Congresswoman Louise Slaughter toured the ongoing progress of the Rochester Intermodal Station Thursday, as work on its interior kicks into high gear.

Construction on the project, which is expected to bring together trains, buses, improved station parking, and bicycle and pedestrian access, Slaughter said, is on track to be completed by August.

“I can’t wait to cut the ribbon this new station later this year,” she said.

The Trump administration’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students will not affect New York state, according to the state’s education commissioner and legal experts. 

But they said the action nevertheless sends a “terrible message” to transgender teens.

New York state has a law known as the Dignity for All Students Act, approved by former Gov. David Paterson and an all-Democratic-led state Legislature in 2010. It was originally aimed at preventing bullying of gay and lesbian students.

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A coalition of government, labor and business groups is pushing for more investment in New York State's water infrastructure needs.

A number of local representatives got together at the Monroe County Office Building Thursday to support the proposal by Governor Cuomo to spend $2 billion in the new state budget toward that effort, and to push for additional spending.

What is a real CSA? Some local farmers feel that once the local food movement became popular, a lot of businesses have started calling themselves a CSA without really following the original ideas, putting actual CSA farms at risk of losing customers. In other words, your CSA might not really be a CSA, and smaller farms could be hurt by this.

We talk to several local farmers, including a woman who has created a charter to define what a CSA is -- just in time for CSA Day on Friday. Our guests:

Heroin has exploded as a problem in the United States, and it doesn't discriminate: rural communities, city neighborhoods. WROC-TV's Adam Chodak recently reported on several aspects of the problem in Rochester, along with the debate over solutions. Drop-off treatment centers? Needle exchange? Read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here.

We discuss the various approaches with our guests:

  • Adam Chodak, WROC-TV anchor
  • Matt Woodring, advocate and former addict
  • Miguel Melendez, special projects director for Ibero-American Development Corporation

New clothing deal for Hickey Freeman

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Senator Charles Schumer visited the Hickey Freeman factory on North Clinton Avenue to announce the local clothier will be making a new line of custom clothing for Trunk Club, a new clothing service owned by Nordstrom.

Schumer says the deal has already produced 15 new jobs, with the possibility of 50 more new positions at the factory, where it's expected production will be boosted by 20 percent the first year.

"Hickey Freeman, in America, has the high end clothing manufactured business sewed up," he said.

Officials in Steuben County are bracing for the possibility that hundreds of jobs may be leaving.

Kraft Heinz has sent out a notice to 330 employees of the plant in Campbell that they could be laid off.  The notice is required by the NYS Labor Department, and comes after the company announced in the fall of 2015 that it would close seven manufacturing facilities within 18 to 24 months.

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LGBT advocates are denouncing and conservatives are praising the Trump administration's decision to lift Obama-era federal guidelines concerning transgender students.

The guidelines allowed students to use school bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identities.

"It's on the forefront of people's minds, it happens often enough. I think people are generally questioning, is this going to change anything,” said Steve Carling, deputy general counsel for the Rochester City School District.

Although the big winner in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing was sold in Indiana, New York State had 2 second-place tickets worth $1 million, and one of those was sold in Rochester.

Lottery officials say it was sold at the 7-Eleven at 4424 Lake Avenue in the city. Another $1 million dollar winner was sold in Suffolk County on Long Island.

Lottery officials say the sole winning ticket for an estimated $435 million Powerball jackpot was sold at an Indiana convenience store. 

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Rochester police say four people were shot Wednesday night on Genesee Street. It happened about 8 p.m. on Genesee near Kirkland Road.

Authorities say it appears none of the injuries are life-threatening. All four victims are from Rochester. They include a 27-year-old man who was seriously injured, along with a 34-year-old man and two 32-year-old men.

The shooting happened near one of the city’s "blue light" cameras.  There’s no word yet of any suspects.

The shooting on Genesee happened on the same day that three other people were shot in the city.