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Monroe County will be home to one of five medical marijuana organizations approved by New York State. 

Columbia Care NY LLC will both manufacture and dispense medical marijuana in the county, and will also dispense in New York, Suffolk and Clinton Counties. Columbia care and four other organizations were selected out of 43 companies that applied.

Back in June, Columbia Care announced an agreement with Eastman Business Park to create a state-of-the-art medical marijuana facility and dispensary at the site.

The leaders of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative are casting a wider net to collect thoughts and ideas from the community.

Residents are asked to offer their anonymous input in an online survey seeking ideas about how to lift people from poverty.

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State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he has no interest in challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo in a primaryin three years, saying he prefers to seek re election as state Comptroller.

DiNapoli, a favorite among many state Democrats, especially in the party’s left leaning base, said, in an interview with public radio and television, that  he has no interest in running in a primary against Governor Andrew Cuomo. The state Comptroller says he intends to seek another term in his current post, and says he’s set up a campaign committee for the Comptroller’s slot for 2018.

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Two days in to her new position, Jamie Romeo says she has a lot of ideas and is reaching out to party leaders to get the ball rolling.

Right now, her main priority is getting the word out about ongoing campaigns, like Sandy Frankel for Monroe County Executive.

"We want to make sure people know what's going on and that we have so many opportunities for them to get involved."

Romeo says she's not the only 30 year old in Monroe County with an interest in politics.

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Two nationally-known retailers catering to female fashion are coming to the Eastview Mall this fall.

Torrid, which designs and sells clothing for women in sizes 12 to 28, is opening a store in September in the Macy's wing.

In October, Canadian clothing company Garage, popular with 10-20 year old girls and teens, will open in the Sears wing of the mall.

Eastview Mall has opened more than a dozen new stores in the last two years.

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Is so-called “helicopter parenting” ruining youth sports? On this edition of Need to Know, we examine how some say the joy for the game is being impacted by parent outbursts and how this issue is resulting in some kids dropping out of sports altogether.

Also on the show, we get an inside look at a sport that makes it possible for blind and visually impaired fans of baseball to become players. It is unique and you have a chance to check out the world series of this sport right now in Rochester.

And the latest installment in our American Graduate Champions series. Meet the young founders of a summer academy for boys. The mission: to help students create their own economy through reading and writing.

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Rural/Metro Ambulance, the Arizona-based company which has operations across the country including Rochester, is being acquired by American Medical Response, which is a subsidiary of Colorado-based Envision Healthcare. 

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Community health organizations gathered Thursday at Samuel Torres Park in Northeast Rochester to provide health education. The event coincides with the end of National Latino HIV Testing Month.

The loud music and a bouncy house contrast with a stark statistic: rates of new HIV transmissions among Latinos in the U.S. are 3 times higher than that of Caucasians, according to 2010 numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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Schools across the state are bracing for a potential zero percent growth in their tax levy next year. While the latest provisions of an ongoing tax cap won’t take effect until the 2016 school year, the state schools boards association says schools are starting to worry now.

According to projections from the State Comptroller, the rate of inflation will rise by less than a percentage point over the next year. The state’s tax cap limits increases in property taxes to 2% or the rise in inflation, whichever is lower.

We're talking about the mainstreaming of whole foods, plant-based diets with a man who has helped make that happen. Dr. Tom Campbell is a UR Medicine Primary Care doctor who specializes in nutrition. He's out with his second book and the now-mainstream movement that is prompting more people to switch over to a whole foods, plant-based diet. Campbell and his physician wife, Dr. Erin Campbell, along  with UR Medicine Primary Care, have just launched a unique nutrition program – the first such program in the region to be backed by a health system. The UR Program for Nutrition in Medicine provides evidence-based interventions to promote prevention and to treat disease. 

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