The New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities has launched a multimedia campaign to encourage people to welcome individuals of all abilities.

Visitors to the agency's display in the Science and Industry Building at the State Fair near Syracuse will get a seed packet -- symbolism for planting the seeds of community inclusion.  They'll also be asked to write a welcoming message on a postcard that will be shared on social media.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • The power of news photography;
  • David Cay Johnston's new book, The Making of Donald Trump;
  • Career changes, with a Buffalo man who left a partnership in a New York City hedge fund to go into the seminary;
  • Carbon fee and dividend and its impact on climate change and the economy.

Rochester's Mayor and Police Chief met with members of the United Christian Leadership Ministry Friday to talk about allegations of police brutality against a 17 year old city youth.

The president of the ministry, Reverend Lewis Stewart, and the family of Ricky Bryant, claim the youth was brutalized by officers earlier this month when they were responding to a report of someone with a gun in the Remington Street area. Bryant was never charged, and Stewart says the teen suffered serious injuries.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP)€” An FBI agent, citing a statement from a prison inmate, says a Chili teenwho disappeared from Myrtle Beach seven years ago was abducted, gang-raped, shot to death and thrown into an alligator-infested swamp.

Swimmer Ryan Lochte lied about being robbed in Brazil. There are questions that remain about what truly happened that night, but Lochte admits he made up the story of having a gun cocked and pressed to his forehead; he lied about resisting the gunman's demand that he get on the ground with his fellow swimmers. But why? Why is lying so common, on both large and small scales? Why do we accept lies in our lives, and why do we tell so many lies ourselves? We discuss lying and its consequences. In studio:

  • Dr. Eric Caine, chair of the department of psychiatry at the University of Rochester
  • Jodi Aman, psychotherapist 

What does it take to start a school from scratch... when you don't have a big pot of money? Joel Helfrich has a vision for the Rochester River School, based on humane education. But he's found some roadblocks, and has had to go a route he didn't expect at the outset: charter school. We'll discuss the process, his vision for the school, and how he's trying to build support. Our guests:

  • Joel Helfrich, Rochester River School
  • David Hursh, professor in the Warner School of Education, University of Rochester

Authorities: Missing Chili Teen Was Homicide Victim

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Officials with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office say they realized early on in the investigation of Brian Sullivan that it was not a missing person case, but a homicide investigation.

Sullivan went missing in 2007 and Undersheriff Drew Forsythe says their prime suspect in Sullivan's death, Derrick Murray, recently died.

Forsythe says they are asking for people who know what happened to come forward.

There have been improvements in the economy of upstate New York over the last several years, but that progress has been uneven.

The unemployment rate in the Greater Rochester area fell in July to 4.7 percent;  that was down from  5.3 percent in July of  2015.  The unemployment rate for June of this year  was 4.3 percent.

State labor analyst Tammy Marino says a big reason for the year-over-year drop in the rate has been steady job growth in the private sector. 

“Employers have been hiring at a fairly good clip throughout the past seven years and with that, the local unemployment rate fell to its lowest July level in nearly a decade.“


First hour: Creating the Rochester River School

Second hour: Ryan Lochte and the culture of lying