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Starting Thursday, you can summon a ride through a ride hailing app in Rochester and other upstate cities.

Uber and Lyft lobbied hard to get permission to operate outside of New York City. That battle was won and now the drivers for the services can start working.

68-year old Chris Grattan of Hamlin has signed up to drive with Lyft.

Rochester Police say that one of their investigators fired a shotgun Wednesday  while in the process of executing a search warrant.

Authorities say it happened at about 10:30 am on the northeast side on Rustic Street. Police say one of the members of the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team fired a shotgun at someone at 77 Rustic Street when that person reached for a weapon.

Officials say it appears that neither the officer nor the suspect were injured by the gunfire.

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) Elected leaders from the upstate region have returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where they met with federal officials to discuss the flooding along Lake Ontario's New York shoreline. 

Among those making the trip to the nation's capital Tuesday was Cheryl Dinolfo, the executive for Monroe County, scene of the some of the worst flooding. She and other officials from areas hit by flooding met with members of the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 


Xerox says it is selling its Xerox Research Centre Europe in Grenoble, France. It is being purchased by NAVER Corporation, described as South Korea’s leading internet company.

The research facility was founded in 1993, focusing on things like artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing and ethnography.

Xerox’s chief technology officer, Steve Hoover, says that the majority of research by the facility was supporting the company’s business processing unit.

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First hour: Rochester mayoral candidate Alex White, part two

Second hour: Why fewer teens are working summer jobs

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York judge has dismissed all criminal charges against Republican state Sen. Robert Ortt, who was accused of violating state election law.

In Tuesday's ruling, Judge Peter Lynch cited a lack of evidence.

The Niagara County lawmaker had pleaded not guilty in March to felony charges that, as mayor of North Tonawanda, he used a no-show job to funnel money to his wife.

The bipartisan Board of Elections had referred the case to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

There was dramatic testimony Tuesday in the hearing on whether former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino should be ousted from the Buffalo school board.   Paladino took the stand, and apologized for racist comments he made last December regarding President and Mrs. Obama.

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Conrad Herwig Latin Side, Jae Sinnett's Zero to 60 Quartet, and Lera Lynn were some of the performers that took the stage Monday night at the 2017 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. View the photos from Monday on our Flickr page courtesy of photographer Fred SanFilipo.

We convene a panel of journalists to discuss how things are covered and what is covered at all. Megyn Kelly from NBC News took a lot of criticism when she decided to interview conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. And what about journalists who have interviewed Richard Spencer, the white nationalist?

Our panel discusses who journalists should interview and why. Our guests:  

It has been 20 years since Radiohead released "OK Computer." The album was a departure in certain ways for the band, and today, it seems like everyone is writing think pieces about both Radiohead and that record. In the New Yorker, Amanda Petrusich wrote that Radiohead essentially saw the future, and the band's songs reflect the loneliness that comes from isolation -- isolation due to political malaise, celebrity culture, and addiction to technology. We talk to Radiohead fans about these ideas, the music, and more. Our guests:

  • Dave Chisholm, educator, composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and comic artist
  • Matt Witten, director of the University of Rochester Percussion Ensemble, and faculty member at Rowan University
  • Mona Seghatoleslami, host and producer for Classical 91.5