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First hour: Examining the state's school funding plan

Second hour: Danny Wegman, Anne Kress, and Vincent Esposito from the regional economic develpoment council

Gas prices steady (for now)

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Gas prices have been dropping the last month or so, but don't get too comfortable.

That's the word from AAA, which predicts prices will climb as we head close to spring.

Spokesperson for AAA of Western and Central New York, Lindsay Hawkins, says factors such as the spring refinery maintenance season and the switch to summer blend gasoline will impact prices.

A new study published Monday evaluated the relationship between state same-sex marriage policies and suicide attempts in youth identifying as a sexual minority.

The study out of Johns Hopkins and Boston's Children’s Hospital surveyed over 700,000 youth across the country over the last decade, and saw a 7% reduction in these adolescents thinking about suicide in the states that passed marriage equality laws.

Authors of the study estimate that 7% includes about 100,000 lesbian, gay and bisexual teens.

Seneca Park Zoo improvement plan underway

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Monroe County lawmakers have signed off on millions of dollars to help the Seneca Park Zoo and its multi-year expansion plan.

The legislature approved $13.5 million in funding in its capital budget, and Zoo Director Larry Sorel says it's part of an overall nearly $60 million dollar, ten year improvement plan for the zoo.

Phase 1 includes making room for giraffes and zebras, ostrich and rhino exhibits, and eventually demolishing the main zoo building, something Sorel says is long overdue.

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The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley says there has been an increase in reports of bias-motivated incidents in the Rochester area in the last three months.

Rochester police are investigating the apparent theft of two gay pride flags and one Black Lives Matter flag on Garson Avenue over the weekend.

Gay Alliance executive director Scott Fearing said he was told by a board member who lives on that street that closer to ten LGBTQ flags are missing from residents' yards.

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Kodak recently marked five years since it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  The Rochester company emerged from bankruptcy in late 2013 and recently WXXI News Director Randy Gorbman interviewed CEO Jeff Clarke by phone.

Jeff Clarke wasn’t around for some of the darkest days at the photo giant, he was named CEO in 2014, but he realizes just how traumatic that process was for a lot of people.

WXXI's Randy Gorbman talked with Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke to discuss the future of the iconic Rochester company. 

You can hear the WXXI News Business Report every Monday morning at 8:45 on Morning Editon on AM1370, WRUR FM 88.5, and WXXINews.org.

There’s a growing trend in American schools: uniforms. For a number of public school students gone are the days of picking out your favorite outfits or feverishly searching for something to wear to school. This move has its share of critics and supporters. On this edition of Need to Know, WXXI’s Sasha-Ann Simons looks into area dress code changes and how they’re being received by kids and families.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York has spent $8.1 million to install hundreds of "I Love NY" highway signs that are the subject of a dispute with the federal government.

Federal and state officials are working to resolve a dispute over the legality of the signs.

Federal highway officials say the signs don't comply with federal regulations.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration argues they give an important boost to the state's tourism industry by highlighting local products and sites.

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A local Congressman got an earful, and then some, when he held four town hall meetings in Western New York and the Southern Tier on Saturday.

The sessions were raucous at times with protesters making their displeasure known loudly, particularly on the issue of the planned repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Reed supports the initiative of President Trump and Congressional Republicans to get rid of the ACA and replace it with something else.  He told WXXI News on Sunday that despite town hall meetings that got quite heated on Saturday, he doesn’t regret holding them.

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