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4:52 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Drug Company Payments to Doctors Data Released

One provision of the Affordable Care Act makes the payments pharmaceutical companies give to medical professionals public.

The federal government released data Tuesday under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.

In the latter months of 2013, US doctors accepted nearly 1.4 billion dollars from drug companies for promotional speaking, consulting, meals, educational items and research, according to online news organization ProPublica.

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Government
4:24 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Cuomo Faces Deadline to Chose High Court Nominee

Governor Cuomo has until the end of this week to fill a vacancy on the state’s highest court. His choices include the reappointment of a Republican woman judge who currently holds the seat,  and several Democratic alternatives. 

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Connections
4:10 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Connections: New Birth Control Guidelines; Enterovirus

In the first part of the show, we talk about new birth control recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Academy recommends that pediatricians suggest LARC (Long-acting reversible contraception) methods of birth control, including IUDs. We talk about these recommendations with Dr. Katherine Greenberg from URMC.

Then we talk with Dr. Geoffrey Weinberg from URMC about the outbreak of Enterovirus 68. 

Connections
4:07 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Connections: Business Ethics

Recently, the ETHIEs were awarded. What are they? They’re awards given to Rochester area businesses and organizations that operate ethically. What exactly makes good business ethics and how does one get nominated, or win, an ETHIE?

We talk business ethics with:

  • Alan Ziegler, a member of the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation Board of Directors
  • Dom Genova, owner of Genesee Valley Motors and recipient of a 2014 ETHIE award
  • Bill Pollock, founder, president, and CEO of Optimation Technology
Education
3:09 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

RCSD & Partners Kick Off Community-Wide Attendance Campaign

Officials from the Rochester City School District and some community organizations are joining forces to try and bolster attendance rates. The campaign is especially targeting families with younger children.

The Ad Council of Rochester is working with the district on a campaign called "Every Minute in School Matters," and it strives to help the district achieve a 95 percent attendance rate.

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Government
1:46 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Debates Still in Flux

Governor Cuomo and GOP candidate Rob Astorino meet briefly at the state's Business Council meeting on September 19th

Governor Cuomo has accepted two debate offers from media outlets, but neither format includes a one on one televised contest between the incumbent Democrat and his Republican opponent, and GOP candidate Rob Astorino is objecting.

One of the debates would take place in Buffalo, sponsored by the Buffalo News and public television and radio stations WNED, and WBFO.  It would include Governor Cuomo, Republican candidate Rob Astorino, the Green Party’s Howie Hawkins, and Libertarian candidate Michael McDermott.

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Education
1:38 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Cornell Names A New President

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP)  Cornell University trustees have selected University of Southern California Provost Elizabeth Garrett to be the Ivy League school's next president. 

Garrett will become the first woman to lead Cornell when she becomes president July 1, 2015. The 51-year-old provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at USC succeeds David Skorton, who will become the next secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in 2015. 

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Health
1:29 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Health Officials Encouraging Vaccinations

Credit www.slate.com

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has released a report on vaccination rates.

It suggests upstate residents are more likely to get the flu or other vaccine-related illness compared to other state residents.

And while Finger Lakes region residents are among the least likely to develop the disease, they also have some of the lowest childhood vaccination rates in upstate New York.

Pediatrician Dr. Dr. Matthew Bartels is Medical Director for Clinical Quality at Excellus.

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Arts & Culture
1:04 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Sunken Steamship Discovered In Lake Ontario

SOMERSET, N.Y. (AP)  The wreck of a 253-foot British-built steamship that sank off Lake Ontario's western New York shore after colliding with another vessel nearly 90 years ago has been found, a team of underwater explorers said Tuesday. 

The four-man team from the Rochester area, Ohio and Texas said it found the wreck of the Nisbet Grammer in more than 500 feet of water about eight miles off Somerset, 40 miles west of Rochester. 

The ship was hauling a load of grain from Buffalo to Montreal when it collided with the steamship Dalwarnic in dense fog early on the morning of May 31, 1926. The stricken ship sank in less than 15 minutes, but all aboard were saved by the crew from the other steamer. 

A six-year search for the sunken ship ended in August when the team's side-scan sonar detected the wreck, said Jim Kennard of Fairport. 

The other team members are Roland Stevens of Pultneyville, New York; Craig Hampton of Lorain, Ohio; and former Rochester resident Dan Scoville, who lives in Houston. 

The Nisbet Grammer, named for one of its Buffalo-based owners, was launched from a shipyard in England in 1926. It was known as a ``canaller,'' a type of steamship used to transport grain, coal and other products through Ontario's Welland Canal to ports on lakes Erie and Ontario. 

The ship was the largest steel steamer to have sunk in Lake Ontario, Kennard said. The team surveyed more than 80 square miles of lake bottom until finding the wreck site in late August, he said. 

A remotely operated vehicle was used to obtain video of the shipwreck and identify it as the Nisbet Grammer, Kennard said. 

WXXI Local Stories
12:49 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

City Seeks Feedback on Bicycle Boulevards

Credit Payton Chung rochestersubway.com

Rochester's first bicycle boulevards were installed over the weekend. This is the latest effort to make the city more bicycle-friendly. Portions of city streets were modified with signs and pavement markings to make them optimal for bike riding and pedestrian traffic.

City transportation specialist Erik Frisch says these are one-mile pilot routes that will be in place for a couple of weeks, and they've already received some good feedback.                             

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