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Opponents to a plan to put a waste-to-energy plant in the town of Romulus are applauding the town board’s decision to adopt a revised town zoning law.

Supervisor David Kaiser says the town of Romulus never wanted to allow waste storage or processing on the former Army Depot property.

Circular enerG is proposing building a trash incinerator there, and Kaiser says the town’s original intent was different than what was put forth in a letter by the town’s zoning officer.

W.J.T. Mitchell is a writer and a professor of English and art history at the University of Chicago. He’s in Rochester as a guest of the University of Rochester, discussing his piece, "American Psychosis: Trumpism and the Nightmare of History.”

He joins us to share his perspective on the age of Trump in the context of capitalism and democracy.

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Earth Day is this weekend, and for the 13th year in a row, New York State Canal Corporation is holding its annual Canal Clean Sweep.

The Canal Corporation is expecting nearly 3,000 volunteers to fan out across the canal and help beautify the area, along with celebrating the centennial of the canal system, formerly known as the Barge Canal.

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Monroe County is celebrating Earth Day with a series of mobile recycling collections.

They include a free document shredding event, in conjunction with Lifetime Assistance.

The agency which supports those with developmental disabilities, also runs Classified Screening and Shredding.

On May 2nd, residents can bring up to three boxes worth of personal documents like tax returns, bank statements and more, according to Director of Vocational Assistance at Lifetime Assistance, Martin Reeners.

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Kenneth Eastwood’s appointment as distinguished educator to the Rochester City School District has been rescinded.

A statement from the New York State Education Department said Eastwood could not come to an agreement with the school board regarding his contract.

But School Board President Van White said he was surprised by the decision.

"We were engaged in negotiations," he said via phone, "and actually had set aside office space [for Eastwood] in central office."

Eastwood's appointment was scheduled to begin April 25.

First hour: W.J.T. Mitchell on "American Psychosis: Trumpism and the Nightmare of History"

Second hour: Rochester Music Hall of Fame, Class of 2018 

A fraternity at Syracuse University has been suspended after a video was released showing members engaged in extremely racist behavior.  Students on campus are shocked and angered by the video. 

University officials describe the Theta Tau video as anti-Semitic, homophobic and sexist. Hundreds of students participated in a protest and dialogue on campus Wednesday. Student Association President James Franco said students expressed their feelings, shared their experiences, and discussed actions that could be taken.

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As the Rochester City School Board prepares to vote on a budget for the next school year, they are facing criticism for their bilingual and special education programs. A report from the Children's Agenda says even though the school district is proposing investments in these areas, there needs to be more transparency and oversight in the process.

Three years ago, Wailany Olio left her home in Puerto Rico and moved to Rochester. She brought her son, who is 8, and her daughter, who is 6.

Politics isn't always red or blue. Lately, it has been green.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to introduce legislation on Friday to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, adding a high-profile advocate in the effort to decriminalize, legalize and normalize marijuana use in America.

Schumer's legislation would remove marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under a 1970 law that classifies marijuana as dangerous as heroin for legal and regulatory purposes.

Two candidates in the race for Family Court judge will make history if elected this fall. On this edition of Need to Know we’ll discuss the gap they’re working to fill and why they say it matters.

Also on the show, we’ll learn how a radio program is promoting conversations among young people about the issues that concern them.

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