrew Cuomo says will help the state better meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender New Yorkers.

A new report Wednesday identifies eight agencies, including the Department of Health, collecting or updating their data systems to gather those demographics.

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Government
6:33 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Rochester & Other Cities Get Permission To Extend Red Light Camera Program

Credit cityofrochester.gov

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed bills to expand the use of traffic cameras at intersections to catch drivers running red lights.

Bills recently approved by the Legislature will continue programs in New York City, as well Suffolk and Nassau counties and Rochester through 2019. Just because Cuomo signed the bills doesn't mean local governments have to implement the programs.

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WXXI Top Stories
5:03 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Lessons From July '64 - A New Vision For Joseph Avenue

B'nai Israel Ahavas Achim synagogue on Joseph Avenue
Credit rrcdc.org

It was 50 years ago this week that Rochester was rocked by three-days of rioting that erupted in two predominantly African American neighborhoods.  A number of factors contributed to the violence, including a lack of job opportunities for African Americans, overcrowding and allegations of police brutality.

This week, WXXI News is airing a special series - “ Lessons from July ’64" -  not only to look back, but to also look forward at the issues still impacting that same community.

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Connections
10:06 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, July 23rd

First hour: Rise of the Finger Lakes cheese trail

Second hour: Examining new studies about organic food

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Government
8:28 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Ontario Beach Algae Removal Project Begins

Credit @Maggie_Brooks

Monroe County officials are announcing the start of work on a project to help cut down on the algae problems at Ontario Beach. 

The hot humid weather we're having this week makes you want to go to the beach...maybe take a swim..but that's not always possible at some of the local beaches due to problems with algae, which causes bad odors and also occasionally forces the temporary closing of the beaches for swimming.

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Connections
5:14 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Connections: News on Wine, Coffee, and Bread

News on wine, coffee, and food.

Get ready to be hungry this hour, we're talking wine, coffee, and bread.

First, the Wine Bloggers Conference is coming to the Finger Lakes next year, and that's a big deal. Why? We find out from Morgan McLughlin, executive director of Santa Barbara Vintners.

Then, we discuss coffee. We touched on the third wave of coffee in a previous show, and on Sunday, The Little Theatre is screening a film documenting this third wave called "A Film About Coffee". We talk with John Ebel of Pour Coffee about the film. 

We end with bread, an item that many restaurants bring to the table at the start of the meal. But this practice is starting to fade away in some places. Is Rochester one of them? We discuss this and more with chef Brian Antinore.

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