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10:21 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Around the State 7-23-14

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
6:38 am
Wed July 23, 2014

NYS Agencies Collect More Gender Data

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State agencies have begun adding gender identity to their data collection, part of an effort Gov. Andrew Cuomo says will help the state better meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender New Yorkers.

A new report Wednesday identifies eight agencies, including the Department of Health, collecting or updating their data systems to gather those demographics.

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Government
6:33 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Rochester & Other Cities Get Permission To Extend Red Light Camera Program

Credit cityofrochester.gov

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed bills to expand the use of traffic cameras at intersections to catch drivers running red lights.

Bills recently approved by the Legislature will continue programs in New York City, as well Suffolk and Nassau counties and Rochester through 2019. Just because Cuomo signed the bills doesn't mean local governments have to implement the programs.

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WXXI Top Stories
5:03 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Lessons From July '64 - A New Vision For Joseph Avenue

B'nai Israel Ahavas Achim synagogue on Joseph Avenue
Credit rrcdc.org

It was 50 years ago this week that Rochester was rocked by three-days of rioting that erupted in two predominantly African American neighborhoods.  A number of factors contributed to the violence, including a lack of job opportunities for African Americans, overcrowding and allegations of police brutality.

This week, WXXI News is airing a special series - “ Lessons from July ’64" -  not only to look back, but to also look forward at the issues still impacting that same community.

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Connections
10:06 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, July 23rd

First hour: Rise of the Finger Lakes cheese trail

Second hour: Examining new studies about organic food

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Government
8:28 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Ontario Beach Algae Removal Project Begins

Credit @Maggie_Brooks

Monroe County officials are announcing the start of work on a project to help cut down on the algae problems at Ontario Beach. 

The hot humid weather we're having this week makes you want to go to the beach...maybe take a swim..but that's not always possible at some of the local beaches due to problems with algae, which causes bad odors and also occasionally forces the temporary closing of the beaches for swimming.

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Connections
5:14 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Connections: News on Wine, Coffee, and Bread

News on wine, coffee, and food.

Get ready to be hungry this hour, we're talking wine, coffee, and bread.

First, the Wine Bloggers Conference is coming to the Finger Lakes next year, and that's a big deal. Why? We find out from Morgan McLughlin, executive director of Santa Barbara Vintners.

Then, we discuss coffee. We touched on the third wave of coffee in a previous show, and on Sunday, The Little Theatre is screening a film documenting this third wave called "A Film About Coffee". We talk with John Ebel of Pour Coffee about the film. 

We end with bread, an item that many restaurants bring to the table at the start of the meal. But this practice is starting to fade away in some places. Is Rochester one of them? We discuss this and more with chef Brian Antinore.

Arts & Culture
5:04 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Geva Theatre Actors To Get New Housing

Credit Kristen Mansfield / WXXI News

Actors who are part of  Geva Theatre productions will soon have a new place to stay while their shows are going on. The owner and developers of the nearby Woodbury Place building will be  leasing eleven studio lofts to Geva for the visiting actors.

As part of a collective bargaining agreement, Geva must provide its actors with housing while they are in residence for the nine weeks of rehearsals and performances. Previously, the actors would be housed at an apartment complex in Gates. But Geva executive director Tom Parrish says this is a lot more convenient.

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Connections
4:57 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Connections: More on Migraine Headaches

More on headaches with Dr. Catherine LaVigne.

Carlet Cleare guests hosts this hour of "Connections". Our subject is headache, cluster headache, and its evil cousin migraine. When we covered this subject on our show recently, we couldn't get to all the calls and online questions. The director of URMC's Headache Center, Dr. Catherine LaVigne, asked if she could return to the show to address the additional questions, and to focus more on cluster headaches. 

Economy
3:18 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Penn Yan Dairy Firm Adds Jobs

Emmi Roth USA, a producer of premium specialty cheeses and dairy products is expanding and adding 50 jobs in Penn Yan.

The company's plant in Penn Yan makes Siggi's brand yogurt as well as milk and creamers for food service dispensers. Governor Cuomo says the company's plant is currently at capacity and they need to invest in the facility to grow their market share in North America.

Emmi Roth is investing $11.6 million in the expansion.  New York State is providing up to $400,000 in tax credits, which are tied to job creation and company investments in that facility.

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