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Randy Gorbman

Director of News and Public Affairs

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's Director of News and Public Affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online. 

Randy has over 30 years of broadcast news experience, and was recently news director at WHAM-AM in Rochester. Randy has also been news director, writer, announcer, and producer at radio stations in several cities in New York and Connecticut, as well as working as an editor at the NBC Radio Network. He served as past president of the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters' Association, and is currently a member of its Board of Directors.

Randy has also taught journalism to local students, serving as adjunct instructor at SUNY Geneseo and Monroe Community College.

Randy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and his Master's degree in Liberal Arts from SUNY Empire State College.

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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Authorities are looking for the public’s help in identifying the remains of a child found 41 years ago in Greece.

It’s a case that dates back to March 1976 when the skeletal remains of a young child were found inside a blue metal storage trunk in the basement of an apartment complex on Winston Drive, just off West Ridge Road.

The child was never identified, and in 2015 Greece Police started taking another look at the case.

Wegmans is offering home delivery, but it’s not coming to Rochester yet.

The locally based supermarket chain has announced a partnership with a company called Instacart, which will allow some Wegmans shoppers in Northern Virginia and Maryland to complete their grocery shopping online, and according to the companies, have their orders delivered to their doors in as little as an hour.

Congressman Chris Collins

Congressman Chris Collins knows the Louisiana congressman, Steve Scalise, who was among several people injured at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia Wednesday morning.

He spoke with WXXI's Randy Gorbman about his concerns:

Collins also told some Buffalo media that he has a handgun carrying permit, and plans to carry his gun from now on when he is out and about.

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(WXXI News, NPR & AP) Reaction continues to the news that a gunman opened fire during an early morning baseball practice for Republican members of Congress on Wednesday, reportedly firing dozens of shots at a field in Alexandria, Va.

At least five people were wounded, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

Monroe County deputies are investigating the death of a 10 year old boy in Churchville.

Authorities were called to a home on Fitch Street on Monday night, and they say that two children were left alone in the home.

Officials say a six year old boy found his ten year old brother  unconscious; the six year old went to a neighbor who called 911.

Reportedly crews were able to revive the boy but he later died at the hospital.

The cause of death is still under investigation.

The Town of Greece Supervisor, Bill Reilich, made some announcements Tuesday in connection with the recent lakeshore flooding.

He issued a state of emergency order until further notice due to increased water levels and flooding along Lake Ontario. It is not a travel ban, but residents are advised to use caution when traveling along waterfront roads.

Reilich also announced speed limit restrictions for recreational activities on ponds in the town.

He says that anyone participating in recreational activities on a pond should keep in mind it is a ‘no wake’ area.

There will be more water flowing out of Lake Ontario in an effort to help ease the recent flooding conditions along the south shore.

The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board agreed this week to increase the water flowing out of the lake at a greater rate. Secretary for the board, Arun Heer says this will be the highest outflow ever released from the lake on a sustained basis.

Because of that, Heer says officials will closely monitor the situation for a few days to see if there are any major adverse impacts.

An Ontario County manufacturer  will be expanding in that county and adding about 20 jobs in the process.

According to the state's economic development agency, Empire State Development, the company, MiniTec Framing Systems will be moving from Victor to Farmington as part of a $1.5 million expansion project.

The state has offered up to $130,000 to the company in exchange for job creation commitments.

MiniTec Framing produces components for clean rooms, custom commercial door frames and other industrial products.

The company has ten plants worldwide.

Harris Corporation

Harris Corporation has been awarded a $255 million dollar contract to manufacture military radios in support of U.S. Special Operations and for American allies.

That’s according to New York Senator Chuck Schumer, who says the contract will support jobs at Harris in Rochester.

A statement from the U.S. Dept. of Defense says the radios will provide a capability to receive and distribute intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data in the form of full motion video, along with other technology.

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More than a thousand people gathered outside The Little Theatre in Rochester’s East End Monday night for a special celebration.

The occasion was the re-lighting of the marquee of that historic theater.

It was a project that took 9 months, and ended with music, a little dancing in the street, and that spectacular restored marquee updating the entrance to The Little Theatre, a marqueethat has been around since the early 1930s.

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