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WXXI Local Stories
12:29 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Vigil Held Friday Night By The Wives Of RPD Officers

Credit TWC News

A candlelight vigil  was held Friday evening outside the Public Safety Building in Rochester for the family of Officer Daryl Pierson, and also for police officers and their families. Pierson was shot and killed Sept. 3 while on duty. 

Partners Behind the Lines, a group started by spouses of Rochester police officers, held the vigil, which comes just before National Thank a Police Officer Day, which is Saturday.

Amy Pierson was among the hundreds that were there. Her husband Daryl was shot and killed Sept. 3 while trying to make an arrest on Hudson Avenue.

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Connections
5:56 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Substance Abuse; Affordable care Act

This hour we touch on addiction and substance abuse. First we talk with Judy Collins and her challenges with substance abuse. Then we talk with Greg Soehner from East House. Then we talk about the Affordable Care Act with Bowen Garrett, research fellow with the Urban Institute.
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Connections
5:47 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Domestic Violence

The national conversation about domestic violence has been dominating the headlines since the release of the video of NFL player Ray Rice punching and knocking out his then fiance, Janay Palmer, in a hotel elevator. We discuss the definition of domestic violence, the causes, the resources, and how to create more awareness of the issue.

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Health
5:17 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Wayne County To Spray To Try And Control Mosquito-Borne Virus

Officials in Wayne County say they are getting ready to have some aerial spraying done to try and control the spread of  a mosquito-borne virus .

Health officials announced the spraying of the pesticide in parts of Wayne County next week after three horses located on the same farm in the Town of Rose tested positive for the virus called Eastern Equine Encephalitis also known as ‘Triple-E.”

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Education
2:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

New College at Brockport Building Opens

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The new Liberal Arts Building at the College at Brockport is open for learning.  

Officials cut the ribbon this morning.

College President John Halstead says the building is keeping with the school's core mission of providing a liberal arts and professional education.

Halstead says the 29.3-million dollars, 61-thousand square foot building features a number of amenities, with space for the departments of English, History, Modern Languages and Cultures, art gallery, a high tech auditorium  and much more.

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Economy
2:07 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Child Poverty at 55% in Rochester

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New Census figures reveal over half of Rochester city children, 55 percent, live in poverty. 

And that's bad news for both our kids and our community.

That from Dr. Jeff Kaczorowski, a pediatrician and president of the Children's Agenda.

He says children living in poverty face multiple health effects such as increased infant mortality, low birth weight, health and developmental problems.

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Connections
1:49 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Connections: Latinos in the Media and the Latino Film Festival

In this hour we discuss if the media is serving a diverse population, specifically the Hispanic population. We convened a panel to dive into this issue and discuss the Latino Film Festival:

  • Jesus Vega, lead coordinator for the Latino Film Festival
  • Yesenia Ramos-Torres
  • Dave McCleary, President of Minority Reporter and La Voz
  • Annette Ramos, blogger for Huffington Post
Connections
1:42 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Connections: How Do You Want to Die?

Here's a question you may not think about until you're asked, "How do you want to die?" Answers usually range from "peacefully", "in our sleep", to "surrounded by my family." Some use treatments to prolong their lives trading off a poorer quality of life for longevity. Is there a right way to handle this? What would a doctor choose if they faced this scenario. We have a health care panel from the University of Rochester Medical Center to weigh in on these issues:

  • Dr. Tim Quill, director of Palliative Care Program
  • Laura Hogan, nurse practitioner
  • Emilee Langfit, nurse for Strong’s Sussman Palliative Care Inpatient Unit
Education
1:02 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

NOVA Adviser Inspires Girls to Pursue Science

Doctor Ainissa Ramirez gave a talk entitled “The Future Needs Girls in Science” at the Girl Scouts of Western New York’s Leadership Breakfast Series.
Credit Courtesy Girl Scouts of Western New York

A noted Yale professor and science adviser to the PBS series NOVA spoke Friday morning in Rochester to encourage more girls to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—or STEM.

Doctor Ainissa Ramirez gave a talk entitled “The Future Needs Girls in Science” at the Girl Scouts of Western New York’s Leadership Breakfast Series.

Ramirez says she wants to give young woman an extra-boost to hold on to their curiosity.

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WXXI Local Stories
12:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Rochester Officials Looking For More Info On Genesee Street Incident

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Rochester's police chief and mayor are responding to reports of a video showing part of an encounter between an officer and another man on Thursday afternoon.

Police said the sergeant was observing illegal drug activity on Genesee Street and attempted to make an arrest. Part of the incident was captured on video, however, it only shows the officer in a physical confrontation with the suspect.

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