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Are New York gun owners ignoring some of the provisions of the SAFE Act? A new report from 13WHAM's Adam Chodak suggests that's a real possibility. He looked at high-capacity magazines, and tried to find out whether gun owners have disposed of them in a lawful fashion. The report raises questions about the effectiveness of the law, but gun control advocates argue that the SAFE Act is proving to be a success. Chodak is in studio with us to discuss his findings, we are also joined by gun advocate Ben Piatt.

It's our monthly science roundtable. This month, we look at how science can solve real-world problems. University of Rochester seniors have partnered with local companies to tackle engineering problems, and they're showcasing what they've done. Our guests (including their projects and majors):

  • James Zavislan, associate dean of education & new initiatives; associate professor of optics
  • Kara Lambson, Eye Dominance Detection Instrument (Optics)
  • Evan Baker,  Automated Wegmans Refrigeration Case (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Brittanie Kilchoer, SimuClage (Biomedical Engineering)
  •  Colin Murphy, MimicArm (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

The Leader of the State Senate, Dean Skelos surrendered to federal authorities Monday morning-and was charged with six counts of corruption, including bribery and extortion, in connection with an alleged scheme that used his political position to enrich himself and his son.

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Rochester's Garden Club is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, and marked it with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at Highland Park.

In honor of the centennial, representatives from the club unveiled a remodeled, more accessible garden surrounding the pansy bed. It features wider walk ways and more benches, as well as an improved irrigation system.

Larry Staub is Monroe County's Director of Parks. He says this pansy garden has been replanted every year for over a century. Every season, it sports a different design.

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The story of a Western New York veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder is the subject of a film showing in Rochester this week as part of the Reel Mind Theater & Film Series.

The event focuses on the social stigma of mental illness. Organizers want to provide a message of hope that recovery is possible.

The film “Poster Girl” is showing at the Memorial Art Gallery Tuesday evening.  The army veteran mentioned in the title is Robynn Murray, a native of Niagara County.

NEW YORK (AP) The leader of the New York Senate surrendered Monday to face charges including extortion and soliciting bribes after investigators looking into the awarding of a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son said they captured him on wiretaps boasting of his power. 

Dean Skelos, 67, of Long Island and his 32-year-old son, Adam, surrendered at the FBI's offices in lower Manhattan as a criminal complaint was unsealed against them in federal court, where they were expected to appear later in the day. 

The Ad Council of Rochester | The Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network

It’s a somewhat surprising stat. Approximately 95% of Americans support organ donation. However, less than half of adults in this country are registered organ donors. And in New York, only 22% of adults are on the registry. The issue - when it comes to the need for transplants, New York State is among the highest in the country. Some doctors say this isn’t a medical problem - they call it a social problem. But there are legitimate questions and reservations some have when it comes to joining that registry. Hélène Biandudi Hofer explores the issue further on this edition of Need to Know.

The WXXI News staff checks newspapers and websites to help keep tabs on what's happening in communities across New York state.

WASHINGTON (AP)  A senator leading a push to tighten policy on military sex assaults says the number of sex-related crimes in military communities is far greater than the Defense Department has publicly reported. 

In a report released Monday, Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand  says the spouses of service members and civilian women who live or work near military facilities are especially vulnerable to sexual assault. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of businesses and parents from around New York state are supporting legislation that would phase out the use of certain chemicals in toys.

The bill, known as the child safe products act, would require manufacturers to phase out the use of chemicals deemed harmful, such as benzene, mercury and cobalt.

Many toy makers oppose the measure, noting that they already must abide by federal regulations and that state-based rules would create a confusing patchwork of requirements.

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