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1:01 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

More Lead on Porches Than in Homes, Study Finds

Katrina Korfmacher prepares samples for analysis.
Credit J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

Porches on older homes can be a significant source of lead dust, according to a recent study.

Katrina Korfmacher is the Director of Community Outreach and Engagement at University of Rochester's Environmental Health Science Center. She participated in the study, in which samples were taken from 79 houses across Rochester.

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Local News
12:55 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry To Speak At Monroe County GOP Luncheon

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has been tapped to be the guest speaker at the upcoming Monroe County Republican Committee Luncheon.

Perry, a former presidential candidate, was Texas Governor from 2000 to 2015.  He has indicated he may run again in 2016, despite his indictment on abuse of power charges. Perry has said he is confident he will be able to successfully fight those charges.

Monroe County GOP Chairman Bill Reilich says Texas is experiencing an economic boom, and he hopes people attending the luncheon will be able to hear more about Perry's accomplishments.

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Government
11:29 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Kolb Says Morelle is a "Viable Candidate" For Assembly Speaker

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle and Minority Leader Brian Kolb

Majority Leader Joe Morelle will take temporary leadership of the State Assembly when Speaker Sheldon Silver relinquishes that title. 

A vote is scheduled on February 10 for the Assembly to elect a new Speaker, as Silver defends himself against federal corruption charges.

Republican Minority Leader Brian Kolb is sounding supportive of Morelle for the leadership role on a more permanent basis.

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WXXI Top Stories
9:59 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Around the State 1-28-15

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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Government
6:06 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Workshops On Protecting The Great Lakes Region

Credit WXXI file

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — State officials are hosting a series of public workshops on the Great Lakes Action Agenda, which identifies actions needed to protect the environment and communities in New York's Great Lakes basin.

State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens says the workshops will seek input on establishing priorities to achieve watershed health throughout the region.

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Government
6:03 am
Wed January 28, 2015

State Budget Hearings Begin

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State agency heads and advocacy groups will lay out their priorities for environmental program spending in the first of 13 budget hearings for the fiscal year that starts April 1.

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens leads the list of people scheduled to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees Wednesday in Albany. Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey, Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball, and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority President John Rhodes are also slated to testify.

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Connections
10:48 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, January 28th

Credit NPR

First hour: Do whistleblower laws work?

Second hour: Understanding Pope Francis

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Capitol Bureau
7:52 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Silver Will Leave Post as Speaker on Monday

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle speaking with the media Tuesday evening

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will end his long reign as the head of the Assembly on Monday, say the Democratic members of the Assembly who announced they’ll hold a new election for Speaker on February 10th.

After two long days of closed door meetings, as Assembly Democrats reacted to the mounting fall out from Speaker Silver’s arrest on corruption charges, the Democrats now say Silver will leave his post on Monday.

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Science
3:19 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Astronomers At The U of R Involved In Research About A Planet With Much Larger Rings Than Saturn's

Artist's conception of the recently discovered ring system.
Credit Ron Miller

A new study that includes some researchers from the University of Rochester details a planet with rings that makes Saturn's rings look tiny by comparison.

Astronomers at the Leiden Observatory in The Netherlands and the U of R have discovered that the ring system they see near a Sun-like star called  "J1407" is of enormous proportions.

The ring system is the first of its kind to be found outside our solar system, and it was discovered in 2012 by a team led by Rochester's Eric Mamajek.

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