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The Rush Henrietta school board will decide tonight whether the district will conduct an environmental assessment at Roth Middle School following the cancer diagnoses of two middle school employees, which were somewhat similar.

The district has declined to provide any details about those illnesses, but superintendent Ken Graham said they don't believe there is any reason for concern.

A fourth man charged in the Local Development Corporation bid-rigging scandal pleaded guilty in a Rochester courtroom on Tuesday.

Businessman Daniel Lynch is the final defendant in the multi-million dollar LDC scandal in Monroe County. A statement from the New York State Comptroller and Attorney General says that Lynch pleaded guilty to four felonies, including grand larceny and restraint of trade.

 

The WXXI News staff checks newspapers and websites to help keep tabs on what's happening in communities across New York state.

The Rochester Area Community Foundation has received the largest gift in its 44 year history--a donation of $61 million from the Sands family, which runs Constellation Brands.

The contribution from brothers Richard and Rob Sands and their mother, Mickey, have established the Sands Family Supporting Foundation at the Community Foundation to expand the family’s philanthropic legacy and to perpetuate it through future generations of their family.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say more than 318 million pounds of electronic waste was diverted from landfills in the first three years of New York's electronics recycling law, but discarded televisions and computer monitors pose a challenge.

Department of Environmental Conservation Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement Monday that DEC will provide funds to help municipalities deal with a glut of cathode ray tubes from discarded televisions and monitors. He said DEC will also be stepping up enforcement to ensure full compliance with the law.

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MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York judge is expected to decide later this week whether to allow construction at the storied Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater to go on.

State Supreme Court Judge Frank Sedita heard testimony Monday in a case that pits preservationists against the administration of the western New York education and arts retreat.

A group called the Committee to Preserve the Historic Chautauqua Amphitheater and five property owners sued last month to block the institution's plans to demolish and rebuild the 122-year-old amphitheater.

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First hour: Should feminists support Clinton based on her gender?

Second hour: Tipping in restaurants could be on the way out

Why are migraines so hard to prevent, and so difficult to treat for some sufferers?

Rochester Clinical Research is trying to change that. Neurologist and headache specialist Dr. Joseph Mann will make a public presentation on February 16 about the newest research about what works and what might be available next. 

Dr. Mann joins us in studio to talk about headache, migraine, and treatment.

The U.S. Attorney who convicted both of the leaders of the legislature came to Albany Monday to speak to a conference of the state’s mayors. But Preet Bharara was not invited to the State Capitol itself, and he did not meet directly with any lawmakers, even though Bharara and Governor Cuomo attended the same event, the swearing in of the state’ new chief judge.

The U.S. Attorney addressed mayors from all over the state, gathered for their annual meeting, where he told them  the point of his anti corruption work is to “protect democracy.”

We've talked to a number of students who hate the FAFSA forms: confusing; unnecessarily long, with questions that seem irrelevant. Now, imagine a student in poverty being confronted with such forms. We know that many students who are eligible for financial aid never even apply. But is higher education still a good value? What is the ROI we can expect?

The annual event known as FAFSA Fest is underway, and our panel explains what help is out there. Our guests:

  • Pat Braus, executive director, Rochester Education Foundation
  • Gabe Iturbides, assistant director, Access Opportunity Programs at SUNY Geneseo; and member, Rochester College Access Network
  • Cortez Jones, RCSD graduate and now branch manager, Culver-Ridge branch for ESL Federal Credit Union
  • Kim McKinsey-Mabry, interim dean of academic services and affirmative action coordinator, MCC; and Rochester Education Foundation Board member

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