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6:24 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Business Leaders Consider Health Care

Sandy Parker, President and CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance
Credit Michelle Faust

In an effort to better understand how the Affordable Care Act affects local employers, the Rochester Business Alliance held a conference Thursday morning.

The majority of RBA members offer health coverage to their employees. Chris Wiest, RBA Vice President, says the organization is dedicated to making the process easier.

"It's the number one issue among our member companies. The number one concern they have in doing business in New York State: rising health care costs have been a huge challenge," said Wiest.

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WXXI Local Stories
4:05 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Local Professor Talks To Nervous Relatives In Ottawa

The gunfire that killed a soldier in Ottawa, Canada Wednesday, has unnerved a lot of people in that community, including the family of a local woman.

Sarah Burns is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at RIT.

Burns grew up in Ottawa, and her parents still live there. She says the shooting  that also left the suspected gunman dead in Wednesday’s attack near Parliament, shook up a lot of people including her family members.

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Connections
3:09 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Connections: Gubernatorial Debate Recap

We recap Wednesday night's gubernatorial debate in Buffalo. What news was made from the debate? The governor says a fracking study will now be completed by the end of the year. What else happened? Does it change anything? We'll have highlights and reaction from reporters who were there.

Connections
3:06 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Connections: Abortion - The Pro-Choice Side

A few weeks ago, we talked with Lila Rose of Live Action, an influential voice in the pro-choice movement. Today we have a conversation with those on the pro-choice side. We start with Sarah Weddington, the lawyer who won a case you might know called Roe v. Wade. She's coming to Rochester next week. Then we talk with Planned Parenthood's Dr. Rachael Phelps

Gubernatorial Debate
2:16 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

WATCH: New York Gubernatorial Debate

If you missed the Gubernatorial debate on Wednesday evening, you can watch it on demand here, courtesy of WNED-TV/WBFO-FM.

Health
2:11 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Preparing for Ebola at Strong Memorial Hospital

Protective gear to be worn in response to Ebola
Credit Alex Crichton

The chances of the Ebola virus in Rochester are slim, but if a case was confirmed here, health officials at Strong Memorial Hospital say they're confident both caregivers and the patient would be well protected.

Director of Adult Critical Care, Dr. Michael Apostolakos, says that first responders are undergoing training in the use of personal protective equipment, and they are prepared now to protect caregivers and patient in the unlikely event Ebola is found here.

Up to 100 first responders are being trained, and Dr. Apostolakos is one of them.

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Government
11:57 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Cuomo Says Fracking Study Will Be Out by Year's End

Credit Eileen Elibol/WNED

During Wednesday’s only gubernatorial debate, Governor Cuomo said that the long awaited health review on potential dangers of hydrofracking will be completed by the end of the year.

Cuomo, answering a question on whether fracking, which is on hold in New York, will begin in the next four years if he’s re elected, says an over two year old health review  will be concluded by the end of the year, though not before Election Day. He says he’s told experts at his Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation to “give me a report”.

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Arts & Culture
11:27 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Barge Canal System To Go On National Register of Historic Places

Credit NYS Canal Corp.

(AP)  New York's Barge Canal is going on the National Register of Historic Places. 

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wrote a letter in September urging National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis to make the designation, stressing the importance of the canal and calling it a true historic destination. 

The designation will increase chances for federal tax credits and help expand local development near the waterway. 

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WXXI Local Stories
11:14 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Vigil Calls Attention to Afterschool Programs

Credit racf.org

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester are hosting a candlelight vigil tonight. It's part of a nationwide event calling attention to the benefit of afterschool programs.

Boys and Girls Clubs executive director Dwayne Mahoney says the programs offered by his organization and others in Monroe County can make a real difference in a child's life.                       

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