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ALBANY (AP) New York's school business officials are looking for a $2.4 billion increase in school aid in next year's state budget.

The state Association of School Business Officials said in a report Monday that districts may not see increases in local revenues next year because the property tax cap will be around zero. The cap is tied to inflation.

First hour: Local journalists discuss the film, Spotlight, and the state of newsrooms today

Second hour: Fast Forward Film Festival

A new book is aiming to expose the American prison system, and it's written by a person who became an unlikely inmate. Jeff Smith was a 20-something rising star in Missouri politics, nearly getting elected to Congress out of nowhere, and then becoming a State Senator. What looked like a minor elections infraction earned him a year in prison, and he decided to write a book about his experience there. It's called Mr. Smith Goes to Prison, and Smith hopes it will lead to changes in how -- and whom -- we incarcerate in America. He's our guest.

Relay for Life, Special Olympics, food collections, Jump Rope for Heart, and Salvation Army bell ringing. These are just a handful of the dozens of community service projects done by Rochester area students last year from Pre-K through high school. The results are part of a recent survey by Act for Education (an organization connected to the Monroe County Superintendent’s Public Educational Advocacy Committee) linking service to learning. It’s an effort to examine diverse ways schools can prepare kids for a global society. Tune in to this Need to Know segment with host Hélène Biandudi Hofer to learn more.

Textbook maker McGraw-Hill took some heat last month when it was revealed that one of its history books in a Texas high school referred to slaves as "workers." The company apologized and promised to correct the mistake, but only after a student's mother raised the issue. We've been checking around the Rochester area, wondering if those textbooks have been in use locally. And more broadly speaking, how are textbooks made? How should they be vetted? What should we expect? Our guests:

  • Jim Caswell, middle years program coordinator and social studies chair, Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School 
  • Pech Chun, University of Rochester freshman and IB Program graduate
  • Sheila Kiruku, University of Rochester freshman and IB Program graduate
  • Verdis Robinson, professor of history and African American studies, Monroe Community College
  • Theresa Sarkis-Kruse, diploma program coordinator, Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School
  • Audra Schmitt, executive director for social studies, Rochester City School District

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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(WXXI News & AP) One man is dead, another in custody after an incident involving a shooting and a fire in  Le Roy early Tuesday morning.

Authorities later canceled a call for residents on Selden Road to 'shelter in place.'

A number of law enforcement agencies were sent to the scene at about 4:00 a.m. 

Sheriff Gary Maha says the man in custody had set his own home on fire around 4 a.m., then went to a neighbor's house nd fatally shot a 68 year old man who was in bed.  

Residents in a Genesee County community have been told to shelter in place after an incident going on in Le Roy early this morning.

Authorities describe it as “an ongoing law enforcement incident” on Selden Road between Route 19 and West Bergen road.  People living there are advised to shelter in place until further notice. All others are being told to avoid the area and follow posted detours.

Other details have not been released yet by police, but various media reports indicate that authorities responded to a fire and a shooting in that area early this morning

A number of events are planned locally on Tuesday as part of World AIDS Day. The Rochester area efforts will include a colorful way to mark the battle to end that disease. 

For the first time since the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s, several buildings in the city of Rochester will light up red in observance of World AIDS Day.

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Students at Ithaca College concluded a confidence vote on college president Tom Rochon on Monday. Rochon has faced criticism over his handling of recent racial incidents and accusations of top-down leadership.

A crowd of about 100 gathered in a ballroom on campus to hear student body president Dominick Recckio deliver the news.

“The results of the vote of no confidence are: 71.75 percent of respondents have no confidence in President Rochon,” Recckio declared. Breaking it down by race, 87 percent of respondents of color claimed “no confidence” in Rochon.