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5:47 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Longtime NY Politician Basil Paterson Has Died

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There's word this morning that Basil Paterson, the father of former Governor David Paterson has died.  Newsday says he died Wednesday night at the age of 87. Basil Paterson was a major figure in Harlem politics in New York City.

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Connections
9:55 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Thursday, April 17th

12 noon: The lessons of convicted sex offender (and former NY Yankee) Chad Curtis

1pm: Climate change: Can we realistically reverse the trends?

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Economy
5:57 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Rochester Officials Choose High-Rise Option For Charlotte Development

Edgewater illustration of proposed Charlotte development.
Credit Edgewater Resources

Despite objections from some people living in the Charlotte area, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren's administration is moving forward with a proposal for a $77 million high rise development in that neighborhood.

City Hall officials are pursuing the plans laid out by Edgewater Resources, instead of a plan proposed by CEA International and Morgan Management. The Edgewater proposal would involve a hotel and conference center, about 120 condos, 50 townhouses and other amenities. The other plan would have been for a smaller, four story building.

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Economy
3:52 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

New Genesee Brewery CEO Looks For Growth

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

The new leader of the Genesee Brewery started his job this week and Kris Sirchio is looking to build on the relationship his company already has with the Rochester community.

Sirchio was named CEO of North American Breweries, the company that has owned the Genesee Brewery for the last five years, and he looks to build on the growth that has already occurred in recent years.

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Government
2:26 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Making a Fatherhood Connection

Graduation ceremony for the Fatherhood Connection program
Credit Alex Crichton / WXXI

Eleven more men have graduated from Monroe County's Fatherhood Connection program at the Open Door Mission.

Monroe County's Fatherhood Initiative Coordinator, Reggie Cox, is a father of ten children and runs the program.

He says around the country, 24-million children wake up each day in a fatherless home.

He says the program teaches men about the important role they play in their children's lives, and help them with personal development and parenting skills.

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Health
2:16 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Looking For "Bold Moves" To Help People With Disabilities

A number of local organizations are trying to change the way that people with intellectual and physical disabilities are perceived. Officials with these groups realize there are some longstanding assumptions that have to be challenged.

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Government
1:36 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

A State Judge Upholds New York's Gun Law

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A trial-level judge in Albany has ruled that New York's new gun law does not violate the Second Amendment. 

The decision announced Wednesday from state Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara also rejected legal claims that the gun law was improperly pushed through the legislature by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

Cuomo issued a ``message of necessity'' that allowed lawmakers to vote on the measure without the usual waiting period for the consideration of bills. The law bans high-capacity magazines and many semi-automatic firearms. 

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WXXI Top Stories
10:11 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Around the State 4-16

  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
8:19 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Connections: Local Expert Weighs In On Malaysian Airliner Search

A discussion about the science involved in the search for the missing Malaysian airline.

Why can't they find the Malaysian airliner? Most analysts now agree that the plane crashed into the Indian Ocean. Sensitive detection equipment has found signals that could be coming from the plane. But as University of Rochester's Duncan Moore explains, the next steps are extremely complicated and challenging. We look at the science of why finding the plane is so difficult.   

Connections
8:15 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Connections: Campaign Finance Reform In NYS

A discussion of campaign finance reform in New York State.

We dig into the future of campaign finance in New York and the United States. From McCutcheon to the recent failed attempt by Governor Cuomo to broaden publicly funded campaigns, we follow the money. What's the argument for putting tax dollars into political campaigns? What's the argument against it? Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate joins us  studio to explain why his organization lobbied against publicly funded campaigns. Susan Lerner of Common Cause NY joins us to elaborate on why her organization favors more public participation.

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