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Some of the victims from last week's mass shooting on Genesee Street in Rochester had ties to Teen Empowerment, an organization that uses creative initiatives to reach out to city teens. The TE team was devastated by the shootings, but they are determined to continue their positive work. We'll talk to them about what comes next, and we'll discuss other city programs aimed at helping teenagers build strong futures. Our guests:

  • Kit Miller, director of the Ghandi Institute
  • Doug Ackley, director of Rochester programs, Teen Empowerment
  • Shawn Brown, program coordinator, Teen Empowerment

A group protesting a controversial panel on the Dentzel carousel at Ontario Beach Park says they won't stop until the panel is taken down. Our discussion will focus on the history surrounding the image, and the kind of imagery that was once common. 

Our guests:

  • Howard Eagle
  • Rev. Judith Davis
  • Rev. Lewis Stewart

The state education commissioner’s plans to quell the testing opt out movement is getting some back lash from some Republicans in the legislature, including a former teacher.  

At a recent conference held by the teacher’s group Educators for Excellence, State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia says she plans to try to convince parents not have their children repeat this year’s boycott of standardized tests associated with the Common Core learning standards, which resulted in 20% of students statewide opting out of the tests.

Journey to the “Son” Underway in Rochester

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A four day event celebrating the life and music of singer and guitarist Eddie “Son” House is underway in Rochester, sponsored by Geva Theatre.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren kicked off the event Wednesday, which featured a performance of House’s “John the Revelator” by Tony Award winner Cleavant Derricks and members of the Elim Sanctuary Choir.

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Area media organizations and Governor Cuomo are reacting to today's incident in Virginia where a TV news crew, the reporter and videographer, were killed during a live broadcast.

The Rochester Media Association issued this statement:

Seven years ago, New York state implemented new accessible voting systems in the election process. But the Rochester-based Center for Disability Rights remains concerned at the low number of people with disabilities making their way to the polls.

The Ballot Marking Devices were introduced at each polling place. These machines provide increased opportunities for individuals with disabilities to vote privately and independently through the use of interfaces triggered by sound and touch.

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (AP)  Sen. Charles Schumer says the hometown of the National Women's Hall of Fame will play a role in placing a woman on the $10 bill.

Schumer says Wednesday that treasury officials have picked Seneca Falls to host one of its town hall meetings to gather public input on who should replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill.

The Finger Lakes town is considered the birthplace of the women's rights movement and is home to the National Women's Hall of Fame. 

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The 19th amendment, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, was ratified 95 years ago this month.

The Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester is marking the occasion by starting a social medial campaign to familiarize people with the suffragist's thoughts on a  number of social issues, such as domestic violence, racism and mental health.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York doctors' group is urging that Veterans Administration hospitals and medical facilities join the new statewide database intended to prevent patients from getting excess painkiller prescriptions by shopping among multiple physicians.

The New York State Academy of Family Physicians in a letter has asked Secretary Robert McDonald to require VA facilities in the state to participate.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning college students about the risks of buying fake IDs online.

Cuomo says state investigators have discovered "dozens" of cases of identity theft that occurred after the victim tried to purchase fake IDs online.

Officials say the victims went online to buy fake driver's licenses and handed over their name, address, date of birth and other personal details to scam artists who used the information to commit identity theft.

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