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Republicans in the state of New York met for a planning session in Albany on Tuesday in advance of the 2018 campaigns, which will begin shortly.

The party’s leader, Ed Cox, believes Republicans have a good chance at winning statewide offices against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others next year.

Republicans in New York face a daunting challenge in the race for governor next year. There are fewer GOP voters than ever, as the number of Republicans shrinks and Democratic ranks grow.

What happens when doctors and nurses get overwhelmed? Every day, clinicians provide treatment for patients with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions. Being exposed to human suffering and having to face ethical challenges leaves many providers distressed, and sometimes, burned out. A Mayo Clinic study reported that in 2014, more than half of U.S. physicians experience at least one symptom of burnout, leading clinician burnout to be labeled as a public health crisis.

What does this mean for you when you visit the doctor or schedule a surgery? And what are the implications for the healthcare system as a whole? An upcoming presentation at the Rochester Academy of Medicine will explore clinician burnout, and offer strategies to prevent and mitigate it. We preview that presentation and answer your questions with our guests:

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Shortly before the University of Rochester announced Tuesday it would be putting Florian Jaeger on administrative leave, the professor contacted the woman hunger striking against him.

Lindsey Wrobel posted a screenshot of an email to a Facebook group that has become a gathering place for protestors and those supporting her strike.

Wrobel had stopped eating last Thursday at midnight, in response to how the university had been handling allegations of sexual harassment filed against Jaeger. Later on Tuesday, reports are that Wrobel has now ended her hunger strike.

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There are new developments in the ongoing controversy involving the handling of sexual harassment accusations against a professor at the University of Rochester.

The University's Board of Trustees says it has appointed a special committee to oversee an independent, comprehensive investigation into all matters involving the sexual harassment complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the University.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a bipartisan coalition to investigate major opioid manufacturers and distributors.

41 attorneys general from across the country have signed on to the effort, which served subpoenas to four pharmaceutical manufacturers Monday: Endo International, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals (Cephalon), and Allergan. A supplemental investigative subpoena was served to Purdue Pharma.

The Democrat & Chronicle has laid off some news staff. The union that represents some of the employees there, Newspaper Guild Local 17, released a statement saying that the D&C laid off three newsroom employees on Tuesday, part of a series of cuts at Gannett news properties around the country.

The Guild says it feels obligated to speak out since its newsroom has been decimated by layoffs and buyouts in the last six years, with the number of Guild-represented employees cut by more than half.

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New numbers from the New York State Labor Department show a drop in jobs and a rise in unemployment in the Rochester area.

The figures from the state show the Rochester Metro saw a loss of 1,300 private sector jobs in August compared to a year ago. This area was one of only two metros in the state to see a drop in private sector jobs, Buffalo was the other, with a loss of 100 jobs.

State labor analyst Tammy Marino believes the method used to determine job growth has been undercounting the number of jobs being created.

Those behind a proposal to put a performing arts center and residential tower at Parcel 5 say it will be an economic engine for downtown.

"Years ago in Rochester, we built Midtown, and that changed for many years how people perceived downtown.  This is the next step and it's going to reinvigorate downtown Rochester,"

said Arnie Rothschild, Board Chair and CEO with the Rochester Broadway Theatre League. 

He and Morgan Communities CEO Bob Morgan outlined their plan for a new theater and residential tower at today's Rochester Rotary Club Luncheon.

City Council in Rochester had a number of new faces running for seats this year, but they didn’t all win the Democratic primary. What happens when you take that jump for the first time and it doesn’t work out? Do you stay involved? Do you run again?

We talk to some of them about their experiences as first-time candidates, and what’s next. Our guests:

  • Mary Lupien
  • Shawn Dunwoody
  • Dorian Hall
  • Tom Hasman

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The number of deaths related to heroin and opioid overdoses is rapidly soaring in Monroe County.

Data released this morning from the Monroe County Medical Examiner shows that in the ten county region served by her office, there were 206 deaths last year that can be solely attributed to the use of heroin, opioids, fentanyl or similar substances.  The vast majority, 169 of the deaths, were in Monroe County

That's almost two and a half times the number of overdose fatalities in 2015, when 85 such deaths were reported.

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