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Connections
8:19 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Connections: Local Expert Weighs In On Malaysian Airliner Search

A discussion about the science involved in the search for the missing Malaysian airline.

Why can't they find the Malaysian airliner? Most analysts now agree that the plane crashed into the Indian Ocean. Sensitive detection equipment has found signals that could be coming from the plane. But as University of Rochester's Duncan Moore explains, the next steps are extremely complicated and challenging. We look at the science of why finding the plane is so difficult.   

Connections
8:15 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Connections: Campaign Finance Reform In NYS

A discussion of campaign finance reform in New York State.

We dig into the future of campaign finance in New York and the United States. From McCutcheon to the recent failed attempt by Governor Cuomo to broaden publicly funded campaigns, we follow the money. What's the argument for putting tax dollars into political campaigns? What's the argument against it? Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate joins us  studio to explain why his organization lobbied against publicly funded campaigns. Susan Lerner of Common Cause NY joins us to elaborate on why her organization favors more public participation.

WXXI Local Stories
1:32 am
Wed April 16, 2014

More Than A Dozen Cars Crash Due To Slippery Conditions

Slippery conditions, likely due to black ice, are being blamed for crashes involving more than a dozen vehicles on I-590 on Tuesday night.

The Democrat and Chronicle reports as many as 17 vehicles were involved, 11 in the northbound lane and six on the southbound side.  There were reports of several injuries, but none were believed to be life-threatening.

Parts of 590 had to be closed near Browncroft Blvd. while crews tended to the accidents.

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Connections
9:06 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, April 16th

12 noon: The future of nanotechnology

1pm: Pre-K, children's programs, and what made the cut in the state budget

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Arts & Culture
7:37 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Local Runners Pay Tribute To Boston Marathoners

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

Area runners and others who just wanted to show their support for victims of last year’s bombings at the Boston Marathon gathered at the Fleet Feet Sports store in Rochester Tuesday for a blood drive organized with the help of the Red Cross. 

The event was held to mark the one-year anniversary of the bombings, and  Ellen Brenner-Boutillier, the co-founder  of the running equipment store, says a lot of local runners do have a connection to Boston.

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WXXI Local Stories
6:27 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Rochester Resident Reflects on the Boston Marathon Bombings

Nora Dimmock, the Assistant Dean for Information Technology, Research & Digital Scholarship at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries
Credit University of Rochester

It's the one-year anniversary of the tragic Boston Marathon Bombings and one local woman is remembering that day.

The Assistant Dean for Information Technology, Research & Digital Scholarship at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries, Nora Dimmock, says she was 2 kilometers from the finish line when she and other marathoners were stopped.

"It was very confusing. We could hear a lot of sirens."

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Government
4:14 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Groups Call Growing Oil Shipments in NY Cuomo's "Keystone" Moment

National environmental groups are trying to focus the spotlight on Governor Andrew Cuomo, over the issue of the growing international oil distribution center, located just blocks from the State Capitol, at the Port of Albany.   

A small band of demonstrators chanted and held signs to protest a confluence of events that has turned upstate New York into a major center for oil distribution.

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WXXI Local Stories
3:14 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Dawn Nguyen Found Guilty

Credit Jim Day / WXXI News

A jury in Rochester has found Dawn Nguyen guilty of falsifying business records in the first degree.

The Greece woman was accused of buying  guns in 2010 for William Spengler, guns which later were used in the Christmas Eve 2012 ambush that killed two West Webster firefighters. She was not charged in connection with the actual shootings.

The jury began deliberating just after 3 p.m. Monday afternoon. They were sent home for the evening and returned Tuesday morning, delivering a verdict on Tuesday afternoon.

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Economy
2:47 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Former Kodak CEO Perez Sees Compensation Rise In 2013

Credit Kodak President Antonio Perez

Former Kodak CEO Antonio Perez received total compensation last year of nearly seven and a half million dollars. That information is contained in the 2013 proxy statement just filed by the company. Perez's salary of  just over a million dollars was about the same as it was the year before, but he also received  a bonus and stock awards totaling over five million dollars.

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Government
2:32 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Brooks: "Time to Draw a Line in the Sand" with Medley Centre Developer.

County Executive Brooks addresses the COMIDA board
Credit Alex Crichton / WXXI

County Executive Maggie Brooks is proposing the County of Monroe Industrial Management Agency, or COMIDA, consider two resolutions regarding the stalled Medley Centre project in Irondequoit.

The first resolution would rescind the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT agreement, effective May 2nd, if the developer doesn't pay his bill in full on the first of the month.

The second proposal would authorize COMIDA to join with the Monroe County Law Department to prepare legal action to hold the developer accountable for all monies owed, including PILOT and milestone payments.

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