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RIT's Battery Prototyping Center was unveiled with a ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony and tour. The facility will provide space and technology for academics and private businesses to develop new battery technologies.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says she hopes someone in this facility will make a battery that helps her phone hold a charge.

"I would pay anything to not be scrounging around the floors of JFK and LaGuardia looking for a plug in the wall so I can talk to the governor."

Food and wine make great pairings but what about food and film? That’s the opening event for the Greentopia Film Festival at Good Luck Restaurant. Four short films will be paired with four courses. What can we expect from this event and the festival? We sit down with Greentopia co-founder Michael Philipson and Director of Greentopia Film Linda Maroney.

James Cameron’s Oscar-winning film, The Abyss, was released in 1989. The film was about deep water explorers trying to find an submarine, who instead come upon an alien species. What we want to know is, was the science behind the deep water exploration accurate?

That will be the discussion on Monday, March 16 when a screening of The Abyss is part of The Little Theatre’s Science on Screen series. Our guest today, Dr. Charles Fisher of Penn State University will lead that discussion, along with another discussion that day to discuss the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Also with us to discuss The Little event is Peter Wayner, PR and marketing coordinator at The Little.

Then, did you know Rochester was ranked the 20th most arts vibrant large city in America? That according to the National Center for Arts Research. So…what now? We brought in Geva Theatre Executive Director Tom Parrish to discuss this. 

Record Winter for Frozen Pipes

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The Monroe County Water Authority has received around 215 calls from customers without water service, and that's a record.

Executive Director Nick Noce says while the pipes are generally four feet underground, the frost line has approached five feet in some areas, and that's the main issue.

He says crews excavate, dig through the frost, then thaw the pipes with steam.

It's work that can take 3 to 4 hours.

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A leading state Senate Republican says Governor Cuomo is not being politically smart by continuing his war of words with the teachers in New York and their union.

Cuomo has called the teachers unions and their allies a “bloated bureaucracy” that works against the interests of the students.  His remarks have led to large protests at the Capitol by teachers, and negative TV ads by the union. Senator John DeFrancisco, who chairs the Finance Committee, says Cuomo is making a political misstep.

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New York State is facing an aging wastewater infrastructure crisis.

That's according to a coalition of clean water and environmental advocates, who are calling on the state to invest 800-million dollars from bank settlement money on new clean water infrastructure grants.

A report from the Department of Environmental Conservation called "A Gathering Storm," states that sewage and wastewater treatment facilities in this state are deteriorating.

The DEC estimates the 20-year need for clean water and sewage infrastructure spending at 36-billion dollars.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP)  Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim was suspended for nine games Friday, with the school punished for ignoring the ``most fundamental core values of the NCAA'' for academic, drug and other violations committed primarily by the men's basketball program.

The school was put on probation for five years and the basketball team must vacate wins in which ineligible players participated, the governing body said. Those players competed during five seasons: 2004-2007 and 2010-2012.

The WXXI News staff checks newspapers and websites to help keep tabs on what's happening in communities across New York state.

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NEW YORK (AP) — From his use of Twitter to a so-called "perp walk" that consisted of a car ride, a federal prosecutor Thursday defended his handling of the arrest of former ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara filed papers in Manhattan federal court saying a motion last week by Silver's attorneys to toss the case was without merit.

The once-powerful Democrat was indicted two weeks ago on charges that he received $4 million in kickbacks from law firms for doing political favors since 2002, disguising the income as legitimate income.

In the first meeting of the Rochester Anti-Poverty Task Force, members of the community provided a context justifying the existence of such a coalition. Leaders of institutions throughout the city, private and public, volunteer and for-profit, brought up some of the ugliest attributes of the city and laid out the barriers to prosperity faced by a third of Rochester residents every day.

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