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12:21 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Ruling Expected This Week On Wording Of Statewide Ballot Question

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state judge is expected to rule this week on the wording of New York's referendum to establish a new commission to determine voting districts for the state Legislature and Congress.

Common Cause-New York, a government watchdog group, wants to re-word the ballot question, arguing that "independent" is a misleading description of the proposed commission since top legislators would choose most members.

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WXXI Local Stories
5:54 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Former RPD Chief Comes Back To Talk About Community Policing

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A former Rochester Police Chief came to the area on Sunday to talk about recent community policing efforts in the city.

Cedric Alexander was a police chief in Rochester in 2005, and now he heads up public safety in DeKalb County, Georgia.

He’s also president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and recently traveled to Ferguson, Missouri during the riots to help ease the tension between the police and residents.

Alexander does not think Rochester has the kind of problems involving police-community relations that Ferguson has had.

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Arts & Culture
4:33 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Bills Crush Miami, 29-10

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo's dynamic Clemson connection provided the electricity to an already charged-up Bills crowd.

In capping a home opener celebrating the franchise's proud past and suddenly promising future, C.J. Spiller returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown in a 29-10 win over AFC East rival Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon. Rookie Sammy Watkins scored on a 12-yard catch.

The Dolphins (1-1) also lost a key offseason addition when running back Knowshon Moreno did not return after hurting his left elbow 11 minutes in.

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Health
3:05 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Cautioning Dog Owners About Algae Blooms

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OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) — A new brochure is available to pet owners outlining the dangers of toxic algal blooms in New York waters.

The brochure was published by New York Sea Grant and authored by Dave MacNeill, a fisheries specialist based at Oswego State University. He says the number of dog poisonings from toxic algal blooms is on the rise in the Lake Ontario area.

The brochure is available on the Sea Grant website.

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Health
9:54 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Schumer Wants Ban On Some Flame Retardants

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing legislation to ban 10 flame retardants from upholstered furniture and children's products, saying the chemicals have been linked to developmental delays in children and rare cancers in firefighters when treated furniture burns.

The New York Democrat says studies have also shown that the 10 most toxic retardants in the padding of furniture and children's products like crib mattresses and changing table pads are not effective in reducing fire risks.

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WXXI Local Stories
4:59 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

WXXI Open House Draws Thousands

Nearly four thousand people flocked to the WXXI studios on Saturday as part of our Open House. It involved a lot of fun, but also some important community services.

The open house is held every two years, and it's a chance for people to learn more about the news, information, entertainment and educational programming we provide every day on WXXI radio and TV stations.

The Saturday event usually brings a lot of families to the State Street studios, and while some people, mainly the adults, want to know more about the radio and TV operations, it's the Sesame Street characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog and Daniel Tiger that draw the biggest crowds because of the children.

A number of community organizations were represented as well, including ABVI which provided free vision screenings for kids.

Representatives of The Little Theatre, which is operated by WXXI, were also on hand, as were organizations that included Lollypop Farm and the Monroe County Library System.

Connections
2:24 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Monday, September 15th

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First hour: Analyzing Senator Elizabeth Warren's new student loan bill

Second hour: The hidden messages in our news and internet world

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WXXI Local Stories
8:44 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Ceremony Marks 43 years Since Attica Prison Riot

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ATTICA, N.Y. (AP)  Hundreds of personal items collected after the nation's deadliest prison riot will be returned to their owners and families as they mark the 43rd anniversary of the uprising. 

New York corrections officials, members of the guards' union and family members of those killed will gather in front of Attica Correctional Facility for a series of events on Saturday. 

They will remember the 11 corrections officers and civilians who were killed during the five-day 1971 riot at the upstate New York prison. 

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Government
10:39 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Rochester Launches "Clergy On Patrol"

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is launching a new program in an effort to build trust between the community and city police.

It’s called “Clergy on Patrol.”

Area pastors and ministers will periodically walk neighborhood streets with officers while passing out information on city programs that could help residents. Warren says more than 100 clergy members attended training sessions. She says this is just one way to help make the community safe.           

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WXXI Local Stories
7:28 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Homeless Advocates Protest At Monroe County Office Building

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Homeless advocates are protesting what they say is Monroe County's inaction in finding an alternative place for homeless people who were using the Civic Center garage as shelter during the winter months. They were recently locked out of the garage after-hours.

Protesters stood in lobby of the Monroe County Office building on Friday calling on county leaders to reschedule a canceled meeting from this week.

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