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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — State officials are reminding boaters to observe the 5 mph speed limit while cruising within 600 feet of shore along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Authorities say water levels remain at historic highs weeks after flooding first started along an eight-county stretch of shoreline from the Niagara River to the Thousand Islands.

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UPDATE: as of 9:20 a.m. :

During a 9am media briefing, RPD Chief Michael Ciminelli said that the ‘tactical’ part of the overnight investigation has ended, but a portion of North St. remains closed.

He did not release any more details on the type of wounds Officer Nash suffered, but said Nash is in good spirits considering the circumstances.

Ciminelli thanked the many people in the Rochester area who have expressed thoughts of concern for the injured officer, and also praised the cooperation of people in that neighborhood that police interviewed.

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The first day of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival featured Joss Stone, Gwilym Simcock, Barbra Lica, and a slew of other artists to kick off the festival. Check out the sights on our Flickr page from photographer Fred SanFilipo.

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Joss Stone Performs at Kodak Hall during the 2017 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. Video by Martin Kaufman. 

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Children from across the greater Rochester area poured onto Frontier Field Saturday for the 25th annual Challenger Baseball Little League World Series.

The league enables kids ages 6 to 18 who have mental and physical disabilities to play the game with the help of on-field buddies – other children and adults who guide them at bat, around the bases, and in the outfield.

Click on the LISTEN link above to learn more about how the league and World Series were started and about the players who look forward to participating every summer.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state Department of Health is boosting New York's medical marijuana program to meet growing demand.

Effective immediately, doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants can register online and certify patients the same day. Officials say that will help streamline and simplify the registration process for medical professionals.

The Health Department also has approved the addition of a second course on the medical use of marijuana for those who want to participate in the state program.

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Eight unique gardens that focus on harmony with nature and creating a habitat for wildlife are featured on the Genesee Land Trust’s Backyard Habitat Tour Saturday.

Standards for habitat included providing food, water, shelter and a place where wildlife can raise a new family.

Gay Mills, Executive Director of the organization says they hope to encourage people to create more sustainable green space in their backyards and gardens.

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:

  • What life is like in a refugee camp;
  • The Champion Academy and how to help students living in poverty;
  • Pride month and efforts to build a more inclusive movement;
  • Music and activism, with singer Bethany Yarrow.

As a child, singer Bethany Yarrow was surrounded by a family of activists who loved folk music. That's because her father is Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary. As an adult, her musical tastes drifted to other genres, but eventually, she went back to her roots and was inspired by how folk music can convey important messages.

She and her partner, cellist Rufus Capadoccia, have performed and participated in demonstrations all over the world in support of causes like the environmental movement, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and more.

Yarrow is in town for a performance in the Finger Lakes, but first, she's our guest on Connections. We talk to her about her activism and music with meaning.

Wonder Woman and feminism in film The newest superhero film from the DC universe has generated a slew of controversy. Even before Wonder Woman opened in theatres on June 2, it sparked conversations about feminism in film, the role of female superheroes, and yes, even debates over armpit hair. Wonder Woman dates back to 1941, and the origins of the character may surprise you.

We talk about Wonder Woman's history, how she has evolved, if she's a feminist icon, and the roles of women on screen and on stage.

  • Abby DeVuyst, librarian, comedian, and actor
  • Michelle Finn, deputy historian for the City of Rochester and Wonder Woman scholar
  • Jackie McGriff, administrative assistant for development at WXXI, and self-described film nut
  • Adam Lubitow, film critic for City Newspaper
  • Sady Fischer, queer Latina activist and diversity consultant
  • Alexa Scott-Flaherty, director of "Twelfth Night" at Blackfriars Theatre