Houghton College has completed its 2.5 megawatt on-site solar energy installation, which officials say is currently the largest on a college campus in New York State.

The college also says the array will provide enough energy to meet more than half of the school’s electricity needs, significantly reduce its energy costs and have a long-lasting positive environmental impact.

NEW YORK (AP) — Synthetic marijuana has sent 160 people to hospitals in New York state in a little over a week, a spike that prompted authorities to warn Friday that the drug is dangerous and illegal.

Over 120 emergency-room visits since April 8 linked to synthetic pot — known by "spice," ''K2," ''green giant" and other street names — have been in New York City, its Health Department said Friday. The average earlier this year was two to three synthetic marijuana-related emergency room visits per day citywide.

ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance.

This "opt-out" movement remains scattered but is growing fast in some parts of the country. Some superintendents in New York are reporting that 60 percent or even 70 percent of their students are refusing to sit for the exams. Some lawmakers, sensing a tipping point, are backing the parents and teachers who complain about standardized testing.

Feel The Groove, It's Record Store Day

Apr 18, 2015

If you are a record collector, Saturday is a big day at local stores.

Your favorite store will have special events, live music and appearances to make the annual "record store day" special.

Tom Kohn has owned The Bop Shop for 33 years. His store is now on Monroe Avenue in Brighton. "Most people that come in here are just going to be filling holes in their collection."

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The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday night recovered the body  of what appeared to be a young man on Lake Ontario, about 200 yards away from the Coast Guard Station in Rochester.

A fisherman discovered the body around 7:30 p.m. Friday.

A U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer tells Time Warner Cable News, the body was that of a white man wearing a black North Face jacket and black pants. The petty officer estimated he was 22-23 years of age.

There has been no positive identification yet. The body was turned over to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s office.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter announced she has helped prevent over $7 million dollars in cuts from the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics yearly budget.

"This importance of this lab cannot be overstated, and that is why I advocate in Washington every year for continued funding."

The congresswoman says cut funding can slow research and slow the progress scientists are making in this field, as well as affect the economic impact the lab has on Rochester area.

Monroe Health Commissioner Leaving

Apr 17, 2015

Dr. Byron Kennedy is leaving his job as Health Commissioner for Monroe County.

He starts a similar job in Connecticut, closer to family, on May first.

In a note to his staff, Kennedy says he enjoyed being Deputy Director, then Commissioner for the past two years.

County Executive Maggie Brooks named UR Medicine's Dr. Jeremy Cushman to replace Kennedy as Interim Commissioner.

State medical schools use a variety of funding sources for research, but officials are not getting as much money as they’d like in the state budget. Universities say this limits their ability to recruit and retain researchers. We’ll talk to university reps who are trying to get high stakes research funded:

  • John Sharp, chancellor of Texas A&M University System
  • Jo Wiederhorn, president of the Associated Medical Schools of New York
  • Dr. Stephen Dewhurst, vice dean for Research at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Then we focus on Affinity Place, which offers peer based crisis mental health services. We’ll talk mental health and more with our guests:

  • Cheri Reed Watt, associate director of Paul Wolk Commons and program manager for Affinity Place
  • Greg Soehner, President & CEO, East House

We take a trip to the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions for their recognition of National Public Health Week. The field takes a wider view of the health a population.

We’ll learn more about public health and some of the success stories, including reducing tobacco use throughout the United States, and chat about person centered care as movement in medicine and what it looks like in the treatment of patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Then we have a conversation with the primary clinician at the Western New York Center for Survivors of Refugee Trauma and Torture as she reveals how she approaches forensic interviews with people seeking asylum in Buffalo and Rochester.

Our guests this hour:

  • Dr. Jo Freudenhiem, UB distinguished professor and interim chair, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
  • Dr. Davina Porock, associate dean for research and scholarship, UB School of Nursing
  • Dr. Kim Griswold, primary clinician at the Western New York Center for Survivors of Refugee Trauma and Torture
  • Dr. Mark Travers, researcher at Roswell Park Cancer Center

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's comptroller on Friday approved a $565 million contract award to Xerox to redesign and operate the information management system for the state's Medicaid program.

The comptroller's office said its review found insufficient grounds in the protests by Computer Sciences Corp. and Hewlett-Packard to overturn the award.

The current system is operated by Computer Sciences Corp., which declined to bid, saying the new requirements were "unreasonable," including providing only 18 months to implement the new system.