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9:48 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Study Shows Rochester is Ready for a Bike Share Program

Proposed implementation plan

A study by the Genesee Transportation Council shows a bike share in Rochester would be feasible.

RJ Eldridge is the Director of Planning for Toole Design Group and he worked on the study. He says bike shares have benefits beyond economic, environmental and health impacts. 

"I think when you're in a car you tend to be closed in -- especially, all cars today have air conditioning and great stereo -- so you're kind of shut off from your environment. And when you're on a bicycle you are part of that environment and you're talking to folks and you're interacting with people."

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Environment
5:26 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

NYS Adopts Regulations For LNG Facilities

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York state has adopted regulations covering fueling and storage facilities for liquefied natural gas, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced Wednesday. 

The safety regulations will allow liquefied gas storage facilities in New York for the first time since 1973, when the state imposed a moratorium following a Staten Island explosion that killed 40 workers. 

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Arts & Culture
5:04 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Award-Winning Journalist Soledad O'Brien to Speak at RIT

Soledad O'Brien lunch with students, via Wikimedia Commons
Credit The Rudz from Milwaukee, USA

An event commemorating Doctor Martin Luther King Junior’s Legacy will feature award-winning journalist, Soledad O’Brien.

O’Brien’s talk entitled “Diversity on TV, Behind the Scenes and in our Lives,” kicks off the event at RIT at noon Thursday.

The reporter best known for the documentary film series “Black in America” explained the news media played a role in shedding light on the abuse of civil rights leaders in the south during the 1960s.

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Connections
4:49 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Connections: The Significance of Pope Francis

We examine the significance of Pope Francis to the Catholic Church. His public statements appear to be significantly further left on social issues than his predecessor. But is that reflected in actual doctrine? Are there real changes afoot, or is this simply a Pope with a defter public touch? With us are: Fr. George Heyman, president of St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry in PittsfordFr. Edward Salmon, McQuaid Jesuit High School
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Connections
4:46 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Connections: Protecting Whistleblowers

New rules are designed to protect whistleblowers. But are they working? Bill Lloyd's story suggests they are. The NY Times reported in August that Lloyd is one of the first whistleblowers under new Dodd-Frank provisions to be protected and paid for his reporting (he made $400,000). He outed a scheme by MassMutual that included lying to customers about future payouts. He's joined us to tell his story.
Capitol Bureau
4:31 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Assembly Back to Budget Hearings, and Campaigning to Replace Silver

The legislature continued about its business in Albany Wednesday, despite the leadership crisis in the Assembly. Lawmakers held the first in a series of public budget hearings. Meanwhile, several Assemblymembers officially declared their candidacy to succeed Speaker Sheldon Silver, who will leave the office on Monday.

The first of the legislature’s 2015 hearings on Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal began routinely enough. The topic was the environmental budget, and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Denny Farrell introduced the Democratic members who were present.

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Government
3:46 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Sheldon Silver To Take A Leave Of Absence From His Law Firm

Credit wnyc.org

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will take a leave of absence from his law firm as he fights federal corruption charges, the firm said Wednesday. 

Weitz & Luxenberg founder and president Perry Weitz said the firm was ``shocked'' to learn about the accusations against Silver. 

``We have asked Mr. Silver to take a leave of absence until these allegations are resolved,'' he wrote in a statement emailed to reporters. 

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Arts & Culture
2:39 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Local Medical Student Interviewed As Part Of PBS's "Secrets Of The Dead"

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A medical student at the University of Rochester is among those interviewed in an episode of the PBS series 'Secrets of the Dead' which will be seen Wednesday night at 10:00 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Melissa Hewson is on the segment called "Ben Franklin's Bones” because one of her ancestors is an 18th century physician.

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Health
1:01 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

More Lead on Porches Than in Homes, Study Finds

Katrina Korfmacher prepares samples for analysis.
Credit J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

Porches on older homes can be a significant source of lead dust, according to a recent study.

Katrina Korfmacher is the Director of Community Outreach and Engagement at University of Rochester's Environmental Health Science Center. She participated in the study, in which samples were taken from 79 houses across Rochester.

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Local News
12:55 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry To Speak At Monroe County GOP Luncheon

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has been tapped to be the guest speaker at the upcoming Monroe County Republican Committee Luncheon.

Perry, a former presidential candidate, was Texas Governor from 2000 to 2015.  He has indicated he may run again in 2016, despite his indictment on abuse of power charges. Perry has said he is confident he will be able to successfully fight those charges.

Monroe County GOP Chairman Bill Reilich says Texas is experiencing an economic boom, and he hopes people attending the luncheon will be able to hear more about Perry's accomplishments.

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