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WXXI Local Stories
8:52 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Reports: Former Buffalo Sabres Captain Talks To Fed. Authorities In Connection With Investigation

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Former Buffalo Sabres Captain Thomas Vanek reportedly has talked to federal investigators as part of an ongoing investigation in Rochester.

According to various media outlets, and first reported by WHEC-TV on  Monday, Vanek’s agent, Steve Bartlett released a statement by Vanek, who said that the federal government has asked Vanek for his cooperation in an investigation.

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Economy
7:26 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

RCSD Officials Meet With The President

President Obama addressing urban school officials in Washington-RCSD Supt. Bolgen Vargas can be seen just to the left of the president.
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Rochester School Superintendent Bolgen Vargas and School Board President Van White were in Washington Monday, joining officials from 59 other urban school districts.  They were there as part of an effort organized by a group called the Council of the Great City Schools, and they made a commitment to improve education outcomes for boys and young men of color.

Vargas says this is an important group of students to focus on, especially considering that African American and Hispanic males make up 43 percent of city school students. 

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Health
3:33 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Cool Sweep Tuesday and Wednesday

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The heat will be on the next couple of days, so Rochester mayor Lovely Warren has put Cool Sweep operations into effect Tuesday and Wednesday, when temperatures are expected in the mid 80s.

The program, in conjunction with Rochester Gas and Electric, offers residents a number of ways to get relief from the heat: at fire hydrants and spray parks, extended hours at City pools, or at Durand Eastman Beach.

Here's the schedule from the city of Rochester:

Hydrant Locations (noon to 4 p.m.):

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Connections
3:23 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Connections: Musicians' Roundtable

The musicians' roundtable discusses how to make it in the music business.

Our musicians' roundtable looks at the life of modern bands and musicians -- the ones that are trying to make a living in music. What do they think about the free downloads from Spotify? Is it truly harder than ever to convince consumers to purchase albums, or purchase songs? How do these bands get by and "make it?" To discuss all this, we have our roundtable:

Mike Muscarella, Violet Mary
Catherine Bauer, Water Street Music Hall
Roy Stein, My Plastic Sun
Matt Merritt, Roses and Revolutions
Mikey James, Admirers

Connections
3:13 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Connections: Roland Williams

Roland Williams discusses why he's been pushing hard to launch his new academy.

Former NFL player and Rochester native Roland Williams joins me to talk about why he's pressing to hard to establish his new academy this year -- even if it doesn't have the funding. Williams points to the dreadful graduation rates for black and Latino boys in the city of Rochester, and he says it's a crisis. The academy launches soon, with a particular emphasis on helping young boys become men. 

Government
1:52 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Dredging of the Bay About to Get Underway

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and other officials at the outlet bridge
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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, speaking at the Irondequoit Outlet Bridge, says the U-S Army Corps of Engineers this week will begin dredging Irondequoit Bay.

Some 15-thousand cubic yards of sediment will be removed from the bay this week.

Slaughter says she secured 410-thousand dollars for the bay through the Disaster Relief Act after silt accumulation in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

She says she secured an additional 350-thousand dollars for the project to dredge the Bay to the federally authorized depth of 9 feet.

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WXXI Local Stories
11:15 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Wegmans Recalls Potentially Contaminated Fruit

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Wegmans has issued a voluntary recall of some fruit that may be contaminated with listeria.

The company is removing from its stores organic and non-organic peaches, nectarines and black plums distributed by a California-based packing company.

Routine testing showed that the fruit had potential listeria contamination, but no illnesses have been reported.  The fruit was sold under the brand name Sweet 2 Eat.

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Government
11:07 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Poll Finds Cuomo Far Ahead in Governor's Race

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A poll conducted fifteen weeks before Election Day  shows incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is maintaining a wide lead over his nearest challenger.

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Economy
11:05 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Wegmans Ranks Highly In New Harris Poll

Wegmans is getting high marks in another survey. This time it is from the Harris Poll EquiTrend study which measures brand equity. The index looks at factors such as familiarity, quality and purchase consideration.

This poll surveys  Americans about grocery retails on a regional level, including the Northeast, South, Midwest and West.

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Economy
10:51 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Local Tourism Officials Try to Capture Chinese Market

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According to a recent study, New York State is one of the top American destinations for Chinese travelers.

Tourism officials are hoping to capitalize on the growing Chinese market. Workshops are scheduled this week throughout upstate, including the Rochester area, to educate tourism and government agencies and the hospitality industry on how to promote the region to the $102 billion Chinese tourism market.

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