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Economy
3:03 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

New Deal on Selling U-S Apples in China

Apple growers around New York should benefit from a new agreement that allows all varieties of U.S. grown apples to be sold in China.

That's good news for growers in New York, according to Jim Allen, President of the New York Apple Association.

Allen says Washington state will benefit the most from the deal because growers here have a few more hurdles to jump over, such as transportation costs.

But Allen says every Washington apple exported to China is one that's not sold on the east coast or in our local markets.

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Economy
12:36 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

RG&E Receives $16.5 Million For Hydroelectric Improvements

RG&E Hydro-electric station #5
Credit Iberdrola USA

Rochester Gas & Electric has received a federal grant of approximately $16.5 million for efficiency improvements at the company's hydroelectric generating plant (Station 5) on the Genesee River.

The grant from the U.S. Treasury Department comes under the 2009 federal stimulus program.

The grant follows last year's $2.8 million award from the federal government for similar improvements at the utility's Station 2 hydroelectric plant, also located on the Genesee River.

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Education
11:38 am
Thu January 29, 2015

School Board Vote Scheduled Tonight on East High Partnership with UR

Tonight, the Rochester school board will decide whether to move ahead with a proposal by the University of Rochester to manage the struggling East High School.

Board of Education president Van White says members will decide on a contract between the district and the U of R as well as a budget to fund the proposed changes for East High School.   

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Science
10:26 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Rochester Advances To Final Round In Photonics Competition

Credit University of Rochester

New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Rochester area Congresswoman Louise Slaughter say that a proposal to have a new photonics institute in Rochester has advanced to the final round of applications. The U.S. Department of Defense is overseeing the funding competition.

Slaughter says the Rochester-led New York State consortium was selected as one of three finalists to submit a full application.

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WXXI Top Stories
10:14 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Around the State 1-29-15

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

Buffalo: Several businesses would be among casualties of Exchange Street stadium site

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Government
6:15 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Attendance Rises At NYS Parks

Credit nysparktours.com

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say attendance at New York state parks and historic sites hit 62 million in 2014, a 3-percent increase over the previous year.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state's 180 parks and 35 historic sites attracted 1.9 million more visitors than in 2013, when 60.1 million visits were recorded. Cuomo says visits to the 215 state-run properties are up 4.5 million since 2010, the year before he took office.

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Local News
9:48 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Study Shows Rochester is Ready for a Bike Share Program

Proposed implementation plan

A study by the Genesee Transportation Council shows a bike share in Rochester would be feasible.

RJ Eldridge is the Director of Planning for Toole Design Group and he worked on the study. He says bike shares have benefits beyond economic, environmental and health impacts. 

"I think when you're in a car you tend to be closed in -- especially, all cars today have air conditioning and great stereo -- so you're kind of shut off from your environment. And when you're on a bicycle you are part of that environment and you're talking to folks and you're interacting with people."

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Environment
5:26 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

NYS Adopts Regulations For LNG Facilities

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York state has adopted regulations covering fueling and storage facilities for liquefied natural gas, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced Wednesday. 

The safety regulations will allow liquefied gas storage facilities in New York for the first time since 1973, when the state imposed a moratorium following a Staten Island explosion that killed 40 workers. 

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Arts & Culture
5:04 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Award-Winning Journalist Soledad O'Brien to Speak at RIT

Soledad O'Brien lunch with students, via Wikimedia Commons
Credit The Rudz from Milwaukee, USA

An event commemorating Doctor Martin Luther King Junior’s Legacy will feature award-winning journalist, Soledad O’Brien.

O’Brien’s talk entitled “Diversity on TV, Behind the Scenes and in our Lives,” kicks off the event at RIT at noon Thursday.

The reporter best known for the documentary film series “Black in America” explained the news media played a role in shedding light on the abuse of civil rights leaders in the south during the 1960s.

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Connections
4:49 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Connections: The Significance of Pope Francis

We examine the significance of Pope Francis to the Catholic Church. His public statements appear to be significantly further left on social issues than his predecessor. But is that reflected in actual doctrine? Are there real changes afoot, or is this simply a Pope with a defter public touch? With us are: Fr. George Heyman, president of St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry in PittsfordFr. Edward Salmon, McQuaid Jesuit High School
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