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President Trump has announced that the government will not allow transgender people to serve in the U.S. military, a year after the Pentagon lifted its ban on transgender service members.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday morning, he wrote:


First hour: Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, part two

Second hour: Open Letter Books' Two Month Review


(AP) - State parks and New York Sea Grant are getting the word out about algae that can make dogs sick.

The problem is harmful algal blooms, which poison water with toxins from blue-green algae. The toxins can disrupt liver and nervous system function and cause skin irritation in people, pets and wildlife.

Dogs are especially susceptible because they often drink from ponds and lakes and eat scummy algal mats with attractive odors.

The biggest story of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for Wednesday might be about the people who aren't there.

The chairman, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking member, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wanted Donald Trump Jr., the president's oldest son, and Paul Manafort, the president's onetime campaign chairman, to appear and testify — either voluntarily or involuntarily, if necessary, under subpoena.

Those witnesses said they agreed — but they arranged with the committee to do so in private as opposed to under the TV lights.


(AP) - New York has kicked electronic cigarettes out of school.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed legislation immediately banning the use of e-cigarettes at all public and private schools statewide. He says the ban will help broader efforts to combat teen smoking. 

The ban covers school buildings, grounds and buses.

A state Department of Health survey released earlier this year found that e-cigarette use by high school students nearly doubled between 2014 and 2016 to more than 20 percent.

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(AP) - New York state is set to study the use of a device known as the “textalyzer'' that would allow police to determine whether a motorist involved in a serious crash was texting while driving.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he would direct the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee to examine the technology, as well as the privacy and constitutional questions it could raise.

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The House overwhelmingly passed a sanctions bill on Tuesday that would punish Russia for interfering in the 2016 election and tie President Trump's hands in terms of lifting economic restrictions on Moscow.

When the BBC announced last week that the next Doctor Who will be played by a woman, the news sparked backlash among some devoted fans. But why can't Doctor Who be a woman? Why can't James Bond be black? Why do we argue over the race of Santa Clause or the gender of the Ghostbusters? 

This hour, we discuss diversity in casting for fictional characters and franchises. In studio:

  • Eileen Daly-Boas, outreach librarian for the River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester, and a Doctor Who fan
  • Chris Thompson, comedian and creator of the blog, The Chronicles of Nonsense
  • Irene Kannyo, creator, executive producer, and co-host of No Labels Included on WAYO 104.3
  • Jeremy Sarachan, associate professor and program director for digital cultures and technologies, and chair of the Media and Communication Department at St. John Fisher College

"C.R.A.P" is not the most appealing name for a test, but it is memorable. C.R.A.P. stands for Currency, Reliability/Relevance, Authority, and Purpose/Point of View. With all the talk of fake news, you might think that the test is new, but it was created about a decade ago and now teachers and librarians nationwide are using it to help students identify reliable sources of information. 

Are we raising a generation that is better able to evaluate sources? Or are we in a permanent age of fake news? We answer those questions and learn about the test with our guests:

  • Sarah White, adjunct professor of English at MCC and The College at Brockport
  • Bob Berkman, business outreach librarian at the University of Rochester
  • Jocie Kopfman, teaches the "Rights and Responsibilities" class in The Commons at The Harley School
  • Lars Keulling, academic dean for The Harley School

Matt Ryan New York Now

The Senate is moving ahead on the repeal and possibly the replacement of the Affordable Care Act, and policy makers in New York are bracing for the worst.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking Tuesday on the Senate floor, painted a grim picture of the current state of the ACA, also known as Obamacare, saying it’s caused pain “for literally millions of families.”

“Premiums have skyrocketed,” McConnell said. “Insurance options have declined.”

He said in some states, there is only one carrier available — and in some cases, there are none.