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Alex Crichton

All Things Considered Host

Alex Crichton is host of All Things Considered on WXXI-AM 1370. Alex delivers local news, weather and traffic reports beginning at 4:00 p.m. each weekday.

He was born in Rochester, but “raised” in several other spots as part of an Army family.  Those locations included Ft. Rucker, AL, Ft. Sam Houston, TX and Ft. Sill, OK.  Alex returned to Rochester in 1969 and has been here ever since.

After graduating from Ashland College (now University) in 1981, Alex landed his first radio job at WGMC in Greece.   He also worked at WRTK Talk Radio (1370 on the AM dial, coincidentally) stayed on when the format was changed to country, and even worked a couple of weeks as a full-time country disc jockey.  Alex also worked at WBBF when it had a talk lineup as Toby Gold’s engineer for his show, for those who remember.  Also during this same time period, Alex was the regular fill-in for a service called Rochester Radio Sports.

In 1984 Alex joined WXXI, going on the air with a news/jazz/public affairs format.  Here at WXXI he has done sports, produced news and music programs, hosted a daily then a weekly jazz show, produced live remotes, worked on TV auctions, done interviews with all sorts of people from musicians to politicians, engineered talk shows, started doing newscasts for All Things Considered in the mid-90s, then moved to Morning Edition in 1997.  

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Charter Communications is bringing over 220 new jobs to Henrietta, and retaining 500 more, as the company expands local operations and continues the process of rebranding itself as Spectrum, after acquiring Time Warner Cable.

Greg McMichael, Senior Vice President of Customer Care, made the announcement Tuesday at Charter's facility on Town Centre Drive.              

The man picked by Republican Party chairmen in three counties to replace the late Bill Nojay has won the race for the 133rd State Assembly seat.

Joe Errigo defeated Democratic challenger Barbara Baer, 52 percent to 39 percent, to return to the Assembly.

Errigo was picked by GOP chairs in Monroe, Livingston and Steuben counties to be on the ballot, after the incumbent Nojay died by suicide in September.

Despite that, Nojay won the primary over challenger Rick Milne.

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Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and representatives of the New York Power Authority were at City Hall Friday  to announce details of Governor Cuomo's $5 million dollar clean energy and energy efficiency competition.

It's the newest phase in the Five Cities Energy Plans Initiative.

President and CEO of the New York Power Authority, Gil Quiniones, touted Rochester's city-wide LED lighting program, replacing conventional lights with LED tubes which last longer and save energy.

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Nazareth College announced today it has received the largest single gift in the school's history, $7.5 million dollars from philanthropist and Paychex founder Tom Golisano.

It will go toward the construction of a new athletic training facility that school officials say will bring together the strengths of the college, Special Olympics and the Golisano Foundation.

Nazareth College President Daan Braveman says the Golisano Training Center will serve three purposes: it will provide an indoor track, fields, fitness areas, and training facilities.

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An agreement has been reached on how money will be used from a settlement with the former owner of the Retsof Salt mine, which collapsed over 20 years ago.

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation entered into a $20 million dollar settlement agreement with Livingston County, the Attorney General's Office, and Akzo Nobel Salt, Inc.

Livingston County Administrator Ian Coyle says they got the most money they could, $17 million, which will go to to water supply and infrastructure projects.

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Rochester Police say training starts in July and by August, officers will be using body worn cameras.

Lt. Michael Perkowski is helping coordinate the program.

"We will be wearing the camera and we will be recording during all arrests, detention, use of  force, or any type of pursuit situations," he said. "Part of the reasons that we're going to the program is for transparency and to create better  police community relations as well as give better evidence for prosecuting our cases."

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Lower gas prices are the main reason the cost to drive your car is at a six-year low according to the latest AAA Your Driving Costs study. The study pegs the average annual cost of driving a vehicle at $8,558, down 1.6 percent from last year. The study is a based on a car owner driving 15,000 miles for the year.

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Rochester is still recovering from a winter storm that dumped as much as two feet in some parts of the city.

Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Norman Jones says they started salting and preparing for the storm on Monday night and he's proud of the response. He says the city had more than 180 trucks helping to plow.

Democratic Monroe County Legislator Ernest Flagler-Mitchell is introducing legislation that holds gun owners more accountable for their weapons.

Flagler-Mitchell's cousin Herbert Thomas was shot and killed at a house party last month.

Flagler-Mitchell notes that Police Chief Michael Ciminelli has said that 60 percent of gun crimes committed in the city this year involved stolen firearms.

The lawmaker is proposing a bill that would require gun owners to keep their weapons in safes or use trigger locks.

Fighting poverty is an additive process, and it's going to require an unprecedented amount of patience.

That's from Leonard Brock, director for the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, which released its progress report on Thursday.           

"It's imperative for us to be very strategic deliberate and tactful as it relates to each and every next step, and we just have to continue to keep the community has to remain optimistic and just believe and have faith that something is going to happen."

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