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President Trump delivered a stern warning to North Korea's leader at the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday.

Updated at 5 p.m. ET

Hurricane Maria is barreling toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as a "potentially catastrophic" Category 5 hurricane and is forecast to hit those islands on Wednesday.

On the island of Dominica, which was raked by the storm late Monday, the prime minister says that "initial reports are of widespread devastation. So far, we have lost all what money can buy and replace."

The retail landscape has changed dramatically in recent years, and Toys R Us has been trying to maintain its foothold in the industry amid a heavy debt load and the rise of online shopping.

Late Monday, the largest U.S. toy chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Richmond, Va. The move had been expected.

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First hour: What’s next for first-time City Council candidates who didn’t win the primary?

Second hour: The impact of clinician burnout

When college students go abroad, they spend weeks, months, or even a year assimilating into a different culture. So how can they integrate those global experiences into their daily lives when they return home?

That's the focus of an upcoming conference at SUNY Geneseo called ROC Your Global Future. We talk to conference organizers and returning students about how they can apply their international perspectives to our community and their educational goals. In studio:

  • Sam Cardamone, conference organizer and associate director of study abroad and international programs at SUNY Geneseo
  • Heidi Kozireski, senior education abroad counselor and faculty led program coordinator at the University of Rochester Center for Education Abroad
  • Allison Maier, student at SUNY Geneseo who studied abroad in Greece and Ireland
  • Jacqueline Tran, student at the University of Rochester who studied abroad in Morocco

In light of the recent massive data breach at the credit reporting company Equifax, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is taking steps to make sure that in the future, the credit agencies have better cybersecurity in place.

Lindsay Wrobel

It’s been almost five days since University of Rochester student Lindsay Wrobel has had anything to eat.

Wrobel is on a hunger strike in protest of the UR administration's response to allegations of sexual harassment involving tenured UR professor Florian Jaeger.

A number of current and former students and faculty filed an EEOC complaint about Jaeger’s alleged inappropriate behavior.

Parents of hundreds of children with special needs in New York State say their kids are not receiving the services they need. A recent report in the Democrat & Chronicle stated that in the 2016-2017 school year "nearly 400 3- and 4-year-olds in Monroe County were not evaluated for developmental delays within 60 days of their referral as required by law, according to local school district records.” The delay in referrals puts children at a developmental disadvantage, and at risk for needing costlier services in the future.

Local providers say the state’s reimbursement process is to blame: providers receive tardy and inadequate funding. Democrat & Chronicle reporter Justin Murphy explored this issue. He joins us in studio, and we’ll hear from local parents about the challenges they face. Our guests:

  • Justin Murphy, education reporter at the Democrat & Chronicle
  • Sharon Peck, parent
  • Pat Graff, director of special education at Rochester Childfirst Network
  • Cathy Rasmussen, director of York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute, and associate dean of compliance and clinical affairs at the School of Health and Human Services at Nazareth College
  • Robin Hooper, early education director for the Rochester City School District

This conversation is part of WXXI’s Inclusion Desk, spotlighting issues related to disabilities. The WXXI Inclusion Desk is part of Move to Include, a partnership to encourage thoughtful discussion about issues of inclusion and the differently-abled.

Xerox is laying off some employees in the Rochester area and in other locations.

The company released a statement Monday saying that approximately 100 employees in Rochester, Webster, Wilsonville, Oregon and Lewisville, Texas have been notified.  Employees whose jobs may be impacted in the UK have also been notified.

The company did not break down how many of those affected jobs are in the Rochester area.

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