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Connections
10:48 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, January 28th

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First hour: Do whistleblower laws work?

Second hour: Understanding Pope Francis

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Capitol Bureau
7:52 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Silver Will Leave Post as Speaker on Monday

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle speaking with the media Tuesday evening

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will end his long reign as the head of the Assembly on Monday, say the Democratic members of the Assembly who announced they’ll hold a new election for Speaker on February 10th.

After two long days of closed door meetings, as Assembly Democrats reacted to the mounting fall out from Speaker Silver’s arrest on corruption charges, the Democrats now say Silver will leave his post on Monday.

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Science
3:19 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Astronomers At The U of R Involved In Research About A Planet With Much Larger Rings Than Saturn's

Artist's conception of the recently discovered ring system.
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A new study that includes some researchers from the University of Rochester details a planet with rings that makes Saturn's rings look tiny by comparison.

Astronomers at the Leiden Observatory in The Netherlands and the U of R have discovered that the ring system they see near a Sun-like star called  "J1407" is of enormous proportions.

The ring system is the first of its kind to be found outside our solar system, and it was discovered in 2012 by a team led by Rochester's Eric Mamajek.

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Connections
2:28 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Connections: Drones!

Drones! One nearly crashed a White House party. There are questions about drone law as drones become an important asset for more companies. What limits should we see? What's next? We discuss this with our guests:

  • Agamemnon Crassidis, RIT associate professor
  • Brian Pitre, who teaches a new course at MCC designed to train pilots of small unmanned aerial vehicles
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Connections
2:21 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Connections: New Theory on Autism

A new theory on autism suggests that the fundamental problem in autism-spectrum disorders is not a social deficiency - or a lack of empathy or reliability - but instead a super-sensitivity to experience, which is coupled with an overwhelming fear response. In other words: they feel too much, and it's terribly difficult to process the feelings. What might this mean for people with autism in our community? Our panel weighs in:

  • Ann Cole, advisor for AutismUp and has two children on the spectrum
  • Pat Muir,  head of Family Advocates United and  has a son on the spectrum
  • Drew Richardson, self advocate and an administrative assistant at AutismUp
  • Julian Roux, self advocate and a senior at Geneseo
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Arts & Culture
12:54 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Fire Nearby Forces Temporary Closing Of The Memorial Art Gallery

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Fire caused extensive damage to a vacant building on North Goodman Street early Tuesday morning. The building was in the process of  being renovated into offices.

It's located near the Memorial Art Gallery, and although the "MAG"  was not damaged,  officials there are taking some precautionary steps, including closing the Gallery both Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Around The State
11:33 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Webinar Planned for Malt Barley Growers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Small Business Administration are teaming up to present a webinar next month for people interested in the malt barley industry.

The webinar is being offered for malt growers, hop farmers and those in the brewing and distillery business to learn about any available financing and federal assistance.

Senator Chuck Schumer said that over the next decade New York law may require farm craft brewers and distillers to get 90 percent of their ingredients from local farms and malt houses.

Business
11:19 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Bausch + Lomb Receives County Incentives For Rochester Expansion

Bausch + Lomb went  before COMIDA, the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency Monday, looking for tax breaks for a nearly $118 million project to upgrade its facilities on North Goodman Street. Those incentives were approved.

 B+L, which is owned by Valeant Pharmaceuticals, wants to add manufacturing lines for contact lenses.

As part of that expansion, the company expects to create 112 new jobs over the next three years.  RG&E will also be providing incentives and the state’s economic development agency will provide up to $11 million in tax incentives as well.

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Local News
10:57 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Two Men Plead Not Guilty In Death Of Chautauqua Violinist

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MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP)  Two men have pleaded not guilty to state charges stemming from the slaying of a New York City violinist who was killed at her upstate summer home last year. 

Local media report that 43-year-old Jonathan Conklin and 30-year-old Charles Sanford pleaded not guilty Monday in a Chautauqua County court to charges that include second-degree murder, burglary, robbery and grand larceny. 

Both remain in federal custody with bail set at $1 million cash. 

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WXXI Top Stories
10:18 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Around the State 1-27-15

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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