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Governor Andrew Cuomo says that Rochester's anti-poverty programs will benefit by receiving a portion of the $5.4 million in federal funding that the state will administer as part of the AmeriCorps program.

He says nearly $600,000 will complement the work of the Governor's Rochester Anti-Poverty Task Force by supporting programs designed to improve academic achievement, adolescent health, and violence prevention in the city's most impoverished neighborhoods.

Coming up on Connections: Thursday, September 3rd

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First hour: Obesity in kids before the teenage years

Second hour: Understanding black holes

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School starts for most districts this week and next, and it’s the first time when New York Schools can supply their nurses with a drug to reverse the effects of a drug overdose. Many districts are still weighing the pros and cons of the decision, but nurses in Dansville had a Naloxone training session Wednesday. 

Naloxone is a drug that  stops an opioid  overdose. State legislators created new rules and funding that allows districts to stock the medication in the case of an overdose on school grounds.

With Labor Day approaching, and an election year approaching, we sit down with local labor leaders to discuss the issues most pressing to them. What is the state of labor in 2015? AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka recently said that Hillary Clinton shouldn't count on union support unless she can figure out a way to energize workers. What, exactly, does that mean? Our panel discusses that and more.

  • Bruce Popper,  VP of 1199 SEIU and President of the Rochester Labor Council
  • Kendall Bell, Member Federation of Social Workers.  President CLUW  (Coalition of Labor Union Women)
  • Shelly Clements, Labor Relation Specialist with NYSUT

We preview the eighth annual Sankofa Evening of Theatre & Jazz. Fresh off conversations about the impact of controversial imagery in rap music, Connections turns the spotlight to the stage. Sankofa features African American playwrights, whose work captures a wide range of emotion and themes. We'll meet them, and let you know how you can see their work:

  • Curtis Rivers
  • Robert Djed Snead
  • Kevin Hicks
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A recall of frozen corn by a Brockport based food processing company will affect a large supermarket in the Rochester area.

The recall is by a company called Bonduelle USA, which has a facility in Brockport. They are recalling more than 9300 cases of frozen corn because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly, and others with weakened immune systems.

Geva Theatre's Executive Tom Parrish is leaving to take a position in Rhode Island.

Parrish, who joined Geva in 2011, will become the new Executive Director of Trinity Reportory Company, which is the Tony Award-winning State Theater of Rhode Island.

Geva's Board of Trustees has launched a search process to identify a new managing partner to join Artistic Director Mark Cuddy.

Parrish says that the move was not an easy decision, but he says for both personal and professional reasons it was an opportunity he could not turn down.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York State Police are assigning 15 senior investigators to help campus and local police statewide deal with college date rapes under the state's new consent law. 

Superintendent Joseph D'Amico says the new victims' unit will also employ nurse examiners as consultants to ensure evidence is properly documented and cases promptly investigated. 

The unit was established by the state law requiring uniform protocols meant to prevent and respond to campus sex assaults. 

Simon School Lowering Tuition on its MBA Program

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At a time when tuition hikes are commonplace, one educational institution is lowering the cost of its two-year MBA program by over $10,000.

That's according to Andrew Ainslie, Dean of the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, who says they're rebalancing between what the tuition price is -- the so-called "sticker price" -- and the level of scholarship support they give their students.

He says they found they were on the high side on both, compared to competing schools.

Sarah Ackroyd is a medical student at University of Rochester. She's studying to be an oncologist.

"As you can imagine the cost of education has been a lot for me, I've been in school for nearly ten years. And although I'm very grateful for the support that my parents and scholarship has provided for me, a lot of my education has been financed through federal loans."

One of those federal loan programs is the Perkins Loan. The program offers low interest rates, and deferment while in school, to help students that come from lower income households.

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