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Some parts of Rochester’s northeast side are viewed as the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city. They’re plagued with low income and high rates of unemployment and violent crime. But they’re also home to families, local businesses, a number of churches and a rich, deep history. It’s a part of Rochester that people are working to turn around. Need to Know’s Sasha-Ann Simons has more on one of the city’s latest anti-violence efforts on the northeast side with a bit of a twist.

NEW YORK (AP) — A state trooper had the law on his side when he shot unarmed prison escapee David Sweat, apparently in the back, as the convicted killer ran toward a forest near the Canadian border.

State and federal law allows the use of deadly force to prevent an escape if the officer believes the escapee poses a significant threat. Law enforcement experts say this shooting was clear-cut.

Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, June 30th

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Clergy On Patrol Looks To Build Up Trust

13 hours ago
Danielle Douglas / WXXI News

'Clergy on Patrol' was back in Rochester on Monday. Area religious leaders went on foot patrols in the El Camino neighborhood to focus on connecting with young people.

The goal of these patrols is improve relations between officers and the local community.

"Connecting means we get the police involved, we get the citizens involved and the community becomes involved. It's a win-win situation," said Rev. Roosevelt Dixon, of the Grace Unity Fellowship Church.

PHOTOS: The Final Night of the 2015 Jazz Festival

17 hours ago
Fred SanFilipo / WXXI

Trombone Shorty, The Wood Brothers, and Katie Ernst were just some of the artists that closed out the wet final night of the 2015 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. View the final night of the festival through the lens of WXXI Photographer Fred SanFilipo by checking out his photos on our Flickr page.

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP)  Two convicted murderers who eluded a massive manhunt for three weeks planned to drive to Mexico after escaping prison but ended up walking toward Canada when their ride backed out _ finally splitting up in their final days of freedom, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. 

The Rochester Gay Alliance is moving to a new location after 10 years.

Executive Director Scott Fearing says the new space is more handicap accessible, and allows them to provide more services for the community.

"It allows us to provide some meeting room spaces, we'll have a gallery, we'll have a community center, we'll have a classroom, we'll have a cyber center where people can come in to use the computers to do job searches or whatever they need to do."

During the school year, Rochester City School District students get free or reduced price lunches. Aaron Lattanzio of the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency says that program benefits a lot of families, and shouldn't end in June.

Now to the end of the summer, anyone from 2-18 years old living in the city can get a free breakfast or lunch at select locations through Rochester Summer Meals.

Lattanzio is the program's coordinator. He says the meal program offers the obvious benefit of feeding hungry children, but it also has a secondary gain.

A wage board appointed by Governor Cuomo, speaking before a packed crowd of fast food workers,  says it will authorize a “substantial” raise for fast food workers, but would not say when or even if the increase would be the $15 an hour that many groups are seeking.

A three member board picked by Governor Cuomo to examine whether fast food workers need a raise say they are in agreement that the current wage of $8.75 an hour needs to be much higher.