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5:31 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Officials Break Ground on New Irondequoit Library

New Irondequoit Library rendering

State and local officials dug shovels into the ground on a new state-of-the-art library in the Town of Irondequoit on Wednesday.

"Our new library, the library of the future, is about much more than a place to store display books,” says Town Supervisor Adam Bello. “It's a place of sharing learning experiences and building a community."

The $13 million library is being built on the lawn next to the Irondequoit Town Hall on Titus Avenue. It combines both of the town’s existing libraries into one.

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Health
5:17 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

University Of Rochester Gets A Major Research Grant To Study Longevity

The University of Rochester is getting a major grant to lead a research project to study longevity.

The U of R will be doing the research into how a person's lifespan can be extended in cooperation with scientists from Harvard and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

The grant is for $9.5 million, and lead researcher and U of R biology professor Vera Gorbunova  says that money from the National Institute of Aging is quite significant.

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Arts & Culture
4:51 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Mass Meditation Means to Bring Attention to Pollution in the Genesee River

Silent meditation speaks louder than words says Bodhin Kjolehede, of the Rochester Zen Center.

Dozens sat in silent midday meditation Tuesday on the Pont de Rennes footbridge in the heart of downtown Rochester. 

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WXXI Local Stories
4:47 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

A Green Space Replaces Asphalt for Earth Day

A small green space popped up in downtown Rochester Tuesday.

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Government
4:33 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Bed Bath & Beyond Settles Employment Discrimination Case

  The state Attorney General’s office has settled an employment discrimination case with a national chain of home wares stores

The case against Bed Bath & Beyond, a company with 62 stores in New York state, began when a human resources representative stated at a job fair that they do NOT hire individuals with felony convictions.

Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau for the New York Attorney General’s office, Kristen Clarke, says the state wants one thing to be clear to employers: you must consider more than a past criminal conviction in your hiring process.

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Government
4:19 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Conference Focuses on Future Storm Prep

Prattsville, NY after Hurricane Irene in 2011

Governor Cuomo gathered local leaders from around the state to talk about reaction to past storms, and to plan for the next ones.

Cuomo invited government leaders from Long Island, the North Country, Central New York and other locales who experienced damage from Hurricanes Irene, Lee and Sandy. They gathered to praise their past efforts to react to the storms, and to report on steps they are taking to prepare for future disastrous weather events.

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Arts & Culture
4:12 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

School of the Arts Wins $5,000 in Singing Competition

SOTA choir received a $5,000 award from the New York Lottery at a ceremony Wednesday.

Representatives from the New York Lottery presented a $5,000 check Wednesday at the School of the Arts. 

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Economy
1:40 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Wegmans To Build Two Stores Near Richmond, Virginia

Wegmans has confirmed that it plans to build two stores in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia.  The Rochester-based supermarket chain says they will be similar in size to Wegmans' current Virginia stores, which range in size from 120,000 to 140,000 square feet.  The two new stores are about 11 miles apart. There's no schedule yet for when they will open.

Company officials say they have had numerous requests to put stores in the Richmond area.

Wegmans is also opening a store in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, near Boston, this coming Sunday, April 27.

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Education
1:13 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

New Nature Center Planned for "Grand Canyon of the East"

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Letchworth State Park has announced plans to construct a four-season nature center.

Local officials say this will enhance the visitor experience and provide an economic boost by attracting even more people to the park.

Lisa Burns is vice president of the office of tourism and marketing for the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce.

Burns says having an interpretive center at the park would add greatly to the visitor experience.

In addition to educational and recreational programs, colleges such as SUNY Geneseo would have classrooms at the center.

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Economy
11:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Developer Submits $1 Million Casino Application Fee

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A Rochester based developer has submitted the required $1 million fee to the New York State Gaming Commission to compete for a casino license. Wilmorite wants to build a $350 million casino, hotel, resort and spa in the Seneca County Town of Tyre.  

Application fees for anyone seeking one of the four upstate casino licenses had to be submitted by Wednesday.

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