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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's governor has launched an investigation into racial bias in the state prison system following an investigation by The New York Times.

The newspaper reports  that black prisoners were punished at higher rates and subjected to solitary confinement more often than white inmates.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that he has directed the state inspector general to look into the allegations and recommend immediate changes if necessary.

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First hour: Trump surrogates invoke Japanese internment as legal precedent

Second hour: Small business challenges with Eat Me Ice Cream

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On a recent afternoon, Musette Castle was sifting through a stack of books on her dining room table: The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway; Dubliners by Joyce; Catch 22 by Heller. The books come from her grandson Lewis’ high school English class reading list. Castle, who is African-American, pointed out that the authors and protagonists are almost all white.

A number of people from the Rochester area have traveled to Standing Rock to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

On Sunday, the Army Corps of Engineers said it will not approve an easement that would allow the pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. President-elect Trump supports the pipeline project and says he will reexamine it after his inauguration.

Local "protectors" join us to share share their feelings about what lies ahead. Our guests:

  • Luc Watelet
  • Lisa Giudici
  • Isabelle Bartter
  • Angel Jimerson
  • Lauren Jimerson

Last week we sat down with Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo; now we sit down with two of the leading Democrats from the Monroe County Legislature.

Cindy Kaleh and Jim Sheppard discuss a range of issues related to county business: the budget; the recent hiring of a new leader for COMIDA; and more.

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With snow squalls in the forecast for Thursday night through Friday, Mayor Lovely Warren and the City of Rochester on Tuesday announced their snow removal plans for this season.

New this year is the "Adopt-a-Hydrant" program, which Warren hopes will encourage citizens to play an active role in snow removal operations in their neighborhoods.

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A well-known drummer from the Rochester area is among this year’s Grammy nominees. 

Steve Gadd is recognized as one of the top drummers in the world, and one of his latest efforts has just received a Grammy nomination for his album ‘Way Back Home: Live from Rochester,’ which includes music from Gadd’s 2015 appearance at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

A top official with the Rochester Philharmonic is optimistic about the orchestra's financial future. Ralph Craviso is President and CEO of the RPO, and he says while they still need some time to eliminate the long-term deficit, they are on solid financial ground now in terms of dealing with immediate expenses.

“The essence of it is, we know what our deficits are, so we have essentially jump-started our fundraising efforts and created a one-time special  fund, to which we’ve gone to specific donors in order to make up the gap so that we can have a balanced budget.”

The state’s attorney general has proposed a package of bills aimed at improving to what he said are “arcane” and “ridiculous” voting laws that bar many potential New York voters from casting ballots.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman began a statewide inquiry after his office received a record number of complaints about lack of voter access during the April presidential primary.

“In New York, we have what amounts to legal voter suppression,” Schneiderman said Tuesday at a news conference in Albany.

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First hour: Democrats from the Monroe County Legislature discuss county business

Second hour: Local "protectors" discuss the protests at Standing Rock

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