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Economy
2:50 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Better Business Bureau with Advice on "Heartbleed" Bug

Credit heartbleed.com

  Heartbleed is a bug that can exploit encryption software, exposing personal data such as passwords and credit card numbers.

Businesses and consumers should take steps to protect themselves, and the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York has some advice.

Spokesperson Peggy Penders says businesses should check to see if their site is vulnerable, and work with their IT department to install more secure encryption software.

And consumers should change their passwords.

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Government
12:37 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Documents Show Fracking Health Study On-Going, Group Claims

Cuomo's former health commissioner, Dr Nirav Shah, speaks with media after a budget hearing in February.
Credit Matt Ryan New York Now

Documents obtained by a group opposed to hydrofracking show that the Cuomo Administration’s is conducting a thorough and comprehensive health study on the controversial natural gas drilling process. The Finger Lakes based organization is wondering, why then, the review has been conducted almost entirely in secret.

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Government
12:34 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Nuclear Regulatory Commission To Increase Oversight Of Ginna

Credit Ginna Nuclear Power Plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has finalized its recent finding about the Ginna nuclear power plant in Wayne County, and as a result, the NRC will increase its level of oversight of that plant.  The government agency had found what is called a "white” safety finding, meaning that it was of low to moderate significance.

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Government
12:15 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Mayor Warren Released From The Hospital

Credit cityofrochester.gov

Rochester City Hall officials say that Mayor Lovely Warren was released from Strong Hospital on Friday after spending a couple of days there due to complications from the flu, including dehydration. She was initially admitted on Wednesday night.

The 36 year old Warren  initially was expected to be released from the hospital on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Infectious disease specialist, Ann Falsey, of Rochester General Hospital says although winter is technically over, the flu season is not.

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Need to Know Rochester
11:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Growth for the Razorsharks & Local Child Authors Recruiting "Change Agents"

A big win this week for the Rochester Razorsharks. We talk with the man behind the professional basketball team that just took home the PBL Championship title. Owner and CEO, Dr. Sev Hrywnak, discusses new opportunities for growth for the Razorsharks in the Rochester area. Also on the show – we’re joined by two local child authors known as the “Change Agents.” We’ll find out how they’re making a mark on the world of literacy. And a special preview of the upcoming WXXI screening of Schools for South Sudan.

WXXI Top Stories
10:21 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Around the State 4-18-14

  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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Connections
10:08 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Connections: Climate Change & "Climate Smart Communities"

A discussion of 'Climate Smart Communities,' and efforts by NYS and the local Sierra Club chapter.

The Sierra Club hosted an event focusing on climate change. What can we do to curb the warming trends? A recent UN study finds that we'd have to cut emissions between 41% and 72% by 2050 to have a chance to prevent severe atmospheric consequences. Those are enormous numbers, and we'll explore what kind of economic effect it would have on a country trying to reach them. 

Guests include: Mark Lowery, Manager of the Climate Smart Community Program of New York State.

Connections
10:03 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Connections: Child Sexual Abuse

A discussion of child sexual abuse and the story of former New York Yankee Chad Curtis.

A recent article tells the  story of former New York Yankee Chad Curtis. Curtis is in prison, convicted on multiple felony counts of child sex abuse. Curtis, who caught the final out of the 1999 World  Series, was convicted of molesting teenage girls who trusted him for athletic training. The author of a recent story, Greg Hanlon, joins us to explain how he convinced Curtis to sit down for a jailhouse interview.

Guests also include Ed Suk of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Mary Whittier of Bivona Child Advocacy Center.   

WXXI Local Stories
6:21 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Proposed Bill Would Keep Toys Safe From Toxic Chemicals

Credit WXXI News

A legislative proposal to eliminate toxic chemicals from children's products is hung up in the state Senate, despite passing in the Assembly last year.

Thursday, Democratic Senator Ted O’Brien, a representative for Republican Senator Joe Robach and health advocates are calling on state leaders to pass the Child Safe Products Act.

“We believe that our count there is enough votes already in the senate to pass it,” says O’Brien.

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Schools for South Sudan
4:13 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

WXXI's Schools for South Sudan: Official Trailer

In January 2013 WXXI’s Hélène Biandudi Hofer traveled to South Sudan to explore the issues of education, diversity, and racism in the war-torn country.  She shares her findings in a full-length documentary that focuses on the unique ties between Rochester and this young African nation. WXXI will host a free screening of Schools for South Sudan followed by a panel discussion moderated by Biandudi Hofer at the Little Theatre on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. The screening is open to the public and seats are first come, first served. Click here for more information on the documentary and the panelists.

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