Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the Trump administration is open to direct talks with North Korea as long as the agenda is right — that is, denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

As he prepared to chair a U.N. Security Council meeting on the subject, Tillerson sat down with NPR's Steve Inskeep to explain his approach. The secretary says North Korea has to come to the table willing to talk about giving up its nuclear weapons.

It’s been said that history has a way of repeating itself. The global refugee crisis of more than 65 million displaced people draws a correlation to one of the darkest times in human history. Today the world is experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.

As some nations open their borders to refugees escaping conflicts in their homelands, closer to home we remember our past when nearly a thousand refugees from Europe arrived in Oswego, New York in 1944.

First hour: Investigative journalist David Cay Johnston

Second hour: Songwriters Bat McGrath and Connie Deming

A bill that could address corruption in Albany is progressing in the state Legislature, but it might not be the measure that Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to become law.

Several former Cuomo associates, including a former top aide, face federal corruption trials on charges of bribery and bid-rigging in connection with the contracts for some of the governor’s signature economic development projects, including the Buffalo Billion.

High Tech Rochester has announced the winners of this year’s Rochester Venture Challenge.

The top prize went to Empire Medicinals, a Rochester healthcare startup,  which looks to modernize traditional herbal medicines.

As the 1st place winner, Empire Medicinals receives a grand prize of $25,000 and one year of incubation services at High Tech Rochester.

2nd place went to Therm Apparel, and the 3rd place winner was Primary Book Club.

An old army base about 70 miles from Rochester was the only site in the United States to welcome refugees from Europe during the Holocaust. Fort Ontario in Oswego, an internment camp, became home to 982 refugees in 1944, but many people don't know its story or the history and politics behind the refugees' arrival. Now, Fort Ontario is back in the news: there's proposed legislation to make the site a national park. 

In 1987, WXXI produced a documentary about the camp. It's called Safe Haven. We honor the film's 30th anniversary and the lives of Holocaust victims and survivors by sharing their stories. Our guests:

  • Paul Lewis, writer, director, and producer of Safe Haven
  • Irving Schild, Holocaust survivor who lived at Fort Ontario
  • Warren Heilbronner, Holocaust survivor

The Rochester area has made a top-20 list of organizations being recognized for their support of the arts.

The list is put out by the National Center for Arts Research, part of Southern Methodist University, and it publishes what it calls an annual Arts Vibrancy Index.

The Rochester metro area ranks number 19 on the list of the top 20 most ‘arts vibrant’ large communities (population over 1 million). The total survey  ranks more than 900 communities.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren delivered her third State of the City address Monday night. In it, she outlined a list of accomplishments from the last year, including that her administration "created or retained more than 30,000 jobs across the entire city." That figure -- among other statements Warren made about her successes -- has been challenged by her opponents. 

We sit down with Deputy Mayor Cedric Alexander to discuss the address, the administration's goals for the future, and we ask our questions and yours.

Updated on 4/28 at 1:15 p.m. ET

United Airlines and lawyers for the passenger seen on video being dragged from a United airliner in Chicago say the man has reached "an amicable settlement" with the airline. The terms of the agreement were not announced.

Livingston County Health Dept.

Advocates for the environment are pleased the latest state budget contains a $2.5 billion investment in drinking water infrastructure and water quality protection.

But more could be done to protect source water.

That's according to Dr. Lisa Cleckner, director of the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

FLI provides research and education about the Finger Lakes environment.

She says funding for water protection programs has been on the decline.