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4:55 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Good Friday Stations of the Cross

Education
4:03 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

RIT Professor Receives Inaugural Edline Chun Award

An RIT Professor in the School of Media Sciences has been chose to be the first-ever recipient of the Edline Chun Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service.

Stephen Whittaker, a Fairport resident, has taught at that school for more than 20 years. He has worked in the printing and graphic communications industry for more than three decades with Monroe Litho.

The award was named after the late RIT adjunct professor, Edline Chun, who was murdered in her Rochester home in February of 2013.

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Health
3:46 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Wegmans Looks For The Federal Government To Help Clear Up Questions About GMO's

Credit nongmoproject.org

Wegmans wants the federal government to standardize the labeling and certification regarding genetically modified foods, or GMO’s.

Wegmans nutrition and product labeling manager Jane Andrews says the supermarket chain used to get maybe 40 or 50 comments  a month about GMO's, mainly from consumers who wanted to know if a product they wanted to buy was made with genetically modified organisms.

But since another Wegmans official, Mary Ellen Burris recently blogged about the company's views on the issue, Andrews says it brought hundreds of comments to the grocery chain.

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Economy
2:50 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Better Business Bureau with Advice on "Heartbleed" Bug

Credit heartbleed.com

  Heartbleed is a bug that can exploit encryption software, exposing personal data such as passwords and credit card numbers.

Businesses and consumers should take steps to protect themselves, and the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York has some advice.

Spokesperson Peggy Penders says businesses should check to see if their site is vulnerable, and work with their IT department to install more secure encryption software.

And consumers should change their passwords.

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Government
12:37 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Documents Show Fracking Health Study On-Going, Group Claims

Cuomo's former health commissioner, Dr Nirav Shah, speaks with media after a budget hearing in February.
Credit Matt Ryan New York Now

Documents obtained by a group opposed to hydrofracking show that the Cuomo Administration’s is conducting a thorough and comprehensive health study on the controversial natural gas drilling process. The Finger Lakes based organization is wondering, why then, the review has been conducted almost entirely in secret.

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Government
12:34 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Nuclear Regulatory Commission To Increase Oversight Of Ginna

Credit Ginna Nuclear Power Plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has finalized its recent finding about the Ginna nuclear power plant in Wayne County, and as a result, the NRC will increase its level of oversight of that plant.  The government agency had found what is called a "white” safety finding, meaning that it was of low to moderate significance.

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Government
12:15 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Mayor Warren Released From The Hospital

Credit cityofrochester.gov

Rochester City Hall officials say that Mayor Lovely Warren was released from Strong Hospital on Friday after spending a couple of days there due to complications from the flu, including dehydration. She was initially admitted on Wednesday night.

The 36 year old Warren  initially was expected to be released from the hospital on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Infectious disease specialist, Ann Falsey, of Rochester General Hospital says although winter is technically over, the flu season is not.

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Need to Know Rochester
11:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Growth for the Razorsharks & Local Child Authors Recruiting "Change Agents"

A big win this week for the Rochester Razorsharks. We talk with the man behind the professional basketball team that just took home the PBL Championship title. Owner and CEO, Dr. Sev Hrywnak, discusses new opportunities for growth for the Razorsharks in the Rochester area. Also on the show – we’re joined by two local child authors known as the “Change Agents.” We’ll find out how they’re making a mark on the world of literacy. And a special preview of the upcoming WXXI screening of Schools for South Sudan.

WXXI Top Stories
10:21 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Around the State 4-18-14

  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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Connections
10:08 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Connections: Climate Change & "Climate Smart Communities"

A discussion of 'Climate Smart Communities,' and efforts by NYS and the local Sierra Club chapter.

The Sierra Club hosted an event focusing on climate change. What can we do to curb the warming trends? A recent UN study finds that we'd have to cut emissions between 41% and 72% by 2050 to have a chance to prevent severe atmospheric consequences. Those are enormous numbers, and we'll explore what kind of economic effect it would have on a country trying to reach them. 

Guests include: Mark Lowery, Manager of the Climate Smart Community Program of New York State.

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